Series: Bloodlines #6
Published by Penguin, Razorbill on February 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: Owned, Read in 2015
THEY WILL BE TESTED
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.
Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.
When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.
Don't miss their unforgettable final chapter...
LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
You know how in a lot of YA books and series, the love interests are usually unbalanced? Like the girl never feels worthy of this perfect guy, or they’re both so freaking special that it makes them boring? Well, Bloodlines was never about that. Sydney was always amazing, but she has flaws from page one of the series. Throughout the books she grows up and into a fabulous person. And she falls in love with the person that in the beginning seems the most unsuited for her, but it’s not because he’s a bad boy, well he is, but that’s not why she loves him.
Adrian was a bit of an anti-hero in Vampire Academy series. It was a little awful watching him love Rose so much when she was all Dimitri all the time. Adrian is far from perfect, and he’s the one who feels unworthy of smart and practical Sydney. Throughout the series, Adrian has dealt with mental illness due to his Spirit use and learning to be his own man, cut off from his family’s fortune and having to overcome Sydney’s prejudice against the Moroi. I like that Sydney is often the practical and calm one, and Adrian is more emotional and impractical. We need more couples like them in YA, because there are plenty of Sydneys out there in the real world not seeing themselves as heroines in a love story.
Being together is not easy. Their pairing reminded me of an obituary I read a few years ago in my home state of Virginia. It was about a woman who had been the first Virginia woman to marry outside of her race. She and her husband had to flee VA because their union was illegal. But her love for her husband, and his for her, led to a long and happy marriage, and eventually they were able to come back to their home state. Even though Adrian and Sydney married in the last book, they are far from worry free. Both the communities they come from see their marriage as something unnatural, which can’t be an easy obstacle to overcome.
This final book in the series (although I’m praying it’s not the end of this fantastic world Mead has built!), has Sydney and Adrian battling old enemies and old prejudices and desperately trying to locate Jill. There are so many wonderful moments that made me love this book, but mostly I just love how Sydney and Adrian work as a team, how much they respect each other’s strengths and abilities. It’s inspiring. But I also love when they give each other space and trust in one another.
My favorite scenes took place in the Dhamphir village though, because there were some really heart stopping moments and revelations to be had there. One development I saw coming, but not the outcome. For me, it definitely opened the door for a future series within this world (okay, okay, that’s not just wishful thinking!).
In the end, this has been one of my favorite YA series of all time. I’m not ready to say goodbye, but I was happy with the last book. I’d be even happier if it wasn’t the last book in the series. 😉
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