Mon, August 11, 2014

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead Review

Silver Shadows book cover

Silver Shadowsbook cover

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)
By Richelle Mead
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Razorbill, 380 pages
Source: Purchased

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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

— description

Usually my reviews of the Bloodlines series are spoiler-free. But this time around? ALL SPOILERS ALL THE TIME.

WARNING: Do not read further if you haven’t read the book, because I really want to discuss it without tiptoeing around things.

Okay, here we go.

Poor, poor Sydney. And, wow, Richelle Mead you are DARK. This series — and the Vampire Academy books before it — has always been equal parts humor and dark, dark twistiness. As Sydney endured torture at the hands of her fellow Alchemists, it was as dark as ever. And REALLY difficult to read those torture scenes.

Despite being 380 pages, I don’t feel like a lot of the plot moved forward in this book, which is hard when we all have such a long, desperate wait between installments. I was a little disappointed — not because I didn’t love this book — but because I wanted more more MORE.

It set us up for plenty of “more” to deal with in the books to come — Sydney’s PTSD is sure to be a major issue, as is Adrian’s bender (more on that later)” — but didn’t satisfy any of my Bloodlines cravings NOW. So, yeah, I’m a little pouty.

But, still, any time spent with these lovely characters does feel like a gift. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH.

Okay, Adrian. Freaking Adrian. I love the guy. I do. But GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, SON. I was so disappointed by his backslide into partying and booze in Sydney’s absence. And Nina. WOW. I am so angry with him about Nina. This better come out to Sydney…I’m so irked it didn’t in Silver Shadows.

Actually, I’m irked with both him AND Sydney. They really need to learn to communicate…can’t you just see how everything is set up to hit the fan because they’re avoiding talking about anything real?

But, okay, that wedding was adorable. I cannot believe that actually happened. I loved it and didn’t see it coming at all and this was the big plot point that I was so so so pumped about. Oh, and that cliffie! Where is Jill?! AHHH!

So that’s where I’m at with things: Devoured it. Enjoyed it. But felt it left me hanging a bit and sort of served to set up the next book more than anything. And I’m impatient so that is tough for me!

Have you read it? Thoughts? Let’s talk!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I feel the same way. It’s hard for me to be unbiased when it comes to series I love like this one. I gave it five stars even though if I stop and think about it, I can find issues with the plot, etc. Once I’m in love with a series, though, unless the author does something terrible, like kill off a major character or somehow keep the main characters from having a HEA, I still love it!

    But yes, I was frustrated with Adrian backsliding and Nina…uh…no, but at the same time, it was so Adrian. He’s going to backslide, he’s still growing, and so I felt like it was in character for him and it seemed realistic.

    I actually thought Sydney handled things too well. Three months in the dark? Alone? What????? I would be a complete mess. I think that will be part of the next story because there is no way she can be as good as she seemed to be after all of that.

    And yes, loved loved LOVED the wedding. I don’t care that they’re young, it was so adorable!!!!

    And I think it’s that witch that took Jill, by the way (I forget what book it was, but where Sydney fought her in her teacher’s house). Remember when they say a girl was looking for Sydney and Adrian but mainly looking for Sydney?

    Can’t wait for the last one! After that great ending for VA, I have complete faith in Richelle Mead that things will end well.


    Anna Reply:

    YES like…I think I was slightly dissatisfied because I love the books so much and no matter what happened when I finished I’d have been like “BUT I WANT MORE!”

    I just want the Adrian/Nina to come out and for Sydney to get mad. Because yeah, that backslide was SO Adrian, but that was still SO not okay with me.

    Sydney = SUCH A TROOPER. I agree, how that girl even held it all together I don’t know. I love her so.

    Didn’t even think about the witch — that is TOTALLY what is going on there.

    Okay, I could talk about these books forever…


    Posted on: Mon, August 11, 2014

  2. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said:

    YES! I was so mad at Adrian! For slipping back into his old habits and for Nina too! I wanted to smack him across the face. It’s definitely going to be an issue in the future for Adrian and Sydney. It HAS to be. And yes…those two have GOT to talk. The PTSD will definitely play a role in the future too I’m sure. I didn’t think to mention that in my review. Definitely happy they got married.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


    Anna Reply:

    GOOD I’m glad I’m not the only one mad at Adrian. I want him and Sydney together but I also want her to get PISSED about this and for there to be a fight…like that strengthens them in the end. OMG why am I thinking this deeply about fictional people. I’m glad you understand me.


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  3. Book Nerd said:

    OMGG! I saw “Silver Shadows” at my local library today! My friend picked it up and said that the book looked interesting.., might think about reading this book 🙂


    Posted on: Mon, August 11, 2014

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