Silver Shadows - Is This Series Is Slipping Or Is It Just Me (review)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Title: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Genre: Vampires - Magic
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 stars
“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.”
RELATED: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) | The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) | The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) | Soundless

My Review

What I Liked:

  • The Re-Education Center- We already knew the Alchemist standpoint on anything 'other' but it was still nice to see it in action. We saw Keith after his own trip there, so I've been wondering what they were like for some time now. It was an excellent mix of prison, a tough boarding school, and a torture chamber. You could really feel Sydney's desperation to not only get out of there, but stay true to herself. Yet, you empathized with everyone else who wanted to stay away from her because they knew what was coming.

  • Scattered Portions Of The Last 1/2 Or So Of The Book - Things really jumped back on the Bloodlines/Vampire Academy train and the pace really picked up. Once again I found myself reminded why I love these characters and care about their struggles.

  • That Cliffhanger - I hate cliffhangers, but man does that turn the story in an interesting direction. We have been building up to this moment since page one, heck since Vampire Academy, and I am curious as to how it will turn out. And I mean the stuff we learn on like the last page.

What I Didn't Like:
  • Adrian - Don't kick me over this one. I love Adrian. He has had official book boyfriend status since the Vampire Academy days. But most of this book I've felt like a mother watching her child run off and do obvious self destructive things, and all you could do was sit there and try to make them see the error of their ways. And at other times, all I wanted was to hit him with his alcohol bottle repeatedly...because someone needed to. Now I can forgive some of his spirit fuel depression, because I can empathize. But a certain incident with a certain other person, kind of crosses a line for me. Adrian lost more of my respect at that point. It was obvious that it was coming, hell his whole plotline was obvious (he needed to sink or swim for himself, not for anyone else. I GET IT, BUT STILL! WHY ADRIAN, WHY?!)

  • It Was Boring - Not all of it, but enough where I really felt the pages. It was like I read three different books smashed together and I'm not sure where my likes/dislikes all fit together.

Words To Live By

"Don't let them change me, I prayed silently. Let me keep my mind. Let me endure whatever there is to come."
"I know what love is, Mom. I’ve had love that burns in every fiber of my being, that drives me to be a better person and empowers me through each moment of the day. If you’d ever had something like that, you’d hold on to it with every bit of strength you had."
"You’re better than this, Adrian. Whatever the reason, you’re better than it. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you’re weaker than you are."


I wasn't as impressed with this book, it wasn't worth the wait at all. If this was book one in the series, I'm not sure I'd be invested enough to continue. With what I have heard about the last book in the series, and how it was a let down as well, I'm not in as much of a hurry anymore to find out how it wraps up.


  1. Hmm.. I actually really liked Silver Shadows when I first read it, the secondary characters was what annoyed me the most - they were so many that I lost track on who was who. Although, I can understand about Adrian. Sometimes, he does act like a child.. The series does get better as it progresses but the final installment is boring and disappointing though. I find Vampire Academy more better. I loved reading your review & the awesome quotes you have picked out :)
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I am so afraid to read The Ruby Circle. Not one person I follow who loves this series enjoyed that book at all. I think this series started shifting with the book before Silver, or maybe the one before that. VA did too about midway through. But the VA world got more complex AND exciting. I love Bloodlines and all, but it feels like the world itself (the one spanning two series, not just the Bloodlines portion) got a little too big. Like when you read a series and it goes on and on and on. You love it, but you kind of just want it to end satisfactory and all. But things don't end. If that makes any sense.

      Thank you for stopping by.


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