August 24, 2014

Review: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)

 Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: July 29, 2014
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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 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.

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Let's talk about how excited I am that Richelle Mead's "Silver Shadows" finally came out! I didn't expect to love Mead's "Bloodlines" series as much as I do, but I've become completely emotionally invested in my little book babies Sydney and Adrian. Thankfully, I had its release day off of work, so I didn't have to waste any time in starting the book I've been waiting months and months for.

I actually had to go to three different stores in order to find "Silver Shadows", but it was worth the drive. Mead's newest installment in the series did not disappoint, and in fact, offered more than I thought it would. Again, the book is told in both Sydney and Adrian's point of views, and alternates by chapter. Sydney is dealing with being trapped in a reeducation facility, while Adrian is left in Palm Springs to deal with her loss and try to figure out how to find her and bring her back home to him.

Since Adrian and Sydney were forced apart at the end of the last book, "The Fiery Heart", I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to enjoy "Silver Shadows" as much as I did with the previous books where they had a lot more interaction. However, I was pleasantly surprised because I was still hooked as the two of them tried to get back to each other.

The one thing that was a bit disappointing about this book was that there were not a lot of scenes with the old crew from Palm Springs. While we still get some of Jill, Eddie, Angeline, and Trey, there's definitely not as much as in all of the other books. There's even less of Ms. Terwilliger, which was a blow because I love her character. Instead, through Sydney's chapters, we meet a lot of new characters at the reeducation facility, including other alchemists who have gotten in trouble (though not to the same extent as Sydney for actually being involved with a vampire), as well as the alchemists who run the facility (spoiler alert: they pretty much suck and you want to punch them through the page).

There are some even some appearances of the characters that were at the heart of Mead's other series, "The Vampire Academy", as we visit court life through some of Adrian's chapters. The new characters help move the story along as well as give the reader someone else to read about without missing the Palm Springs characters too much.

While "Silver Shadows" ends with an opening for the next book, it didn't have the huge cliffhanger that "The Fiery Heart" did. However, the ending was not something that I saw coming, but it makes me even more excited for the next book than I already was. Seriously, can I have it right now? I've only just finished the book (I may or may not have read it all in a day), but I already miss my little book babies. So if you haven't yet started reading Mead's "Bloodline" series, it's about time for you to start.

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Author Bio:

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens.

Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved 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. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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