Friday, March 15, 2013

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

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.

Read March 2013

Library Book

4 Stars

My Review:
This is book 3 in the Bloodlines series.  

I really liked the Vampire Academy Series and this series takes up with some of the characters and continues their story.  I have enjoyed the Bloodlines series and have liked that they are a little bit more clean than I remember the Vampire Academy series.  However, this third book amps up the sexual tension and has some pretty heavy kissing scenes and a few swear words.  

This particular book explores some important questions for most young adults.  Who am I?  Who do I want to be?  Do I believe everything my parents have taught me?  The main character goes through these questions with lots of confusion and self doubt as well as finding moments of confidence and wild abandon.  This is the most serious self reflection we have seen in Sydney.  

I love Adrian.  He is not someone I would ever date (well I am married now, but you know what I mean).  He is definitely the bad boy with more problems than I would want to take on.  However, in this book he takes on a new maturity.  He makes some choices that show him in a different way, to us the reader, as well as Sydney.

This story does include the regulars, Jill, Eddie, Angeline.  However, their stories are not even secondary, they are more tertiary.  I actually hope to read more about them in the next book.  I like them and want to know what happens to them and this book didn't really go in to much of what is going on with them.

If you liked the first 2 Bloodlines books, then I believe you will like this one too.

Warnings: Sexual references (talk of losing virginity), heavy kissing, some drinking, some swearing, magical spells and such

I would let my 15 year old read this book.  However, it is definitely more grown up than the first two books and is borderline too grown up.  It is hard for me to say.  (I have a philosophy on this, but have decided not to include it here.  Maybe that will come in another post some day.)

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