Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review | The Indigo Spell | Richelle Mead

Book Review | The Indigo Spell | Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Richelle Mead

Hardcover1st Edition401 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by 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.

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.

First off, Richelle Mead, why oh why do you insist on having such ugly covers for your books? This cover evokes none of the must read feelings that should well up inside. Because secondly, why oh why are these books so damn good!? Ugly covers aside, Richelle Mead delivers time and time again a book that combines romance, adventure, suspense, humor and growing up into one flawless story. I am usually one to say keep it to three books. Anything beyond that is just yanking on a milkless udder (I love Jace, but Cassandra Clare should have left the Mortal Instruments alone with City of Glass). But not when it comes to these books. They have the fantastic ability to build a story that only gets more engaging and gripping as pages and books go by.

I remember thinking with The Vampire Academy that there was no way I would make it through six books of the same story...boy was I wrong. Now on the 9th book of the Moroi/Alchemist world, I am so impossibly hooked that I would read them forever.

The growth in her characters is believable and gripping. The romance between them is not insta! It has solid footing.  The plot changes enough between the books for them to be fresh and brilliant all the while knowing that come the last book all of these different story lines and plots will culminate in one brilliant ending!

I am so glad that I overlooked the covers to The Vampire Academy and continued to look beyond the covers in order to discover the amazing stories that lie underneath. These books are so worth reading. Even if you are not a fan of vampires, you will like these books.

Sydney is such a normal girl despite her place in this not so normal world. Her voice is so relatable that she pops off the page. The other characters (major or minor) have story arcs that have a place in the story. And Adrian Ivashkov is my favorite ya book boy EVER! He is so great that I can even look beyond the fact he uses a lot of hair gel.

Oh The Indigo Spell. I loved this book so much. I can hardly stand the wait for the next ugly cover yet FABULOUS book in this series.

Read them. 

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