The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): review

November 14, 2013 2013, 4 star books, richelle mead, Uncategorized, vampires, Wendy, witches 65 ★★★★

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): reviewThe Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #4
on November 19, 2013
Genres: paranormal
Pages: 438
Format: Hardcover
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.

Ready for Adrian to set your heart on fire?

Although The Fiery Heart is narrated in POVs alternating between Sydney’s and Adrian’s perspectives, this is really Adrian’s story. While Sydney continues to forge a path for herself as a gifted Alchemist, Adrian’s struggle to live up to his potential while dealing with the side effects of his spirit magic are the driving force of this book. (Or at least, that’s the part I was flipping through pages and excited by.) It’s apparent that the Bloodlines series has become something of a vehicle for the author to explore some serious subjects, including eating disorders, body image, prejudice, drinking, addiction, and even bipolar mania and depression; some of those are addressed with more complexity than others, but it’s interesting to see them dealt with within the framework of a paranormal series.

Sydney, filtered through Adrian’s eyes, is very appealing. There’s a softness about her that no one else seems to appreciate; she’s grown on me quite a bit, and I like all the scenes in which she learns to work with her magic. Towards the end she also gathers her courage in an admirable way, and it’s been rewarding to watch her grow confident in herself and her abilities.

And yet…I have to confess that I still miss Rose. She and Dimitri both make brief appearances here, and when they do I was filled with yearning for the spark and fire of their stories. I still love Adrian, but even he seems to burn less brightly somehow; there’s something more muted about the feeling inspired by Bloodlines vs the passion and adventure of Vampire Academy. It seems churlish to miss the previous series so much, because I do respect the fact that the author went in a new direction and tried something different with her characters, I just still think writing assertive characters comes more naturally to her than introspective ones. (And man, at one point Adrian utters the words “little dhampir” and I practically melted into a puddle.)

Still, it’s very cute seeing Adrian fuss over a date with Sydney, and there’s some serious Sydrian chemistry that will make your temperature spike. The physical scenes between them are filled with arousal and urgency, and fulfill the promise that was built up so well in The Indigo Spell.

I brought my lips down to hers, and it was like everything that had ever happened to me had simply been a warm-up for this moment, that this was where my life truly began.

Oh, Adrian. *stares into distance*

One last quibble: I wish we spent less time with Jill and her convoluted love life, as well as with Zoe. Why are the sisters ALWAYS annoying in these books?

But other than that, The Fiery Heart is entertaining, filled with satisfying romance, and a solid entry in this series. I don’t even mind the cliffie at the end, because I know it’s all going to work out. It’s going to be interesting to see how the author ups the ante in the final two books. Me? I’m hoping for more sexy blood-drinking scenes. We get a little tease in this one, but we could always use more…

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.


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65 Responses to “The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4): review”

  1. Danielle

    I am *determined* to read this before 2013 is over. I’ve only started to enjoy this series from ‘The Indigo Spell’ – before that ‘Bloodlines’ and ‘Golden Lily’ had me seriously underwhelmed and wishing Mead hadn’t even written a spin-off.
    I’m afraid I’ll be with you too: I still miss Rose, and she’s always going to be the best protagonist. But more and more I’ve felt Sydney coming into her own.

    But I’ll never like Jill. She had potential before the series started, but in actuality Mead has given her two convoluted love triangles and ambitions to be a catalog model… yah, not cool. I’m just waiting for her and Lissa to address the elephant in the room.

    Great review!
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  2. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    I know, I wish there was less Zoe and more Eddie. I like Sydney more because I could relate easier to her and she was less relentless, making choices that hurt people like Rose did in Last Sacrifice. (I still like Rose’s strength). Sweet review! I love Adrian’s event prep and his youthful view of Sydney too.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes! After the lackluster first two, I’m really happy that Indigo Spell and Fiery Heart have both been good. They’re still not VA in my eyes, but they’ve gotten to be enjoyable all the same. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Denise B

    I haven’t read any of this series but it certainly does look interesting, I also find it intriguing that there are some topics as you said in a paranormal book, certainly topics that YA do tend to go through. I am certainly interested in finding out how these are incorporated.

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s very interesting to see the issues that she tackles in this series, Denise. There are a few with Sydney that are pretty obvious in the first couple of books, but there’s more that comes to light in this one–I don’t want to say anything more than that because I think it’s good to have that aha! moment for yourself as you’re reading.

