LOVE AND LOYALTY RUN DEEPER THAN BLOOD…
Sydney protects vampire secrets -- and human lives. As an alchemist, she is part of a secret group who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the world of humans and vampires.
But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she... read more
Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist--one of the 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... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist--one of the 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 allegiances 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 the 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 Jil'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.
“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 Ivashkov
“Rose scowled. "I should be the one staying. I should be Jill's roommate. No offense, Sydney. We need you for the paperwork, but I'm the one who's gotta kick anyone's ass who gives Jill trouble.”Rose Hathaway
“That, I thought bitterly was the saddest part of all--that Adrian Ivashkov was right.”Sydney Sage
“You don't understand" He said. "I understand that you're going through a rough time. I understand that you are hurting." I refused to look at him and gave my attention to the road. "But that doesn't give you the right to play around with other people's lives. Try taking care of your own for a change.”Adrian Ivashkov and Sydney Sage
“I was pretty sure “re-education” was a nice way of saying “brainwashing.””Sydney Sage
“Sydney Sage.” I nodded, trying not to look flustered at the recognition. Then I realized Keith had frozen up beside me. He’d claimed he could “handle” being around Moroi, but apparently, that meant staring gape-mouthed and not saying a word.”Sydney Sage
“Abe had the kind of appearance that could leave many people speechless, even if they knew nothing about him.”Sydney Sage
“What happened?” He shrugged. “I told the truth.” “Adrian!” “I’m serious. She asked me what my greatest strength was. I said getting along with people.” “That’s not bad,” I admitted. “Then she asked what my greatest weakness was. And I said, ‘Where should I start?‘” “Adrian!” “Stop saying my name like that. I told her the truth. By the time I was on the fourth one, she told me I could go.”Sydney and Adrian
“I was no better at reading people than I had been ten seconds ago, but in that moment, I suddenly gained a flash of understanding into the mystery that was Adrian Ivashkov. People didn’t believe in him very often. They had low expectations of him, so he did as well.”Sydney Sage
“I also suddenly realized that, as unlikely as it seemed, Adrian and I had a lot in common. Both of us were constantly boxed in by others’ expectations. It didn’t matter that people expected everything of me and nothing of him. We were still the same, both of us constantly trying to break out of the lines that others had defined for us and be our own person. Adrian Ivashkov—flippant, vampire party boy—was more like me than anyone else I knew.”Sydney Sage
“The greatest changes in history have come when people were able to shake off what others told them to do.”
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