Summary: 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 worst. 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's sister is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector,but Sydney take sher pleace, 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...
Review: A spin-off series that has spoilers, Alchemists, high school drama, and plenty of magic.
I did enjoy this book although I was afraid that I wouldn’t due to the one and two star reviews I read on Goodreads. My biggest qualm with the first book (and possibly the rest of the series) is that is not technically a spin-off series. The last book in the Vampire Academy series will get spoiled for you by Bloodlines. I haven’t read the last book yet, but I had figured what would happen with Rose so I wasn’t too annoyed. Still, a little warning would have been nice.
Why a school? Why did Jill have to be in a school, especially a prestigious boarding school where there are no parents about? A plain old public school would have sufficed nicely unless that would have been too good for royalty. High school drama aside, there was enough mystery, magic, and action to keep me interested in the book. I am glad the series seems to be turning towards magic and not just vampires. I liked the VA series well enough, but I never was a big fan of the vampire mythology (aka Moroi and Strogi) so it’s nice to see this series take a different turn.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoyed the Vampire Academy series and have read all six books.