Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Number of Pages: 401
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In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
AMAZING. Just perfection. Richelle Mead has never let me down with one of her books. I do have to admit, I wasn't a huge Adrian and Sydney shipper. Don't get me wrong I liked them, but this book sold me on them.
The book picks up not long after the second book left off. Sydney gets dragged out of bed in the middle of the night to perform a spell. Ms. Terwilliger needs a virgin to perform this spell and Sydney is the first one on the list. The results aren't that great. Ms. T sister's is a bad witch and now Sydney's life could be in danger.
Not to mention she still needs to find the mysterious Marcus Finch. He wasn't what I expect him to be. For some reason I thought he would be older. But nonetheless I fell in love with him. And he's not the only one that is running from the Alchemist, there are others with him. And he tells Sydney a shocking secret, the Alchemist's tattoo forces loyalty to the group and there's a way to break it. Even though Sydney is already questioning the Alchemist, but is she really ready to throw away her whole life and team up with Marcus and his group? Is there any truth to the claim that the Alchemist are working with the Warriors?
Early on in the book, Sydney along with two of her fellow Alchemists were invited to a vampire wedding. I had forgot that Sonya was planning a wedding. I was kind of hoping it was Rose and Dimitri or even Lissa and Christian. But I do love the small appearance of Rose and Dimitri, and even Abe. I know this series is about Sydney but I wish Rose would show up for more. In the Vampire Academy series I got the feeling that Sydney and Rose could really be great friends. And Abe. Oh Abe. Please show up more.
This book is filled with ton and tons of Adrian and Sydney scenes. I seriously couldn't get enough. Even though Sydney claims she doesn't, no CAN'T love Adrian, she can't seem to stay away from him. She even ends up with a hickey! There are tons of other swoon worthy moments between these two. But Jill's safety is still her number one priority, and when news surfaced that the Warriors are looking for Jill, Sydney demands more protection, and then covers up her uncharacteristic behavior by lying and saying she's afraid she can't handle being close to all these vampires. Just when we thought we could see our favorite couple happy, Sydney's world is turned upside down when the Alchemists sends her backup for the rest of the mission.
While I was reading a review, I was reminded that in all of Mead's other series, the third book usually ends in heartbreaking shock. While this one wasn't heartbreaking, the shock at the end was enough to leave your mouth hanging open.