Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 416pgs

The Story

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.

The Review

Okay, so I was a little torn between giving this book a 4, 4.5 or a 5 star rating, but oh what the heck . . . I'm giving it a 5 stars because of that freakin' awesome ending Richelle Mead delivered to us and all of those Sydrian feels that I felt, which I'm sure many of you are also feeling right about now when you're thinking back and reflecting on this book. OH MY GOSH THERE ARE SO MANY FEELS I TELL YOU IN THIS BOOK! And boy was it so much better than the last book, The Indigo Spell, which I was a little disappointed with.

But before I get into this review, I have to say I was a little worried when I first heard the author was writing Adrian's point-of-view for this new instalment as well as Sydney's. Now I don't know why I was so worried (because most of well . . . just about anything Mead writes is always awesome and has that tick-approval sort of thing going for it) but if I'm guessing here, I was probably more worried about the fact that being inside Adrian's head would not be as awesome as I wanted it to be or rather it was because I was worried that I would like him less because of his POV which can sometimes happen to me like what happened with Veronica Roth's Allegiant book with Four/Tobias's POV . . . but I was wrong on both accounts. While Adrian is a bit light-hearted on his new romance with Sydney and perhaps a little cheesy at times and vice versa, but it was very nice to read more about him inside his own head and learning about what he's going through with his spirit abilities . . . which was heart-aching at times. So yeah, I was very surprised with his POV.

In terms of the book itself, I thought it was - on a whole - a really good book despite there being less action in the previous books than I initially wanted as it's book four now. But in saying that, THE FIERY HEART was still a very enjoyable storyline with a very different feel to it and I liked how it focused more about the emotional sides of the characters and also the psychological side as well, especially when it comes to Adrian and his 'darkness' that is always overshadowing him. Another thing as well, I liked that Sydney and Adrian showed their readers a completely new side to them (more so in Sydney's case) and a much more romantic one as well, which I'm sure all of us readers can appreciate as we wanted these two characters together for SO LONG now, so again, it's great to see these two crazy kids finally (well sort of) be together and no longer avoid each other feelings. Even if it's a 'secret' relationship at first.

So without spoiling things for you, all I can say is that the ending was a real killer. While I already saw it coming from book one and from the many things that were hinted throughout the series, but still . . . it was hard to actually read that ending . . . and my gosh I cannot wait to see what else Richelle Mead has up her sleeve, though I'm sure there are many other heart-breaking twists coming our way. Just read some of my gif comments HERE on Goodreads to know how I'm feeling and STILL feeling right now. Yeah, that ending was a killer.

Overall, THE FIERY HEART is a book that should not be missed by any Richelle Mead fan and let's just say BRING ON BOOK FOUR BECAUSE I'M READY TO READ IT NOW!

The Rating
5/5 stars


  1. I imagine almost everyone saw that ending coming. I kept hoping that maybe I'd be wrong and it wouldn't happen. Unpredictability is not Mead's forte, but that's not what I'm looking for with this books. I'm really hoping there are lots of great dream sequences in the next book. And I'm also really hoping that Sydney won't be completely changed and start off hating Adrian.

    1. Yeah the ending was very predictable and I saw where the story was going from book one. Still, I can't wait for the next book! I'm looking forward to mostly seeing how Sydney is going to deal with her current 'situation'.

  2. Yup, the ending was quite predictable, but still, I wonder how she's going to deal with all of this in the next book. And the way it ended made me that much eager to read more.

    I agree about Sydrian - such a great couple! And I also loved how much Sydney has grown since VA. Great review, Erin!

    Have a terrific Tuesday :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Yeah I'm definitely looking forward to that too. I'm even more eager now because of what happened to Sydney.

      Thanks Lexxie! :D


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