I feel like I need to say that I'm not reading this for anything, LOL.
Not for booklikes-opoly.
Not for a Readathon.
Not saving for tomorrow's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon (although if not finished will count applicable pages).
Not saving for tomorrow's dice roll for booklikes-opoly.
Just a book in an ongoing series I like (when not going too YA) with a protagonist I like that came through my public library ebook loan waitlist.
I can confidently say that this is my favorite of the Bloodlines series so far.
I would definitely say, though, that the first third or half of the book would have been much improved by shortening Adrian's chapters. I seriously considered skipping them. I was so anxious to get to Sydney, and Adrian was boring at best and annoying at worst. What was up with him? He was acting like Sydney was dead! I was really frustrated with him. How could he think that attempting to find her in a dream a couple of times a day was good enough? I would think checking hourly, with Sonya and Lissa taking a few shifts, would have been much more effective. He really would have had to get lucky for his method to have worked. Of course, ultimately, he did. But he could have made contact sooner.
Now, Sydney's chapters, I loved. I'm really interested in psychology and Sydney's "re-education" is very reminiscent of old-fashioned methods of treating mental disabilities. It was sufficiently creepy and infuriating, and I was cheering Sydney on the whole way. Although, there were a couple of times I got frustrated with her as well... The first time she thinks she'll be able to get drug-free sleep and realizes that they drug all of the inmates at night, my first thought was that she could try sleeping during their hour of reading time. Granted, maybe they're not allowed to and that time must be used for reading, but the fact that she didn't even think about it annoyed me. Later, I think it was when they were starting their attempt to get a Pavlovian response out of her and she took forever to figure out what they wanted her to say. She's been great at thinking like an Alchemist when she needs to up to and after this point, but for an inexplicable reason, her brain was working really slowly in that moment and it took some extreme pain for her to finally get those gears turning. It just seemed uncharacteristic to me.
Once Adrian got out of his slump, both sides kept me invested in the story and I loved the continuation and conclusion of it. I can't wait to read the next and final book!
Side note: I'm assuming Hopper will have something to do in the next book? Isn't he supposed to help or warn Sydney or something? I feel like he hasn't done anything but be adorable yet.
*Review written September 15, 2016.*
Hmm… not my favorite in this series. I think I’d like to point out the fact that this book kind of follows along the same line as most books do with the whole characters are separated arc.
One thing that really annoyed me was Adrian! I seriously thought we got past his self pity phase and always syncing into depression and thinking about crap about how sad his life is!
Meanwhile Sydney is clearly trying her hardest and I wanted to yell at Adrian like, “Look at HER! And look at YOU! She’s going through more than you are!
Thankfully, Adrian got through with his self pity BS at the point where I was about to smack him for
getting involved with the whole Nina thing—completely unnecessary.
As usual, the plot moved forward more towards the end than in the beginning. Thankfully, Adrian made up for the end so I excused his lameness in the beginning. Maybe it’s just me, but
if the person I loved was locked away, I might go insane trying to find them, but I would never be losing track of days and getting drunk and listening to my parents getting involved with other people. Well, not like Adrian was “involved” but readers know what I mean.
And, God! Sydney’s dad just gets worse and worse! And no offense but if Zoe is going to apologize in the next book I would not care or listen to her! What a brainwashed puppet!
I feel like there’s so much conflict, I’m not sure how it’s all possibly going to be wrapped up in the next book, but I am anticipating The Ruby Circle! Eagerly waiting for the ending and expecting lots of action from what happened!