Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by: Richelle Mead

Release Date: February 12, 2013 from RazorBill
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"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.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood."

My Thoughts:

With each book in this series, I become more and more addicted. While I still think the original Vampire Academy series was better, I have really come to love the Bloodlines series as well. I actually was not the biggest fan of Bloodlines. In my opinion, it just didn’t live up to Vampire Academy and I was a bit let down. Then I read The Golden Lily and I began to find myself enjoying the series more. Then I read The Indigo Spell and this one blew both of those books out of the water. This is by far the best book in the Bloodlines series. 

I think a big reason I enjoyed this book more was the changes we are seeing in Sydney. She really aggravated me in Bloodlines and that kept me from truly enjoying it. However, in The Indigo Spell she is finally beginning to question things and think for herself. For such an intelligent girl, she was really dumb for a while. I love that she is finally starting to live her life and do what she wants. She has come such a long way. I also like that she isn’t the typical heroine. She isn’t the impulsive feisty kickass girl. Sydney is strong in a very different way. Intelligence is her superpower. 

The thing that kept me going with this series was Adrian. I always had a soft spot for him and his charmingly witty ways, but in this book he really shined. He is still charming and witty but he is also much stronger now. Sydney really does bring out the best in him. He has learned from past mistakes and he acts in a way I don’t think people ever expected him to. I absolutely love him and I love the person he has become. All I kept thinking was that Rose was right about him at the end of The Last Sacrifice

While I’m talking about characters I also want to talk about some secondary ones because I think it really is the characters that drive these books. We have Jill who surprised me with her wisdom in this one. Eddie who I think is simply a sweetheart. Angeline who has some serious impulsive issues and honestly I’m a bit sick of her nonsense. Marcus who was not what I was expecting. Then last but not least, we have Ms. Terwilliger who I have come to love in all her frazzled glory. Oh and I just ate up the little Rose and Dimitri cameo. 

Then we have the witch aspect. I am really enjoying this addition to the story. I love how it brings out another side of Sydney. I also love how it meshes into the story. It just shows that there are all sorts of hidden worlds and in Palm Springs they are beginning to mesh together courtesy of one Sydney Sage. 

The plot in The Indigo Spell was incredibly addictive. I could not put the book down. Some things took me by complete surprise and had me gasping and yelling at my book. Then there were the plot points I could see a mile away. I still get frustrated at Sydney’s inability to see relationship drama coming, but that’s just her I guess. I think I just need to accept this. 

All in all The Indigo Spell is a great addition to the Bloodlines series and the ending will leave you wishing The Fiery Heart was out already. I know I have already begun to count down the days.


  1. My good friend *raves* about this series. I really should add it "to read." I keep seeing it everywhere. Plus, gold star for any author with the word "indigo" in their title. :)

  2. So glad you enjoyed this one. I like it, and agree that Indigo Spell is the best in the series by far. I just don't ever think it will be a series I'm excited about.
    Great review!

  3. I hear the best things about this author and this series. I really need to read VA, but I think I should definitely read Bloodlines, too. I think I would enjoy the witch aspect! Great review!

    1. You already know how much I love VA. If you end up liking those I deff think you will enjoy these as well.

  4. FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY!!!!! I THINK I ALMOST DIES WAITING FOR YOUR REVIEW ON THIS ONE!!! LOL XD I completely agree with you about becoming (slowly) addicted to this series after VA. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, and I honestly can't wait to see why this turned out to be the best book in the series. I was a bit worried about Sydney cause of what happened in the last book, but I'm glad she's turning over a new leaf in the best way she knows how. lol ;p

    And Adrian....*sigh*....where would this series be without him?? NO WHERE! Gosh, I am in LOVE with him already and I have no doubts that I'll LOVE him in this one. I can't wait to see his development with Sydney and with his character and of course his humour. You can't have Adrian without hilarious jokes. :D

    The thing I'm most curious about is this Marcus Finch guy. All the reviews I've read...NO BODY IS TALKING ABOUT HIM!!!! I am seriously going to start pulling my hair! I want to know, is he cute, hot, funny...take pity on me Teresa and at least tell me how he looks like!?? See my tears ----> *sobbing* D: Gosh, I think he is like the biggest mystery of this whole book for me at least. LOL ;p I can't wait to find out EVERYTHING about him! :)

    I'm actually surprised you liked the witch aspect. Didn't you think it was random, all of a sudden having witches amidst vampires...or pretty much an entire world based on vampires?? But, I'm keeping an open mind to the possibilities of how it turns out.

    Plus, I can't wait to read the Rose and Dimitri cameo! WOOT WOOT!!! :D I'm sure that was nothing short of sweet and funny! :)

    I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this! Fantastically awesome review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida <3

  5. I didn't love Bloodlines at first either. I missed the action and Storigois and general dhampir badassness! LOL But I never really liked Rose and Dimitri so I'm all for Adrian getting his time to shine. I'm growing into the magical plot and of course Adrian just gets more and more wonderful! AYE!!!!!!!!!

  6. I am reading this now, and I love how Sydney is changing and I am loving this side of Adrian again.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  7. Loved your review!! You really express yourself well!! I agree with you on everything, this was definitely the best book in the series so far and I'm hanging for the Fiery Heart too!! Argh.... I love Adrian... Sydney is getting so much better, love the cameos too... yep, I agree!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  8. Great review! I just finished this one recently and loved it! I'm definitely enjoying this series more and more with each new addition. I wasn't crazy about Sydney either at first and I really missed Rose and Dimitri. However now I'm kind of addicted to this series just as much as I was to Vampire Academy. Sydney has definitely grown on me a lot more now. I'm also so in love with Adrian! :)


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