Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

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Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: 07/29/2014

Series: Bloodlines Series #5

Pages: 380

I just finished reading Silver Shadows not too many hours ago, and I still feel like I am clouded by their world. So much occurred in this novel that I feel like I am still processing.

My current thoughts: The badass level is off the charts, Sydney is a rock star, and STUPID CRAZY ALCHEMISTS GETTING IN THE WAY!!! But I digress.

Silver Shadows takes place a few months after the massive cliffhanger at the end of The Fiery Heart, which was a little unexpected. In fact, it was surprising how short and straight-forward the plot was compared to the previous novels, but not to worry, this book was not lacking in substance.

Mead did a good job of emotionally catching us up to the characters. You feel Sydney's simultaneous feelings of fear and strength, and even through Adrian's darkness there is a sense of hope. Yes, I wanted to shake some sense into Adrian sometimes, but hey, it's Adrian. He always comes through. Mead does more than that, though. She brings us even deeper into the top secret world of Alchemists- specifically their top secret "you've been a bad alchemist" center.

The re-education center is a horrible, nasty place. You don't want to see Sydney there for long, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Sydney spends a great amount of time in darkness here, but it's not all bad because you are introduced to many new characters. I don't know if we will see them again in the next book, but I would sure like to because they now are a part of Sydney. Nothing brings you closer than being tortured by a common enemy! *winkwink* Am I right?

While this book mostly focuses on the epic love story between Sydney and Adrian, we can't forget about the great Amberwood team: Eddie, Jill, Angeline, Trey, Neil and Mrs. T! I'd say that they are in this book for about a whole two seconds (this is an exaggeration...it was more like 30 seconds...LOL), but what a great two seconds it is. You can definitely expect to see much more of them come book six!

The real surprise here is the camaraderie seen between the infamous Marcus and the brooding Adrian. A fugitive/ex-alchemist and a "blood-thirsty" Moroi breaking into the big, bad alchemist center? Yeah. If I were you I would grab some popcorn and a ticket to that show! You should definitely be just as eager for this book as you were with the rest of the series! If you haven't read the series yet, then what the heck are you still doing reading this?!