Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 380 Pages
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Richelle is a writing veteran. She's written tons of great books full of attack and humor and romance, and her latest book is no exception. Filled with plot twists, action, and swoon worthy lines, this book is sure to please Bloodlines fans.
There are so many things that I love about this series. The romance. The humor. The action. The writing. The twists. The stakes are even higher for our characters, and Mead ratcheted up the storyline to bring readers a thrilling continuation of the Bloodlines series. (no this is not used in the same context as ratchet which plagues the internet and society)
Mead's writing is always consistently good. She makes everything flow and come together nicely. There were so many plot twists and just so much emotion poured into the writing. Mead has the ability to ensnare readers and keep their attention for the whole book. The tone of this book was much darker. I could have read this in one sitting if I hadn't fallen asleep... I'm not going to lie, this book gets rough in parts. I'm glad that Mead manages to balance out the rough parts with humor. It was easy to distinguish the two POVs (an Allegiant flaw). This book was hilarious as usual and did not disappoint.
The storyline was amazing!! It was slow to start but picked up eventually. This book was very reminiscent of Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was horrifying in parts, melt-your-heart blissful in others, and laugh-out-loud funny. There's an increased amount of action in this book that kept me on the edge of my seat. As much as I liked this book though, it was missing something. The beginning was just too slow and sad and the lack of enjoyability in the beginning made me lower my rating a bit. There was just a bit too much sulking going on that I didn't like, stop sulking and do something!!
The character development throughout this series is great! Adrian's grown to be much more responsible and strong. He's still got his flaws and his tough moments, but he's changed so much since the beginning of this series. I love how complex his character is. I am immensely proud of Sydney. She stayed strong in times of terror and was her usual awesome self. Another thing that bothered me is that the Bloodlines storyline has veered off course a bit. It used to be about protecting Jill (whom we hardly see in these later books), and now it's focused on Sydrian. I love Sydrian but still... I love the Palm Springs crew, and it was great seeing their reunion. We spend some time back at court, so it was wonderful to see some familiar faces.
The romance was so swoon worthy. I can't convey how much I love Sydrian. They are an amazing couple, they make each other better :)
You're in for a surprise ^^
The second half of the book picks up the pace and some crazy things happen. I guessed the ending, but it was still good. I'm so excited for The Ruby Circle which comes out February 10th! It's set up for greatness, and I have complete faith in Mead to do it justice. I'm thinking this isn't the end of the Mead vampire series, perhaps we'll have a series on Jill's story?
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Overall this was another satisfying book in the Bloodlines series that fans will eat up!
What were your thoughts on this book? Do you like Richelle Mead's novels?