Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Title: The Fiery Heart
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: RazorBill
Release: November 19, 2013
Series: Bloodlines
Pages: 438
Review: Four Stars

Warning! This book contains adult content and this review has minor spoilers from previous books. Read with caution!

I was super excited for this book. Like, bouncing off the walls excited. Amazon took what felt like a million years to ship it, which meant severe annoyance to my parents. The author had said that the heat would be turned up in the book, and I was expecting some definite action. It did not quite live up to expectations. I got the book late on release day. There was a lot of bouncing off the walls. I immediately started the book. It started a little slow, but I knew good things were coming. My favorite parts of the book? All the parts with Rose Hathaway of course! The main character Sydney is nice, but Rose was the main character of VA and no one can live up to her!

Syden grows in leaps and bounds in this book, in some ways better than others. She developed in some really cool ways, and really accepted her magic. Seriously, the magic-using in this book was off the charts! Her younger sister Zoe showed up, and honestly, I wanted to smack her any time she was in the room. Somehow, I just don't connect with the characters as much in Bloodlines as I did in Vampire Academy. Yes, I like them, but VA was simply better. Adrian is the male protagonist, and I really wanted to smack him. Smoking and drinking are two problems that really bother me, and although he was getting better, I just didn't like him as much. The book was dual-POV, and while some of what Adrian thought was interesting, a lot of it was whining. He just doesn't do it for me, like, say, Dimitri... :)

The book can be divided into three parts. Part one, general boringness and buildup. Part two, loads of interesting stuff and fun characters (plus, lots of Rose!) Part three, sex scenes with a little bit of interesting stuff every other chapter. Seriously, when Richelle said that the heat was turned up, I was expecting tension, not, that. I love tension. It's fun, not for the characters but the reader, it makes characters say things they wouldn't normally, and it is a great plot-pusher. Endless sex, not so much. Honestly, it made the book boring. And of course, the ending. I've been expecting the ending for a while now. I knew it would happen, and while it was a plot twist, it wasn't a surprise. I'll probably have a new Unhinged Speculations post up soon with my conspiracy theories about the rest of the series, mainly book five, Silver Shadows, or at least an updated version of the same ones. The book was fun. It was good. And it was by Richelle Mead. It's hard for Richelle Mead to write a bad book. I think the main reason I was let down, was simply the amount of buildup around the book, not the book itself. So, publisher fail, but I give the book four stars.

Author Bio:

Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel. Visit to find out more.

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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.

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