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Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines #4
Richelle Mead
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

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.

Let's face it: I would have stalled longer had Lupe from Catching Bookz didn't throw a "fit" and persuaded to get my butt into Bloodlines gear and read The Fiery Heart, thus joining her – and many others – in the waiting room for Silver Shadows (not anymore! Muahaha!).

Although... I did have a catch: I persuaded Lupe to join me in a discussion for The Fiery Heart, which will be posted tomorrow. More fun details on that then, but be aware I might spoil some of our discussion away.

The fourth novel in Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series, is say... interesting. Different from her novels, since Mead explores with writing from 2 views rather than just one. I've pretty much discovered that Adrian Ivashkov, after all, has a few funny bones. Lupe disagrees, but I personally think Sydney just made him seem all too serious in my eyes in prior Bloodlines novels.
The newest addition to the group was Neil Raymond, aka Tall, Proper, and Boring. -Adrian
But with getting the perks of peeking into Ivashkov's – I once called him Adrian Whatshisname. Lupe would have murdered me, but we were in English. – mind and finding out he has a few funny bones, we find out some dark secrets as well. Like Adrian getting seriously hung over, AFTER the guy promised Sydney he would limit himself to one alcoholic drink a day.

I cannot comprehend how people can like a drunk love interest that breaks a promise. I, for one, like drunk love interests who try to fix their habit, but I hate it when they promise so and then break it. That is a complete turn off for me.
"He almost always turns down going out, and the few times he has, he hardly has anything. I was kind of blown away when he jumped in tonight, and then . . . the more I watched, the more I got it. He had this look my stepdad used to get whenever he fell off the wagon. Like he’d been living in a desert and suddenly stumbled across an Evian machine. Then the more it went on tonight . . .” She sighed.
In my humble little opinion that could possibly send Adrian fangirls like Lupe with pitchforks and torches after me, Adrian is only awesome when he's sober. Otherwise, he's NOT.

Sydney, well, let's just say she's going deeper into the dark woods from Alchemist views – figuratively saying. With her sister Zoe trailing her whenever possible, it's harder for Sydney to keep her relationship with Adrian as discreet as she was able to in past books. Plus, Sydney finds something interesting in relation to The Indigo Spell, so Marcus will be poking his head around in The Fiery Heart. To the delight of Adrian fananigans, Adrian actually does something pretty important as well... in the Moroi court. Instead of sitting around, twiddling his thumbs, making out with Sydney (obviously), getting drunk, and the like. Keep those pitchforks away, ladies. *puts up a "WEAPONS IN A MISSION TO KILL SOPHI IS NOT ALLOWED" sign*

Finally though, the end. I must have Silver Shadows. With the way The Fiery Heart ended things – it doesn't make Adrian anymore impressive with the way he exits – Silver Shadows is definitely going to be an ultimate test with Adrian and Sydney. If anything, I'll be having uber high expectations when I finally steal Lupe's copy (one more week until I can!).

4.5 Owls

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