Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the wolds 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.

Review:  5 of 5 Stars

The Fiery Heart picks up with a huge surprise....it contains Adrian's POV!  I have to admit, I wasn't sure how I felt about that considering I am so used to Sydney and the way she processes things.  Thankfully, we got the best of both worlds.

Adrian and Sydney are struggling to keep their relationship secret since the entire thing is completely taboo.  But, how do you hide that kind of love?  To make matters worse, Sydney's sister, Zoe, is now assigned to Amberwood.  Her disdain for the Moroi and Dhampir is palpable so she questions everything that Sydney does to help them.

I loved hearing Adrian's POV.  I totally understand why he acts the way he does and the control that spirit has over him.  Seeing him struggle in his own mind is terrible and made me pity him and see things in a new light.  Before I would just get angry with him, but now I can see that he really can't control what he is doing.

Sydney still has the same struggles as in previous books, but not nearly to the extent she had earlier.  She struggles more with how to see Adrian and be with him and not tip her hand.  I love seeing the carefree side of her that appears with Adrian.  If everyone else would leave them alone, they could be so happy!  :)

TFH is full of love.  Yeah, there is a little drama, but the majority of this book is dedicated to figuring out the "cure" for Alchemist tattoos and for protecting humans and Moroi against Strigoi.  No one is smarter than Sydney.  The other theme to TFH?  Sydney and Adrian.  It finally happened. And it was so sweet and wonderful.  I am so happy for them, but I am so scared for them too.  What will happen if they are caught?  We all know that it is beginning to look inevitable.  And the ending....ripped my heart out.  Now, off to start Silver Shadows.  I can't wait any longer!

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