Aristocrat’s Ransom: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

August 16, 2014 Review 20 ★★★★

Aristocrat’s Ransom: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
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Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 380
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Series: Bloodlines #5
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal
The heart-pounding fifth installment of the bestselling Bloodlines series, from the author of Vampire Academy.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

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 the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Major Selling Points:


Sydrian is one of my OTPs of OTPs. I love them so much. And the way there romance had developed is really hlashlHDKJAS. Of course I’m not going to turn down the chance to read more of them! Although SILVER SHADOWS did feature less romance than some of the other books in the series, and the romance it did contain… well I’ll get to that.


One of the things I like most about this series and world is all the unique paranormal elements it has. It’s vampires and their magic, the human magic, and the Alchemists. The Alchemists themselves are a really interesting part of the society, and their ideals are quite… extreme. In SILVER SHADOWS we got to see the darker side of the Alchemists and it was fascinating.


Despite some frustrating events in the first half of the book, I really enjoyed SILVER SHADOWS. There were some suspenseful twists, characters kicked ass, and there was just enough romance (and more than you would expect considering the circumstances). The first half could drag on a bit, but towards the end it was really, really excited and I couldn’t stop reading! One of the final plot developments, a romantic one, is something I’m… iffy about. It seemed like a rushed solution but I can see why that decision was made. Yet I still don’t know if I entirely prove…  As you might have guessed, SILVER SHADOWS ends in a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see where these new developments lead in the final book (I only just really realised the next book is the last one. I’m scared).


Compared to some other books I’ve been reading lately, Richelle Mead’s writing is not the most amazing. But it’s still pretty damn good. Nice and easy to read, it didn’t grip me like some other novels have. Still the descriptions were good, the suspense got my heart beating, and I experienced lots of various feels.



Have I told you that I love Sydney? Because I love Sydney. She was such a badass in SILVER SHADOWS. Not breaking, never bowing, through all the horrible things she endured. She stayed smart, she helped people, she didn’t let herself get distracted by despair. Sydney Sage was just brilliant.


Who knew it was possible for me to get this disappointed with Adrian. He was so annoying in the first half of the book, doing things I’d thought he’d outgrown and just being a general prick. Seriously, I thought he’d have been able to hold himself together more. Thank god he grew a pair just after half way and actually became a decent human being again.


Like I said earlier, the plot of this book and the characters situations really shouldn’t have made much time for romance so compared to some of the other books in the series (like THE FIERY HEART), there really isn’t much. What romance there was though I’m a bit iffy about. I mean, I still love Sydrian, and cherish all moments they have together, but in SILVER SHADOWS so many of those scenes were so sappy and unless I’m in the mood for that type of romance it irritates the hell out of me. There’s also that plot development at the end that I’m unsure about. The whole thing seems a little rushed and I don’t know if I can get behind it at this particular point in time.


  • Sydney x Adrian
  • Rose x Dimitri
  • Jill x Eddie
  • Angela x Trey
  • Adrian x some self respect
  • Sydney x Awesomeness
Rating Report
Overall: 4

20 Responses to “Aristocrat’s Ransom: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead”

    • Bec

      That plot development adds some extra issues to the next book definitely, but it still was very sudden and too soon.


  1. Tanja

    Lookie, our blogs are twins today! :)
    I totally agree that Adrian was really annoying at the start of this book, but frankly I expected that from him. But yeah I’m glad he got back into his cool self later on. But yeah Sydney is really getting better and better. I really cannot wait to read the final book in this series. Great review, Bec :)
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    • Bec

      I think… it was expected with Adrian but I really, really hoped he’d grown and become better. Sydney saved the fist half of the book for me!

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      Sydrian was a good OTP and the build up to them getting together was nice and slow and well done but now everything is sappy and moving too fast -_- I hope Adrian is better in the next book, and that Sydney keeps being awesome!

      Thanks :)

  2. Sarah J.

    I love the Bloodlines series so much. Sometimes I think I love it more than VA. I haven’t started Silver Shadows yet because I’m still finishing another series. I love your review though! It’s the first non-spoiler review I’ve come across. So excited for this one!
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    • Bec

      I’m pretty sure I love Bloodlines more than VA. Sydney is more relatable for me. My personality is similar to hers so it’s great reading about her.

      I hope you enjoy Silver Shadows when you get to it :)

    • Bec

      Is did suck that Adrian disappointed me :( Maybe with my warning now you’ll be expecting it and it won’t annoy you as much as it did me.

      Hope you get to read this soon :)

  3. Kirsty-Marie

    ONE MORE BOOK. JUST ONE MORE BOOK AND THE SERIES IS MINE. It’s been hard to hold out, haha. Especially when they’re staring at me from the shelf. I should hide them. They won’t see daylight until the end. Sure I’m going to love it though, loved the glimpse we got to see of Sydney in VA, and can’t wait to delve into all sides of the Alchemy, and ugh, seeing all the reviews lately is mean. JUST ONE MORE BOOK. I can wait. Maybe. :( BUT ADRIAN, IF YOU DISAPPOINT ME, I WILL HURT YOU.
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    • Bec

      You’ve been holding out for the last book? I admire your resolve. You’ll love them. And let me assure you this is the first time Adrian has really disappointed me in the series. And hopefully the last.

    • Bec

      What are you waiting for?! In my opinion these are better than the VA series, though quite different. I hope you love them when you read them :)

    • Bec

      He really managed to get on those nerves every single chapter in the beginning :/ Sydney, however, keeps getting better an better with each book! It’s going to be hard to say goodbye after the last book. She’s such a great character.

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