The Fiery Heart

The Fiery Heart

A Bloodlines Novel

Book - 2013
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After making a life-changing decision, Sydney Sage, an Alchemist who serves to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires, must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend.
Publisher: New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), c2013
ISBN: 9781595143204
1595143203
Branch Call Number: YA F MEA

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torifrancois13
Apr 06, 2016

I really loved this book. The alternating chapters between Adrian and Sydney was really enlightening and fun. I love this entire series and already know that the last two books are going to be just as spectacular. And maybe next Richelle Mead could make a book on Eddie and Jill, because that would be just so awesome.

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Mahala
Dec 05, 2014

I loved the book. It was a fast easy read and drew me in from the very first page. Sydney and Adrian have come a long way, and their journey is not over yet. This 4th addition to The Vampire Academy / Bloodlines series is another great read.

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Sarah1984
Nov 28, 2014

I love Adrian's voice! Of him, Sydney or Rose, he's definitely the best to read. I'm getting worried, as Sydney is, about all the Spirit Adrian's using. It's corrupting him more and more, and the corruptive effects are lasting longer with each use. I don't know how the problem is going to be solved as Adrian's right, he needs the abilities Spirit gives him, but every time he uses it he goes further down the path of self-destruction. Sydney's presence brings him back, but she's not as effective as she used to be, she can no longer bring him all the way out from under the influence of Spirit. Maybe there's a spell she can learn to help him, or Jill's going to have a fast learning curve of how to draw it off like Rose used to for Lissa. To be continued...

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

3/10 - I was impressed with Sydney's thoughts on how to decide when the right time to take that final step with your boyfriend/girlfriend is. So many of today's YA/NA books, not that I've read most of them because thanks to some fantastic reviews from some fantastically funny and long-suffering friends I have been saved from the horror that has become YA/NA, present disturbed and corrupted relationships as normal and romantic. From the frequency with which it appears you would think that it's normal for guys to stalk their girlfriends, joke about domestic violence, threaten girls they're interested in with rape, and all of this to be going on with a girl in a love triangle between a dark, brooding demonic-type 'guy' (the one treating her like shit) and a golden-haired angel-like 'boy'. Of course, the girl always seems to choose the guy most likely to put her in the hospital, or morgue.

Thank goodness Adrian and Sydney are nothing like that! Except for all the magic, vampires, and other supernatural occurrences that happen around and to them, Adrian and Sydney have a pretty normal relationship. Adrian didn't rush Sydney into having sex with him, despite the eagerness he expressed during his chapters, Sydney enjoyed the experience and continued to enjoy it frequently through the rest of the book with no recriminations of should she or shouldn't she and is she a slut because she likes sex, and there has been no hint of a love triangle anywhere. Adrian sees and talks to Rose for the first time since he admitted his love for Sydney to Sydney and realises he no longer has any feelings for her other than friendship, not even any hurt feelings from the way they broke up. He is in love with Sydney and perfectly happy with that situation, there's no need for him to be in love with another girl at the same time (and the same goes for Sydney) just to give the story romantic tension.

MORE, DIFFERENT, SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Oh that ending! I'm so worried about how Sydney's going to get out of this without serious mental (and possibly, considering some of the Alchemist's ominous threats, physical) scars. Also how Adrian's going to deal with the fact that he couldn't save Sydney and that it was his phone that was used as evidence of their relationship and to set her up. I would really hate to see him sink back into the drinking again, I think I'd be almost as disappointed as Sydney would be if that happened. I hope Sydney can be strong in the face of the torture that I'm sure the Alchemists are eager to mete out. I hope that she frustrates their efforts to brainwash her and surprises them with her strength of will.

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ShamaBole
Oct 22, 2014

Sidney is a great heroine, but what does she see in Adrian? He is a moocher and a pill..

Monikan21 Sep 28, 2014

Book 4 of Bloodlines series, preceded by The Indigo Spell and followed by Silver Shadows. This was a great book, as it showed the love between Sydney and Adrian evolve and get stronger and better. It was also a buildup to the turmoil that will happen in Silver Shadows.

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

I loved the whole series but I will not say that this is the best book in the series because Stacey and Adrian's relationship was way too physical.

tigerlilies Jun 25, 2014

The changing view point was nice in this book of the series. Can't wait for the next one to see how Sydney holds up against the Alchemist's torturous? ways as a result of her straying from their path. What a way to end the book.....

green_cat_2270 Mar 16, 2014

i loved this book, cant wait to read the next book in the series

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MissLillieBear
Feb 28, 2014

A really nice read. Luv how this books is both Adrian and Sydney's point of view, and it doesn't seem choppy or confusing when reading it. This book goes more in depth with characters, and things seems like it is going somewhere exciting (... Ending). May not have as much action, but will take you by surprise how normal, and emotional this book is compared to the 3 previous books. Only flaw though is that the cover is hideous.

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mangocats026
Feb 08, 2014

the ending though...omg *dies* GREAT SERIES GUYSSS. READ IT.

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

“Sydney spent a lot of time on my bed these days.Unfortunately, it wasn't with me.”

tigerlilies Jun 23, 2014

"I recognized the look on Rose's face, the one that said her fist had an appointment with someone."

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