BOOK REVIEW | SILVER SHADOWS BY RICHELLE MEAD

March 22, 2016


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. - Goodreads

Overall Thoughts
By far, Silver Shadows is my favorite installment in the Bloodlines series. Like I've said before, one of my favorite aspects about this series is that it offers an emotional connection between the readers and the characters. At times, it was hard reading some of the things that Sydney and Adrian faced, but towards the end, I felt as if all their struggles paid off. Sydrian is real and it is happening and it is beautiful. I think that the two are more in love than ever. I don't want to get that much into the plot, but just now that you will be on a roller coaster of emotions.

RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!!

STOP READING IF YOU HAVE NOT READ SILVER SHADOWS!!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!

Spoilers
“Ivashkov," she repeated, her face the picture of serenity. "My name is Sydney Ivashkov.”

Sydney and Adrian got married. I repeat, Sydney and Adrian got married....while being chased by Alchemist. Now that's some real goals right there.

Let's talk about re-education and how sickening the Alchemist are. They locked Sydney up in a dark room, which reminds me of the hole in Scandal, for 3 months. 3 months. Sydney is definitely stronger than we think she is and she continues to prove that. Then she gets purged on her first day out of the room. Then she uses magic to help the other detainees become resistant to the compulsion in re-inking. Then the Alchemist put her in some chair that causes extreme pain to run throughout her body. Like how more messed up can they be?

Adrian. Oh Adrian. I was so furious with him at first because he was falling out of control and turning back to drinking as a coping mechanism. And then when Sydney was finally able to stop the gas that was blocking Adrian form reaching her, he misses the opportunities to spirit dream because he's out being swallowed by parties and Nina. But he eventually got a grip.

Busting Sydney and the other detainees out was so cool to witness and I loved that Eddie referenced back to when he, Rose, and Lissa busted Victor out of prison. Also, I hope we get to visit Duncan and Chantal more in the next book as well as Carly and Marcus *wink wink*.

My favorite part of the book was when Sydney had a fire enclosing on Sheridan's henchmen and said:

"TEST ME, SHERIDAN! TEST ME, AND SEE WHAT I’M CAPABLE OF! SEE WHAT I WOULDN’T DO FOR HIM!"
I was screaming with joy. Like imagine Sydney, in a wedding dress, hair flying in the wind, with a group of buff men enclosed in a fire at her finger tips, threatening an Alchemist. That's some serious character development right there.

The next book, The Ruby Circle, is going to be something. I'm scared it's going to disappoint because it's only 348 pages, but I'm also excited because everything is finally coming together.

I could talk about this book forever, but for the sank of the length of this book review, I'll end it right here. If you want to further discuss the book with me, you can chat with me through my social media or in the comments, just keep it spoiler free. Thank you for reading!

xo, kathlyn

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