The Fiery Heart – book review

The Fiery Heart book

The Fiery Heart is the forth unbelievably mind-blowing book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series.

Sydney has been torn between the Alchemist ways of life and doing what she feels is right for a while now. But the struggle is far from over for Sydney. Zoe, Sydney’s sister, has arrived and although Sydney wants to be closer to her sister, there are just so many things she has to keep secret.

Working with Marcus has changed the way Sydney views the Alchemists. Sydney is slowly becoming more certain that the life she is choosing to live now is the right one. But Sydney is still in danger of being exposed, and the threat of re-education hangs over her every decision.

Can Sydney and Adrian survive this chapter of their lives together? Will Sydney be able to escape the watchful eyes of the other Alchemists? Will the centre hold?

I absolutely loved this book! Like all the other books in this series, The Fiery Heart took me on a spellbinding journey that kept me reading non-stop from start to finish. I was so excited at the end of The Indigo Spell because it seemed like Sydney and Adrian were going to finally be able to be together without many problems. But then Sydney’s sister came along. Straight away, I knew Zoe was going to mess things up for everyone. Could anyone else see that? For sure, the thing I love most about this series are the scenes where Sydney and Adrian are interacting. Their relationship is really well written and I love them because they’re so perfect together. Sydney has really changed Adrian for the better. Now, Adrian is more in control and more mature. He’s still really funny and sexy and makes me swoon, but now he’s more in control of his life and is a more responsible person. Although I love the wild side of Adrian as well, this side of him is a more mature and the type of person Sydney is perfect with. I really liked the plot in this book. Heaps of my questions were answered, but I felt like not a lot more happened besides what needed to happen. We knew that Sydney would have to work on the tattoos that make people immune to turning Strigoi and that she’d learn to control her magic-wielding even more. But aside for that, and the incredibly heart-breaking ending, not much else happens. I thought forces would still be trying to pull Sydney and Adrian apart, but I felt like their relationship was too easy in this book. I kept expecting a Strigoi to jump out at them and ruin everything, or for something else to go wrong. Perhaps Neil could be someone different to who we thought her was. Right until the very end, Sydney and Adrian had it too easy. But then, the end changed everything. I still can’t fully comprehend that fact that that happened. It was all my worst fears coming true! How could that happen? Why do I have to wait another eight months to know how they’re going to get out of this mess? How could Richelle Mead do this? From the very start of this series, this was my biggest fear. I can’t believe it actually happened. This was one of the most heart-breaking endings I’ve ever read. I absolutely loved The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

Bloodlines – book review

Bloodlines-book

Bloodlines is the first book in its series by Richelle Mead. The Bloodlines series is a spin-off series from Vampire Academy, also written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is different. She’s not a vampire, but not a human. She’s an Alchemist, which makes her blood different. She works to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Although most Moroi and Dhampirs vampires are peaceful by nature, she and the other Alchemists believe vampires are evil, unnatural creatures of the night. Sydney has been around vampires before and has been in alliance with Rose Hathaway (which has caused her to get into deep trouble with the Alchemists), but her views on the way they live still repel her. So when she is forced by the Alchemists to pose as Jill Dragomir’s sister to protect her, things become all the more complicated…

Jill Dragomir is the sister of the Moroi Queen, Lissa Dragomir. She is also the only living person in Lissa’s family. But Jill’s life is in terrible danger. The current Moroi law states that in order to remain a Moroi King or Queen, there must still be one person in one’s family. For the vampires who are against Lissa being Queen, the easiest way to get Lissa off the throne is to kill her only living relative: Jill. Now Jill is in hiding.

The Moroi court believe Sydney and Jill will be safe at Amberwood Prep, a private human school located in Palm Springs. But treats, distractions and forbidden love are all that await them. And that’s only the beginning…

I really loved reading Bloodlines. Bloodlines is a spin-off from Vampire Academy, so it has lots of the characters that I already know, which was nice. Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to connect with new characters, but seeing as I knew Sydney and most of the other characters, I found becoming entangled in the storyline really easy. The story grabbed from the very beginning and I was interested for the whole book. All of the characters were different from each other and I liked seeing them try to get along with and relate to one another. Firstly, I liked Sydney when I first met her in Blood Promise, but now I feel really connected with her after experiencing everything from her point of view. I know so much more about her Alchemist life now and I get to see how she feels about vampires. I think Sydney is a great character and she’s so different to every other character. She’s intelligent, logical and responsible. I loved seeing the world from her eyes. Another character that I loved seeing more of was Adrian. I really liked him in the Vampire Academy series, but I have absolutely fallen in love with him now. It was heart breaking for me seeing him trying to get over loving Rose, but I immediately thought that Sydney would be great with him. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next two books! Seriously, if those two don’t get together by the end of the series, I’m actually going to write a letter to the author to complain. Like the Vampire Academy series, Bloodlines was filled with twists and turns. I loved uncovering those unexpected twists and those really made me wonder how everything would end up. I would recommend reading the Vampire Academy series before reading Bloodlines. Some key plot points are mentioned in this book and it would be easier to understand what some character are like by knowing their past. Overall, I loved reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. Wonderful!