The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Title : The Indigo Spell
Author : Richelle Mead
Genre : Fantasy
Published Date : February 12th 2013
Publisher : Razorbill
Pages : 401
Source : Bought
Rating : ✿✿✿✿

From Goodreads :
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.


Ever since I finished reading The Golden Lily, I have to say that it was pretty crazy and I couldn't wait patiently enough for it's continuation. So it's only obvious that I managed to get my hand on this book as soon as possible.

"See? Things are already looking promising."

The Indigo Spell continued where The Golden Lily had left off, opening up with Sonya Karp's wedding and Sydney's duty as an alchemist to attend it. But when a clue arose and led her to Marcus Flinch, a runaway alchemist with the indigo tattoo that she had seen in a photo, she soon began to go on a search that defied all of her belief. And when the one she had always believe proved to be not so believable, will she turn into the one that had always been there for her, or will she try to take one more chance?

From the plot line, I have to say that I didn't exactly love this book. It still sagged at some point, and it wasn't really all that engaging to make me read it nonstop. Sure, it wasn't that bad and uninteresting, but it didn't leave any special impression either.
I personally think that it had too many subplot. Between Marcus, Sydney-Adrian relationship, chasing the magic user, and , the story became a bit jumpy and didn't flow well enough, and it wasn't really good to be read.

What I love about this book though, even if the plot was not really great, was the romantic relationship between Sydney and Adrian, how their story went, and especially the character development. It was unfolded in a nice manner you won't even realize that they were changing, yet if you compared it to the beginning of the book, you'll realized how much they had changed.

Sydney Sage, still our main protagonist, showed a lot of emotional progress and development, and it was nice to see that she finally able to act on her own and not dependent on what other people told her to. It made her more human that before, and really helped in making her a believable and flesh-and-bone character.
Adrian Ivashkov, our other protagonist as well as Sydney's counterpart, still showed his signature personality, and I love how his characteristic stayed consistent throughout the books. On the other hand, he showed some changes as well, being more open and all, and his growth seemed so true as well.

One thing I didn't like from this book was, as I mentioned earlier, its way-too-many subplot. Because there were so many things that needed to be covered, the reader didn't really got an in-depth insight to each issues, and I, honestly, as a reader, would actually love to know more than what was offered in this book.

Overall, if you had read Richelle Mead's previous series, Vampire Academy, or you've read the previous book of Bloodlines series, you could give this book a try. Although this one was not very impressive, I think this whole series was really interesting and totally worth a try.

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  1. AH SYDRIAN! They were definitely my favorite part of this book - well they're relationship and how it's grown. I loved the whole thing, but that's what stuck out to me.

    Great review!

  2. Loved Indigo Spell I can't wait for the next one!


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