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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #5)

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Title:Silver Shadows
Author:Richelle Mead
Publication Date:June 29th 2014


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.


Initial Reactions After Reading This:

This sequel was not what I all and I mean that in the greatest way possible. I knew it was going to be amazing but this was just on a whole different level of AWESOMENESS.

Firstly, dual POVs. Thumbs up. Best thing that could've been done for this sequel. I felt that it was very well‐done and necessary given the circumstances that both Sydney and Adrian were in and the changes from one character's POV to the next were very smooth. It didn't feel jumpy at all and the interchanging POVs weren't very rapid as some books are. We had one POV per chapter and I loved it.

Getting to know more about the Alchemists' world was the real highlight of this novel. Before, it was mostly secretive and we didn't know much about this mysterious "re‐education" that everyone feared. Reading this was like stepping through the doors of a whole new world albeit a world that made me want to stab every single higher up alchemist in their eyeballs. Still, it was intriguing.

I fangirled so hard at the amount of Vampire Academy character cameos that were in Silver Shadows. I would attribute my emotions to how I feel when Arrow makes an appearance in The Flash. Yep. THAT good. All of my babies were together again! Rose, Dimitri, Sonya, Christian. I WAS IN AWE OF EVERY SINGLE MOMENT.

I saw a butt ton of character growth in Silver Shadows, especially Sydney and Adrian. Something was subtly different about them. They got stronger; their love, the extent of what they could handle. There was nothing they wouldn't do to be together and though I had a few doubts about Sadrian initially, I'm happy to report that they're now dispelled and I SHIP THEM SO HARD! Particularly after that ending which I can't reveal because spoilers.

AH, I ADORED THIS NOVEL SO MUCH IT HURTS. So much action, suspense and swoon-worthy romance. It was everything I desired in a sequel and more. So. Much. More. 

Final Sentence in the Novel

Last sentence has too many spoilers :(

Favourite Lines in the Novel
  • Oh my God, I thought, I'm rooming with the Sydney Sage of re-education.
  • Drinking alone was sad. Drinking with a companion could technically be justified as social interaction. - Adrian
  • No torture I'd faced in these last few months came close to matching the terror I felt at the thought of losing him. - Sydney

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.