Title: The Indigo Spell: A Bloodlines Novel
Author: Richelle MeadMy Rating: 4.5 conch
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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.
The Review: I have to say that I haven't been super crazy about the Bloodlines VA spinoff thus far, but Richelle redeemed herself in this book. At the beginning I was worried we were going to see a lot of the same Sydney - too smart to be so dense. And although there was some of that, I could finally say that she started to get it. Magic isn't so taboo, Adrian is a possibility, and rebelliousness is lurking just under her skin. I loved the underlying mystery in this one, which kept the action evenly paced and pulled in many of the players...especially Adrian. And who doesn't want to see more Adrian? Marcus and his merry men were intriguing and I was so afraid Sydney was going to make a very bad decision - I almost expected it from Richelle, but thankfully she did what I wanted and that opened up a whole other set of doors. This one didn't let readers hanging on the edge of cliff despite the changes that will be coming next. I like where the plotlines are going and I'm actually excited to read the next book when it's released.
The Good: An action-packed storyline and focus on the Sydney-Adrian romance. Very well done!
The Issue: I missed Eddie in action, would have like to see more time with Rose and Dimitri at the wedding, but that's about it. In all...pretty solid.
The Rating: 4.5 conch. A redeeming installment that got me back on board.