Silver Shadows: review

July 30, 2014 2014, 4 star books, richelle mead, vampires, Wendy 68 ★★★★

Silver Shadows: reviewSilver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #5
Published by Razorbill on July 29th, 2014
Genres: paranormal
Pages: 380 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
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.

!!!! was the only reaction I had when I finished Silver Shadows a few days ago. I’m still smiling about it, because Richelle Mead is in fine form in the fifth installment of her Bloodlines series, which features an engrossing story, well-written action scenes, swoony romance, and exciting–OH SO EXCITING–plot developments.

As the book begins, we find Sydney in captivity. The Alchemists don’t approve of her involvement with vampires, so they’ve taken her to a “re-education” center, where the methods of controlling the residents are so extreme that Adrian is unable to use spirit to contact her. Sydney’s state of mind, physical trauma, and the day-to-day workings of this awful environment are detailed in a convincing way, as are the quietly clever, methodical ways she works to stay mentally strong, and to help others.

One of the things I like best about this book is that it takes place away from the usual Palm Springs setting–I wasn’t a huge fan of Jill or the sit-around-and-wait-then-panic plot that was happening there, so the focus on Sydney and Adrian and the introduction of some new characters are welcome changes. You could also draw a distinct parallel between the Alchemist re-education center and real-life “de-gaying” camps, both in rigid philosophy and in disturbing techniques; while I wish the threads of that metaphorical plotline had been wrapped up with a little more time and poignancy, there’s no denying that there’s a lot of thought behind its inclusion, and there’s a subsequent added layer of urgency to the book as a result.

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Sydney’s story arc is nothing short of remarkable. It’s no secret that I was relatively indifferent to her in the fifth Vampire Academy novel, and it took a long time for me to warm up to her in the first two Bloodlines books. But aside from the incomparable Rose Hathaway, I really do think that Sydney’s character arc has gone through the most development of all of Richelle Mead’s characters, adult or YA, and I like her more and more with each installment of the series. She’s become a serenely confident and thoughtful young woman and is more open to showing her heart, and instead of being told she’s bookish and smart, we’re just shown that now, in a way that makes her both relatable and appealing.

Adrian’s development continues to flourish and stall nearly in equal measure, but that’s true to the character we’ve come to know, and he’s definitely growing up and finding his own way. Ah, that charming rogue! He will never truly conform to convention, and I love him for that. I’m also really glad the author kept the dual POVs, because both of them are strong–and I love seeing Sydney through Adrian’s eyes, and vice versa. The Sydrian romance feels intimate and respectful and full of promise, even under difficult circumstances, and I’m really pleased and tickled by many of their scenes together. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, but if you’re a fan of this series at all, you have to find this book and read it immediately–there are unexpected surprises in it that you’ll want to experience as soon as possible! View Spoiler »

In my opinion, this is the best book yet in the series. Since each Bloodlines book has gotten better and better, I can only imagine The Ruby Circle is going to have us dancing around with excitement next year.

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

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P.S. If you haven’t seen the pretty hardcover yet, I posted more Silver Shadows book porn on Tumblr a couple of weeks ago. You’re welcome.

 

 

 

 

68 Responses to “Silver Shadows: review”

  1. starryeyedjen

    I wholeheartedly agree, Wendy. Sydney has definitely had the most growth out of all of Mead’s characters, and I don’t expect that to change in the final installment. And what a swoon-inducing rogue that Adrian is, right? He just keeps surprising me. I really like where his character arc is going, too, and that Mead didn’t do what she could’ve done, ya know? Instead she went in the completely opposite direction and I love her for it. Total book porn right here. I’m glad Sydney was able to sway you…it means we can stay friends. :)
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  2. Sarah J.

    Fabulous review, Wendy! I haven’t picked this one up yet because I have a few books I need to finish first, but it’s first up when I’m done. I was so tempted to click on that spoiler, but I mustn’t look. I love the growth of both Sydney and Adrian. The thing that I love most about Bloodlines is that they grow apart and then come together to grow more. I think it’s really beautiful. I like the similarities you drew up about the Alchemists camp to gay programs. It’s an interesting parallel and I look forward to seeing it when I read for more insight.:D
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  3. A Canadian Girl

    I still don’t love this series as much as VA, but it really has gotten better with time and I’m no longer repeatedly comparing Jill to Rose’s awesomeness. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one soon, Wendy. You’re making me very curious about the spoiler, which actually isn’t spoilerish at all because I still don’t know what you’re talking about (of course I couldn’t resist and had to take a peek!).
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  4. Nikki

    I have a lot of friends that have been reading this series but between the covers and the synopsis’ I’m just not sold. Maybe when the series is totally said and done I’ll give it a try.

