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REVIEW {44} – SILVER SHADOWS by Richelle Mead

SILVER SHADOWS
Series: Bloodlines – Book #5
Author: Richelle Mead
My Rating: 3.50/5.00 | Goodreads Rating: 4.40/5.00
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 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.


LIKES
  • Sydney and Adrian’s love for each other.
  • Hopper – the dragon!
  • Sydney and Adrian’s relationship status – at the end of the book.
  • How fast paced and full of action this book (and ultimately the entire series) is.
  • How strong the bond of friendship is between Jill, Angelina, Eddie, Sydney, Neil, and Adrian. In a world where dhampirs and vampires do not have relationships (friendship or otherwise) with Alchemists, the way they’ve banded together and the loyalty towards each other is insane!
  • Sydney’s magic. I love this aspect of the book, I truly do!
  • Carly Sage.
  • Rowena.
  • Jill’s bond with Adrian – and her maturity.
  • Jill and Eddie. Please, get together! I’m OTP’ing it! Jeddie? 
  • Diversity in characters and lifestyles.

DISLIKES
  • The Re-education center and the Alchemists.
  • Queen Tatiana’s voice in Adrian’s head. (Curious to see what that’s all about.)
  • Adrian’s negative Spirit attributes.
  • Some parts that seem to lag and drag.
  • The Alchemists. Did I already mention them? I hate them.

MY THOUGHTS: 
*I cannot promise that this is a spoiler-free review. If you haven’t read the first 4 books of the series, I recommend not continuing with this review!*
 I have been obsessed with the Vampire Academy world from the first page of Vampire Academy, and when I found out that there was a spin-off series, it made my little vampire-loving heart leap with joy! So far, I’ve loved Sydney and Adrian’s story, told throughout the Bloodlines series.With  every book, I’ve closed the cover and had the worst book hangover – desperately awaiting the next book to come out.
While I did enjoy the continuation of the story, I felt that this one was just a little stagnant. At the end of The Fiery Heart, Sydney was taken by the Alchemists for re-education, and Adrian is left fighting to find her. But in his spirit-wielding way, Adrian falls back into old habits at the start of Silver Shadows, and Sydney is wasting away in a dark cell, drugged until she admits she sinned, and is willing to undergo re-education to find her way back to the light. She is in this dark place both physically and emotionally – as it was her own sister, Zoe, who betrayed her, and her father who committed her to this place. She leaves her hopes of rescue in Adrian – who is back at Court, after his mother came to get him and bring him back after Jill contacted her. Back at Court, Adrian teams up with Nina – another Spirit user – who joins him in his drinking escapades, and makes sure he gets back to his room. She also has feelings for him.
Mostly, this book just starts to tie up the loose ends from the series, getting ready to end it all in just one more book.
While it ended on a cliffhanger in true Richelle Mead style, I found large chunks of this book leaning towards boring. Even though we get the typical unexpected – like what Sydney and Adrian do in the end – that I can say that I wasn’t expecting AT ALL – for the most part it’s Sydney in re-education, confirming what we already know – that she is a bad ass – and Adrian falling back into old drinking patterns and we follow him around Court while he parties. I don’t feel like a lot happens, which I suppose being the last book before the finale, it can happen. 
I still love Mead’s writing style, and her characters feel like they are really some of my BFFs. Her characters have such depth and emotion that it’s hard not to get invested in them. Even though this was not one of my favorite books in the series, I still fully enjoyed it and I am so sad that when I read The Ruby Circle, that this series will be finished. I don’t think I am ready for that!
Would I recommend it? Obviously, if you’ve read the first 4 books then YES you need to read it!

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Review {29} The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

THE INDIGO SPELL
SERIES: Bloodlines #3 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:  Bloodlines #1, The Golden Lily #2 The Fiery Heart #4
AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
PUBLISHED: February 12th 2013 by Razorbill
ACQUIRED: Borrowed | Library [Need to Own]
EDITION: Hardcover, 1st Edition, 401 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Witches, Review, Razorbill, February 2013 Release, Richelle Mead, Bloodlines Series, Vampire Academy, Five Star Rating
RATING: 5.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.49/5.00
WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

