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The Fiery Heart

The Fiery Heart

Book rating: 05 Hardback Bloodlines (Razor Bill)

By (author) Richelle Mead

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  • Publisher: RAZORBILL
  • Format: Hardback | 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 213mm x 48mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 19 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1595143203
  • ISBN 13: 9781595143204
  • Sales rank: 17,389

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"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 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. Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the "New York Times" bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

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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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By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 27 Nov 2013 5

Wow, does a lot happen in this one. We get steamy romance, Adrian fighting his darkness and figuring out more of the direction of his life and what it means to really leave an impact, Sydney dealing with her sister, magic, tattoos, school, hiding her love life, and parental issues all at once. She has made such great strides in her thinking and in learning to be herself it is amazing.
Oh, and we get dual perspectives in this one. Amazing right? We get into the head of Adrian Ivashkov, and I loved every second. I got to see a whole other side to his life, thoughts, and also Sydney.
The characters in this one are a mix from all over, as well as some new people to shake things up even more, and you can almost feel the tension building and forming into what I know will blow my mind. There were some really profound conversations, hilariously funny moments, and also ones that made me want to melt. It really re-enforces Richelle's place on my fave list (well, I can only speak personally from the YA perspective because I haven't read her adult novels for some weird reason yet).
How far they have both come and how far they have still to go is so heavy on my mind right now. In fact, as usual my complaint is that I want the next book right this instant and I don't have it. Oh, and that ending. Wow. Left me hanging, and drooling to find out what's next. But also scared because in the acknowledgements she says to remember we are in the middle of a series, and the hard things are getting deep (well, something to that effect) but for us readers to hang in there. So, I am a lot afraid of what terrors await them in the next book while things get sorted out, but I was extremely glad to see the character development and a bit of peace, love and happiness with Adrian and Sydney before the proverbial **** hit the fan.
There was plenty of action to go along with all of this character growth, and there were some decisions made that were hand in hand brave and stupid, but it resulted in some great knowledge and strides for the changes brewing for this hidden vampire world and all who are associated with it.

Bottom Line: Action packed, swoony, and lots of character growth. Give me more.

By Pretty In Fiction 21 Nov 2013 5

Holy hell. This book. I don't even know how to explain my emotions so I think I'll just rant. Am I happy? Really, really happy. Sad? Like one of Adrian's downswings sad. But mostly I just feel a pukey. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead is, by far, the most emotional book I've read in the whole Vampire Academy universe, and that's saying something.

I don't know how many times I can say it, but Sydney Sage is a badass. Sydney is an incredible heroine. The most incredible heroine I've ever had the pleasure to read, in my opinion. She's smart, loyal, strong, capable and incredibly romantic. Let's just say, it's not only Adrian dropping the swoon worthy lines in The Fiery Heart. Her character growth from beginning of the book to the end is huge, just like it's been with every other book in this series. Can't wait to see what other incredible things she'll accomplish before the end of this series rolls around.

And now for the Adrian Ivashkov love. Seriously. He just gets better and better, same as Sydney. Throughout the book I wasn't sure who's POV I enjoyed reading more. They were both so bittersweet. And the things that happen to Adrian, the things he doesΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β€not for Sydney like he did with Rose, but for himselfΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β€is incredible. His character has been taken to a whole different level after this book. I can only imagine after that cliffhanger that some very bad things are going to go down in his life, but after seeing him overcome so many things in this book, I have no doubt Adrian will pull it together in Silver Shadows.

There are so many things I want to say, about Jill and Eddie and Rose and Lissa, about every character we've come to love. So many emotions and events to discuss, but that will leave this review even more ranty and spoiler-ridden than it already is, so I'll keep all the things to myself. But I will say this. The Fiery Heart left me wanting to crawl out of my skin in the best possible way you can imagine. I don't know what to do with myself now. To borrow a line for Adrian in Bloodlines, "Jesus Christ, I'm climbing the walls." I guess, at some point, I'll have to pick up another book and immerse myself in another fictional world, but at the moment my heart is lost somewhere in Palm Springs. (Probably in a bar, sitting right next to a drunk and despairingΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β€yet still remarkably alluringΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β€green eyed boy staring at a small dragon figurine.)

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Praise for "The Fiery Heart" ."..the greatest installment yet." -"Romantic Times" Magazine, Top Pick in the Paranormal Teen category ."..elevates the series to a whole new level." -Hypable.com ."..stands on its own and could serve as an entry point for the curious reader, who will then be hooked by the cliff-hanger ending." -"Booklist" Praise for the Bloodlines series: "We're suckers for it." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Stands out from the crowded vampire genre." --"Associated Press" "An obvious pick for the literary lover of all things bloodsucking." "--MTV's Hollywood Crush" Praise for the Vampire Academy series: "Unique and mesmerizing. . . . this little gem is sure to be a hit. . . . Readers will bite on this series for some time to come." --"VOYA" "Absorbing. . . ." --"Booklist" "Truly engaging. . . ." --"SLJ" "A thrilling adventure. . . ." --TeensReadToo.com