  5. Lia

    Aaaaaah! I’m so excited to read the Adrian Chronicles Volume 5! Not about Sydney at all . . . No, no. Although I do hope she is rescued (by the incredible Adrian Ivashkov of course) from Reeducation and comes out unscathed. Now I shall go check my library’s website an uncountable number of times to see if Adrian came in.

    • Wendy Darling

      Heh, I like the way you’ve rebranded this series! Let’s be honest, Adrian is the reason most of us started reading it. ;) I hope Adrian shows up at your doorstep soon!

  6. Layla A

    Ah, so I *still* haven’t started these because I wasn’t such a Sydney fan in VA (and I’d also heard that Sydney’s ED was kind of triggering). But: Adrian + your note about Alchemist reeducation and its parallels to de-gaying camps = I am interested now.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I had a lot of trouble with Sydney’s eating disorder in the earlier books, but I was having some issues warming up to her in general personality-wise anyway. She’s become a very interesting character, though, in part because I think the author sort of found her footing with writing a non-assertive lead, which is not common for her.

      The re-education center and de-gaying camp parallel was interesting to me. One person came onto my GoodReads review and said she didn’t think of the connection as she was reading it, but it became very obvious when she saw what I had written. It’s not a hammer-over-the-head, though, thank goodness.

    • Wendy Darling

      I agree, I think the separation was good for them–there’s been so much togetherness in the last couple of books that I think this was a good way to insert some drama, without resorting to outright cheating, horrible misunderstandings, etc, something the author does seem to fall back on in her other series.

      I’m glad you liked The Big Thing, too! Such a nice surprise.

  7. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    Okay, first of all, I’M SO SORRY BUT I SKIMMED YOUR REVIEW. Haha. I plan to read this series eventually and I was afraid of spoilers! But with that said, I did catch some tidbits, and I would like to share my two cents with you about them!

    I’ve only gotten to read Richelle Mead first in her Gameboard of the Gods series, but I do agree that she has a knack for writing awesome characterization. The sequel of GotG was super good that it was then and there that I decided to try out ALL of her books because I just couldn’t get enough of her work.

    And it’s promising that this one is the best in the series so far. That only goes to show the book and the writer herself are improving as they go along. Should I still read the VA series prior to reading this? I’m not keen on reading that one, but this one, I’m very interested indeed!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I do the same thing! I don’t blame you at all for skimming, particularly if you haven’t read any of the other series yet.

      I’ve heard good things about THE IMMORTAL CROWN–I have to admit, TOTG was the one and only Richelle Mead book I didn’t care for (I’ve read them all), but I might give the sequel a try sometime to see if I like it better.

      I definitely think you should read VA first. Aside from giving you back story on why Sydney is the way she is (and Adrian, too), it’s also the better series, imo. But some people like this one better, so I guess it just depends on your taste!

  8. Kim

    Ahhhhh you make me really, really want to read this series, Wendy! I do love my vampires. And especially my human/vampire romances. I haven’t read VA, though. What’s kept me away is that I find student/teacher relationships problematic and especially so when one of the characters is underage. I’m thinking I just need to bite that bullet because VA otherwise sounds perfect for me.

    • Wendy Darling

      I hear you on the problematic student/teacher thing. I am absolutely, 100% on the side that that is totally wrong in real life, no exceptions, but I am interested in how it’s handled in fiction. On the adult/romance side, I’ll look the other way because it’s escapist stuff and supposed to be a fantasy (and I think most of us have thought a teacher was cute at one time or another); on the adult literary fiction side, I think it’s fascinating to read about what pushes human beings to ignore what they know is wrong.

      In YA, I’m much pickier with how this is handled. If it helps at all to know this, I’m of the opinion that the Rose/Dimitri relationship doesn’t fetishize teacher-student romances, and in fact, Dimitri is VERY responsible about it…and Rose is, too. Part of the reason I love them both.

      I hope you will give VA a try sometime though, given your love for vampires. Rose is arrogant and stubborn and full of faults and fully cognizant of her own sexual attractiveness, and a lot of readers hate her for that. But I love her fiercely, and there are scenes in FROSTBITE that still shake me when I reread them. Oh, and seriously sexy make-out scenes and two hot guys, too. I mean, REALLY.

