This book had a good mysterious edge, but sadly, the characters were too bland for me to feel any empathy. I didn't laugh once. I wasn't very sad when...moreThis book had a good mysterious edge, but sadly, the characters were too bland for me to feel any empathy. I didn't laugh once. I wasn't very sad when the twist was revealed. I just had no connection to the characters. It was an interesting idea, but I didn't care for the execution.(less)
There seems to be some debate over whether this was real or not? I've always heard it was but I guess I don't really know. Either way, it was an inter...moreThere seems to be some debate over whether this was real or not? I've always heard it was but I guess I don't really know. Either way, it was an interesting, dark, read. I thought it captured the mind of a lost teenage girl pretty well, even if some things seemed out there.(less)
This book would’ve received 3 stars if it had ended at the break-out scene. The events after that scene caused me to bump it down to two.
Until the Ind...moreThis book would’ve received 3 stars if it had ended at the break-out scene. The events after that scene caused me to bump it down to two.
Until the Indigo Spell, I had never given anything by Richelle less than a 4-5 star review. After – and during – some of the Indigo Spell, the Bloodlines series began to go downhill for me. But the interesting and action-packed format for Silver Shadows had the opportunity to change that. Though it came close a few times, ultimately, it didn’t. I was happy to see the action and the intrigue that had been missing in The Fiery Heart return, but I was extremely disappointed with how some subjects were dealt with, and frustrated with the blatant lack of consistency. When I say lack of consistency, I am referring to things such as Adrian’s mother’s unexplained blonde hair (it explicitly states in Spirit Bound Adrian gets his brown hair and emerald eyes from her), his never-mentioned and suddenly-arising superpowers (Why didn’t he use them when he and Sydney were moments from death in Bloodlines and The Indigo Spell? Why has he always claimed to be so weak and unable to defend himself?), and the lack of PTSD and effect the torture had on Sydney. I am aware that she’s extremely strong, but solitary confinement alone has been known to break people in less than 24 hours. After months of solitary, being drugged, and stripped of her clothes, she is alright? She’s still worried about being strong for Adrian? Perhaps I pay more attention to/am more particular about this sort of thing because I have been forced to write essays and debate about the effects of solitary in college courses. Either way, I was displeased with how it was handled. This may be young adult, but there are plenty of young adult books that have handled mature themes adequately.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. And there were quite a few things I loved. The newer characters – Duncan, Chantal, and Carly – were great, and added some depth to the series’ world. I would’ve liked to have seen more of them, though I’m worried we may not. (Richelle has a thing where side characters seem to come and go freely as the plot allows.)
Another aspect to the story I thought was handled pretty well was Marcus and the rebellion. He grew on me in this book and honestly, I thought he got screwed over the most. He risks his life to save Sydney's life and then she and Adrian ditch his plans and leave him with all the refugees, and then they go get hitched? Hell if I'd ever help those "friends" again. And really, I think it's stuff like this that bothers me the most. I really expected more of Sydney and Adrian than some of the collateral damage their silly romantic escapades have caused.
And after that teary scene where Sydney reunites with her heroes… well, that… that is where my review bumped down. The moment Sydney and Adrian ditched Marcus and the others, I had a bad feeling, but if I had known what Richelle had planned, I very well might not have read this series. The whole idea of marriage – after Sydney has escaped a torture chamber nonetheless – and the idea that marriage will fix everything… just… what was I reading? Why on earth would Adrian’s family ever protect Sydney? They didn’t give two damns about Rose in VA, and she was a dhampir. The entire plan was so ridiculous; I kind of stared at the book as though it were a joke. And that’s exactly what those last chapters read like. A joke. I loved Sydney and Adrian the first few books, and to see that this rushed, discombobulated mess is what they’ve become… it makes me extremely sad. They are both great characters, with a great story, and the bottom line is, they deserved so much better. This entire series could’ve been so. much. better. I will read the Ruby Circle to tie up loose ends that I'm interested in exploring, but that's it. (less)
I have to say, I had low expectations going into this book. The Indigo Spell was not my cup of tea, and this book was genuinely a sink-or-swim read wh...moreI have to say, I had low expectations going into this book. The Indigo Spell was not my cup of tea, and this book was genuinely a sink-or-swim read when it came to whether or not I would finish the rest of the series. The series has such potential, what with the intense world, the magic, and the rebellion, that it seems so silly to spend nearly every moment of the books focusing on the romance. It also takes away from Sydney and Adrian's characters for me. One of the things I loved about VA was that the characters were equally about the other people in their life as much as they were each other. It's an unlikable quality when two people become so much about each other they ignore the world around them, and that's what the duration of this novel was imo.
