Never a Dull Moment: A Review of THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) 
Richelle Mead
401 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: February 12th, 2012
Source: Gift
Rating: LOVED

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

   THE INDIGO SPELL, the third installment in Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series, was another adventure from start to finish. But the ending we were tortured with in GOLDEN LILY paid off. Big time.

   I have to admit, Mead’s writing isn’t the best of the best. There were a few conversations (mainly, the first between Marcus and Sydney) that had me rolling my eyes at the cheesiness of it all. But the plot built around me despite it all, the characters grew on me, and the book ended up being undeniably good.

   This time around, Sydney’s dabbling in magic takes a drastic turn when she needs to learn all she can because her life is in danger. I’ve seen the whole ‘old lady taking youth and beauty from younger girls’ thing before – and the entire idea terrifies me. And while the story itself wasn’t scary, reading it at night with my past experiences turned out to be a bad idea.

   Needless to say, I completely enjoyed THE INDIGO SPELL, to the point where I’m bordering on loving it as a favorite. More than anything, I loved the Sydrian aspect of it – I flipped page after page, lingering longer on the ones where Sydney and Adrian made an appearance together.

   Admittedly, my favorite character of the whole series is Adrian. He’s hilarious, always speaks his mind, and because of the artistic side in him, there was always a gentle thoughtfulness that will pop up whenever I least expect it.

   Between magic, the increasingly tangled web of Alchemist lies and connections, and Adrian, Sydney’s life never had a dull moment. While many may not like Sydney because of her seemingly obliviousness to the social world and her extreme studious facets that make her seem dull, I did like her and still do. Because let’s face it, I’m pretty much the same way.

   All in all, I’m excited to pick up book four in this mesmerizing series. I love Sydney’s growth (more than that, the Sydrian growth), the twists of each book, and how, like Sydney, the series never has a dull moment.

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    June 24, 2013

    I can't wait for the next book in this series! Richelle Mead seems to keep making really exciting and fun books! Loved your review!

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    Lauren Elizabeth

    June 25, 2013

    Oh yes, the Sydrian parts were the best! This is definitely my favorite in the series so far. Glad you enjoyed it! :-)