Series: Bloodlines (#4)
Shelved: Young adult fiction (paranormal – vampires, magic, romance)
Published: 19th November 2013
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Books
The Fiery Heart is the fourth book in the Bloodlines series, so you might not want to continue reading this review if you’ve not read the first book.
Well, I think we all can say that Sydney Sage’s life has well and truly changed. Sydney’s discovered what the Alchemists – who she has trusted her whole life – have been hiding from her. She has accepted defeat and has thrown herself into a serious relationship with Adrian, that is, until her sister Zoe turns up. Sydney Sage is still the smart, cautious, resourceful and witty young girl that we’ve all come to know and love (if you don’t, why are you continuing with this series?!), but she’s opening herself up to new experiences. It’s dangerous, but Sydney knows that if she can discover the secret of the indigo tattoos, she can save people from being turned Strigoi – and change their world as they know it.
The Fiery Heart is the only time we’ve had a perspective from Adrian, but it’s like he’s been here the whole time. We finally get to see how much Sydney means to him – and we finally see the proper romance that Sydney and Adrian shippers have been waiting for. Sydney and Adrian, I think, are both occasionally controversial, but we see that they are genuinely good people who makes mistakes and do not necessary know what’s best for themselves. I think this is why they work – they’re opposites and can see each other’s faults and try to protect each other
I still love the paranormal-contemporary mix that Bloodlines offers. Sydney may be on a caffeine break, but she is struggling to give up anything else in her life. It essentially is a contemporary series – tackling mental illness, privacy and family issues – but occasionally dabbling with magic and vampiric characters. Sydney is being pulled in one direction by Adrian, who just wants to run away with her, and another by her undercover work, attempting to discover the secret behind the indigo tattoos, and in another by her sister, who despises vampires like Sydney used to, and who just wants to spend time with her older sister. (I couldn’t help but intensely dislike and feel sorry Zero at the same time!). The Fiery Heart is another compelling novel in the Bloodlines series – we’ve over halfway through! – and I cannot imagine what will happen in the next installment, Silver Shadows, when it’s published this summer.