Series: Bloodlines #5
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-29
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . . Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.
I’ve had kind of lukewarm feelings toward the Bloodlines series from the start. I really enjoyed Vampire Academy, but it took me some time to get into Bloodlines. And for the first four books, my enjoyment was up and down. But the ending of The Fiery Heart was one of the best endings in either series (VA or Bloodlines), so I was excited when I realized that Silver Shadows was coming out this week!
Actually, I found out on Monday, via Facebook, that the first seven chapters were available online. I started reading out of curiosity, and I couldn’t stop until I finished all seven chapters! They were really good and drew me in right away. And once I got a chance to start the rest of the book the next day, I had the hardest time putting it down! Seriously, I didn’t want to do anything but read, which hasn’t happened to me in a while!
Like The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows alternates between Sydney and Adrian’s perspectives, and it was great. I really like seeing what both of them were going through and being inside their heads. Neither story ever felt like it lagged, and Richelle Mead is a master at knowing exactly when to end chapters! On one hand, you’d be mad to jump into the other person’s perspective because most chapters ended on a sort of cliffhanger, but then you’d also remember that you wanted more of that person’s story. It was really well done.
And once the major action picked up, boy did it pick up! I had to force myself to go to sleep because I could barely keep my eyes open, but I really just wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. A lot of the revelations and twists and turns were things that I did not see coming and really loved. I’m trying not to give too much away, but let me just say that the Vegas scenes were my favorite!
I think that Silver Shadows was the best book in the Bloodlines series (so far) by a long shot! It was so good and action-packed! There were exactly two bad things this book:
- The ending! It was actually incredible and really, really good, but now I have to wait until February 2015 (I believe) to find out what happens next! I hate waiting for new books!
- As of writing this review (August 1st), I am in a bit of a book hangover. I’m ready to read something else, but after Silver Shadows, I just don’t know WHAT to read next. Nothing’s sounding as good!
Just a little note: I have done most of the Bloodlines series in audio format (the only other book I read rather than listened to was The Indigo Spell), and while the narrator does a good job, I just find that I personally connect better with the written version of this series. I will probably read the final book.
If you haven’t read the Bloodlines series, I would definitely recommend it, but don’t forget to read the Vampire Academy series first. If you don’t, you’ll be okay, but if you ever want to go back and read VA, some big things will be spoiled for you.