  4. Danielle

    Thanks for the early review!

    Although I miss Rose’s passion, there was a lot that bothered me about her character – I thought she was really fickle and annoyingly conceited. For me, her relationship with Dimitri made VA (which is why I didn’t care for books for 4 and 5). You can really feel a connection and that “meant to be” feeling with them. I wish, like the Bloodlines series, it didn’t have a love triangle. I’m glad we were introduced to Adrian but I wish it didn’t have to be in the form of a love interest for Rose. It was pretty obvious that, while he is undeniably sexy, he wasn’t right for Rose and they didn’t have much depth. Plus the back and forth and Rose obviously using him was annoying. I hate knowing how lovesick he was over her. :(

    Anyway, Adrian and Sydney definitely have a different dynamic than Rose and Dimitri, but I really love their relationship. The passion is more understated, but there is depth and genuineness. I’m also glad this series doesn’t have a love triangle (and it doesn’t seem like there will be one…).

    • Wendy Darling

      You’re definitely not alone in feeling that way about Rose, Danielle–I know a lot of people who didn’t like her. I am firmly in the opposite camp of loving her fierceness and acceptance of her flaws, however–although I REALLY did not like what she did in the last book. And worse yet, the fact that she never really apologized for it.

      I understood Adrian’s position in her life too, though, given what was going on with Dimitri. For me, it seemed pretty obvious that she was going to end up with D so I never took that seriously–I don’t know that I would call it using Adrian when it was so unclear that there would ever be a future for her and Dimitri, though. But you’re right, Adrian wasn’t right for Rose at all; I’m coming around to the Sydrian thing as well, there’s been a lot of effort laid to convince us that this is more than just a passing fancy.

      And yeah, for some reason Richelle Mead really likes to write love triangles in her books, so I’m glad that we haven’t seen that in Bloodlines at least.

  5. ashley

    This series. My heaaaaaaaaaart. I am patiently waiting for my indie to open so I can run in and grab it. I’m not sure I have been as excited for any book this year as I have this one. (Sorry other hyped-books of the year.) Mead just knows how to write where everything is beautiful and everything hurts.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, I’m glad you enjoy this series so much, Ashley! I’m just now responding on Wednesday, so it’s been out for more than a day…does this mean you’ve finished it already?

  6. Kayla Graham

    Hmm… I bet this will come as a shock to you but I have never read a Richelle Mead book! I really want to start The Vampire Academy and finish that series before the movie releases. This series also sounds good though. People who have read these books seemed really attached to the characters so I can’t wait to get the chance to dive in and see what all of the hype is about!
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    • Wendy Darling


      I know a few other people who haven’t read it either, hah. (Given the terrible, cheesy covers, I can’t say I blame you.) But do give them a try! They’re one of my favorite YA series ever, with some of my favorite characters, too. Definitely polarizing, though, it seems like you either love Rose or you don’t.

  7. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I completely understand everyone’s love for Rose, and I enjoyed watching her be all rebellious and crazy, but I’m with Ex Libris Kate — I just relate to Sydney more. Very happy that Adrian gets a book that’s more about him — he was always one of my favor characters in VA and I hated that he was relegated to moping around after Rose.
    Yeah, not sure what’s with these covers. This one is just … the weirdest of all. But don’t care! I hope to be downloading this onto my e-reader at 12:01 am on Tuesday.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m definitely more like Sydney in real life as far as bookishness and cautiousness, but I just…found the way she was written in the first two books to be very off-putting. I don’t think her character’s book smarts were set up well, and she seemed so awkward and clueless. It’s not that I don’t like introspective heroines at all, I just don’t enjoy the way this one was portrayed in the beginning. But I do like her better now, and I’m glad to hear you understand my love for Rose as well.

      Definitely odd covers, although I do like the scripty font a lot. Hope you enjoy, Jen!

    • Wendy Darling

      Definitely read Vampire Academy first, Melliane. I think you’ll like Rose better anyway…and Adrian is like a young, cigarette-smoking Dorian. ;)

  8. Chel @ The Procrastinator's Corner

    So happy you liked this, Wendy! I’m obsessed with Sydrian and I’m glad to here there’s some serious chemistry between them here. And oh, a sexy blood-drinking scene? *faints* I’m currently rereading The Indigo Spell in preparation for Fiery Heart. I can’t wait for Tuesday!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Well, there is blood and there is licking, and…that’s all I will say about it. I think there should be MORE of this in future books, though. Let the vampires feast! :D

      I hope you get your hands on this as soon as it’s out, Chel! Sydrian fans are gonna love it.

