Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Penguin on November 19th, 2013
Genres: paranormal, romantic suspense, young adult
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . . But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever. Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
To be honest, I hadn’t planned on reviewing this one for anything other than Goodreads. It can be a real struggle talking about series installments, most particularly when they’re right in the middle of the series like this one (book 4) without spewing a bunch of spoilers for anyone who may just be starting, considering, or haven’t caught up yet.
But you know what? Sometimes I just have to gush. So here I am, gushing about The Fiery Heart. I’m sorry if some of you have not even read some of this series. (Actually, what are you doing here? Go get it right now if you haven’t read it, I’m not even kidding.)
After having been an initial fan of Vampire Academy from the beginning and for so long, I can’t believe I’m actually saying that I love this series a bit more but I do. There’s just something about it.
Oh Adrian. I’m sorry I’ve neglected you. I was playing catch-up with all of my other books, and then I realized I had this one of my shelf and I hadn’t even read it! For shame! Well, problem solved now. This installment though was not quite my favorite of the bunch so far though. But I’m certainly glad I picked it up and got back into the series again. (And as of this review, I’ve already bought and read book five, Silver Shadows. But that’s for a different post. Haha) It reminded me how much I missed the “crazy fangirl” in me to rush out and buy a Mead book on release day. I’m so behind. And now I need to catch back up on my favorite characters.
Sydney has so much depth, and even displays a lot of emotion, throughout this installment that it showed a whole other side to her character. Unlike the first three books, I think the reader gets a real look at her here because now she’s in a serious (and forbidden) relationship–and she’s truly showing her vulnerability to us. I like where Mead has taken her character. Truly. Sydney is an all-around badass in more ways than one. Just like Rose had been in Vampire Academy. But with her own voice. She stands out on her own. And I ADORE her. Which is funny, because in Vampire Academy, I couldn’t stand her character. LOL. This was initially why I had been wary to even read the Bloodlines series when I first heard about the spinoff announcement way back when and learned who it was going to be about. It all worked out though. 🙂
I felt like this installment was a lot about emotion and thoughts toward the future. Several key characters had their various degrees of drama going on that would affect their future, along with different relationships, all of which is building toward the final two installments that will be wrapping all of this up. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride. Edgy, fun, chaotic, heart-shattering… I can think of so many words to describe it.
As always, Mead sticks readers with an ending that leaves us on the edge of our seats, too. THANKS.