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.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
In the second book in the Bloodlines series, Sydney keeps having her loyalties tested. She does see anything wrong with being friends with Adrian, Jill, Eddie, and the rest of them. But it seems the Alchemists do not agree. They keep saying how good of an Alchemist she is, yet Sydney feels very conflicted about everything that's going on.
In this one Sydney also meets a new guy who is about as smart as she is. And she also has to worry about actual vampire hunters. This one had a lot of stuff going on. And I was really frustrated with the way Eddie did things towards the end, when it came to Jill. Then I was mad at Sydney for what she did at the very end. I couldn't believe she did that. And I can't believe the book just ended like that. I can not wait to read the next one. This one was good, but Sydney drove me nuts sometimes. Even though I understood her, I still didn't like how she acted.