Even though this book was worse than TIS, there were just enough silver linings in it to keep me reading on. After that anti-climatic ending I finally feel like Richelle has the characters in an interesting place where we can get some much needed action and intrigue. So I'll keep reading, once again, for the possibility that next book in the series will be better. I hope the story becomes more about Sydney breaking free (like it started out...) and less about her just being with Adrian.
Also, I really hope Richelle ties up all of these loose ends that are accumulating. It seems like every book we get more questions and less answers. I really want to be blown away by what all she's hopefully planned out in the last two books in the series. Some of the characters just don't make any sense to me yet, Jared Sage and Marcus Finch coming to mind. Jared is such a flat antagonist at this point; I hope Richelle explains his behavior better than him just being a jerk. As for Marcus, he's just a question mark for me. He's hardly there in this but he still feels important. I just feel like a lot of the motovations need to be fleshed out more, before the romance becomes so key.
The best part of this book was Rowena Clark. End of story.(less)
*SPOILERS* I love John Green's style, and I'm always happy to read any of his works. This one was particularly heart-wrenching, but I really appreciate...more*SPOILERS* I love John Green's style, and I'm always happy to read any of his works. This one was particularly heart-wrenching, but I really appreciated the way he told the story, especially as Augustus took such a swift turn downhill. It was straight and to the point; he didn't try to compensate for the tragedy by using over-the-top metaphors or by teaching a lesson, he just told the story, and that was probably one of the reasons I loved this book so much. It gave the story a raw, realness.(less)
I'm conflicted about this book. I liked the idea. It was really original, and interesting, but...Hanna just didn't evoke the emotion from me I was exp...moreI'm conflicted about this book. I liked the idea. It was really original, and interesting, but...Hanna just didn't evoke the emotion from me I was expecting. It's a sad and terrible thing when anyone ends their life but, honestly,...I felt irritated by her. The whole concept of her leaving the tapes and putting some of the individuals through what she did felt really deep in some parts, and petty and shallow in others. Some of the things that happened to her really didn't seem all that bad (which is perspective, of course), yet she made them out to be horrific. I can't quite explain it.
The book was written pretty well, but it did get confusing alternating between what Hanna was saying on the tapes and what Clay was thinking.
It was an okay book, and I liked the concept, but something just felt off to me. Still, a thought-provoking read.(less)
Decent book. The plot and characters didn't interest me as much as some novels, but the book was beautifully written. The author had a really great wa...moreDecent book. The plot and characters didn't interest me as much as some novels, but the book was beautifully written. The author had a really great way of capturing the voice of that time period and sucking you into the world itself.(less)
**spoiler alert** I liked this book. There were some parts that made me laugh hysterically. Like practical Sydney having to smuggle a dragon into her...more**spoiler alert** I liked this book. There were some parts that made me laugh hysterically. Like practical Sydney having to smuggle a dragon into her Amberwood dorm, or Adrian going undercover as Jet Steele again. That being said, this installment was a lot more lighthearted than I expected. With Marcus being introduced, and Sydney having to come to the realization she’s been lied to her entire life, I thought we’d get some gut-wrenching, angsty, growing pains. And we did to an extent, but not as many as I would’ve expected. This book was just so obviously focused on the romance, the Alchemists (and ex-Alchemists) and the witches took back seats.
I really like Sydney/Adrian. Richelle has written them beautifully. I was so happy to see them grow, and not separately, but together. I love the honesty to their relationship. It’s a simple, mutual trust at the heart of what may be Richelle’s most forbidden couple yet. Adrian has grown from an irreverent party boy into a strong, dedicated, loyal hero. It’s so wonderful to finally see him experience what love (the real kind) feels like when it’s returned. I am happy that Sydney’s finally realized her feelings and such, but I think some of the decisions she made toward the end were reckless ones, and not very smart (which she herself actually admitted). Honestly, I could write out some complaints about how rushed and odd the ending felt to me, but I'm trying to stick with positive stuff here.
So let’s talk about “Miss I’m a Quick Study”.
Sydney can’t just expect to be able to conquer the Alchemists on her own, balance a relationship with a vampire, watch out for Jill, join a coven, and stop crazy evil witches. And now her little sister will be there, watching her every move. Sydney is heading down a very dangerous path, that I’m very concerned is going to end in heartbreak soon.
The speed with which Sydney changed kind of shocked me. I was expecting her to fight everything a little more. But as I read back through Sydney’s quick bursts of change, I kind of got the feeling she’s breaking out, which isn’t unbelievable. She’s been used most of her life, and she’s been forced to put everyone’s wants and needs over her own. She finally got sick of it. Who wouldn’t? She’s gotten a little taste of defying authority, and now she wants more. I’m just not so sure she’s doing it in a responsible way. I found myself missing responsible Sydney toward the end, as it gets harder to root for her when she's making out with her boyfriend in public and jeopardizing her safety.
