The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Posted on 12/02/2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle MeadThe Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill on 11/19/2013
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 337
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

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. . . .

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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.

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Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Coming off of a huge disappointment in the last book I read (yeah, I’m looking at YOU, Allegiant!), I was very excited to realize that my pre-ordered copy of the latest installment in the Bloodlines series was ready and waiting for me. Despite not being crazy about the title or the cover (totally not how I picture Adrian…and what is going on with her hair?), I knew that what was inside would not disappoint. And how right I was!

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The Fiery Heart alternates between the POV of Sydney and Adrian, who are FINALLY together! And let me just tell you…things get steamy! Of course, dating a vampire is pretty much a mortal sin for an Alchemist, so their relationship has to be completely clandestine. To make matters even more complicated, Sydney’s little sister, Zoe, is now in the picture and out to prove herself to their father. Sydney has to hide not only her relationship, but her friendships with the Moroi and Dhampirs, as well as her magic. It doesn’t take long for the family drama to hit an all-time high.

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I enjoyed the different points of view, especially seeing things from Adrian’s perspective – love his sarcastic sense of humor! I also like how much Sydney has grown since the series began – not only has she gotten past her own stereotypes, but she has matured and developed a much better sense of herself.  Between her magic and working against the Alchemists, she has gone from a timid rule-follower to becoming a badass (albeit one who is very organized and wears a lot of khaki).  I only wish we would have gotten to see her do even more magic in this book.

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Fans of the series will be happy to know that there are some cameos from several of our VA favorites. I won’t spoil who it is or why they show up, but it definitely made me a little wistful for some more adventures with them.

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Even though I saw it coming, the ending had me anxiously turning pages with a knot in my stomach. There were a couple of major game-changers that happened throughout the course of the book, and I can’t wait to see how they play out and how both the Alchemist and Moroi worlds will be affected by them.  Definitely looking forward to Silver Shadows in 2014!

three-half-stars
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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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