The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Fourth in the Bloodlines series
5 bajillion gazillion
Sydney Sage is BACK! She’s an Alchemist stuck at a human school in California protecting Jill Dragomir, sister to Queen Vasilissa Dragomir. She’s finally getting ready to embrace her witch abilities and she even has admitted her growing feelings for Adrian Ivashkov. One thing is in the way. Her sister, Zoe, is now on her mission with her. Everything could go down with one misstep. Sweet, Adrian. Adrian has problems of his own. Like battling spirit and trying to protect Sydney and keep her safe. Finally, Richelle Mead gives us a dual POV of a fantastic pair that is completely opposite, but balances each other beautifully. I remember when I first picked up VA I loved the series to bits and when Sydney was introduced in Blood Promises, I liked her but didn’t think anything about her character growing into something more. When I picked up Bloodlines I devoured it in a day. Bloodlines was a fantastic ride for me and it brought back my love for VA. The Golden Lily was better than Bloodlines. It upped the score for this series and where it could. The Indigo Spell blew me away! I was completely excited for The Fiery Heart to be released. The Fiery Heart was released in November, but I didn’t pick it up until February and shame on me! I always get cold feet about the next book of this series. I leave it waiting to be read for a while and then dive right in. I wasn’t disappointed at all with The Fiery Heart. It was perfect. Just thinking about it actually makes me tear up a bit. I felt every emotion in this novel. Laughter at Adrian’s jokes and witty humor, anger at Zoe and also Sydney and Zoe’s father, love with Adrian and Sydney, anticipation, and worst of all despair. Oh, yes there was despair. I’m not going to lie to you. This book’s ending will rip your heart into shreds. That isn’t surprising because this is a Richelle Mead novel we’re talking about, but it hurt so badly.
The main female character is Sydney. Sydney has grown a lot from Bloodlines. If you remember my Bloodlines review (if not click on) then you’ll note that I gave Sydney a 7 on the Kick-Butt Heroine Scale. By The Indigo Spell she received a whopping 10. I REGRET NOTHING! I LOVE SYDNEY. She’s just as awesome as Rose. Sydney is such a fun character to read about and she’s one of my favorite YA heroines. She can kick you’re lame ass with a spell any day.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 10
The main male character is Adrian. ADRIANNNNNNNNNNNN!
Adrian finally got his POV. It was perfect and I love Adiran even more. In fact, I love Adrian so damn much. He was just absolutely perfect and I will fangirl as hard as I want to because he is like chocolate walking. One thing about him that bothered me though is that he flirts with people unintentionally. It drove me up the wall when the Moroi girl decided she wanted a piece of Adrian. NO! Sydrian forever! Back away insolent random girl.
Swoon Worthy Scale: Broken
The Villain- CURSE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Richelle Mead you make them obvious, but you also make them inflict intense amounts of pain on your readers.
Villain Scale: 9
I loved all these side characters even more. Jill was bearable and actually pretty cool. Eddie was adorable as always. Angeline and Trey need to be together because they are adorable together. Zoe can go jump in front of the car she so desperately wants to drive. Ms. T is awesome and I love her as Sydney’s mentor. She’s totally awesome. Oh, let’s not forget we get to see everyone from VA. There was Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, Christian, and Sonya. It was a big vampire reunion. I loved it!
Character Scale: 10
Cover Thoughts: I don’t really like these covers all that much, but these colors are pretty. The people though are a huge NO.