Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Silver Shadows

Title: Silver Shadows
Author:  Richelle Mead
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 419
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now 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.

For 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. . . .

Their 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.

It's no secret that Adrian is my #1 fictional boyfriend. Honestly, it could be a book about Adrian learning how to knit socks and I would read it. But as interesting as that would be I am happy that Richelle Mead decided to go in a different direction and I'm just talking about the idea of Adrian knitting socks. Silver Shadows is different than the previous books in this series. The plot, the setting, and the characters are all a little different.

The setting in Silver Shadows changes pretty dramatically. Sydney is away at "Alchemist Reform School" which is putting it mildly and Adrian is kind of all over the place. So while in previous books most of the story takes place at the school in Palm Springs, most of Silver Shadows takes place in an unknown location (Sydney) or here, there and everywhere (Adrian). This has a definite impact on the plot in this novel. Even though all of the books have been about Sydney and Adrian, I feel like the others were very central to the story in previous books. It reminds me a lot of Blood Promise when Rose leaves the academy to go find and kill Dmitri.  

Jill, Eddie, Angeline and Trey aren't around as much. They are there at the beginning and the end but are missing for a pretty big chunk in the middle. This means new characters and maybe some appearances of characters we loved in VA!! I enjoyed getting to know the new characters and think there's still a lot of their story to be told and was pleasantly surprised to see some old favorites!

Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. I would think after this many books that he wouldn't be able to surprise me. Yet, he did and in a good way. I loved him in this book! I must admit I was worried about Sydney after the end of The Fiery Heart but I have to admit that she surprised me. She was stronger than I thought she was!

Silver Shadows is an excellent book and that fans of the series will love. If you're an Adrian lover, prepare yourself to be surprised! 

1 comment:

  1. I just finished reading this YESTERDAY!! And I I loved every moment of it, but why does Richelle Mead ALWAYS do something in the last two pages that make me sooo ANTSY about getting the next book. At least February isn't terribly far away, but right now it feels like a lifetime.


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