Friday, March 6, 2015

REVIEW: "Silver Shadows" by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
For Ages 15+ (Language, Violence)
Young Adult -- Paranormal

Razorbill -- Published in July 2014
Hardcover, 416 pages
Read in March 2015
Purchased from Amazon

Dual Points of View, Brainy Heroine, Vampires

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.

"I woke to darkness."

Warning!  This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the Bloodlines series.

It felt weird not reading this book the moment I got it last summer.  But, since I knew that The Ruby Circle would be the last of the series, I decided to wait until it was released before starting Silver Shadows.  I was even more adamant when I heard that there was a cliffhanger.  While this was not my favorite, I really liked this book and think it is a solid part of a fantastic series.

The last time that readers saw Alchemist turned witch Sydney Sage and her vampire boyfriend Adrian, they were trying to keep her bosses from figuring out the truth about their relationship.  The unfortunate result was Sydney sacrificing herself and getting caught by Alchemists.  Silver Shadows picks up with Sydney in a type of solitary confinement at a mysterious facility with the Alchemists trying to brainwash her back into believing all vampires are evil and Adrian trying to find her.

I always knew that Sydney was a strong heroine, but she really showed it in this book.  She is determined to keep her loved ones safe and puts herself in difficult situations to insure that.  I loved the scenes where she was playing mind games with her captors in order to get released to "re-education" and then when she tried to build an escape plan for her and the others in the program.  I'm not sure how I would have reacted in such conditions, but Sydney handled things surprisingly well.

While Sydney is causing havoc in the Alchemist facility, Adrian is struggling to keep things together.  His spirit powers are unable to find Sydney in her dreams and this causes his depression and drinking to come back.  This part was hard to read because he had done so well with his issues and it was a shame to see him fall apart once again.  But, because he is Adrian, he eventually got out of his funk and was able to figure out a way to rescue Sydney in his own way.

The plot of Silver Shadows was different compared to the other installments in this series.  It was not as action-packed especially in the first two-thirds.  Sydney and Adrian were separated for most of the book which was hard to get used to at first.  I liked that it allowed readers to see their characters react to the situation in different ways plus that made their reunion all the more special.  I also enjoyed seeing the return of Marcus, Rose, Dimitri, Eddie, Jill, and the rest of the gang.

After finishing this book, I am excited to read The Ruby Circle though I will definitely miss this world that I first became obsessed with in the Vampire Academy series.


"It's a fact that people are afraid of what they don't understand. And most are too lazy or ignorant to find out more."

1. Bloodlines
2. The Golden Lily
3. The Indigo Spell
4. The Fiery Heart
5. Silver Shadows
6. The Ruby Circle

1 comment:

  1. I'm so far behind on her books it's just disgusting. lol One day I'm going to just have to binge read and knock them all out.


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