The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Review: Forbidden romance & flaming fireballs

December 9, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Review: Forbidden romance & flaming fireballsThe Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Penguin Australia on 2013-11-19
Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

We’ve waited four books for it, and the Sydney and Adrian chemistry in The Fiery Heart is off the charts. The Bloodlines series has been a really slow burn thus far, but this is where the romance really ramps up and they can finally be happy together in their forbidden romance.

Sydney has really changed for the better since the first Bloodlines book. You can see her
prejudice for the vampires has all but disappeared, and instead of being preoccupied with being around Moroi and dhampirs, Adrian is on her mind. Unfortunately, the thorn in her side here is Zoe who constantly monitors what she is doing and is suspicious by all her late night activities practicing extra-curricular activities (aka. magic) with Ms Trewillinger.

My heart swelled, so full of love I didn’t know how my physical body could possibly contain such power. I felt like my chest would burst. – Adrian 

This is the first time we get a Moroi point of view and being inside Adrian’s head was an enlightening experience. You can see how using spirit really sends him plummeting into depression and how his cocky arrogance is a front for his darker thoughts. Seeing how in love with Sydney he was really made me appreciate their romance more. There’s a lot of kissing, touching and fantasising, here for the both of them, on the verge of too much. But unlike Rose & Dimitri, and Lissa & Christian, I get this niggling feeling here that Sydney & Adrian’s love for each other is too intense, too dependable and too deep to be able to last forever.

The two really are perfect for each other though, with Sydney’s logic and smarts really complimenting Adrian’s emotional wellbeing. I don’t want to spoil it, but the two are closer than ever before with overwhelming chemistry for each other. These two characters have been criticised in the past for not being able to stand on their own and constantly needing to rely on dhampir support to protect themselves, but not anymore. With Adrian’s ‘treejitsu’ and Sydney’s fireball summoning, they can take on anyone, even a single Strigoi.

“Practicing my treejitsu skills. You’ve probably never heard of it, but believe me, it’s enough to knock you on your ass and wipe that smug look off your face.” – Adrian

As always, Mead’s penchant for multiple converging storylines was done well in Fiery Heart, even with varying point of views between Sydney and Adrian. Between Marcus and the tattoos, Trey and the warriors, Lissa needing Adrian’s Moroi powers, Zoe craving sisterly time and Ms Trewillinger inducting Sydney into her coven, there’s a lot happening here and the side characters each have their own romances and objectives. There’s even a healthy dose of the original Vampire Academy cast here, with Dimitri, Lissa, Rose, Christian, Sonya and even Abe making an appearance.

The Fiery Heart has really taken the series to a new level with Adrian and Sydney showing the growth that they’ve went through since the VA series, and the first Bloodlines book. If like me, you weren’t too impressed with the first two Bloodlines books, I think Indigo Spell and Fiery Heart will really convert you into a Sydrian supporter. Also cliffhanger warning – Richelle Mead really knows how to leave us hanging with that whopper at the end. And now we have to wait until July 2014 to read it!

I enjoyed the book, but I’m not a fan of the cover. It just looks so awkward and kind of starey. What do you guys think?

Series: Bloodlines #4

Rating: 4 out of 5

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34 responses to “The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Review: Forbidden romance & flaming fireballs

  1. hahaha I loved treejitsu 😛

    I really like how the romance is quite a slow one! My coblogger actually said she couldn't get into the series because of the "lack of romance", dang she definitely needs to read The Fiery Heart haha.

    Stupid cliffhanger. Of course Richelle would hit us with a cliffhanger…well, at least it's not quite as bad as the Shadow Kiss one. Also, the cover = gross. I just really dislike all of the covers. The spines look really nice together though!
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  2. This is why I love Richelle Mead. The romance in her books are not insta-love, unlike the other YA series out there. Her romance grows as the story progresses and it makes the reader hungry for more.

    I'm definitely a Sydrian shipper right from the start.
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  3. This cover just KILLS me–it is so ugly and awkward! WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR HAIR?

    But yeah, the chemistry between these two really sizzled. Sydney's come a long way since the first Bloodlines book, and I admire RM's trying out something new with her characters…even if I do still think she writes kickass heroines better than bookish ones. 😉 I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jeann!
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    • YES! I'm glad you agree with me, I just think it's such an ugly cover! Glad the actual book was really good. Both Sydney and Adrian had their kickass moments in here which I thought was great. Thanks Wendy!

