Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Title: The Fiery Heart
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: November 19th, 2013
Rating:
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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.

Holy hell. This book. I don't even know how to explain my emotions so I think I'll just rant. Am I happy? Really, really happy. Sad? Like one of Adrian's downswings sad. But mostly I just feel a pukey. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead is, by far, the most emotional book I've read in the whole Vampire Academy universe, and that's saying something.

I don't know how many times I can say it, but Sydney Sage is a badass. Sydney is an incredible heroine. The most incredible heroine I've ever had the pleasure to read, in my opinion. She's smart, loyal, strong, capable and incredibly romantic. Let's just say, it's not only Adrian dropping the swoon worthy lines in The Fiery Heart. Her character growth from beginning of the book to the end is huge, just like it's been with every other book in this series. Can't wait to see what other incredible things she'll accomplish before the end of this series rolls around.

And now for the Adrian Ivashkov love. Seriously. He just gets better and better, same as Sydney. Throughout the book I wasn't sure who's POV I enjoyed reading more. They were both so bittersweet. And the things that happen to Adrian, the things he does—not for Sydney like he did with Rose, but for himself—is incredible. His character has been taken to a whole different level after this book. I can only imagine after that cliffhanger that some very bad things are going to go down in his life, but after seeing him overcome so many things in this book, I have no doubt Adrian will pull it together in Silver Shadows.

There are so many things I want to say, about Jill and Eddie and Rose and Lissa, about every character we've come to love. So many emotions and events to discuss, but that will leave this review even more ranty and spoiler-ridden than it already is, so I'll keep all the things to myself. But I will say this. The Fiery Heart left me wanting to crawl out of my skin in the best possible way you can imagine. I don't know what to do with myself now. To borrow a line for Adrian in Bloodlines, "Jesus Christ, I'm climbing the walls." I guess, at some point, I'll have to pick up another book and immerse myself in another fictional world, but at the moment my heart is lost somewhere in Palm Springs. (Probably in a bar, sitting right next to a drunk and despairing—yet still remarkably alluring—green eyed boy staring at a small dragon figurine.)

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