Blood doesn't lie...
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. 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 last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...
Let me enlighten you with the knowledge of my relationship with Rose and the Vampire Academy books. I love them. There is absolutely no doubt that I love them and will continue to do so till I have been lowered into my grave and possibly even after that. I love every inch of all those six magical and wonderful books with such incredible feeling all rolled into one. I love Rose, Adrian, Dmitri, Lissa, Christian, Mason, Abe and every other person in those books except the bad guys. I love every inch of Rose, her fierceness, her strong protectiveness, her love for Dmitri(it reminds me of C and B in the powerful essence way). I love Adrian with his snarkiness, cockiness and his love for Rose. I was completely heart broken when Rose broke his heart. I love Dmitri(Dimka) and his ways and love and everything about him. I love Lissa and her sweet caringness. I love Christian because of his unconditional love for Lissa. Well you get the idea. I love love love these series.
So you can imagine why I wanted to read this next book to forever retain every one of those characters I loved. At first when I came to know that there was an after series I totally thought it was about Jill. But then a sneak peak told me it was about Sydney. But when I read this book I realized, I was right. Jill plays a huge role in this book. here goes my gushing.
I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started to read this book. I knew it would be different but I thought there would still be that Richelle Mead book essence. And it totally was. But in a different way. Sydney is so different than Rose but there is on thing in common. They both believe that their lives are meant to be lived for others. Rose strictly believes she is the protector of Lissa(along with the rest of the world) and Sydney has a strict commitment to the alchemists. But in most other ways they're opposite poles. Sydney is level headed and calm. Shes been taught to do whatever instructed and follow rules and think logically. But Rose on the other hand is different, vibrant, full of energy and she totally does not believe in doing what others tell her to do. Though both want to do the right thing, they couldn't have more different approaches towards it. If Rose was ever put in a situation with Kieth she would do anything and make him pay beautifully. Sydney on the other hand remembers but waits for the time to come and yes she does take her revenge but she still has to stand him on a daily basis. Which Rose would never endure.
I am starting to make this post a comparison which is not what its meant to be. So I'll move forward(is it my fault I love Rose so much). The reason I was stating their difference(apart from selfish ones) was to prove that(to the people who have read the previous books) that there is a huge difference between these two series. The protagonist has totally different views and believes, its a world different from the one inside Rose's mind. This book is different from the previous ones. But I loved it all the same.
One of the best parts in this book was Adrian. Though I hurt for him and I still do, he is a character I have no defenses against. He plays the perfect role of a troubled, miserable yet soo irresistible. I have a soft spot for troubled and disturbed guys. And I always loved Adrian. The way he called Rose- Little Dhampir and how he calls Jill- Jailbait. Adrian is one of those people who on the outside appear like assholes. But inside they have a mixed bag of emotions and they feel so deeply. Jill even confirms it when she says he feels love, anger and hurt so deeply. I feel for him soo much after what Rose did. And Adrian is such a good guy that it breaks my heart. Aside from his deep internal feeling I love Adrian's sarcastic, laid back manner. The way he cares about Jill and even Sydney shows he more so human. And his comments! "These hands don't do manual labor."
As much as this book was different from Vampire Academy, I loved it. And i would recommend it to every living person on earth after they have read Vampire Academy.
This book is a book worth reading.
Lots of love and popsicles!!