Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead!

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Release Date: 02/12/13
432 pages

Summary 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.

***ARC received by Penguin Teen/Razorbill for review purposes***

I’m a die-hard fan of Richelle Mead’s writing.  Whether it’s her YA books or her adult series (if you haven’t read them yet you MUST!) and the Vampire Academy series will forever be one of my favorite series EVER!  When I found out that there would be a Bloodlines series centered around Sydney Sage, I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to read.  But when I found out one of the main characters would be Adrian Ivashkov, it was a no brainer.  I knew it was a must!  I admit that it did take some adjusting to get used to Sydney.  Not that there was anything wrong with her but after reading 6 books from Rose’s POV, Sydney seemed a little bit…boring at first.   But the more I read the more I realized how complex Sydney’s character is and I wanted to read more about her.  I wasn’t too sure of the chemistry between Adrian and Sydney during Bloodlines, but after reading The Golden Lily I was a loyal believer.  In Bloodlines, their friendship grew.  In The Golden Lily, their chemistry grew and Adrian pursued her from a distance.  He kept finding ways to spend time with her and then he finally let her know his feelings in the end.  In The Indigo Spell, Adrian is determined to prove that they belong together and he goes after her with a vengeance.  Poor Sydney never stood a chance.

After his shocking declaration of love, things between Adrian and Sydney have been awkward.  But after spending time after they both attend a vampire wedding, their friendship rekindles.  But this time, Adrian wants to be more than friends with Sydney.  Not only does Sydney have to deal with fighting her feelings for Adrian and not letting the Alchemists find out about them, she also has to worry about a witch going around sucking other girl’s powers.  Sydney could be the key to stop her, or she can end up her next victim.  On top of that, she has to worry about the Warriors of Light and their possible connection to the Alchemists.  She is convinced Marcus Finch has the answers and she sets of to find him.  But will Marcus be the answer Sydney is looking for, or will he just bring more problems her way?

The Bloodlines series just keeps getting better and better and The Indigo Spell is by far my favorite book.  I hate to admit that I liked it more than most Vampire Academy books *runs from the angry fans*.  Well except for Shadow Kiss because that books is just…no words.  As much as I loved the Vampire Academy books, I felt that the romance was a little lacking.  Yes Rose and Dimitri are one of the most epic couples ever, but we still don’t get to read about that many romantic moments between them.  Richelle Mead definitely kicks up the romance and hotness factor in this book.  In fact, I was surprised by how many swoony scenes Sydney and Adrian shared.  Oh and the dream scenes were back!  Ah, so many Sydrian Feels throughout this entire book!  Don’t believe me?

My nails dug into his back, and he trailed his lips down the edge of my chin, down the center of my neck.  He kept going until he reached the bottom of the dress’s V-neck.  I let out a small gasp, and he kissed all around the neckline, just enough to tease.

The Indigo Spell is another amazing book for all you Richelle Mead fans.  For those of you who haven’t read a book by her yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?  I was terrified to read this book because Richelle’s 3rd books in her series always end in such WTF cliffhangers (Shadow Kiss, Succubus Dreams, Iron Crowned).  I didn’t know what crazy thing to expect.  Luckily, the end is not a huge cliffhanger like those books but it will leave you desperately wanting to get your hands on The Fiery Heart.  Plus, we will finally have Adrian POV’s!  Sydney and Adrian go through so much character growth in this book and I’m dying to read more about them!  And I want Eddie and Jill to finally admit their feelings to each other.  Romance, suspense, amazing characters, plot twist and plenty of classic Adrian moments; The Indigo Spell is a fast-paced page turner that will satisfy all Bloodlines and Adrian fans.  Get ready for some serious Sydrian Feels!

I also want to add that I want an AYE shirt!  Richelle Mead, where can I buy one?  I want to be an honorary member of the AYE club!

5 out of 5 stars!  If I had a higher rating than this I would give it to this book!

Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from The Indigo Spell:
-“The Alchemists’ beliefs are my beliefs,” I say quickly.
She arched an eyebrow.  “Are they? I would hope your beliefs would be your beliefs.”
I’d never thought about it that way before, but I suddenly hoped desperately that her words were true.

-He waved dismissively.  “Keep it.  I’ve got others.”
“What am I supposed to do with a wool coat?” I asked.  “Especially here in Palm Springs?”
“Sleep with it,” he suggested.  “Think of me.”

-So many details came into focus.  The shape of his lips, the line of his neck.  “I’m not dangerous,” I breathed.
He brought his face toward mine.  “You are to me.”
And somehow, against all reason, we were kissing.  I closed my eyes, and the world around me faded. 

-“But when I touch you, your aura…it smolders.  The colors deepen, it burns more intensely, the purple increases.  Why?  Why, Sydney?” He used that hand to pull me closer.  “Why do you react that way if I don’t mean anything to you?”  There was a desperation in his voice, and it was legitimate.

- Adrian Ivashkov wasn't easy to surprise, but I surprised him then when I brought his mouth toward mine. I kissed him, and for a moment, he was too stunned to respond. That lasted for, oh, about a second. Then the intensity I'd come to know so well in him returned. He pushed me backward, lifting me so that I sat at the table. The tablecloth bunched up, knocking over some of the glasses. I heard what sounded like a china plate crash against the floor.

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  1. I'm putting off reading this series till it's out. I read VA that way and was really glad but looking at that pic is making it so hard!


  2. Lovely review! I totally agree even after finishing the book weeks ago I am still thinking about it and feeling all those Sydrian feels! I loved how her relationship with Ms. Terwillger progressed as well. Hahah oh my gosh yes! I need an A.Y.E shirt!! November can't get here fast enough.