“Sadly, The Indigo Spell was not an enjoyable installment of the Bloodlines series. Since I seem to be in the minority of readers who feel this way, I would like to add a disclaimer: I'm not speaking badly of anyone who loved the book -- if you did, that's great! However, I personally found that, as soon as I started to read it, I felt disconnected from the characters. In places, the dialogue was clumsy, and as a whole, the writing itself was not at the same level as I remember the previous books being.
My dominant impression of this book was that Richelle Mead was trying to stuff in too many different plotlines (Sydney's stubborn refusal of Adrian, the witches and magic, the shady actions of the Alchemists and Sydney's attempts to uncover them, and more). And even though there were so many different subplots, none of them managed to create any feelings of suspense or tension. SPOILERS: On a related sidnote, it also bugged me that Mead made Sydney clueless and slightly idiotic whenever she needed her to be, in order to further a plot point -- when she was usually described as intelligent. Whether it came to romance or failing to notice just WHY her cross necklace had gone missing, the biggest reason Sydney was so clueless about those things was so that the author could write in "surprise" scenes like the villain showdown.
So overall, I guess I was disappointed by this book. I wish that Richelle Mead had kept the story a bit more focused, with a little less stupidity on the part of the characters (specifically, Sydney). Here's to hoping for a better 4th book!”
I completely agree with your assessment of the plot holes. Sydney's uncharacteristic cluelessness was out of sync with her usual astute and savvy behavior. I also thought the plot and subplots were a bit clunky, and Sydney's refusal to just admit her feelings for Adrian were too long and drawn out. Also, her quick switch from not wanting to do magic to becoming a quick study at magical spell wielding was too abrupt for me, and the ending where she's ready to chuck it all and run off to Mexico was so not like her usual dedication. But having said all that I still enjoyed the book, and rated it 5/5 because I chose to overlook the obvious inconsistencies and write it off to the brain addled first love syndrome that made Sydney so flakey in this installment. Plus, the romance between her and Adrian is so cute and fun to witness. i do hope the 4th book is better. This is the problem with established authors and their series books, sometimes it feels like they are rushing to meet deadlines and cut creative corners. :D