Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Published: November 19, 2013 Razorbill
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads Summary

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.

"The truth is, when it comes to someone you love, you’ll find there isn’t anything you won’t do.” 

We got two POVs for The Fiery Heart! Sydney's and Adrian's inner voices are both explored in this one. I love it when we get the male POV further into the story like this. I don't think it would have worked so well all the way through the series, but now it's perfect.

The Good

I do have to say that Adrian's head is full of pandemonium. He is constantly fighting with what Spirit use does to him. Always swinging from the highs and happiness right after using it to the lows a while later, and he has some truly powerful lows.

I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride all the way through the read. The emotions were all over the place, and the drop was something I knew would have to happen. The whole time I was reading it, I felt like something terrible was waiting right around the bend. It made me anxious to get through page after page to find out what I was so tense about.

One of my favorite moments was that second when all the prejudicial walls were down and Moroi, Dhampir, Alchemist, and Warrior of the Light were all fighting Strigoi together. It was just proof that no matter how much a "group" wants to brainwash it's members that other groups are "evil", that there are a few individuals willing to break out and see the people for who they really are. It's beautiful.

The Bad

There's is nothing that I can think of to list as a negative for this one.

The Romance

There are always little romantic intrigues with this group. There are some couplings going on and some great lovey-dovey moments. I love all the characters dearly so seeing them with other great people is a lot of fun and feels deserved.


A fantastic read. I ate it up word for word until I was led to a heart-stopping ending. Excuse me while I go read Silver Shadows now. Recommended for sure.


“Escape plan number seventeen," I told her. "Run away and open a juice stand in Fresno."
"Why Fresno?"
"Sounds like the kind of place people drink a lot of juice.” 

“An image of Sydney's face appeared in my mind's eye, calm and lovely.
I believe in you.
My anxiety faded.
I took a deep breath and met the gazes of all those watching me in the room.
Who was I to do this?
I was Adrian Ivashkov.

And I was about to kick some ass.” 

Rowena had fixed me with a flat look. “Let’s get one thing straight. I can see through crap a mile away, and I like girls, not guys, so if you can’t handle me telling you what’s what, then you’d better take your one-liners and hair gel somewhere else. I don’t go to this school to put up with pretty boys like you. I’m here to face dubious employment options with a painting degree and then go get a Guinness after class.”
I’d scooted my chair closer to the table. “You and I are going to get along just fine.”

“I had an accident."
"That seems to happen a lot."
"It wasn't my fault."
"It never is."
"I just have bad luck."
"Or you're just trouble."
"You got a problem with that?"
"No problem at all."
"Oh my God! Are you going to help or not?” 

“It’s Adrian Ivashkov logic. Don’t try to understand it. Just roll with it.” 


  1. Awww, I love that you are loving this series. I always wanted to try it out. The excerpts are great.

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you loved this one, too, Jaclyn. Not that I'm surprised. ;) I agree with you about that moment when all the groups were fighting the was a beautiful moment. I can't wait to start the next one but I have to catch up on The Hollows first! :)

  3. It's so good! I have one more review coming in this series because I just couldn't stop :D

  4. I'm truly glad that someone else caught the beauty in that moment. I thought people would read that and say, "What?". So, thanks for validating my statement LOL :D

  5. I loved the escape plans bit they did. This one was so good. I wish I had it to read for the first time all over again. You are on fire (hehe) with awesome books lately. And now I see you're hitting Opposition? You must be one giddy book girl. Are you able to take your walks and read? Or is it too hot for that? I totally agree that Adrian's POV throughout the series probably wouldn't have worked. Mead gave us his roller coaster mind at just the right moment! Your review took me back to my time with Sydney and Adrian. I hope you have a wonderful week, Jaclyn!

  6. I was looking out for some good vampire book for quite some time now. Thanks for this wonderful review. I'll add this one to my TBR list :)
    The excerpts are lovely!

  7. I need to get to this series. I just need more time! Eeep! LOL!

  8. YES! That's why I had to put one in the excerpts. That was a lot of fun. I really have been in book love lately with a great string of them. LOVING OPPOSITION TOO. I have still been walking and reading :D It's never too hot for me. My office is a friggin ice berg. Have a great week too!!

  9. I really love The Vampire Academy Series and The Bloodlines Series. Be sure and start with VA though. Keep in mind that the first book in the series is not near as great as all the rest of them :D


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