Trapped, by her own people, struggling to survive and keep her own sanity: this is what Sydney’s life has become. Re-education isn’t really as bad as everyone said it would be. It’s worse. The only thing she can do is keep fighting and repeat to herself that the center will hold and that Adrian will come for her. But even here, in a place fraught with danger and enemies, Sydney can’t help but push the lines in a quest to do what’s right.
Outside, Adrian is doing everything he can think of to find and save Sydney, but with no results. How can the center hold when he is helpless? Spirit is rising within him and it feels good, but Aunt Tatiana is growing louder. Not even partying himself senseless can get rid of her, or fill the hole Sydney left behind.
As Adrian teeters closer to the edge than ever before, it’s clear that both of them are reaching their darkest hour. Their love is strong, but can it bring them back together and into the light?
This novel is the fifth installment of the action packed Bloodlines series, add on to the already established world created for Mead’s Vampire Academy. For those who haven’t read these series, go do now! If you want to hear what I had to say about the previous two books in the series, click the titles to find my reviews of The Indigo Spell and The Fiery Heart. Yes, yes I can already hear you Pleeeeeeeaase not another teenage vampire book. However, I can assure this one is worth your time. Witty and fast paced, Mead’s writing has the reader holding on from page one, on point from beginning to end.
To say I am a fan of Richelle Mead’s writing is, at best, an understatement. I don’t think there is a thing I’ve read by her that I haven’t loved. There is just something about her style that just gets me as a reader. She develops characters that are beautifully mutli-faceted and real. Her plot is a roller-coaster half part mystery and full part intense. Best of all, the cadence of her narration, no matter who it is, is unique and interesting. Silver Shadows is no exception. In fact I’d say Mead’s writing and story telling only get better with each new book. Sydney has become one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. Strong, intelligent, and kick ass and that’s only scraping the surface. I’ve become so invested in her character that reading each new book in this series is a heart-in-the-mouth experience as I fly through the pages praying everything turns out alright.
I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, so I’m just going to say that I was very VERY pleased with how things turned out. I suppose some might not be as enraptured by it all, but that opinion is not mine. I will definitely warn it is emotionally trying. There were tears of pain and joy shed throughout. Yeah, that’s a thing I forgot to mention. Read her books, get attached, then prepare to cry. Mead is a great writer. She’s also great at torturing her own creations and the readers as a result. It’s still worth it, because as Ron Weasley once said, “You’re gonna suffer, but you’re gonna be happy about it.’
Prepare to go from this:
and back again.
A note on the end [don’t proceed if you don’t want to know]
The fact that they made it through what they did could be accused of being convenient at the very least. However, I maintain, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. ANJSKABFDJASHJ. That is all.