BOOK 1: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Golden Lily description:
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?
A great sequel, and I just love Sydney more and more… to be honest, so far I like this series better than the Vampire Academy and it’s mainly due to the characters in this one are just such an interesting group… And Sydney is someone that you can’t help but love… she wants to do what’s right by the alchemist because that’s what she’s always known but the more time she spends with moroi and dhampirs the more she thinks she should follow her instincts… that the vampires aren’t evil just because their vampires and the humans aren’t good just because their humans… she really begins to struggle with keeping the balance in her world and suddenly things aren’t so black and white anymore… especially since she’s learning just how she’s not exactly ordinary herself… the new powers are really coming into play which makes this book even more dynamic… and I have to add that wow I’m just in love with Adrian… definitely a good read here…