- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: HL730L (What's this?)
- Series: Bloodlines (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595143203
- ISBN-13: 978-1595143204
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (765 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fiery Heart: A Bloodlines Novel Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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After the events of Indigo Spell (2013), in which Sydney proclaimed love to Adrian, Sydney has chosen to be a witch instead of an Alchemist. With her realization that Alchemists—charged with keeping vampire secrets, and humans ignorant about vampires—are not necessarily the good guys, she defies convention to be with Adrian in a taboo human-vampire relationship. Keeping their romance secret isn’t easy, though, as her little sister has been sent to apprentice as an Alchemist with Sydney. Told in alternating chapters narrated by Sydney and Adrian, the novel charts the two characters’ struggles as Adrian tries to tamp down his abilities to both heal and compel people—or risk slipping into darkness. Mead’s spin-off from the Vampire Academy series is just as rich and absorbing. This title in particular stands on its own and could serve as an entry point for curious readers, who will then be hooked by the grim cliff-hanger ending. With the continued popularity of the franchise, and the impending Vampire Academy film release, it might do well to stock up. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones
About the Author
Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its spinoff series, Bloodlines, and the Age of X series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel. Visit www.RichelleMead.com to find out more.
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The 'Fiery Heart' sees Sydney and Adrian's relationship enter the next level and things seem to be going right for a change. Sydney begins to make a breakthrough discovery that could prove invaluable for Alchemist defectors. Even her relationship with her sister Zoe is improving. Yet family ties once again becomes strained when Sydney's Mother files for a divorce from her Father, and she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a bitter custody battle over Zoe.
The fourth installment is a little unique because we get to see the inner workings of two beloved characters rather than one - that of Adrian and Sydney. It was an interesting risk Mead took and I admit I was a little dubious. So many authors try to take that path and fail. An enjoyable series that started out with a single first-person narrator could suddenly turn into a confusing and disconnected mess merely because it's author decides to tell the story from the viewpoints of several characters rather than one.
I didn't feel that was the case here. For the most part I thought the scenes transitioned well between the two characters and only on a few occasions did I feel disconnected from the Bloodlines universe when the POV shifted from Adrian to Sydney and vice versa. On the plus side, this made the romance even more of a guilty pleasure - because we get to see the romance through the eyes of Adrian! Fans who were disappointed with the progression of the romance in previous installments won't be in the 'Fiery Heart' as their relationship enters the next level (plenty of scenes to satisfy the fangirl in me! haha).
As a little side note I also appreciated Mead bringing up a subject that is to often simply glossed over or not exactly named for what it is. I am, of course, speaking of mental health issues. After all, how often does the brooding stalker vampire hero or the kick-ass female heroine with insecurity issues get diagnosed with something such as bipolar disorder or anxiety? It was nice change to see that subject addressed in the form of Adrian, and it brings a touch of realism to a magical world.
If there was one tiny issue I had about the plot - something also brought up by another reviewer about the third book - it was that the novel quickly becomes bogged down by the sheer number of romantic relationships going on. Jill likes Eddie but pretends to like Neal. Angeline like Trey but pretends to like Neal. Trey and Eddie pretend not to like anybody. I think that's how it went. I found it all a bit confusing towards the end. Heck, even Ms. Terwilliger got a guy!
Beyond that one, tiny thing, the 'Fiery Heart is a great addition to the series. I'm especially eager to read the next book after that cliffhanger!
Adian's POV was quite interesting. I don't think it was essential to have it in The Fiery Heart, but I enjoyed it. I liked that he's almost exactly the same as we see him from Sydney's perspective. It's just that we get his every rambling thought, and we learn why he is like that. I can't say that I was surprised by this discovery, but I was surprised about how Adrian actually went about dealing with it. I'm very proud of him.
The plot of The Fiery Heart is mostly revolved around Sydney and Adrian working on their respective projects, which both happen to involve some kind of charm making. Sydney is working on the ink that will stop Alchemist compulsion, while Adrian is still working with Spirit to create a way to keep Strigoi from turning anyone. There's amazing developments from both of them, and I continue to love learning more about the science and magic of vampires and witches.
Of course, there's romance in The Fiery Heart. There's no way there couldn't be based on the title and where we left off last time. Feelings are ramped way, way, way up this time! I was worried that there wouldn't be much since Sydney has to be more careful with her sister around, but the author made it work! Lots and lots of kissing and steaminess and plenty of cheesey moments as well. But then...well, that ending happens and I was in desperate need for the next book.
The Fiery Heart was really great. I've noticed that the author tends to make the 4th book of her series super emotionally intense and that is no different here. Bloodlines may have started off rocky, but it's certainly hit its stride now.