28 February 2016
Series: Bloodlines #5
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
I don't want to go as far as to say that this series is turning into a train wreck, but we are definitely losing steam and I'm getting less and less interested in the plot.
The last novel left off with such potential for a fast paced, action packed adventure of Sydney stuck in re-education after her sister turned her over to the Alchemists for the less than professional texts found on Adrian's burner phone. After the state re-education left Keith in, I thought this novel would be jam packed with twisted, messy, hard to read details of Sydney's torture while trying to purge her mind, and Adrian's tireless efforts to find and save her.
Instead, we get Silver Shadows. While the conditioning training Sydney has to bear by being made physically sick while watching happy Moroi is a little messed up, it is nothing compared to what I was expected, nothing that would have turned Keith to the jell-o puddle he became. And Adrian? For all the mushy, sappy love interest Mead have shoved between him and Sydney, he's kind of a dick in this one for a good portion there. After a while of being unsuccessful in finding her, he gives up and reverts back to getting drunk and partying all the time at Court. Ahhhh, nothing like true love.
The plot for Silver Shadows is just not engaging. Even when Sydney finally starts trying to throw together a means for escape, it hardly peaks my interest. The elements to the underlying plots that have carried this series this far are pretty much nonexistent in this one, and I spend the entire novel waiting for something to happen, when nothing really does. And the one thing that does happen? The decision Adrian makes to try to save/protect Sydney? It's so poorly written/planned by Mead that it just feels disjointed from everything else going on, like a final Hail Mary pass. I tried to invest in this one, I really did, but it just doesn't make the cut.