In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.
Hello everyone, this review is from me as a ghost because I DIED when reading The Indigo Spell. While Richelle Mead is no stranger to evoking strong feelings from me (seriously, have you read Shadow Kiss?!), this latest installment of the Bloodlines series was a different type of monster. Don’t be surprised if this review is even more of rambling mess than usual because where to even start?! Paragraphs won’t suffice so here are some bullet points:
• Richelle Mead wasted no time in delivering the fun. I certainly did not expect to be grinning from ear to ear, as big as I was, within the first thirty pages, but there I was. This was a recurring theme throughout the rest of the book, too. Although Richelle Mead definitely knows how to write drama, what I love the most about her books is how she effortlessly infuses humor into them. I’ve felt sucker punched while reading her books, so I always go in with some trepidation, but I was basically a giddy mess reading The Indigo Spell.
• FAMILIAR FACES. As brief as their scenes may have been, I LOVED seeing favorites from Vampire Academy make a cameo. I love the current cast of characters so much, but the VA group definitely brings the fuzzy feeling of nostalgia.
• The mystery storyline had my suspicions all over the place. While some things played out like I thought they would, other directions took me by surprise. I must admit that the mysteries aren’t usually a highlight for me, but I actually enjoyed this one a lot because Sydney stepped up to the plate and is becoming quite the bad ass in her own way.
• Sydney’s character has grown so much and I love her more with each book. Beliefs that were once deeply rooted in her have evolved and, though she continues to struggle with what she was taught versus what she knows now, Sydney has become her own person away from the Alchemist teachings. At this point I fear re-education SO much, but I guess I’ll freak out more when (and if) that happens.
• The swoon! THE SWOON. I’ve been known to slam books shut when they fill me with rage, but Richelle Mead had me doing that with the tension between Adrian and Sydney. TOO HOT TO HANDLE. They make such a fantastic team, their banter was ridiculously good, and…THE KISSING. It was the stuff dreams are made of (for sure in Adrian’s case). They are the reason I am dead.
The Indigo Spell has it all AND THEN SOME. Drama, romance, mystery, the usual, and then also: new fraternities, dragons, pie, the return of the pirate skeleton and much, much more. This is my new favorite from Richelle Mead and I can’t wait to see how she tops this one when The Fiery Heart is released.
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