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Monday 6 January 2014

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 438 Pages, Hardcover
Date Published: November 19th, 2013
Find it on Goodreads: The Fiery Heart
Source: Purchased

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 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 smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

It is no secret that I am a huge Vampire Academy and Bloodlines fan. I absolutely adore these novels and Richelle Mead’s fantastical world of vampires and alchemists. Each time another installment is released, I get so excited because I know it’s going to be great.  (I probably just jinxed it…)

The Fiery Heart is the fourth book in Mead's spin-off series Bloodlines and is the first book in the series that is told in dual perspective.... WE GET TO BE INSIDE ADRIAN'S HEAD! 

First of all, let me talk about Sydney. I absolutely adore her. She's strong, but still gets scared, she's smart and sharp-minded and is actually the main character instead of just the geeky side-kick. She has her flaws, her insecurities and she has her beliefs. Sydney has changed so much throughout the Bloodlines series, especially since the first time we meet her in VA. She's totally kick-ass with her magic, too, which I think is so awesome. 

THEN, we also get Adrian's perspective. 

Adrian is such an incredibly complex and interesting character, being inside his mind is an experience like no other. The way spirit affects him  and how he feels about himself makes me so sad yet there are so many things about him that make me smile as well. The way he sees Sydney in a light so different from anyone else is beautiful... Mead's creation of a character so in love is gorgeous and I loved reading about their relationship from both sides. Speaking of, this. book. was..... HOT.


OKAY. Anyways....

Mead has once again pulled off a book filled with action, romance, fantasy and overall awesomeness. It was fast-paced, filled with characters that I loved, characters that I hated, characters that I got annoyed with... Mead is a talented author who creates books that are well-rounded and fantastic. The ending was.. a bit predictable, but at the same time I loved it. It had to happen at some point or another, so I suppose why not now? I cannot wait for the next book to see more of Adrian and Sydney and hopefully a bit more of Rose, Dimitri, Lissa and Christian! I definitely miss those four, but they do make appearances here and there which is nice. If you have yet to read Mead's epic Vampire Academy series, GO DO IT NOW!!!!

Happy reading!


  1. I posted my review of this gem today too! I also loved the addition of Adrian's perspective. I think I like his perspective a lot more than Sydney's. His emotions and passion are much more similar to what it was like reading Rose. That being said, I wish we got a little more action. There was nothing until the end.

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

  2. Olá, adorei conhecer o seu blog!
    Eu adoro a serie Vampire Academy e desde que a li criei amores pela Richele Mead.

    Conheça o meu tamém!



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