Book Review: Silver Shadows

Posted February 15, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 3 Comments

Book Review: Silver ShadowsSilver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #5
Published by Penguin, Razorbill on July 29th 2014
Genres: paranormal, romance, young adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . . Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I know The Ruby Circle recently released, and yes I’ve already read it. That review will be up shortly. At first I wasn’t going to review Silver Shadows because like with The Fiery Heart, what’s there to really say other than to sit and gush about it? And it really is hard to review late installments (rather than just first and last) of a large series. I want to gush about certain events, but it could lead to spoilers, and I’d hate to spoil anything for anyone that may be picking up this series in the near future. Lol. So I’ll give it my best here.

I did need to get some things out of the way:

Silver Shadows was action-packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was nail biting at times, actually. Where The Fiery Heart failed to deliver in some of the earlier tension from the other installments, Silver Shadows built it back up and then some. There are many obstacles between Adrian and Sydney, and this is the installment where even if I wasn’t already shipping them—I certainly do now.

I think my biggest complaint in general is something I can’t really discuss in my review due to a minor spoiler. Which sucks. It wasn’t damaging enough to put me off completely, but it did upset me that Mead had to turn his character to that “type” in that kind of situation. Cryptic speak, I know, but that’s about the best I can say at this time. It was… out of character, actually, as well as I feel like I know him. Meh.

Silver Shadows also offers a darker, grittier look at the world of Alchemists. That much I can say. It was often horrifying to read about. My heart broke for the characters, reading the actions through each page. But then that ending, the hope, the rejoice… I nearly screamed! Mead and her endings!

Yeah, so this is one of my shorter reviews… But stay tuned for my review of The Ruby Circle coming later this week. 😉



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