Wine. Wine is a glorious drink that those of us old enough certainly like to enjoy from time to time. Today I am enjoying my glass of wine after finally finishing what was one of the worst series I have ever read. I had such a headache getting through this last book that quite frankly I would have poured myself a glass of wine at 9 this morning before starting this book as I knew by the last book that I already hated this series.
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s 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. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.
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 unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.
Spoilers ahead! This whole series in my opinion could have been shortened to three books. The main plot line was about keeping Jill safe, therefore suggesting that at some point she won’t be safe, there will be a search and rescue, some fighting, and ultimately a happy ending. Mead didn’t even get to this main plot line until the LAST BOOK!! The first five books in this series consisted of Sydney becoming a witch, betraying the alchemists for love with Adrian that absolutely no one saw coming… wait yes, yes we totally did see it coming, or obsessing over her weight in a way that infuriated me. There were a few other obscure plot lines as well, like in the first book where a tattoo with magical ink was being used by people who had no authorization and ‘GASP’ it was actually an alchemist supplying it. Theres your first book, that whole plot could’ve been taken out as it does nothing to further the series.
The last book really ended it all so well though (serious sarcasm). Not only did Sydney and Adrian get married at the end of the 5th book at the age of 19 as a way to get around rules or laws, but in this sixth book they take on a baby…the point of having this whole baby… again a plot line enigma. There was absolutely no need for it. Mead started this whole series trying to build a character who was strong, smart, determined and independent. Someone who wanted to do her own thing by breaking out of the alchemist group, go to college, live her own life. But you ended it by forcing her to get married at 19, taking on a baby that isn’t even hers, and THEN going to college with money supplied by someone else! Talk about a 180.
I have never once told anyone not to read a book or series. And I still won’t. However I will say you are not missing anything by not reading this series. Many people did love this series, I simply did not. The Vampire Academy series was much better. Even now I’m a little hesitant to re-read it six years after finishing it because maybe having grown up a bit will make me realize it wasn’t that great to begin with! Although I know for a fact it’s better than Bloodlines.