Review: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

August 4, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Review: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle MeadSilver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #5
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Published by Razorbill on July 29, 2014
Pages: 380
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Copy
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

Sexual content

A few very PG sex scenes

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.

If there’s one thing you can count on with book series, it’s cliffhangers. If you’re lucky, it’s a trilogy and you only have to deal with one, maybe two. Multi-book series, you get little ones along the way leading up to the Big One in the penultimate book. I knew this going in to SILVER SHADOWS because I remember the similar cliffhanger between books five and six of the Vampire Academy series. I was prepared, I told myself.

And without spoilers, I can say: I was wrong. I was nowhere near prepared.

I knew SILVER SHADOWS was going to be angsty. How could it not be with Sydney in re-education and Adrian floundering without her? I wasn’t disappointed there and while I might have wished that it didn’t go on quite as long as it did, it didn’t feel overly contrived or drawn out. Adrian’s actions fit his character and, as with everything else, only served as a growth opportunity for him. He’s still brash, still overconfident. He has to be because of who he is, but there were signs of maturity in him, too, that I really liked. The payoff, however, was oh so very worth it. Every second of it.

I will add a trigger warning to this review. Sydney doesn’t have an easy time of it in re-education and if you have an expectation that there will be some torture-like elements to her time there, you’d be right. It’s not over the top, SILVER SHADOWS stays firmly in the YA genre, but it’s there. Sydney herself remains true to character, listening to advice while also following her own instincts, even if they fly in the face of that advice. I love watching her mind work through the situations she finds herself in, figuring them out, picking them apart, trying…and even occasionally failing.

The rest of SILVER SHADOWS was so fast paced, I almost feel like I have to go back and reread the last half of it just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. (And, yes, to read those really, really good parts again.) The end had me up until the wee hours of the morning, reading with my fingers over my mouth and, I’m sure, my jaw hanging open. I wish I could elaborate, but I can’t without spoilers.

To say I’m on board for the last of the Bloodlines series is a given. Probably more accurate to say I’ll be pouncing on it the second it’s released.

Series Titles

  1. Bloodlines
  2. The Golden Lily
  3. The Indigo Spell
  4. The Fiery Heart
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