Book: Silver Shadows, Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines Series, #5
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
I knew going into this book I was going to be completely overcome with emotions that would just eat me up inside. In fact, after I got this book I was afraid of finding out what had happened because I knew my poor heart wouldn’t be able to handle it. And at first, I was right. Richelle Mead spares no expense for her readers’ sanity when writing Silver Shadows. It’s an engrossing story with well-written action scenes, the ever-so-amazing romance between Adrian and Sydney and VERY EXCITING plot developments.
Mead writes this novel from Adrian and Sydney’s point of view again as this time we have Sydney stuck in captivity – those dreaded re-education centres for Alchemists who get too close to vampires. The methods Alchemists have for “saving” Sydney’s soul are to the extreme, both mentally and physically, so much so that even Adrian can’t reach her through a spirit dream. Throughout the first part of the novel, we see in intricate detail what happens during the day-to-day workings of Sydney’s time in the re-education centre, and they’re described in a very convincing way. We also see Sydney attempt to hold onto her sanity as she survives, always trying to hold onto her beliefs and not let the Alchemists influence her and her feelings toward Adrian. We also see her try and save her fellow inmates even when she knew she would be punished for it. You can’t help but admire the courage she has in the face of what she’s going through.
It’s remarkable to see the differences in Sydney throughout this series. At first we were just told how she was bookish and smart because she was an Alchemist; but by the end Mead actually shows us how smart she is. She has grown into a very confident, thoughtful woman who isn’t as afraid of exposing her heart, as well following it. She has definitely experienced the most development out of all the characters in Mead’s book series. I fall in love with her more and more with each book.
Adrian has developed considerably too, but has stayed true to the character we all know and love. He’s never going to change as much as Sydney has, and will never give into what society is telling him he must be, and we all love him for it. We see him battle some serious demons as he deals with Sydney’s abduction, where he dangles over the pit of despair, just barely hanging on. We all know he’s thinking about letting himself get swallowed up by the hopelessness of it all, but, due to his unwavering love, he pulls through and you can’t help but cheer as those demons are fought and beaten.
The Sydrian romance continues to feel intimate, respectful and full of promise, despite the difficult circumstances, and I just squealed like a fangirl at their scenes together. They were cute, and adorable, and hot, and made you feel all warm and gooey inside.
Honestly, these books just keep getting better and better. I honestly don’t know how I'm going to hold on until The Ruby Circle is released, and yet I don’t want it to be released, as I know we’re going to have to say goodbye to this world once and for all.