Series: Bloodlines #3
Release Date: February 17th 2013
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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. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who the organisation denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus's help, Sydney realises that the group she's been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks? As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realises that her only hope is to embrace her special blood – or else she might be next. Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain – and following her heart – she'll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.
I started reading Vampire Academy and all the books that followed back in 2011 with a massive love for them! Three years later and I still love Richelle’s work!
Now I usually despise a spin off series as they are never anything like the original and I had a hard time getting used to Sydney in the first two books. However, I love these books, I love Richelle’s vampire world, and I cannot help myself and love this little baby too.
Here’s why I love Richelle’s books
- They contain very, very cute boys
- There is always action
- Humour is never far away
- Did I mention the cute boys? Yeah well, they are also smokin’ hot with amazing personalities!
- Also Adrian is mine.
Richelle never fails to deliver on these.
Sydney tries to ignore what happened between the (very) hot vampire Adrian and her, and get back to her alchemist duties as well as rebelling and looking for Marcus Finch. Who just happens to hold all the answers that Sydney is seeking about the organisation that she believed and was born into, who may or may not be lying about working with the Warriors. Not only that but Sydney is continuing with her magic use while an old witch is seeking younger magic users to suck out their life force and put them into a coma.
I love the whole rebelling against the Alchemist’s and that’s what’s making me like Sydney at the moment but the whole magic using bit just isn’t working for me. It’s just so boring! Even the witch hunting was a massive snooze fest for me.
I love all the books in the VA series and I love this spin off, but the way the books are arranged is getting slightly boring for me. There just aren’t any surprises for me anymore, every book follows the same structure of starting off from the last book, which is great. Then a problem occurs or some mission that carries on for most of the book, which then turns into the problem-solving chapter of the book ending on a somewhat positive note but with a small hint of a problem for the next book to continue to.
The fact that Sydney and Adrian and now together isn’t a surprise for me either. Obviously this was going to happen. I just wish I could beat Sydney up and take my rightful place next to Adrian and live with him forever and ever until the day we never die.
But apart from that I loved the book. The characters developed so much and I know them each in such a way that I can even imagine what they will say and their reactions and they just feel like a small family to me. :’)