Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead


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.


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37 comments:

  1. Love what you did on your nails! Matches perfectly with the cover :)

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  2. Whoa - so gorgeous! Love this book and the mani. The swirls and the orange color tones are just so pretty. And I agree with your points about Adrian and Sydney, though I love them both. Can't wait to see what you do with Silver Shadows!

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    1. Thank you! We don't have long to wait for SS!

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  3. Yesss...amazing! Nails and cover almost the same only different size :)
    Take care!

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  4. I adore the nails, Mandee! While I enjoyed VA, I haven't been motivated to pick up this spin-off though I'm thrilled you're enjoying it as much as you are. Lovely review! :)

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  5. Love the nails, they match the cover perfectly, and glad you enjoyed the book! I brought a copy last year, read a few chapters and decided to put it down as I wasn't feeling it. Hopefully I'll try again and have more success because like you, I've really enjoyed the series so far! :)

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    1. I hope you have better luck if you give it another go, Bec!

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  6. Love how you translated this cover into a mani! I think this one looks really nice on it's own as well... like to someone who has never seen the book cover :) love the gradient and flowers... I don't think it looks too much like a German flag it just looks like you did a French tip!

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    1. Thank you! And I agree, I think this one looks like a normal manicure

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  7. your nail ideas are so creative!! i haven't started this series yet :(

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  8. I agree, this series is so fun and easy to jump into. I also enjoyed Adrian's POV, and I totally get what you mean by his over the top sweet boyfriend confirmations. What gorgeous nails, I love the colors! Fantastic review :-)

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  9. I love this series, and I started this and then put it aside when I heard it was a cliff. I'll pick it up when the next one is close to release. I hate waiting! Your manicure matches perfectly! Great review and manicure, Mandee! :)

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    1. Good idea, Rachel. The ending didn't bother me too much but it would be even better to have book 5 ready when you're done with this one!

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  10. I love that nail look! The colors are great!

    I haven't read this series yet. I read the first VA book but never got a chance to continue. So I have a LOT of catching up to do!

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    1. You do have a lot of books ahead of you if you decide to return to VA!

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  11. I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't started this series, but so many people keep saying how great it is - especially Adrian.

    I love the nail design, the flowery vines are so pretty! And so neat...I'm just mastering a regular manicure lol. I just checked out your list of cruelty free brands, I didn't realise there were so many, I've only really used Zoya, so I'll have to check out some of the other now!
    PS. Thanks for following - following right back :D

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    1. It's a lot of fun, Amy, if you have the time to get into this series, give it a go!

      And thank you :)

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  12. YOUR NAILS ARE GORGEOUS MANDS!!!
    I am envious of your skill.

    I am also probably one of the few people who haven't dived into this series but I cannot make myself want to read the spin off of what is one of my favorite series. I love Rose and Dimka too much to read a series that features other characters.. I always feel like I am cheating :/

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    1. Thanks, Rashika. And I totally get it, don't force yourself to read it. VA was so good :)

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  13. I've had a copy of this since it was released months ago- and I still haven't picked it up. I'm looking forward to Adrian's POV; it should be fun to read his snarky thoughts firsthand!

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  14. Your nails look fantastic, how long does it take you to do these?

    I really liked the VA series but never got round to switching across to Sydney and Adrian. I wasn't sure if I'd like Adrian away from Rose, since it's their snarky banter that made him fun and I never really warmed to Sydney as a character. How similar is it to the VA series?

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    1. I didn't time this mani but probably not too long, maybe an hour at the most! I think this series is similar to VA because of Richelle's writing but it focuses on a different group of characters and more on magic than vampires

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  15. Oh my gosh I love those nails! This is one my favorite series and you did such a fantastic job on those nails! :) I agree it was nice to have Adrian's point of view. You are so right! When ever it comes to a Richelle Mead book there is no effort when reading it. It's such so fun to fall into the words she's written. Great review!! :)

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  16. Oh wow, your nails are gorgeous. I love them! I haven't read any of these books, but that's wonderful you're enjoying them so much. I love a good series, even though I don't have time to read as many these days.

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  17. LOVE these nails. I can't wait to see what you do with Silver Shadows when it comes out!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  18. Love the nails! (And not surprised you enjoyed the book ;-p I'm looking forward to Silver Shadows myself!)

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  19. Ohhh those nails look so pretty!! I want them!!! I'll have a mani tomorrow, but it will never resemble your beautiful designs.

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