Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Review

"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."

I love! I love! I love! Oh my goodness. The Fiery Heart is the best. I hate how Mead ended on a cliffhanger. This is why you wait until the last book comes out to read the entire series. At least that worked pretty well with Vampire Academy. Bloodlines? Not so much. It's 2014 and the next book, Silver Shadows, is months away. Like four months away. So annoying! I totally hate waiting for the next book.

Told from two POVs, The Fiery Heart is a big on surprises. It's told from Adrian and Sydney, in case you were wondering. Which POV is better? Well, I admit that I favor Sydney's POV. Adrian is too depressing. I think he's even more depressing than Poe. And that's saying something, because few are more depressing than Poe. (Edgar Allen Poe, if you can't figure it out. If you can't figure out, then you have a problem). 

The ending is something I have to talk about. Right now. I can't believe it! She left us on a freaking cliffhanger. Whatever happens, I hope Sydney and Adrian will be okay. Apparently, the next book will be more romantic than sexual. That's according to the wiki page on Silver Shadows. Don't look so embarrassed. It's the truth. If wiki is right.

What I totally like about Bloodlines series is the lack of the infamous love triangle. You may argue that smart boy may had been a candidate, but you're only kidding yourself. It was always and always will be Adrian at the end. Remember Vampire Academy? For Rose, there were Dimitri, Mason, and Adrian. For Dimitri, there was a few other woman I won't name and Rose. Then I could also talk about some other weird things that happened in Vampire Academy. Let's face it. Vampire Academy is much stranger than the Bloodlines series.

The plot is so exciting. There is so many problems and situations. Magic takes a back seat for the most part of the book. The Alchemists and their organization is back in the limelight. They take front and center along with a few other people. Even though there's tons of problems, I'm going to say that you aren't going to be confused. Mead takes you into the book very well.

I will tell you that there are a few what-the-heck-is-wrong-with-this-author moments. For one example... Actually, I shouldn't talk about spoilers. Hmm...maybe I shouldn't. Close your eyes unless you want to see. Okay, apparently Sydney's witch mentor is dating Sydney's self-defense teacher. Isn't that wonderful? Totally gross moment. Open your eyes now. Heh. I should had used the words, spoiler alert, but that would be boring. I like a little bit of change. Change is good for us.

Sydney is growing up as a character. She's discovering more of the Alchemist's deception and secrets. She struggles with her heart and the Alchemist. It totally reminds me of Grave Mercy, when Ismae had to chose between Duval (the guy/love interest) or her convent (the organization she's obeying).

Adrian grows much more than Sydney. Since we are reading from his POV, we see more from his perspective. He's not exactly a drunk by choice. It's just that spirit is too depressing for him. That's why he has been kind of a jerk lately. In addition, we get to see how much Sydney's love changed him. Yes, it might be totally cheesy, but it's sort of cute and romantic. Sorry to all the men out there.

Rating: Five out of Five

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