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Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Title: The Fiery Heart

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication date: November, 2013

Stand Alone or Series: Series–this is the fourth in a series.

Hardcover: 449 pages

How I got this book: Bought

Why I chose this book: Richelle Mead is one of my favorite books.  I love her style, and her books are always consistently good.  When it comes to this spin-off series, each book has left me wanting more and more.  I definitely had to see what was going to happen in this installment.


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.


Richelle Mead never disappoints me with her books.  I love the vampire world that she’s created, with Moroi, Dhampir, and now Alchemists.  Each book is consistent in that it grabs my attention and keeps me fully immersed in that world.

This is the fourth book in the Bloodlines Series, and not the last.  I wouldn’t say this is my favorite book in the series.  It went slower than the last book, and a couple times I wanted something to happen and move the plot along.  However, once I started getting past the usual exposition, the story really started to pick up.  And I love getting to see some of my favorite characters from the Vampire Academy series, such as Rose and Dimitri.

The one thing that will not disappoint fans in this book is the romance.  There’s quite a bit of it.  We get to see even more of how Adrian and Sydney interact together, and just how much love they have for each other.

One thing this book holds, that definitely makes it amazing, is the feeling you get at the end of the novel.  That feeling is the one that there is no way this can have any semblance of a good ending.  There is no way for there to be happiness, or for the star-crossed lovers to be together.  The reason this is a good thing is because somehow, someway, Mead is going to make some revelations in the next coming books.  And I have a feeling they’re going to be amazing.

So while this may not have been the best book in the series, there’s no way I would quite reading now.  I have a feeling things are really going to start picking up steam,and it’s not something you’re going to want to miss.