Book Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

8709524Title: Silver Shadows

Author: Richelle Mead

Format/Length: Paperback/416 pages

Publisher/Date Published: July 29th 2014/Razorbill (Penguin Teen)

Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal-Romance

Source: Library

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Description: 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.

3/5 stars –


Where on earth do I begin with this one? I’d been forewarned by plenty of other reviews that Silver Shadows was mostly set in… (Well, if you’ve read the series, you know where; I’m not going to say it explicitly for fear of spoiling it for others), but — and I hate to say this — I found a lot of it to be boring. I wanted more to happen. I wanted it to be the heart-racing and thrilling and exciting but I felt what I got was a shadow of its previous books.

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In saying that, though — I did enjoy this.

I’ll always like the way Richelle Mead writes, as well as her new take on clichéd ideas such as vampires, and turning it into something completely unique and different. Her characters are mostly fantastic (with the exception of Adrian, which I explain later…) and I’ll always love Sydney. I love her logical and rational way of thinking, as well as her ability to adapt and the unwavering courage she has to do what she thinks it right. But was this book the amazing, swoon-worthy, incredible read I as expecting it to be? Unfortunately not. Of course, I still do plan on reading the last book — The Ruby Circle — as I am very curious to see how the story will pan out, but I probably won’t be exceptionally excited for it.

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Let’s discuss Adrian.

I’ve always loved him. Snarky, loyal, and rather good-looking, he’s always been one of my top favourite fictional males in fiction, but in Silver Shadows, he spent most of it drunk and depressed — and hey, I’m not completely heartless, I know that it must have been difficult to go through what he did — but instead of feeling sorry for himself, couldn’t he have acted quicker? Actually done something instead of just whining about it? And with the bond he shares with Jill — that would have made things difficult for her, too, so if you ask me, his actions were very self-pitying bordering on selfish.

I’ve always found the Bloodlines series to be rather predictable, but more so with this one.

Not that predictability is always a bad thing, because I don’t believe that it is; I think it all comes down to the fact that I was expecting a lot more from this book.

So overall?

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Have you read Silver Shadows? Let me know what you thought of it! If not, have you read any of Richelle Mead’s novels before — or do you plan on doing so?


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

  1. Silver Shadows was pretty much my least favourite. It was stagnant. Whiny (thanks Adrian). And the witty lines didn’t make a comeback until about the 80% mark. Which totally sucks because that’s what I was here for, you know? I totally agree with what you had to say about Adrian. He just wasn’t the same character that I feel in love with. Fantastic review! <3

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