    • Wendy Darling

      WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, GO READ THE REST OF VA RIGHT NOW. *pants furiously* It’s only one of the best YA series out there, Candace!

      Keeping as much in the dark re: plot and characters is a good idea, though. I try to do the same thing, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Oh man, you should try to read ’em all before the movie comes out in February, because it’s going to be everywhere!

  9. Amber

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

    I actually have read all the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books this year… so I’m very anxious to see what happens in Fiery Heart. I’m stoked to hear from Adrian, and it’s a nice confirmation from you that it truly is Adrian’s story!
    Thanks for the awesome review.
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    • Wendy Darling

      It’s pretty much just 3 more days, right? My friend Lauren said she found it in a WalMart early today, so you might want to keep your eyes peeled if you’re out and about this weekend!

      We get some good/solid stuff with Sydney, but yeah–I really look on this as Adrian’s book. I really hope we get more of his POV in future ones, too! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Vivien

    Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it (even though there were quibbles). I’m doing a VA re-read right now, which I’m thinking, maybe I shouldn’t have done that. I’ll need to do a Bloodlines re-read to get VA out of my system (which will be very hard!). I do so love Adrian so I’m very eager to get inside his head. I’ve slowly warmed up to Sydney. At first, I was weary of her, but she’s grown on me. I’m SO curious to see how this all ends. I know Richelle will probably succeed in surprising us somehow.

    • Wendy Darling

      I………reread all the VA books earlier this year, too! And I felt like I probably shouldn’t have, maybe that’s part of why I missed Rose so much as I was reading Fiery Heart. Although truth be told, I didn’t finish rereading that last book, it still makes me upset.

      I think you’ll like being in Adrian’s head. It’s interesting to see things from his perspective, although I wish we got a little more insight into what’s happened to him in the past. I mean, we do get a few scenes, but not quite the ones (or as much) as I’d hoped for.

      I started warming up to Sydney in the last book, and she’s a lot more appealing here. At first I had some trouble with this, because I wondered if it was right that I mostly like her more because of the more appealing side that Adrian brings out in her. But then I realized that sometimes another person can be a tremendous influence upon your personal growth, and probably particularly on someone as socially awkward/clueless/supposedly cerebral as Sydney. So I was okay with it after that.

      • mladyraven

        I,too, re-read the VA series as well as Bloodlines earlier this year. I love Rose and D, always have always will. I feel Rose still owes Adrian an apology , however, they were not right for each other and I love her with D!

        I started to really warm up to Adrian and Sydney in book three and love them in book 4 “The Fiery Heart”!

        ITA- too much Zoey-ugh! Also, to many story lines concerning Neil / Angeline and Jill etc, could have been cut and replaced with more Eddie, Rose, Abe etc.

        I truly enjoyed this book. The ending was sad though expected. However, I have hope, Mead always does this to her main characters in the third book. One thought, I was wondering why Adrian did not tell Lissa and Sonya about his relationship. It is going to come out and it is information they need to know.

        2. Abe, who is the go to guy when you need something done…like plan a jail break using C4.:) I really like him! I see Abe playing a role in the next book as well as certain characters from VA who will be needed to join with the bloodlines characters to move the story to a “hopeful” place as Mead said in her interview. ( I am trying not to spoil) Ms Mead, said the next book would be dark but also have hope! When I think hope I think Abe , Rose, Dmitri and Ms.Terwilliger! I believe the witch ( can’t remember her name) who Sydney was introduced to may have a part in the next book. FYI- did I miss it , I don’t remember what happened to the ink that Sydney was taking to Marcus is it mentioned? Thanks for a great review!

  11. Dreams

    So very excited for this one. I promised it to myself as a reward for getting through something tough, so I am glad to hear the book was good.

    You know, until you mentioned it, I’ve never really thought about the differences between the series. I do love them both, but for different reasons.

    Really, Zoe too? Gah. I suppose there has to be something I’d dislike about their world, annoying siblings it is.

    And I am fine with it really being Adrian’s book. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Adrian would be reward for ANY girl. :D And probably a few guys, too.

      Yeah, the way I feel about VA is very different from the way I feel about Bloodlines. (I didn’t like the first two Bloodlines books much, but I liked Indigo Spell, and obviously, Fiery Heart, too.) And you’re right, I guess annoying siblings aren’t the WORST thing that could happen, hah.