MY THOUGHTS: As expected, I abso-freaking-lutely LOVED this book. Seriously, Vampire Academy & Bloodlines have to be at the top of my ‘Favorite Series’ List. Just when you wonder where the next book in the series is going to take you, you’re suddenly transported into action and adventures you never thought possible. 
I was getting kind of aggravated with Sydney in this book, considering she was fighting her feelings for Adrian, yet leading him on. But, being Adrian, he knew she would eventually come around, and told her that he would love her “from afar” until she realized that she’s totally in love with him. Let’s just say by the end of the book I was happy with where their relationship is.
The Indigo Spell finds us back in Palm Springs and back in the lives of Sydney, Jill, Eddie, Angeline, and Adrian. The book opens with the wedding of Sonya and Mikhail, and then sweeps us back to the west coast. Sydney is able to track down the elusive ex-Alchemist, Marcus, and is surprised to find out who he is, and the group of people he’s involved with. Marcus asks her to gather information for their group to help them someday take down the Alchemists, and Sydney agrees. Marcus also offers her the chance to break her tattoo, so that she cannot be compelled by the Alchemists. Intertwined in this, Sydney is still learning magic with Miss Terwilliger, and fighting her feelings for Adrian.
One of my favorite things about Richelle Mead’s books, is that there really are no slow parts. There’s pretty much something going on all the time on every page. There is such a vast array of characters too, that she wonderfully weaves their sub-stories into the main plot. She is absolutely amazing as an author, and I even find myself wondering if she would ever do another spin-off from Jill’s point-of-view. I’d definitely read it!
One of my favorite things when reading, is to experience the protagonist’s growths and changes along with them. The Sydney Sage we met back in the Vampire Academy books, to the Sydney here in the 3rd book of the Bloodlines Series are so different. The important things that make her who she is are still there, but she starts to question herself in this book. Who am I? What am I doing? And luckily, she figures out she is the person she is supposed to be. It’s okay to love who your heart desires, and to want better for not only yourself but those around you. Sydney is such a wonderful, caring, loving person that it sometimes gets in the way of making herself happy. Luckily, she’s starting to realize this.
There are basically three main worlds in this series that Mead has to intertwine- the vampires & dhampirs, the Alchemists, and then the magical world that Sydney’s finding herself a part of. I guess maybe Marcus’s group could almost be a fourth world. Wait – a fifth – the Warriors. Sheesh! And to keep these all interesting, fresh, and working in a way to involve all of them is quite a feat. I can’t even think of anything else to say except to just gush over how freaking AMAZING this series is!
I am super stoked for The Fiery Heart. I literally want that book now! I’m so curious to see what happens and where our characters end up – especially with the cliffhanger we get at the end of The Indigo Spell... 
SIMILAR READS: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa | Fall of Night by Rachel Caine | With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent | Revealed by P.C. Cast | Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Review {3} The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily
By: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2
Other Books in the Series: Bloodlines #1; Vampire Academy #1-6
Published: June 12th 2012 by Razorbill
Edition: hardcover, 418 pages
Acquired: Library
Categories: Young Adult, Vampires, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, 2nd Book in Series, Magic, Witches, Vampire Hunters
Rating: 5 Stars
*Review may contain spoilers.*

What the Back of the Book Says
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series.

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

My Thoughts
Sydney Sage has quickly become one of my favorite characters of all time; and The Golden Lily throws us right back into the action right where Bloodlines left off. The great thing about this series so far, is that it remains fresh without any room to become stagnant or even cliche. Sydney is finally in the good graces   of the Alchemists, receiving regular praise from them. Of course this couldn’t come at a worse time – considering her first boyfriend ever, Brayden, does nothing for her; yet a simple touch from Adrian sends sparks flying through her! And the whole time I was reading this book I keep thinking to myself how badly I want Sydney and Adrian to get together, even though it goes against everything she believes in.
What truly amazes me about Mead’s writing, is that she can pack so much action, and so many events into one book. There are so many subplots to each installment to the series; this one following that formula successfully. 
We find Sydney being set up with a male version of herself by Trey. Trey thinks Sydney and his fellow co-worker, Brayden, are perfect for each other. And while Sydney enjoys the time with Brayden, she just doesn’t have any feelings for him. When Brayden breaks up with her for being irresponsible, she can’t help but laugh in his face, considering no one has ever told her that she was irresponsible before. 
While Sydney and Brayden are dating, attacks on vampires are occurring. Sonya Karp is attacked, and eventually the actions lead back to a group called The Warriors of Light, which Trey and his family just happen to belong to. 
We also see Jill assessing her relationship with a human, Micah, and her ever-growing feelings for Eddie. But Eddie is finally seeing Angeline for more than just a pain in the butt. Love Triangle anyone? 
My favorite aspect of the entire book is the constant conflicts within Sydney herself. We watch her deal with her starting to believe that vampires really aren’t the monsters that she was raised to believe that they are. In fact, she might, maybe, could be falling for one? And she has become close to Jill, Angeline, Eddie, Dimitri, and Sonya as well. She also spends a lot of time dealing with insecurities regarding her appearance, often comparing herself to Jill … that is until Dimitri puts an end to it in his not so subtle ways.
Another awesome thing, is that Sydney can’t hide from her magical powers anymore; in fact she had no choice but to embrace them and go to Ms. Terwilliger in order to help Sonya. I absolutely cannot WAIT to see how this story line develops!!! I think it’s absolutely awesome!!!
For the second book in a series, I think Mead did an above average job keeping the reader engaged, interested, and craving more and more of her amazing vampire goodness with a ferocity all its own.
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