This post contains a review, a bookish manicure, and a giveaway.
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead
Published November, 2013 by Penguin
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.
I really just want to repeat my review of The Indigo Spell and say that sitting down with one of Richelle Mead’s books is always enjoyable, fun, and requires little effort on my part. The Fiery Heart is no exception. This series has really grown on me and even when a couple of things bothered me, I still found it a good read.
I enjoyed Adrian’s POV, it was a great addition to the story and nice to get a first-hand idea of just how much he adores Sydney. My only issue with Adrian’s chapters was how wish-fulfilly they were. Every time he saw Rose he had to stress over and over again how much he was over her – we get it, Adrian, you’re the best boyfriend ever for having zero feelings for your ex! I could have done with less of that, but it's a minor gripe.
I've always found Sydney to be a complex character, I like her yet she can be so annoying, but that can make for a fun read because annoying characters are often my favourites. In this book she’s compromised on some of her beliefs and so she finds something new to judge: people who have sex via one night stands. This is totally in keeping with her character but hopefully she's still growing and will ease up on being Judgey McJudgerson.
I still love both of them and I think they make a good couple, they've both cut back on vices (for Adrian that means smoking and alcohol, for Sydney it means coffee) due to each other’s influence and they care so much about each other.
The rest of the plot was intriguing, there was plenty going on as usual, but it all tied in well and the ending definitely has me looking forward to book five!
Thank you to the lovely people at Penguin for my review copy.
Last year I did nails to match The Indigo Spell, I stamped on a similar design to the cover, but for The Fiery Heart, I decided to free-hand it.
I did a gradient starting with Essence Happy. I followed that up by sponging on Sinful Colors Boogie Nights*, Ulta3 Berry Crush and Ulta3 Black Satin.
I used acrylic paint and a fine brush to paint the flowers and vines.
Once I'd done the gradient I realised my nails looked a bit like the German flag, but I think that's lessened with the addition of the flowers.
*This is no longer a brand I buy, this is a bottle I've had in my collection for some time. See my page on nail polish for more info.