  12. Cee

    Ahhh, I am sooo ready for this book! Adrian Ivashkov always sets a blaze in my heart. I’m pretty sure I’ll spend the majority of the book whimpering and squealing in joy. ;D

    I’m excited to read from his POV because he has so many struggles and it makes me wonder how it is dealt with in the book. It’s good to read that Richelle Mead does address those relatable problems he (and Sydney) face. At the time, I’m a bit weary to read his POV because I’ve been disappointed by those alternating POVS in other books. It never lived up to my expectations. I worry that Adrian’s POV will be very uncharacteristically different from how he’s portrayed (if you know what I mean). Regardless, I’m sure I will love it because it’s Adrian Ivashkov!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Isn’t Adrian dreamy? *sigh*

      Given what you’ve said about his struggles, I think you’re going to love this book, Cee. I really appreciated what the author did in making us understand some of his actions as well as some of what he’s gone through. I’ve felt the same way before re: disappointing POVs in other books, but I liked this a lot for the most part, and I hope you will, too.

      PS–I popped over to look at your blog quickly, but didn’t have time to browse much. Will swing by next week to do some more reading! Your layout is very cool.

  13. Melissa

    I agree. Vampire Academy more of a passionate story than Bloodlines is. At least that’s how I see it. I don’t hate Sydrian, I’m so happy that Adrian finally gets the girl. Sydney is his match. But they’re not the reason why I read and continue reading Bloodlines. Besides cameos from my favorite VA gang, the main reason I keep going is because of Angeline and Trey. Angeline is such a savage, brute and tell-it-like-it-is character. I adore her. And Trey is brainy and hilarious, I love him and Angeline. I’m excited to read TFH because of them but then I’m scared because they might play a minor role or have a very few pointless scenes. How were they in this book? (No spoilers, please)

    Thanks for reviewing this book and for sharing your thoughts with us. ^_^

    • Wendy Darling

      Yesss. I mean, I understand that part of the passion comes from Rose’s personality being much more direct and open than Sydney’s, but even internally there isn’t a lot of deep feeling that’s expressed from Sydney’s POV. (There’s more in this book, though, so that’s a good thing.) I think the overall dynamics of both series are just very different, as are the storylines–I just cared a lot more about what was happening with the court and with defending others because Rose cared so much, you know?

      And oh, if you’re Angeline and Trey fans, I think you’ll enjoy what you see of them in this book! I won’t say any more than that. :) The Rose/Dimitri cameos are something I love, but also have mixed feelings about because they make me miss VA so much, and inevitably start comparing it to Bloodlines. Oh, well. I’m really happy that we get to see what Adrian’s making of himself, though.

  14. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I always say I’m going to get into this series, but something’s preventing me from doing so. I guess I’m still kind of pissed at Rose for breaking Adrian’s heart.. *dreamy sigh* Adrian… It’s good to know that characters from the VA still make appearances here! Anyways, I think I’m going to pick up the first of this book from the library, because it really does sound good. Great review, Wendy!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I was really, really upset with Rose at the end of the Vampire Academy series as well. I don’t really think you can blame her (or at least I didn’t) for going out with him given all the complexities of what was happening with Dimitri, but in the last book she was not fair to him. And she really owes him a big apology that has not yet happened, and I am very disappointed about that. She’s such an honorable character otherwise, I don’t understand why we haven’t see her realize the enormity of the wrong she did him yet.

      But yeah, this series is worth reading just to find out what happens to Adrian, honestly. That’s the reason I picked it up, and while I’ve grown to like Sydney, he’s still the primary reason I keep going! heeeee. (Just be patient with the first two books, though. I wasn’t really as into the series until Indigo Spell.)

  15. Eve

    I am SO excited to read this! I was a little disappointed by The Indigo Spell, but mostly because of Marcus Finch, how everyone kept talking about him and how much I didn’t like him. But Sydney and Adrian are really amazing together (though, not as much as Rose and Dimitri, because no one can compare to them <3)!

    And I agree about Jill. I get that she plays a big role in the series, but it wouldn't hurt if she was less annoying and more absent. She's not that interesting anyway. As for Zoe… I still haven't read the book, but from what little there was of her in the previous books and the excerpts I've read from The Fiery Heart, she's going to be a pain.

    Oh, well. At least there are going to be Sydrian feels! That's always welcome, haha!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Just a few more days, Eve, hang in there!

