The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Young Adult/ Vampires, Pages: 420, Level: Easy

Book Description:

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.

What a pleasant surprise after the drab The Indigo Spell. Maybe because there is a little bow chicka bow wow in The Fiery Heart, hence the title. Alas, don’t get your hopes up too much; it is, after all, Young Adult.

The Vampire Academy and spinoff Bloodlines series are pure entertainment. Don’t expect intellectual material whatsoever. What can you expect?

First, you can expect the whole hot librarian fantasy. The only thing missing is a ruler. Sydney is an intellectual, and a hot one to boot. It is every school boy’s fantasy. And the best part, she’s legal. For girls, who, let’s face it, are the vast majority of readers for this series, it’s the whole ‘you can be smart and sexy and win the bad boy’ fantasy plus hot vampires. Definitely a recipe for success.

Second, for those who have loved Adrian’s character from when he first emerged in the VA series, The Fiery Heart will make you very happy. We have been waiting for something good to happen to him, even if it may be temporary.

Finally, I was extremely satisfied with the ending. There was something mentioned in The Indigo Spell and revisited in The Fiery Heart about which I wanted to hear more. Taking into consideration the cliffhanger at the end of this installment, it seems evident that the reader will get more in the next book. I definitely look forward to that. All in all, this was not the worst book with which to end the year.

So if you want a quick, entertaining read with young adults in charge and sexy vampires, no brain cells required, this series is definitely for you. Begin with Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.


Reviewed by Christina
December 31, 2013

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