Title: The Fiery Heart (A Bloodlines Novel)
My Rating: 4 conch
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Summary from Goodreads:Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.
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 smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe
Ms. Mead did something different this time – she wrote in two POVs. And for the first time, we finally get to see inside Adrian’s head (yeah!). Sydney is still torn between the beliefs ingrained into her psyche and what her heart has been telling her for a while now. But with her eager sister constantly by her side, she's having a difficult time juggling Adrian, magic, and her alchemist responsibilities. However, she finally does make a choice, and I was happy to see where Adrian and Sydney's relationship may go. Being inside Adrian's head helped me "get" the attraction to Sydney a little more than I believed in the past books. He took some major steps to please this girl that were sure to have (somewhat predictable) consequences in the cliffhanging action at the end.
The Good: I finally feel like Sydney is stepping up to be the person she wants to be.
The Issue: Not too much happened, in terms of overarching plot, until the very end. Although I enjoyed the book, it did seem a little bit like a filler installment.
The Rating: 4 conch. I’m a Richelle fan and although a little lacking in plot, this book was enjoyable and did a great job setting up for the next one.