The Compulsive Reader: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Life has gotten much more complicated for Sydney Sage since her younger sister Zoe joined the cohort in Palm Springs. Sydney has to hide everything from Zoe--her magic, her investigation into the Alchemists, and her new romance with Adrian. Life has become a balancing act, and just when Sydney begins to make progress towards freedom, she starts to lose control and the consequences are devastating.

In The Fiery Heart, Mead deviates from her single first person narration for the first time in the Bloodlines series to include Adrian's first-person perspective. Sydney and Adrian's voices play off each other well to help keep the plot moving steadily forward, although Adrian's voice feels a little too forced and a little too introspective in a few of his chapters. However, Mead skillfully builds tension is all areas of Sydney's life, bringing all of her struggles together and forcing her to finally choose sides between the Alchemists and the vampire world. With a high-stakes uncertain ending, Mead will have readers waiting in anguish for the fifth book in the series, Silver Shadows.

Cover Comments: I am struggling to find something to say about this cover. I just really hate the covers of this series so much. The design seems to get lazier and lazier. The nicest thing I feel like I can say is that the orange is a really cool shade.

Book purchased from my indie.

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