Silver Shadows – book review

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows is the fifth mind-blowing instalment in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

In the aftermath of the event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But they have to survive first.

Trapped and isolated from everyone she knows, Sydney’s life becomes a daily struggle to hold onto who she is and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian desperately clings to the hope that Sydney can be found again, but the battle becomes daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize control of him. As their worst fears suddenly a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian must face their darkest hour yet…

I can’t even begin to express how much I loved reading this book. Everything about it was perfect. I love this series so much. I’m proud to say that I love it even more than the Vampire Academy series, which was also stunning. But one of my favourite couples in all of book-history are the main characters in this series – Sydney and Adrian. Another thing I really love about this series is the plot. It just really draws you in and I’ve never been bored in one of these books. Lots of things are always going on, but at the same time, the books never seem overcrowded. The pacing is always perfect, as with this book. After finishing The Fiery Heart when it was released last year, I’ve had to wait almost 365 days until I found out what happens in the next instalment. The Fiery Heart left us on such a massive cliff-hanger that I’m surprised I managed to not die of impatience! But I must admit, Silver Shadows was well worth the wait. I was again drawn in from the very beginning and my attention was held for the entirety of the book. It was absolutely spectacular. I adored every second of reading it.
To say this book was emotional would be a complete understatement. This definitely isn’t a light and easy read. It’s really emotional. We have Adrian’s self-destructive phase and Sydney being tortured and this was really hard to read about because I love both these characters so much. I constantly feared for these characters. They meant so much to me in this series and I knew I would be absolutely devastated if anything colossal happened to them. But these characters went through so much in this book. I’m so proud of how Sydney and Adrian handled everything. Especially Sydney. Her determination and courage really got her through the toughest of situations. She was so brave and willing to help anyone in any way she could. I loved reading the chapters alternating between Sydney and Adrian’s point of views. In the beginning, I always wanted to be reading from Sydney’s point of view because there seemed to be such bigger things at risk for her. However, I loved reading from both of their point of views once I got properly into the different lives they were living.
I’m so unbelievably happy with how this book turned out. I loved everything about it. Again, the characters were brilliant and shining. The writing was absolutely amazing. I could feel everything that was going on so clearly and I really felt like I was there. I cannot believe the ending though, and I’m already counting down the days until the next book is released! I’d give Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead a score of 10 out of 10. If you haven’t read this book or this series, I highly recommend it!

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!