Monday, 27 January 2014

The Fiery Heart Review

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Book Synopsis
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 thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars
I don't even know where to begin with this book. It has left me heartbroken and traumatised.

I knew whilst reading that things where too good to be true, that something had to come along and spoil things but seriously that was like 10 steps too far and I just don't know how to deal with it. I can almost hear you out there, the ones who read a book but never really delve into the book and connect with the characters, judging me.. telling me 'its just a book' and to 'get over it' and 'honestly its not a big deal'. Well let me tell you, I have loved these characters since Vampire Academy. Separately I thought they were great, flawed but great. Together they are superb. And I have to agree with Adrian, they shouldn't be allowed to have children "what with the overwhelming power of our collective charm, brains and good looks".
Both characters have grown immensely since we first met them in VA and even more so since we met up with them in Bloodlines. I had to do a double take when reading it was Sydney's 19th birthday... No way, how does she get to be this grown up and responsible at just 19.
Add to that the smoldering relationship they have with each other and suddenly this doesn't feel like the YA series it started out as. Rest assured all those anxious parents who (like me) have allowed their children to start reading this series, it does stay very much Young Adult, more adult themes are talked about, and written around. We get the impression of the intimacy and love but no actual descriptions.

Ok so the love story aside... My heart broke for Adrian in this book. No one understands how much spirit affects him, not even other spirit users and I feel that people spend so much time judging him that the only person who truly see's what he's going through is Jill. And me. Not even Sydney, who admittedly see's more than most, but I spent a lot of this book hating her because of the pressure that she puts on him, some of it without even realising. Like i said earlier, Adrian has grown so much in this series that he makes decisions in this book that he has categorically refused in the past. And my little heart couldnt be prouder. And then his secret came out and while some people were incredibly proud of him other (more judgemental members of the group) were shocked and somewhat disappointed which I found highly hypocritical considering who they were and what they themselves had been through.

One of the things I loved about this book was the switching of POV's between Sydney and Adrian. To be able to get inside Adrian Ivashkov's head was such an amazing treat for me. I really hope the remainder of the series continues like this.
The ending of this book is ugly. Be prepared for crying. And then more crying when you realise that Silver Shadows isn't due for release until July 29th 2014.

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