Book Review: Silver Shadows

Book Review: Silver ShadowsSilver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #5
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-29
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
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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.


Silver Shadows is one gigantic, thrilling, awesome, somewhat miserable roller coaster.


Richelle Mead continues to hit it out of the park with her Bloodlines series.

It moved lighting quick; so much happens and then suddenly, it was just over. Richelle Mead gave the fans exactly what we were hoping for: Sydney fighting the Alchemists from inside re-education, oodles of Sydrian goodness, and appearances from the Vampire Academy gang. I was more than pleased with the developments in the book, and I am extremely impatient to know what happens next.

Sydney is stuck inside re-education hell for a good portion of this book while Adrian drinks his sorrows away. That tension, even just in their relationship was great, since they had pretty smooth sailing in Fiery Heart. Re-education has some REALLY dark stuff in it. They torture Sydney in multiple ways, and it was pretty bad.

Sydney really discovers how strong she is; she realizes what is truly important and how far she is willing to go for what she believes in. Because it gets bad. Real bad. And somehow, she manages to trudge on, helping others along the way. She is such a great character, and is only continuing to grow as the series goes on.

Adrian doesn’t do so well for the first half of Silver Shadows. His reaction pretty much fit his character, but that doesn’t mean I liked it. I wanted to slap him a few times.

The last 100 pages or so picks up to lightning speed with huge things happening right and left. I flew through the last bit of the book, and I honestly couldn’t believe some of what happened. But it made me happy. Very happy.

Now to wait impatiently for the 6th book. Sigh.

Similar reads: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

5 Stars


    • Jessica says:

      This is one of my favorite series! If you really like magic/paranormal stuff with romance/action, you’ll love this series! (And Vampire Academy, the series Bloodlines came from!)

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