I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice, Bloodlines, Vampire Academy, Frostbite, The Ruby Circle, Soundless, The Glittering Court
Series: Bloodlines #5
Also in this series: The Ruby Circle
Narrator: Alden Ford, Emily Shaffer
Length: 10 Hours 41 Minutes
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-29
Genres: Dating & Sex, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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 secretsand 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.
There will be spoilers for previous books in the series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Why Did I Listen To This Audiobook?
Richelle Mead is one of my favorite young adult authors. You know how people can be brand loyal? Well I am series loyal. That’s right. I read the hell out of Vampire Academy and right now I am reading the hell out of the Bloodlines series and will be eagerly anticipating each new addition until the very end. I started Bloodlines by reading the physical books, but then right around book three, The Indigo Spell, I began to listen to the audiobooks and now I eagerly anticipate each new audiobook addition to the series. When an email showed up from the wonderful Penguin Random House Audiobook people offering me a review copy of Silver Shadows, I absolutely POUNCED because, I am loyal to this series and was desperate for the next chapter in Sydney and Adrian’s saga. Also? The ending for The Fiery Heart was nuts and you know with cliffhangers like that, waiting is kind of impossible.
What’s The Story Here?
Silver Shadows, like all of the other books in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series picks up exactly where the previous book has left off. When we last saw Sydney, in The Fiery Heart, she had given herself up in order to save her friends and was captured by the alchemists and sent off to re-education for the cardinal sin of sexing a vampire, a moroi. Meanwhile, Adrian is trying desperately to get into contact with Sydney through dreamwalking. Unfortunately, she’s being sedated and tortured, so it’s not like she is having regular dreams where Adrian can easily access and find her. So, pretty much the whole entire book revolves around Sydney trying to move up through the different phases in re-education so that she can get out of there faster and back to Adrian, and of Adrian going off the deep end and taking up alcohol and then Adrian trying his darndest to find Sydney. Oh, and there might just be a scene where the whole entire game changes and you know, where Richelle Mead makes it so that shit gets real. Oh, friends, it gets SO REAL and it is SO AWESOME. Like, I ended this book and went on goodreads and all I could type was OMGGGGGGGGG. That’s how fabulous the ending is. And yes, there’s totally another cliffhanger, but hey the last book, The Ruby Circle is out in February 2015, so it’s not like the wait for the last Bloodlines book is too terribly long. We can all wait that long, right?
ARE THERE SWOONS?
Girl, please. Once we move past the re-education center stuff, this book is ALL swoon. High octane swoons.Like, things are blowing up and there’s some walking off like a total badass and then BAM KISSING. It’s awesome. And okay, I just want to talk about the ending for two whole seconds: View Spoiler » When Sydney and Adrian get married, it was like I had died and gone to heaven as far as the swooning goes. Like, they have this special wedding in five minutes and it’s just so perfect and okay, totally spur of the moment and totally a way for Adrian to protect Sydney from the other alchemists, but still I LOVED it. I don’t even care. It was totally nuts and out there, but let me tell you, it guarantees that I will be back for the sequel. « Hide Spoiler Really you guys, I love Sydney and Adrian as a couple and Richelle Mead for her grand plan with Vampire Academy’s love triangle to this lack of triangle. It’s just, perfect.
How Is The Narration?
The audiobook of Richelle Mead’s Silver Shadows is narrated by Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford, the same two narrators from The Fiery Heart. Clearly I still love both narrators. They inhabit their roles as Sydney and Adrian quite well. I loved listening to this book and would totally recommend the audiobook to someone who is looking for a great listen while driving, doing chores, or what have you. It’s compelling. It’s not boring. The narrators do a superb job in their reading. Also, the audiobook is well produced. It is 10 Hours and 41 Minutes long. At this point, I am so loyal to the audiobook version that I will be finishing this series out on audiobook. That’s how much I love it.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Basically all the LOVE.