Tuesday, February 7, 2012

We Are One Weird Family

Published: August 23rd, 2011
By: Richelle Mead
Razorbill Fiction
ISBN-13: 9780141337111

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...


   Sydney is still in trouble for helping dhampir Rose Hathaway prove her innocence and a plot against Moroi Queen Lissa Drogomir.  Her people, the Alchemists, view this as a serious betrayl.  But in an effort to protect her younger sister from the harsh life of an alchemist, Sydney fights to win a job helping to protect Jill (Lissa's younger sister) from would be assassins, who will start a Civil War in the vamp world if she is killed.  This involves going to school in Palm Springs, California and posing as siblings to avoid attracting attention.  Also along for the ride is heartbroken Adrian, who's still hurting over Rose choosing Dimitri, Eddie (the dhampir who protects Jill) and Keith, a seriously crooked alchemist who hates Sydney and will stop at nothing to have her sent away.  While at school, Sydney uncovers a possible plot using alchemist technology to make money, by giving humans tattoos with extra properties that are dangerous to them.  Sydney also becomes further confused over who is a friend or enemy, with all the lines blurring as the days pass with Jill, Eddie and Adrian becoming close friends.  Will she be able to do her job without getting attached?  And who will be alive or dead when all is said and done?  I enjoyed this book a lot.  It was obviously set-up for future books in the series, but I found the plot interesting and there was enough action to keep me interested.  The characters were well developed and fun to read, except Jill who comes across as slightly 2-Dimensional.  I truly loved Sydney and Adrian's sarcastic interactions and I also loved Sydney as a confused, but strong heroine.  This was a good first series book and I will definitely be reading the next one.

VERDICT:  4/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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