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Released: July 29, 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Bloodlines #5
“If there is one thing you should know about Richelle Mead, it is to NEVER underestimate her plans. She always manages in the impossible in the end.” ~ Under the Covers
As a long time fan of Richelle Mead and her writing style, I found jumping back into the Bloodlines world was easy. There’s no effort for me at all as a reader when enjoying Sydney and Adrian’s POVs. Since first person isn’t my favorite, to integrate me back into their lives without much thought or notice is a big feat. I just think that Mead’s writing fits the Young Adult genre so well, but at the same time she is so easily able to adjust for older audiences. While Bloodlines (and Vampire Academy) is categorized as Young Adult, Mead doesn’t simply write for teens. Her word choices and style is quite advanced and I love the fact that she doesn’t downgrade her vocabulary for teens to understand. There’s an innate maturity to her writing that really captures that these characters are still young, but are not stupid and are learning from their experiences.
Speaking of learning, Adrian has been one of my all-time favorite heroes for a long time so to see him in the series struggle was a major source of heartache. I was beginning to think is Mead hated him or something! In SILVER SHADOWS, Adrian is still struggling to recognize his self worth but there is something that helps him with that. If you’ve followed the series so far, then you know Sydney has been taken and is being held against her will in re-evaluation. The Alchemist believe she has caused a major sin by falling in love with a vampire so she must be punished accordingly. Her time there is akin to abuse; there is torture and reconditioning at every corner. For four months she experiences this until she can get a message out to Adrian as a cry for help.
Mead really loves to tug readers along on a leash. Each book builds and builds until it reaches a very high, exciting climax and leaves you breathless when there’s a cliffhanger at the very end. While this book doesn’t have a particularly killer one, it does make me want the next book right now.
If there is one thing you should know about Richelle Mead, it is to NEVER underestimate her plans. She always manages in the impossible in the end.
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