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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

I have fallen hard for this series by Richelle Mead. It's hard for me to believe that I didn't even get into the Vampire Academy books or the Bloodlines books until after Bloodlines (book 1) was released. After I read that one, I went back and read all 6 of the VA books in succession. I am thoroughly hooked on this world!
Here's the 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.

What I Liked: 1) Adrien!! I love Adrien! He's on my list of top ten hottest book boys, for sure! His blunt persistence with Syndey is hysterical, but sweet at the same time. Especially if you read the VA books and know about his past. I don't know what girl wouldn't fall for this guy. 2) The curve in the story arc. Of all the things I expected to happen, I wasn't expecting Sydney, Miss Good Girl to be getting involved in everything that was going on in The Indigo Spell. I wish I could go into more details without giving away major plot points, but know to expect the unexpected when you are reading this one. 3) Miss Terwiliger. This is one of Syndey's teachers at Amberwood Prep. She didn't make much of an impression on me in the first two books of the series, but her role really stepped up in this one. I started to recognize that she and Sydney were starting to form a bond that was almost familial, like a favorite Aunt or something, and it was nice. Because we all know what kind of family issues Sydney's faced with her father as a big guy in the Alchemist community. 4) Adrien and Sydney's relationship. It's hard not to love this one. She fights it so hard because of everything she's been taught, but every once in a while you get a glimmer of something that she feels for Adrien. I got swept up in the romance of it all, even though that wasn't the main focus of the story. The main focus, FYI, is Sydney's Nancy Drew escapades. 5) So much for wanting a pony. I want a mini, pie-eating dragon. Thanks alot for the unrealistic wants, Richelle!

What I Didn't Like: I love this series. Everything about it.

Overall Thoughts: I get so nervous every time I open another one of these books. Like, this is going to be the one that breaks my heart. But I'm uplifted every time. Richelle Mead has become one of my favorite authors. Her ability to weave interesting plotlines and develop characters that are so realistic - boys that girls like me can fall for, and girls we can imagine being friends with, has made every book I've read by her great. And The Indigo Spell is no exception. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, she threw in a curve that brought out new ideas, new pieces of these characters personalities, and new aspects of this world I've grown to love. I can't believe how long we have to wait until the next book arrives!

My Rating: 5 shots

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