Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review: Bloodlines #4: The Fiery Heart

Title: Bloodlines #4: The Fiery Heart

Author: Richelle Mead

Date of Publication: November 19, 2013

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book

Buy This Book: Amazon

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.

My Review:

This review has been one of the hardest ones to write since I've started my blog. Richelle Mead never fails to completely blow me away and this novel was so devastatingly wonderful that I've spent days thinking about what I could possibly say about it. With alternating POV's between Sydney and Adrian (a bold move that worked out beautifully), a healthy dose of romance, and fantastic plot development this novel was most definitely the set up for even bigger and better things coming in the series.

Much of this novel was focused on build up for what can only be the "big finale" of the series so the excitement level was pretty low until the end. However, that didn't mean that there was a huge amount of plot development going on. Both Sydney and Adrian have come a long way since we were first introduced to them and this novel really emphasized how much they've both changed, Adrian especially. Hes started to leave his partying "bad boy" ways behind and has started to turn his life around. I loved watching Adrian start to use his abilities with Spirit for the greater good and watching the secondary characters realize that Adrian is capable of more than just the drinking and partying he's always been known for.

Both Sydney and Adrian start to fall apart a little bit in this novel, not in terms of romance but in terms of mental/emotional states. There have always been rumors of Spirit causing madness and this novel really brings to light the struggles Adrian goes through when he uses it too much. The parts of the novel from Adrian's POV gives readers a deeper look into his mind and gives readers the chance to find out what really makes him tick. Likewise Sydney beings to lose her calm and cool demeanor, taking risks and making hasty decisions that are very un-Sydney like and ultimately lead to the horrible (but wonderful!) cliff hanger at the end of the novel.

The romance between Sydney and Adrian also really started to heat up in this novel. Even though their times together were short Mead packed as much of a punch as she could in the time that she gave them. One of the things I love most about their relationship is how opposite they are; Sydney and Adrian are and two totally different sides of the spectrum but thats half the reason why the chemistry between them is so intense. I was swooning the whole time Sydney and Adrian were trapped together at the hotel during a snowstorm and I just  couldn't get enough of their secret meetings and texts on the "Love Phone". Their relationship is just so adorable I can't help but fall more in love with them after every page.

Another absolutely fantastic addition to the Bloodlines series The Fiery Heat was everything I hoped it would be. A pivotal novel in the series this book left me absolutely desperate for more and I don't know how I'm possibly going to wait until Silver Shadows is released next year!


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