Book Review: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead
PROS:hot sydrian chemistry; Adrian's POV will make you fall harder for him; alchemist tattoo and Strigoi healing take center stage, and Adrian is an integral part of the story, not just Sydney's boyfriend
CONS:I wish we had time to keep up with all my favorite characters, but some inevitably get shoved into the background
The most toe-curlingly romantic Bloodlines book yet!
I would have said pretty emphatically that Dimitri Belikov would always remain my favorite love interest in the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines world, but Adrian is doing his damndest to eclipse the Comrade in The Fiery Heart. It helps that we get Adrian’s POV, so we’re not limited to his witty banter (though there’s still plenty of that). We get to see his fears, dreams, and his love and desire for Sydney, and it is heady stuff. It’s been so wonderful to have Sydney’s logical, if somewhat uptight, perspective ruling our experiences in Bloodlines. But seeing the world through Adrian’s eyes adds a whole new dimension to their relationship, and to my view of him.
In The Fiery Heart, Adrian and Sydney for once have a measure of happiness together, but it can only be expressed in secret. Zoe’s appearance has upset the nice little Alchemist/vamp family Sydney and the gang have going at Amberwood Prep. By the way, I’m not sure I’ve ever been more annoyed by a character or wanted to slap a character right out of the book this much. Get lost Zoe!
Some of the supporting crew I’ve grown to love slip into the background in this book—namely Jill, Trey, Eddie and Angeline. Add in a new dhampir, Neil, and you have a very uncomfortable love rectangle (or pentagon, I guess). Still it does provide a bit of entertainment, despite these characters being given such little page time. I’m dying to see what happens next with these characters, and I hope they’ll be more involved in the next book.
The overall Bloodlines storyline moves forward with regard to Strigoi healing and tattoo breaking, but aside from that, not much happens until the climactic and stressful ending. Well, not much except for absolutely swoonworthy romance and relationship development between Adrian and Syd, complete with some seriously hot scenes I’ve bookmarked for future re-reading. By the end, even with a major emotional cliffhanger, I was still thoroughly pleased with this story, and dying for more.
While the ending of The Fiery Heart is stressful, I’m also rather excited to see where it leads. I think the next book will be much more action-packed and intense, and I for one can’t wait.