Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Genre:  Adult (or very mature YA) Paranormal Romance
Bloodlines Series, Book 4

Note:  Read the other books before reading the description below.  Just do it!

Description (taken from Richelle Mead's website):
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.

I believe my doldrums for this series has ended.  The last two books were pretty much "meh" for me.  But this one: my heart was racing, emotions were high, and I wanted to tear the book into itty-bitty little pieces at one point.  All it took was Sydney getting over her aversion of vampires and falling madly in love with Adrian.  Funny how my outlook on the series changes once the protagonist gets over her issues.

The moment Sydney accepted the vampires in her life and the romance blossoming between her and Adrian, the Alchemists throw a curve ball at her.  They bring her sister into the mission to protect Jill, a Moroi princess.  While her sister is naive enough to blindly follow the Alchemists, Sydney's goal is to make Zoe think for herself.  But with her magical abilities growing and Adrian there to distract her, will she have enough time to change her sister's views?

I really enjoyed this book.  I finished it in two days.  In fact, I stayed up late at night finishing the book.  And I got so worked up that I couldn't sleep afterwards.  It just got better and better.  And then there was a moment where I thought, "Uh oh, what's the catch?  It can't be this good.  There's always a catch!"  Anyways, my only comments on this book is it begins to leave the young adult genre and enter the new adult genre.  Which I think is totally appropriate because the main characters in this book are 18 and 21.  So just keep that in mind if you're considering this series.

If you haven't picked up one of Richelle Mead's books, shame on you.  I suggest you start with Vampire Academy.  And maybe one day, you'll understand why Adrian is my fictional boyfriend crush...

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge


  1. I love this series too! I completely agree with you regarding how nice it was to see Sydney get over her issues. She has become one of my favorite YA heroines! I also like that you point out how this book starts the transition to NA which I think is a good discussion point. Fabulous review!

  2. I really want to start this series! I wasn't sure after seeing the first few reviews of book 1 which were not all positive but it sounds like the series gets better - at least this one has gotten a lot of great reviews. I loved Adrian in the VA series but not so much Sydney. I will def. give it a try eventually and then I can binge read the whole thing! :D


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