  9. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    I love how you wrote this review without giving any spoilers. I’ve read book 1 and 2 in the Vampire Academy series but I really struggled with book 2…but ended up liking it. ^^ Richelle Mead is a great author and she has talent to create original stories or ones you think they’ll be ordinary but they end up being everything except that. Have you read her Georgina Kincaid series or do you only read YAs? :) Anyway, very beautiful enthusiastic review. I will surely read this series after I finish the VA one.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, thank you! I do my best to do non-spoilery reviews–I rather enjoy the challenge of doing this for series reviews, although a certain amount of backstory discussion is unavoidable for those who haven’t caught up with the previous book yet.

      I’m glad you ended up enjoying VA, and that you’re going to give Bloodlines a chance! VA is one of my favorites, and I totally agree–RM’s stories and characters aren’t like any one else’s, and each protagonist is distinct. I have read the Georgina books, although I had a lot of trouble with YOU MUST CHEAT TO LIVE concept, hah. So I’m more of a Dark Swan fan, particularly since Dorian reminds me of a sexy, grown-up Adrian. Minus the booze and cigarettes. ;)

  10. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    So I haven’t read any of Richelle Mead books (though I did watch Vampire Academy with Tina and Maggie the other week for our bad movie night and they have both read at least the first book)

    So which series would you recommend Bloodlines or Vampire Academy?

    • Wendy Darling

      What. What!! We must rectify this immediately, Tabs. Vampire Academy is one of my all time favorite YA series, and since you read a lot of adult urban fantasy, I bet you’ll like Rose a lot. Not everyone does, but I adore her.

      Definitely start with Vampire Academy. Although the series really are separate and can be read independently, the VA events start the beginnings of what happen in Bloodlines, and you’ll have a better understanding of the two protagonists in this series. Also, while I’ve grown to like this series and romance after books 3 – 5, VA is really where my heart is.

      Read it, read it soon, Tabitha! You’ll speed right through them, I’m sure of it.

        • Wendy Darling

          Oh good, I’m glad you already have a copy! VA definitely has other PNRs beaten. Sometimes people don’t like the first one–I did, but it’s book two where it really got me hooked.

  11. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t seem to finish the VA series. I don’t know why! I feel like I’m really missing out on a really great series, so I really need to fix this! Great review, Wendy! I wasn’t particularly fond of Sydney in the fifth book either (I DNFd that book) so I’m glad that her character goes through a great transformation.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, well–VA isn’t for everybody. If you’ve read the first couple and still aren’t a fan, than I’d say it’s likely you will feel the same about the sequels. But oh wait, you read through book 5? I think book 6 is actually the weakest one, so I don’t think you’re missing too much there.

      I will say, though, that a lot of people who didn’t like VA or Rose seem to still like Sydney. And yes, her development is slow, and for me, occasionally frustrating in the beginning, but looking at the big picture, I do admire the author for taking the chance on writing a different type of main character than she has in the past–and for allowing Sydney’s development to happen gradually.

  12. Rebecca

    I’m so glad to hear that you liked this one! The Fiery Heart was “meh” for me – I found it really predictable, so I was hesitant about this one. But your review has convinced me to check it out sooner rather than later. Sadly, there are a TON of holds on it at the library, so I’ll probably have to wait a while for it.

    • Wendy Darling

      I liked FIERY HEART, but I agree that it had a more predictable story. I think the plot is much more interesting here, though, and what happens with the character development is really exciting to see. And probably unpredictable–I know I wasn’t expecting it! I hope the people ahead of you in the library queue speed read so you can get to this one soon. Try not to read too many reviews, I’m sure the spoilers are going to start splashing everywhere.

  13. Kate S. (@ExLibris_Kate)

    Regarding the re-education hapenings—“I wish the threads of that metaphorical plotline had been wrapped up with a little more time and poignancy”—> I agree 100%, although I trust Richelle and given what happens after that, WHO CARES??? hahahaha.

    I read this series before I read VA, and I’m glad because I think without knowing Sydney first, Rose would have bothered me a lot more. (I grew to really love VA and recommend it to people all the time.) I relate to Sydney so much more and what I love about her development is that she has shed the destructive parts of being an alchemist (the bigotry, etc..) and kept the good things (the discipline, the focus, the love of learning). I think that is a great statement about growing up, especially if you were in less than ideal circumstances. You keep the good with you and shed what is destructive.

    THE BIG THING that happens – loved it! As crazy as it was, it made sense within the story, which made me love it even more…and Adrian even more, if that’s possible. He’s a mess, but he’s OUR mess, you know? Great review!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah! You’re right–after The Big Thing, I didn’t care a bit about anything that happened before that, hee hee.

      I love what your observation about Sydney keeping the valuable parts of Alchemist teachings and ridding herself of the poisonous ones. It really is a great metaphor for growing up, and I’ve come to admire her so much as a character. I’m curious how I’ll feel about her if I go back and read the first two books. It was a hard for me to adjust to her at first, and it’s always funny to see how differently people react to her if they haven’ read VA first and so on.

