Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Oh Sydney, what am I going to do with you? This series is a prime example of when a third person narrative would be better suited to the characters that the first person. Because even though I like Sydney’s main characteristics – smart, organized, caring – her main thoughts in this novel – counting her calories and obsessing over kissing Adrian – drive me up the friggin walls.
She’s not the only character, either. Angeline is annoying as well. And while Jill finally starts to grow on me a little near the end of the novel, for the majority of it she is a difficult character to swallow too. Even Adrian, thanks to his interactions with Sydney, is a bit too much to handle at times.
If you can get past the parts of Sydney’s dialogue that are incessantly annoying, then I actually like the plot of this novel, even though it’s a bit jumbled in the different story arcs coinciding. With the Marcus plot, plus Mrs. T’s sister and magic plot, and then of course the will-they-won’t-they-but-God-please-let-them-stop-talking-about-it plot with her and Adrian, there is a lot going on. Still, Mead does a pretty good job of balancing it all out and giving equal parts attention to everything happening in this novel so that none of the plots feel dropped along the way.
I’m still struggling a bit with Sydney’s character – for example, how she so easily gets roped into practicing magic with Mrs. T even though she claims it is so unnatural and goes against everything she believes for her to work it. And, her relationship with Adrian – how she keeps telling herself that nothing can happen with him since he’s a vampire, and yet she finds every single excuse to hang out with him even more. It’s a big off putting since she’s the main character, but I’m still hoping she’s going to grow on me as the series continues. It does feel like the plot is getting better and is less focused on all the different love relationships/dramas and more on the supernatural aspects of the world.