Her anger toward the Alchemists when she discovered some of their nefarious schemes made me feel sympathetic toward her. However, when she went off on Stanton like she did, I flinched. When she allowed Marcus to “break her tattoo”, I felt like some sort of… rebellious side come out of her. And this rebellious side isn’t the good kind. It feels like the reckless kind. It’s been buried for a while, and now I kind of get the feeling she’s a walking time-bomb. I actually kind of got the feeling Marcus could tell this, and that might’ve been part of the reason he wanted her to go with them so badly.
I noticed a lot of parallels between the two of them. I found it ironic that Sydney finds him a bit convinced he’s always right, when in the end, she’s become that way too on certain matters. They’re both so smart and determined to be independent, I felt like neither of them was very willing to see the other’s side. She and Marcus represent two different extremes when it comes to dealing with the Alchemists. Sydney wants to charge forward with her new-found confidence, and Marcus wants to take a more cautious approach. Sydney sees Marcus as a big talker, who’s holding back, because he’s afraid to take the plunge, and Marcus sees Sydney as a young girl who’s about to wreck her entire life without his holy guidance. Both characters had their flaws, and honestly, I don’t think either of them will be successful in taking down the Alchemists without the other’s cooperation. Something tells me s*** will hit the fan before either of them accepts this though.
And now, we will talk about the s*** about to hit the fan.
I hope Sydney doesn’t get sent to re-education, but I don’t see how she’s not going to. It was so obvious to me Stanton had figured her out (or was highly suspicious) during their last phone call. And then Zoey shows up? Coincidence? I think not. Personally, I think the Alchemists sent Zoey to spy on her big sister and report back to them.
Marcus Finch...hmm...i have a few ideas about what might be up with him, but they're so complicated I don't feel like writing them haha. I do think that he’s a good guy underneath all of the secrets he’s keeping. I’m sure there’s a reason we didn’t learn much about him in The Indigo Spell, and I’m sure Richelle will bring him back, which I'm actually looking forward to. I like his character and wish people were giving more of a chance. This book was just an introduction. I think he'll be a very deep and beloved character by the end of the series.
All in all, this book was my least favorite of the series so far. It was certainly very different from the previous two, and I can’t wait for The Fiery Heart, as it will hopefully explain some of the things that were left so open. Richelle has woven in some insanely complicated plots, but I trust her to get our favorite characters out alive and in one piece. Of course, it might take a while...(less)
(THIS WILL HAVE A LOT OF SPOILERS) This is hands. down. one of the best books I've read. The action was intense towards the end, and the ROMANCE...oh...more(THIS WILL HAVE A LOT OF SPOILERS) This is hands. down. one of the best books I've read. The action was intense towards the end, and the ROMANCE...oh goodness. I actually find the romance in Bloodlines much better developed than the romance in VA. I think that Adrian's role as hero is much more endearing and interesting than Dimitri's (though I love the Russian god). VA started off with Dimitri as a hero already, and Rose as one to a certain extent, where in Bloodlines, neither Adrian or Sydney are heroes. The books are all about them slowly becoming them. The cast of supporting characters is amazing too. And LOL at poor Eddie. Our little sweet Eddie is accidentally putting himself in a love triangle of doom and the most Eddie thing about it is...he has no idea he's putting himself in a love triangle of doom. I love him and Sydney's friendship. I also loved her and Trey's. I feel bad for him about his father...he and Sydney seem to be in the same situations in some ways. As for this new Marcus Finch guy , the "ex-alchemist" with the blonde hair in Clarence's photograph...I'm very curious about him. Sydney spent a lot of time staring at his picture. He's got to be really important. I mean, she said his eyes were "haunting". That's not what you normally say about a hot guy's eyes. Any other avid readers out there noticed that that means something. I think Marcus might be related to her somehow. Maybe he's a long lost brother because she's adopted. And the adoption would actually make sense. I find it hard to believe this witchy stuff Sydney's got going on just randomly popped up in her family tree. Someone in her family's got to have the power too or something, and I don't think her mom alone having it would be shocking enough. On the other hand, I want some more hot Sydney/Adrian moments. So much passion. I can't wait to see the hero Adrian evolves into and what great stuff he does. It's going to be amazing when all of these characters finally get their happy endings. I'm REALLY looking forward to the rest of the series. I have NO idea what Sydney's going to do about the Alchemists, her powers, or her feelings for Adrian. I'm really interested to see where Richelle Mead takes it.(less)
A lot of my friends had read this and I wanted to see what the big deal was but...to be completely honest...it just didn't do much for me! Hoping the...moreA lot of my friends had read this and I wanted to see what the big deal was but...to be completely honest...it just didn't do much for me! Hoping the next two will catch more of my interest.(less)