      I’m glad to see you’re a fan of this series, though! And I’m glad you liked The Big Thing. I loved the way that was handled–I think it could have come off in an extremely negative, unconvincing, “this is a TERRIBLE idea” kind of way, but it didn’t, and that’s a testament to the author’s skill in writing those scenes. All the emotions felt authentic, and I agree, it made sense in the context of what was happening.

      Oh, Adrian. He’s just such a dreamy love bunny.

  14. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Wendy, I haven’t written my own review of Silver Shadows yet, so I didn’t read yours. I had the same reaction afterwards, though !!!! It was well written, and I loved the way both Sydney and Adrian evolved in this installment. I haven’t been able to actually gather my thoughts yet, so I have to wait a little more before I write anything down.
    I’m really glad you enjoyed yourself so much :)
    I hope you’re having a fantastic week, Wendy. Happy reading.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I saw your rating on GoodReads! I’m happy that you were all exclamation-pointy, too. I am totally enthusiastic about the direction RM went with the Sydrian story arc—normally that kind of thing might bother me, but I’m okay with how it happened here. Look forward to reading your review!

  15. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    And here is where I admit that despite my Richelle Mead love, I have neither finished VA, nor started this series . . . *runs* *hides* I have them all, LOL. The only VA book I haven’t read is the last one, and I’ve preordered every, single book from this spin-off, but . . . yeah, not yet. I will though. Soon. *pinky promises*
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    • Wendy Darling

      Jessica. This upsets me GREATLY. As a reader of urban fantasy, Vampire Academy is made for you. MADE FOR YOU. Rose is closer to an adult UF heroine than any other YA character I’ve ever read, she kicks serious ass…and the romance is incredibly good. Like, “he’s sucking my blood and it isn’t supposed to feel good but it does and we like it too” good.” I’m holding you to that pinky promise! Although I do admire your faithfulness with all the pre-ordering even without having read any of the books!

  16. Sarah P.

    Now I’m smiling, Wendy. I just said in a post in another blog that I really should start with Richelle Mead’s series because I feel like I’m missing out so much and I find that I keep on saying this whenever I come across reviews for her books. I think someone has to locked me in a room and feed me the books so I can finally get on with it. Haha! Lovely review, Wendy.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Have you read Vampire Academy yet, Sarah? Definitely start with that one if you haven’t yet! It seems to be a series that’s rather polarizing, but I come firmly on the “love” side. :) Wish you luck with it when you get to it!

  17. Lucy

    Eeeee! I’m about 80% down with this book now and am so happy to hear you speak so highly of it. I did not click on your spoiler but hope that the unexpected surprises are good ones :)
    I wish I didn’t rush through this one so fast since we’ll have so long to wait for the next book. (Luckily we’ll never run out of books to read-ha!)
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  18. Rachel

    I still need to read the book before this one so I’m not going to read your review yet. I started it but then I put it aside after finding out about a huge cliffhanger. I’m happy to see your !!! though and your 4 stars. I’m loving Sydrian. Maybe even more than Rose and Dimitri. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, what’s the cliffie you heard about, I wonder? Was it the thing they have to do at the end mission-wise, or was it The Big Surprise? As a Sydrian fan, I think you’ll be pleased (like, really, really pleased) with the romance in this book, Rachel. I know I was!

      Though I made this face when you said “maybe more than Rose and Dimitri.”

      :-O

        • Wendy Darling

          Oh yes, there’s a cliffie at the end of FIERY HEART, but I didn’t think it was that bad. Part of that is knowing the author’s style well enough that I know everything will turn out fine, though, so I didn’t really panic over it. But you now have SILVER SHADOWS to get to right away after it, so you’re fine either way!

  19. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’ve been hearing that this spin-off is really growing into its own and improving with every book–and your review only confirms that, Wendy. I wasn’t too keen on Adrian and Sydney as a romantic pair when I first heard of this spin-off but the fact that their relationship is so respectful and has really won readers over, not to mention the fact that Sydney undergoes an immense amount of growth throughout the series, is a relief. I’m still not dying to get my hands on these books–Vampire Academy was a really good series for me, but not a favorite by far–but perhaps once the final installment is out and is fans are satisfied, I’ll binge-read these together. Mead always writes such compulsively readable titles, so that might be fun. ;) Fantastic review, as always!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, I wasn’t sold on Adrian/Sydney either, but I’m on board that train now. :) I was a huge VA fan, though–sometimes I hear that people who are, then have trouble with Bloodlines, but those who were so-so or didn’t like Rose then like this series. You never know! And these are perfect for binge-reading, it’s a good thing the last one comes out in a year.

