Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Bloodlines #3
Format: Hardcover, 401 pages
Publication: February 12, 2013 by Razorbill
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.
I loved, LOVED, this book!!! Sydney has turned into this amazing kick-butt heroine, completely worthy of her own series! This third installment to the Bloodlines series has everything a reader could ask for- action, secret cults, witches, vampires, romance, plot twists, adventure, and of course- ADRIAN! Honestly, I couldn't put it down!
What I really enjoyed about this book was how Richelle Mead just takes characters and molds them into these amazingly "real" people. When I first met Sydney, I didn't honestly care for her. I mean, who would- she was basically trashing our heroine Rose in Vampire Academy. But thankfully, we have watched Sydney actually grow into this fiercely loyal, not to mention powerful, person. It's been an amazing transformation, and it's been real. But it's not just Sydney, Adrian has also undergone some major changes as well, giving us a look into why he and Sydney connect so epically. Which brings me to another reason why I devoured this awesome book- the romance!
When I first heard that there was going to be a romance involving the two of these, my initial reaction was like "What....seriously?" And now Mrs. Mead has to be sitting there laughing at all of us who doubted and are begging for more. I don't know how she pulled it off (well, I do, she IS Richelle Mead after all), but Sydney and Adrian are absolutely perfect together. They somehow fit and balance each other, and you can't help but root for these two despite their odds of making it out alive.
I highly recommend this series! If you loved Vampire Academy, you will love Bloodlines!