Where did I get it? Finally caved and bought it at Chapters.
I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s 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. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.
When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.
The covers are kind of ugly but I like the tattoos. The spines are really nice though!
It has been a while since I’ve read Vampire Academy but I remembered being sucked into it. I didn’t really have any expectations going into this series because I though it would be better with a fresh start. I was so right.
My New BFF
I’m in love with Sydney. She’s exactly what we need in female heroines. She’s around all these perfect people and is always doubting herself instead or being the typical perfect and flawless heroine. I’m glad we saw her insecurities and that she actually had some. I also loved how she was slowly coming out of all that brainwashing she went through. I was glad to see that she could think and make decisions by herself even though she was conditioned not to. I was really impressed with her character in general.
You can’t read this book and not fall in love with Adrian. He’s not even that big of a character in this book (yet). He’s a little annoying at the start because he’s a pretty cocky vampire but then he starts to grow on you and you miss him when he’s not in a scene. I just feel like he’s not the typical love interest. First of all there’s no love at first sight which was really nice. Secondly, he’s just not a typical characters at all. Sure he’s perfect and good looking but he has lots of issues with family, money, and even drinking. I loved seeing him try to overcome his issues though. That was probably the best part.
The character development in this book is incredible. There’s no stupid characters who do the same thing over and over and get the same result. These characters do something and actually learn from it enough to figure out a part of their mysteries. The plot was also great because I couldn’t put this book down. I finished it in almost one sitting. There’s not just action but lots of little mysteries you’re trying to solve. There’s also teenage drama mixed in with all this a little too. It’s fun seeing the characters try to adapt to the teenage setting that they aren’t used to.
I’ve only read the first book and I’m in love already. I didn’t really expect anything else from Richelle Mead. I loved that she kept the same world but added onto it. She didn’t add in a bad way either. It’s not an “I want more money so I’ll keep this going on longer” kind of story. She really does have a story to tell and it’s relevant to the story we left behind. I can’t wait to devour this series.
“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.”
5 out of 5 stars