Published August 25th 2011 by Razorbill Fiction (first published August 23rd 2011)
Paperback, 421 pages
Source: Bought here: http://www.exclus1ves.co.za/stores/
"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..."
- From Goodreads
What a surprise! I went into this thinking that I would be disappointed, as nothing could possibly live up to the Vampire Academy series. I was wrong.
This novel was just as good and it has left me feeling like a kid in a candy store whose favourite sweets are out of stock. I can’t wait for the sequel and I am sure it will live up to its predecessor.
Sydney was a very relatable, yet interesting character. And Adrian, oh Adrian what a fantastic and infuriating character (unquestionably one of my favourite characters ever)! Jill and Eddie were also great additions as Main characters and did not disappoint. Even the minor characters were rich with detail.
Sure I could see most things coming (the big plot details), but the little surprises and plot twists kept me on my toes. They say it’s about the little things in life and I have always thought that is what delights me about Richelle Mead’s writing.
I also read this Novel surprisingly quickly and most of it in one day, and found myself sad when it was over. This will definitely be one of those series I collect and put right next to my VA books.
PS: Read Vampire Academy before you read this Novel.
“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection." He paused to reconsider that. "Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try." (Adrian)”
“I just rely on natural talent," said Adrian, strolling up to the start of the Dragon's Lair. "When you have such a wealth of it to draw from, the danger comes from having too much.”