Author : Richelle Mead
Publisher : Razorbill
Source : Bought
Pages : 418 (Hardback)
Summary from Goodreads :
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
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I think it's still as pretty as Bloodlines. I love title, the color (yellow and gold! Gorgeous!) and Jill's model. So pretty! =D
(I think I'm too obsessed with Richelle Mead's works, I reviewed her books 3 times straight, this one makes 4. LOL)
Thankfully I could read this book right away after I finished with Bloodlines which the story was still quite fresh in my mind and I was glad I still hooked up with the entire story =D. Mead knows how to attract her readers without put too much gory action scenes (seems the only true warrior in the team is Eddie) and she seems like already planned and developed everything subtly and nicely. I enjoyed every scenes in this book and I love Sydney and Adrian even more than before!
Although this series is deep in supernatural twist, I find the storyline and the characters are also closer to daily life and more down-to-earth. Just saying, Sydney. I really like Sydney and I can relate to her very easily. Love that her obedience over The Alchemist rules do not always blind her heart. She's very kind, funny in her own way, heartwarming and ambitious at the same time; always hungry of knowledge and truth. She also happens to have a boyfriend who is very similar to her here, and occurs in the most boring-yet-amusing relationship ever, LOL! Her role also start to be more interesting than just a ordinary human because from the end part of Bloodlines then in this book, we learn that she's not that normal too. She possesses something really mysterious that I think could be the key for the whole series.
At the end of Bloodlines, we're notified that there will be a special 'guest' appearing at The Golden Lily. Oh okay, I tell you Dimitri is here, peeps, a super cool, mature, strong, dazzling dhampir who I (and most girls in town) helplessly admire from VA. I was both excited and afraid of his appearance, mostly afraid that he would steal everyone's attention from Adrian. Poor Adrian, he's clearly uncomfortable but still does his best to look nonchalant. But I was wrong. Somehow I was thankful Dimitri is barely appeared here and Adrian's still glowing and totally nailed the story with his funny and witty charms that always made me laugh! I also can say that this book opens more about Adrian. I love how Mead slowly makes us understand about how vulnerable Adrian is and his complicated situation with his family. Those ached my heart so much but also in the same time I worried he would destroy himself again and do something stupid. I was wrong again. I'm happy to see he grows more responsible and maturer here, to be a better person.
Another important thing that happens is that finally we can see some 'sparks' here. Mead is very famous with triangle love and it happens between all the main characters include Jill, Edy and the new comer, Angeline; and finally something I've waited since the start is happening! And BloodlinesBooks fanpage already made the video about that scene! SQUEEEE!
(WARNING! CONTAIN THE MOST IMPORTANT SPOILER! BETTER DON'T WATCH IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK.)
I'm really excited about what Richelle Mead will do next about the triangle-loves, especially between Sydney and Adrian! They two mean to be together. =D I also love to see more about the rest characters, the story development, more secrets, more surprises from her. I totally can't wait to read The Indigo Spell which I believe will have more twists and secrets and another love-triangle! Adrian, please keep strong!
Happy reading! =D
P.S : by the way, do you guys know Richelle Mead revealed the forth's title on her birthday? It calls 'The Fiery Heart' and from how the title sounds, probably the romance side would be more intense and another thing is that this book will have alternate narrator between Sydney and Adrian. YESH ADRIAAAAN!!! WE WILL ENTER THE REALM OF HIS VERY MIND!!! OH MY GOD SO EXCITED ALREADY! 8DDDD
Just keep a good living until 2014 then! ;)