The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Book Four in Bloodlines
Sequel to Bloodlines (#1), The Golden Lily (#2), The Indigo Spell (#3)
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.
Lately, I find that not a lot of books are grabbing my attention, but boy did this book. I mean look at that cover (despite the fact I thought Adriana had more hair) could it not be hotter. This book left me undone and it was a lot more serious than the other Bloodline books.
The Fiery Heart is about how Sydney is starting to grow up and not take everything she has grown up with for granted. I mean the Alchemist are starting to look a lot more different (brainwashing and over exaggerated). Magic is not something that is necessarily evil if it can help you. Moroi aren't soulless evil creatures that are damned. For those who have read Vampire Academy, Sydney was this insecure goody two shoes, now she this ultimate rebel to the Alchemist. Her brain is working to her advantage in most cases.
How could we go one without talking about Adrian Ivashkov party-boy, spirit user extraordinaire. Adrian is creeping in to your heart with his wit and devil-may-care attitude. He despite being twenty-twoish has now only started to take on responsibility. He's curbing his drinking and smoking. Sadly though spirit is starting to catch up on him. No one is safe in this book.
Now to other characters, Jill-the one person who know EVERY little thing. I mean seriously who would want a teenager getting involved in a highly illicit relationship that is not even her own? Eddie Castile is thrown in the back, that's sad this guy has had his best friend killed, a suckish romantic interest and is just forgotten; that disappointing to me. Trey and Angelina are also put on hold with bad excuses about Warrior of Light beliefs, trying to be good, and 'oh I don't know if he/she is interested'.
This book's plot took a different turn with Zoe. She wants here sister, so badly because her mother and father are getting in a divorce battle. I mean Mr.Sage views everything as a tool, even his own daughters; I mean seriously, who comments if their daughter gains 5 pounds and still looks great. Her mother on the other hand isn't stable with jobs or education, but wants to salvage a normal teenhood for Zoe despite the Alchemists' and their ideas. Who is the better choice to support?
Now, drum roll please..... the main plot. This book is about maturity. That sometimes you have to get older to live.Life moves on and so do you, that way the problems that are shot at you don't hit the center of the target. We have to learn that not everything we believe, do, or accept is the best. Sydney ends up in the place she least wants to be, but she know that this is the consequence to her actions with Adrian. That she has to be strong for love.
This book was heartbreaking. I mean Sydney and Adrian definitely brought the romance, hotness, and steaminess up a notch. But you could see that things were sacrificed in the process, such as Zoe, Jill and Eddie, and Syd's human friends who were not mentioned at all. The main characters were developed very much, but the minor characters could have been more. Plus, I loved the changing first person narration with Adrian and Sydney.Still Richelle managed to keep Bloodlines fresh.
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