Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
Bloodlines, Chapter 4
Whoa, this is a long chapter, not to mention a parade of some of our favorite characters—and a nice way to sum up Rose: “She was like a tropical flower in this dark, stuffy room. One that could kill you.” I know it was hard for a lot of people to switch away from Rose’s point of view, but I actually like seeing her through other people’s eyes. You can’t always trust your narrator, so it’s interesting to see if people view themselves the way others do.
Fun fact: when I first switched the book to just Sydney’s POV, I was going to make Lee be her love interest (he was going to be human but still have the same dark background that Moroi Lee does). I did it because I was worried that if Jill was no longer one of the narrators, he wouldn’t get enough air time. He and Sydney were so badly matched, though, that I soon scrapped that idea. And I don’t mean badly matched in a love/hate way. It was boring. They just had nothing of interest at all between them, so I had to shelf her romance and give Lee back to Jill, where he belonged.
In closing, how nice is it that Abe gives Adrian a pep talk about how talented and capable he really is? When the father of the girl who broke your heart tells you you’re a cool person, that’s a pretty big thing. Especially when that person is a flamboyantly dressed pirate-esque vampire.