      I thought Indigo Spell was really good, but I agree that the huge build-up for Marcus Finch was unwarranted given the amount of time we spend with him, as well as his overall importance to the story. I chalk that up to a misfire on a marketing standpoint, though.

      Syndey and Adrian are really cute together in this book–you really feel their connection, both emotionally and spiritually, grow even stronger. BUT YES NOTHING COMPARES TO ROSE + DIMITRI. And I still think that spark that Adrian had with Rose had a lot of heat in it. I wish we had more insight into how he felt about that–it’s touched upon here, but not really explored as deeply as I would have hoped.

      Agreed on Jill. I know we’d have no reason to be in Palm Springs otherwise, but I tend to impatiently skim the parts where she shows up. She’s in this one less, though, and is less annoying as well. But maybe because now Zoe’s around to share the annoying sister burden, hah.

  16. Tanja

    I cannot wait to read this one Wendy. For me this series gets better with every book and this one sounds the best so far. Finally things are moving up with Sydney and Adrian. I cannot wait to see that. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. Great review :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I agree that with the first three Bloodlines books, each one was better! I have to say I think I liked Indigo Spell a little better than this one, mostly because I think the main story line was more interesting. BUT the sexy times in Fiery Heart are better, so it’s really kind of a toss-up, hah.

      I hope you love this just as much, Tanja! It’s a lot of fun.

  17. Lucy @ The Reading Date

    Look at you- so quick with the Fiery Heart review! I just started listening to the audio yesterday, and I’m happy to see your 4-star review. I’m loving Adrian’s POV so far, and the male narrator gets his character very well.
    I don’t like Zoe at all :( And would like to put Jill back on the back burner.

    Glad to hear we’ll be seeing some cameos from R&D!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m trying to be better about posting quickly while the book is still fresh in my mind! I’ve got such a backlog of reviews that I need to hustle to catch up, too.

      And yay, I’m glad you’re enjoying Adrian’s POV, I think it’s really interesting to see things through the eyes of a character we’ve known so well for so long.

      I’m glad you are with me on Zoe! And Jill! I would be a lot happier if their story arcs were skipped completely, but then again I guess there wouldn’t be any reason for them to be in Palm Springs.

      Look forward to your review, Lucy. :)

  18. Giselle

    I really want to read this series. To be honest the covers are so… meeh. I really don’t like them. Anyways haha. I have heard a few people say that Sydney is someone who has to grow on you. It’s kind of the main reason I haven’t read it yet I was not a fan of her not sure how I will take to her being in the center of this series. But I really loved Adrian! I also loved Rose and Dimitri it would be bittersweet to see them as side characters. I guess spin offs are a bit like that – you can’t help but miss the original series which is almost always the better one and it makes the spin off kind of not as good. Not sure if that makes sense at all lol. Anyways, great review, Wendy! I will get into this series one day! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m not a fan of the covers either, even though I think the scripty fonts are really pretty. This one, especially–WHAT HAPPENED TO EVERYONE’S HAIR? And why the attitude, Syd?

      And yeah, I didn’t really warm up to Sydney (or to Sydrian) until book three, but I have really enjoyed the last couple of books. I don’t mind bookish, introspective, shyer heroines at all, but I just think the author doesn’t write them as well as she writes kickass ones. Adrian is SUCH a great character, it’s worth going through these just to make sure he gets a happy ending.

      You’re probably right about spinoff series, too. I’m trying to think of one that I liked as much as I liked the original, and I’m coming up with a blank. The Rachel Hawkins spinoff was pretty cute, but I think that’s it–I didn’t like Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers spinoff much, either. I’m sure there are others I just can’t think of.

  19. Kelly

    Great review! I was just wondering how much of Rose and Dimitri are in TFH? Or at least, do we get to see Rose and Dimitri interact together?

    • Wendy Darling

      Well…they appear a few times, but very briefly. They’re in the same room together, but we don’t really see scenes of them interacting. Which I can tell you were hoping for, and so was I, hah.

      I actually REALLY wish Richelle Mead would write a scene with Rose and Adrian in which she apologizes for what happened in that last VA book. I am still so upset with her over that, and I think he’s owed one. They do have a few scenes together which are nice, but I want something more.

      • Danielle

        I have to know – where you hoping there would still be something between Rose and Adrian? Because I can’t stand the thought of him still harboring feelings for her…

        But I do agree that there should be an apology scene at some point!

