Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: The Fiery Heart

Title: The Fiery Heart
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 438
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 Cows

 Goodreads Description:

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.

THE FIERY HEART is the only book I’ve really read recently. To say that I’ve been in a reading slump would be a drastic understatement. However, I did read and finish THE FIERY HEART and even better I loved it.

As a long time Richelle Mead fan and a MEGA Adrian fan, this shouldn’t be such a surprise but in a way it is. Despite the above-mentioned facts, I hadn’t loved any of the books in the Bloodlines series. Sure, I liked them but nothing more. I never could quite connect with Sydney the way I wanted to. I started to a little at the end of THE INDIGO SPELL, but it wasn’t until THE FIERY HEART that I really began to love her.

Finally, Sydney loosens up and lets go of all the crazy strict Alchemist rules and prejudices. The difference in Sydney is truly remarkable between BLOODLINES and THE FIERY HEART. She’s still smart and organized but she also allows herself to have fun and just live her life.

For the first time, Richelle Mead allows readers to see inside the mind of Adrian Ivashkov and it’s ah-mazing! Adrian was one of my first literary crushes and he definitely still claims a piece of my heart. I loved getting to see what was going on inside his head and also being able to see Sydney from his mind. I think that has a lot to do with why I really began to love Sydney. When you see her the way Adrian does you can’t help but love her.

Another great thing about THE FIERY HEART is that you get to see some great cameo appearances. Most notably, Rose Hathaway! J You’ll also see Dmitri, Lissa, Sonya, Christian, and Abe.

While THE FIERY HEART does have some action, the focus of this book is clearly Sydney and Adrian and how their relationship develops. Fans of Richelle Mead, will not be disappointed and will be anxious for the next installment.  In typical Richelle Mead fashion, my heart was completely ripped out and stomped on and I loved every second of it!


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