  4. Excellent review, Jeann! I agree, The Fiery Heart truly shows how much Sydney has grown, and even if I don't really like Zoe very much, having her there emphasized exactly how different Sydney is now in comparison to how she was in VA.

    I think it's amazing that Mead has managed to make me love Sydney like that! Of course, I always had a soft spot in my heart for Adrian, so that was never a problem 🙂 But him and Sydney together are awesome!

    Yeah, the cliffhanger!! I can't wait to see how that particular problem will be solved, and how it will impact the characters.
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    • I think you're right about how Sydney has grown on us! I didn't like her much in VA but look at what Mead's amazing character development has done. Can't wait for Silver Shadows 🙂

  5. Yeah! I'm so glad you liked this one Jeann! I'm a huge Vampire Diaries fan, but for some reason I haven't started reading this series yet, but with your lovely review I'll definitely have to hop to it! 😉 As always, brilliant review! 😀
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  6. You made this one sound SO GOOD. I love Richelle Mead, she writes the best characters. I'm still behind a bit on this series but they are great reads and I can not wait to experience the tension between Sydney and Adrian for myself 😀
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  7. Bahhahaha. I think the VA covers are more beautiful than the Bloodlines covers. And thank you for trying not to spoil us with this review. As I've said in one of my comments, I was really apprehensive to start BL because I never liked Sydney and I was really hoping for a better girlfriend for my beloved Adrian.

    It's good to know that her attitude changed for the better. I always love it when I hate a character at the beginning and then warm up to them slowly. And I hope that it will happen to me while reading the series. I am really so late though since this is already the fourth book in the series. Le sigh.

    And a cliffhanger? Gaaah, I just hate Richelle when she does that. Maybe I will just have to wait for the fifth book to come out before I start reading this series… what dya think?

    As always, great review, Jeann!

    • I was the same as you Charlotte, the first 2 books Sydney just was the same uptight person but she's really grown which I'm glad. Richelle Mead definitely does a slow burn when it comes to character development and romance. I think that's a great idea to protect yourself from the cliffhanger! THanks Charltote 🙂

  8. Great review Jeann! I agree with you that the multiple storylines was done well, although I felt like some storylines didn't got enough attention. For example there wasn't as much about the warriors and Marcus, although there is enough to make it obvious the story there is moving on too. I think seeing Adrian's point of view really added something to this book and made him better to understand.

    I liked this series form the beginning, but it does feel that it get's better with every book. I am really looking forward to Silver Shadows!
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    • Me too, I'm just glad we don't have too long to wait for these books usually. I would have liked to know more about Marcus and the warriors too, but yes I did really enjoy the multiple storylines.

  9. I agree with you about the covers. I really don't like it either. But this book is awesome. It's full of sydrian and making out. I like that we got the chance to be in Adrian's head too. It makes the book a lot more interesting.
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  10. I haven't started this series because I'm always wary of getting invested in another series, but I can't help but be intrigued! Richelle is a genius, and it sounds like this series is just intoxicating! Wonderful review, Jeann! 🙂

  11. Yeah, there's lots of hype surrounding the book releases of anything Richelle Mead. I love to get stuck into a long series but sometimes when it's far into the series I can't be bothered. Hope you'll enjoy it Cait!

  12. So do I! Treejitsu was hilarious, oh Adrian is a funny and scary guy when he wants to be. I actually enjoyed Indigo Spell more than this one, possibly because of the dual POVs. I enjoyed it still though. Thanks Patty!

  13. I've seen this book around a lot and I thought it looked kind of cool…didn't realise it was #4 in a series though! Wow. I don't often see series over 3 books these days. Least to say, I have another new series to check out. 😉 Glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Man I love this series. You're not wrong when you say she knows how to make a brutal cliffhanger! I loved the treejitsu. I'm wondering if someone should mention is to Wolfe and he can start up a class haha. I liked being in Adrian's head, but I'm not a big fan of dual POVs, so I loved this one a smidge less than the other three. Still loved it though lol. Great review 🙂

  15. Oh this is different from VA? Honestly, I started reading that series and it was boring, but my niece said the first book was the only boring one.

    Anyway, I've stayed away from vampire books for a bit, maybe 2014 will be different 🙂 Love the review, as always!