Published by Razorbill on July 29, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
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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.\r\n\r\nIn The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.\r\n\r\nNow 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.\r\n\r\nFor 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. . . .\r\n\r\nTheir 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.
The Bloodlines series is drawing to a close. After this installment, there is only one book left. I am going to miss these characters so much – is it possible to have a spin-off of a spin-off? Probably not. Luckily, I have always been a big fan of re-reading books that I enjoy.\r\n\r\nThere isn’t a lot I can say without spoiling this one. It’s told from the points of view of Sydney and Adrian, and we spend a lot less time with the gang at Rosewood. We start off with Syd in re-education and Adrian in a downward spiral after months of searching for her. It was interesting to finally find out more about the Alchemists and their dreaded re-education centers. Sydney really proved her strength and determination, but Adrian was quite the opposite. His woe-is-me attitude and descent into partying (and inadvertently leading on another girl) was really annoying.\r\n\r\nThere were also a few things toward the end of the book that I felt were really predictable and also were choices Sydney probably wouldn’t have made, which may have even caused me to roll my eyes once or twice. Despite that, I really did enjoy the story and liked this vastly different change of pace and location. I can’t wait for the final book to be released in February!\r\n\r\nP.S. As a completely irrelevant side-note, I have to say that I hate the covers for this series. This one was slightly better than The Fiery Heart, but still bad. I just don’t get it. There is so much potential for amazing covers with the alchemist tattoos, the magic, and the auras…there is a great series hidden inside these cheesy covers!
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