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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: the Fiery Heart (#4 Bloodlines) by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart
Bloodlines #4
Richelle Mead
Paranormal, YA

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.


As the fourth book in a spin off series I knew it wouldn't be quite as good as it's predecessors, but I wasn't expecting what I read!
Okay, before you decide to move this book down on your TBR list - I did enjoyed the book, but the first half was SO extremely slow! It was basically the day to day life and struggles of the group at Amberwood.
It wasn't until about the halfway mark that things finally picked up; which is great, because I was beginning to lose faith in the storyline.
The third book, Indigo Spell, had a sense of urgency to it. The pace was fast and there was a lot going on to keep you interested; this book seems to take the urgency out of those problems, and instead focuses more on all the romantic problems the group is having. Fiery Heart's primary characters are Adrian and Sydney with the rest seeming to get pushed to the background with a few mentions here and there.
Honestly, this would be a great book if you could transform the first half of the book into a summery and then read the second half. It ends with a hell of a cliff hanger that will surely have you begging for the next book, Silver Shadows. (being released in late July)

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