Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Penguin on 2013-11-19
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 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 smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
I am seriously struggling with what to say about this one. I’ve said from the start that while I’ve enjoyed the Bloodlines series, I thought Vampire Academy was better, but I’ve still been excited for each book. The Fiery Heart, though, just didn’t hold up to my expectations, as evidenced by the fact that it took me over a month to listen to the whole thing!
The Fiery Heart starts off pretty much where The Indigo Spell left off, with Sydney and Adrian pursuing a secret relationship, and Sydney’s Alchemist sister complicating matters. Her sister was SO annoying, and as much as I loved Sydney and Adrian in the previous books, they just kind of grated on my nerves in this one. And there were so many people trying to hide/deny their feelings for other people (usually the same people who liked them back), that I just wanted to smack them all.
I guess I’d say that I liked it okay. I mean, I never considered DNF’ing, but it just never really grabbed my attention and held on until the last 4-5 chapters or so? Before that, I just kind of felt like it dragged sometimes, and I kept waiting for more to happen than did.
I had part of the ending spoiled for me accidentally, so it’s hard to say that I was really shocked by it, but I still thought it was pretty exciting, and I was interested in the “how” of how the ending happened. It was pretty good and probably would have had me completely enthralled if I hadn’t known to expect it.
I did really enjoy the dual narration, especially since Adrian is probably my favorite character out of both the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. Alden Ford and Emily Shaffer were pretty good in their narration as well, though for some reason, I had a hard time with conversations. Considering Adrian and Sydney each had their own narrators, it kind of bugged me to hear each of them take on the other’s voice in their respective chapters. Minor, I suppose, but I think it would have been cool to have them each do their own dialogue.
Overall, I liked The Fiery Heart, but I definitely didn’t love it. I will continue on in the series, but I definitely hope that Silver Shadows (book 5) is a whole lot more exciting than I found The Fiery Heart to be.