      “Compulsively readable” is the perfect way to describe her writing, too.

  20. bethany

    EEEEEE! I’m trying to stay away from the spoilers that I know are online (and in this post…) and will revisit after I’ve read… but… EEEE!!!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yes, we can talk about it after you’re done, Bethany. Hurry up and read it though, it’s too exciting not to know!

  21. Danielle

    I haven’t read the book yet – *la, la, la* – but I am so glad you liked it (you know I’ve been on the fence about this whole spin-off from Book #1!)

    I think you’re right concerning Sydney and Adrian’s development – as they’ve grown in leaps and bounds as characters the books have gotten better and better and Mead has started hitting her stride.

    Can’t wait to read this one!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Well, you can count me in on those who were converted. As you know, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first two books, but 3-5 have all been consistently strong. I think “hitting her stride” is key as well, both with Adrian, who’s a tricky character anyway, and with Sydney. As I was saying to someone below, I still think writing assertive characters comes more naturally to her than mild-mannered ones, but I really like Sydney now. I hope you feel the same way when you get to this one!

  22. Pili

    Hmmm, Wendy would you disown me if I told you I still haven’t read any VA books and so I haven’t started this series? I keep on hearing very cool things about the books, but someone the more behind I get, the more lazy I feel about starting with them!

    But then, I read reviews like yours, and I feel like I’m really missing out!
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    • Wendy Darling

      You are DEAD to me.

      :D

      I won’t disown you, but I do insist that you make room for Rose and Dimitri and Adrian on your reading list as soon as humanly possible! Vampire Academy is SO good, and Rose is just…everything. I love her, love her, love her, and I will defend her to the death.

      I know what you mean about being behind. VA is totally complete though, and it really is a completely separate story from what happens in Bloodlines. They’re such quick reads that I bet you’ll zoom through them in no time!

      And not to rub salt in your wounds but yes. You are missing out, you are. But at least this is a fixable situation.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, it’s good to hear that the audiobook is good. I liked INDIGO SPELL a lot too, that’s the one where I first started getting on board with this romance. Um, sexiest tee-shirt painting scene ever. Who even knew those words could be uttered? I’m glad you enjoyed SILVER SHADOWS too, though!

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you! The re-education center plot is pretty intense at times, but it’s all handled well. Man, there is such good Sydrian stuff in this thing, I can’t even. Suffice to say you HAVE to read this ASAP so you can find out what The Big Thing is, it’s tremendously exciting and unexpected, and it’s not something you want spoiled. :)

  23. Carina Olsen

    Omg. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. Please tell me, hiih. <3 I have yet to read any books by this author. Sigh. But I own all the VA books, and the first book in this series :) And I will read them someday. <3 I'm just worried I won't like them :p But oh. I need to know what you talk about, lol :D I love your review. <3 And I'm glad you liked this book so much. That's awesome. Thank you for sharing Wendy. <3
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, if you want to know, I guess I can tell you in spoiler tags on GoodReads? But you really should read Vampire Academy first, those are insanely good. One of my favorite YA series ever. I hope you get to them soon, they’re usually love it or hate it books, hah.

  24. kindlemom1

    I hate to say this but I think Sydney is what has kept me from starting this series. I just didn’t love her in VA and couldn’t imagine her with my beloved Adrian. But so many people have said that she does grow on you so I know I need to stop being a poop and just pick these up.
    Are there only only to be 6 books?
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    • Wendy Darling

      I know exactly what you mean. I still think this author writes assertive female characters more naturally than she does uncertain/awkward ones, but it feels like in the last couple of books the character has found some footing, and I quite like Sydney now. I was SO resistant to her as a love interest for Adrian, too–he is so wonderful, and who could possibly live up to Rose? But if you are patient with the beginning books, I think you’ll be won over. By book three, I was starting to warm up to Sydney and to the whole idea of Sydrian, and now I’m totally on board with it. (I mean, I don’t love anybody as much as I love Rose, and the romance in VA is unbeatable. But this is lovely in a totally different way.)

      And yes, my understanding is it’s just 6 books! Right now, I really hope that is she does do another spinoff series, it won’t be with boring old Jill. She hasn’t announced anything, btw, she’s just mentioned in passing that she’s working on things she can’t share yet. I’d be excited to see her try something new.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I think of it as book porn. You can practically hear Adrian unzipping your pants, you know?

      This series has really grown on me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first two, but I rated #3 3.5 stars, I think, and the last two have been solid 4 star reads for me. :) I hope you like ’em, too!