        • Wendy Darling

          Oh no, I’m not hoping something gets rekindled between Rose and Adrian at all. I do believe that spark between them was genuine, so I think it’s sort of a cop-out to dismiss it as being purely physical on his part or whatever. Sometimes in life things just don’t work out between two people on a long-term basis, but it doesn’t mean that what happened between them wasn’t real.

  20. Kate @ Ex Libris

    See, I am a Sydney girl through and through, I think because I relate to her much more than I ever did with Rose. (Although, I *love* Rose and Dimitri.) I didn’t realize until recently that we get Adrian’s POV in this book, so that is really exciting!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I think people who like Sydney more probably enjoy this series more than VA, Kate. After Indigo Spell I definitely started liking her more, though.

      And same here, I vaguely remembered Adrian’s POV being brought up a long time ago, but had forgotten about it until the book arrived! I liked being in his head, I kind of hope the next couple of books keep his POV as well.

    • Wendy Darling

      I know, I kind of suck. :D They promised us lots of Sydrian heat, and I have to say, this book totally delivered! Just one more week to wait, Jeann. Then he can be allll yours.

  21. Rachel

    Oh, Wendy! I want to read this ASAP! I didn’t read your review, but I’ll come back to it when I finish. I love seeing your 4 stars and I couldn’t help but read the quote. Adrian!

    I know I said this before, but I just love your new blog design! It’s so pretty. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I can’t wait for you to read this, Rachel! I know you’re going to love being in Adrian’s head. There are SO many more quotes to choose from, it’s going to be fun to see what everyone else pulls.

      And thank you! We’re very happy with it. Every time I visit your blog I think about how pretty it is, too.

  22. Diamond Nazaneen

    I’m all for sexy blood drinking scenes! One of the reasons I love Anne Rice so much, but a YA version is always appreciated…on my part.
    I have to say though that I haven’t read this series yet.( I know, I know..) I’ve heard that I must..or should read Vampire Academy first. Is this piece of advice true? Do you agree? I have vampire academy sitting on my shelf, I just need to plunge in. I did finish a few series lately so starting a new one would be ok. :)
    Great review Wendy!
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    • Wendy Darling

      III know, I feel like vampire books are a lot less toothy and sexy than they should be, hee hee. I always want more neck biting, that’s part of the fun!

      And YES you should totally read Vampire Academy first. Not only because you’ll understand better why they’re in hiding in this series, but because it’s just an awesome series! One of my all time favorites, in terms of series, heroine, and love interests. TWO great love interests. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I reread them earlier this year and fell in love all over again.

  23. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    Hold on a minute while I fan myself. AHHHH I’m desperate for this one. I cannot wait for some Action and more Adrian. Sometimes adding dual perspective later in a series doesn’t work for me, but I’m very eager to jump inside Adrian’s head. I also really like that you brought up the issues that Mead is exploring, I think one of my favorite things about this particular series is that these characters have some real life problems they are facing individually and also together. If Adrian and Sydney are to make it, they will have to come to terms with these things long term and I’m glad that part of them learning to be together is working that out.

    BUT I completely understand what you mean about missing Rose. She’s just so vital. We’ve also talked about how we read VA in a short succession and this spread out, which I think has affected my feelings on the series.

    In any case I’ll be picking this up ASAP when it releases!
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    • Wendy Darling

      This is a book best read in private, that’s all I have to say. I was fanning myself through a few scenes, hah.

      You know I have problems with dual perspective when it’s uncalled for as well, but I think it works overall here. I still feel this Adrian is different from VA Adrian, in some good ways and in some not so great ways, but I did enjoy being in his head and seeing things from his POV. Mostly I think I grew to like Sydney a lot better because of the way he sees her, too. There’s a lot of working through the relationship in this book, which I appreciated–it will be interesting to see what RM does with them in the next couple of books, given how much things progress in this one.

      I’m glad you understand about Rose! Argh, I can’t help but feel her lack. *sigh*

  24. Crystal

    OMG so jealous that you’ve already read this!!! I have my copied pre-ordered and I can’t wait to get it!! Definitely one of my most favorite series. And another cliffhanger!! Richelle Mead does it every time! Great review :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yay! I hope your copy arrives as soon as humanly possible, Crystal. And yeah, this cliffie is bigger than the previous ones in Bloodlines at least, though not quite as bad as any of the VA ones, if that helps. I hope you love this one just as much as you loved the others!