Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill


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.  - Goodreads.com
In my view, it's rare for a series to start out slower and build up to great, but that's been my experience with this spinoff Bloodlines series.  Don't get me wrong... I loved the first two books in this series, but as the books progress, the story just seems to get better and better.  The first book was largely setup and read as such...slightly slower, the second book started to get us somewhere...the overall storyline was became clear for where we were headed... but this book is what fully invested me into this series.  I've been waiting for the moment when I really felt connected to the characters (I've always felt connected to Adrian... but not so much with Sydney), and I've been waiting to feel a connection and believability to the romance.  In this book, I finally felt it.

Although I have liked Sydney in all the books she's appeared in prior to this, I really felt like I got to see her emotions in this book.  She's usually so restrained, reserved, closed off, albeit smart spunky, that I felt like I didn't know who she truly was.  But the author has been revealing her layer by layer over the course of these books, and it all finally came together for me in this book.  Sydney became real for me... I got to see her inner workings, her emotions, how things affected her, and her internal struggle against what she's always known and been taught, and her own, personal growth in thinking for herself and knowing what's right.  She has gotten so brave, and I loved seeing this new aspect to her grow and develop even more.

Adrian... dear, loveable, funny, sexy, irreverent Adrian... I've always loved this character, but in the first two installments, he's been largely a fixture that just appears in most scenes and follows everyone else around.  Although, to be fair, he did begin to show a new side to himself in the last book.  But in this book, he came alive for me.  He showed new layers to himself too, was more involved in the action, the planning, and the investigating, and we got to see him throw himself into the line of fire a lot more.  Which I loved!!  BUT...it could be more.  I hope the author continues to up the Adrian factor when it comes to action in future books.  I want to see him be more involved and more front and center, because it seems like so much of the time it is the Sydney show, with Adrian as the tag-a-long.

These two finally became a couple in my mind.  I finally felt the romantic click, and boy...when it came along, it really came along!  Some of the things he said to her in this book had my toes curling... because he always has the best dialogue...but now it was taken to a whole new level.  And there were scenes between the two of them that curled my toes, my fingers, and my hair too!  At last!!

Lastly, the overriding story really came together and I can finally see where this series is going.  I like the new elements that have been brought in, and I can't wait to see where the series takes Sydney in her internet struggle.

This was definitely the best book of the series so far.  There was a slow start to it in the first two books (well, definitely the first book anyway), and a slow start to the romance all around, so it's nice to see that we're finally getting somewhere, especially in the romance department.

I'm definitely loving where the books are going, and I can't wait to read the next book!


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