Title: Silver Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Group
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.
I don’t like giving this book 2.5 stars because I love this series very much but, unfortunately, it’s how I feel. Silver Shadows is my least favorite book in the Bloodlines series as it can be seen from the time it took me to re-read it: 17 days!!!
From the ending of TFH I thought Adrian wouldn’t leave a stone unturned to find Sydney so it was surprising to find him partying his way back into his hollow old life… The center wasn’t holding! Adrian chose to party, get drunk and hang out with another girl while whining about how much pain he was in instead of really focusing on how much pain the “love of his life”, Sydney, was in (so selfish); he, magnanimously I might add, stopped being drunk just enough to try and contact her through dreams and asked for Lissa’s help once but, why didn’t he keep badgering the whole court? The Palm Springs witches? Markus? It was all about HIM. But, despite that, I know that we aren’t perfect and are all selfish humans once in a while until sense smacks back into us. And this is a little of what happened with Adrian!
Sydney’s time in re-education didn’t manage to interest me at all, I don’t believe anything surprising or exciting happened and I can’t even remember who the new characters were. Sidney didn’t show any sign of anger, hatred, need for revenge, something… anything towards the Alchemists: no real emotion or naturally human feelings! She was as calm and composed as ever, didn’t even suffer from PTSD and didn’t struggle to jump back into her relationship with Adrian as if nothing ever happened; as if Adrian hadn’t given up on her. She went through a traumatic ordeal so I expected her to be deeply disturbed: they violated her privacy, tortured her mind, and drugged her to sleep… she should’ve been traumatized.
All those the things above stopped me from rating this book higher, although I freaked out when things started picking up and was hooked again by the new cliffhanger so, aside from this book, this series remains one of my favorites.