“The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended. I realize a lot of people don't like Sydney as a character but I do like her. She's a lot like me - insecure, smart and practical. I really identify with that. And that a super-hot guy like Adrian loves her - well that gives me hope. ;) I love Sydney and Adrian as a couple. They listen to each other, work together well and have faith in one another. I am really curious to see how things continue in book four and absolutely cannot wait for it to come out.
Emily Shaffer does a great job as narrator in this book. ”
“SO GOOD! Love all of her books, can't wait for the next!
“As with all the books in the VA and Bloodlines series, the Indigo Spell did not disappoint. The tension between Sydney and Adrian builds and the plot thickens with the arrival of Marcus and his band of merry men. Twists and turns aplenty, and a great cliffhanger ending that sets us up perfectly for the next book! Can't wait til November!”Samra T wrote this review Saturday, March 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The 3rd book in the Bloodlines series, a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series. Sydney get further drawn into the world of magic and vampires. She searches for the man who broke with the Alchemists, hoping he can give her all the answers she is searching for. Meanwhile, the romantic tension continues to grow between Sydney and Adrian. Now, Sydney must further abandon her own beliefs about magic to learn more to protect herself and others from a power-hungry witch who is targeting young magic users. Can Sydey hold it all together and still manage to fulfill her first duty--protect Jill?
The action in this book is a little slower than the first 2--probably setting up for later books. I love the tension that Mead is able to create between Sydney and Adrian (reminds me a lot of Rose and Demitri--whom I still miss and wish we could have seen more of in this book!) Sydney is really developing as a character, and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book.”
“Overall, 5/5 stars and a favourite. I can't wait to see what happens next. If you haven't already read these I strongly recommend the 'Vampire Academy' series and the 'Bloodlines' series.
Full review: http://quirkygirllikesvintage.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/review-indigo-spell-by-richelle-mead.html”
“This is a great third book to The Bloodlines series. It does a great job setting up the next book. The main story line that connects the series progresses further too. The story has all the essential plot food groups: action, romance, and fantasy.
I think the most surprising event was seeing Sydney loosen up a bit more and break some of her rules. We’ve seen her growing acceptance of magic with each time she uses it. Also, her growing friendships and relationships with the moroi and dhampirs is refreshing to see. She isn’t fully thinking with her heart. Her belief in logic and reason still reigns supreme in her judgment and feelings. But, her heart is slowly taking a larger part in her life. Sydney’s and Adrian’s relationship is finally progressing. The forbidden romance plays a big part in this book and most likely a bigger role in the next book with the arrival of her sister. They have a pretty solid relationship if they can get past their hang-ups, they just might make it.
Adrian Ivashkov! That says enough. He is smoldering, cool, and ever the gentleman. Even though he is calmer and less self destructive in this book, there is still that “bad boy” personality ready to come out when needed.
There a few minor complaints about the book that should be discussed.
It felt like there was too much information crammed into one book. Sydney is stressed out with tracking down Veronica, tracking down Marcus, dealing with the lives of her friends, and avoiding her feelings about Adrian. The Veronica story line was mediocre. It felt rushed and squeezed into the overall story involving the alchemists and vampire hunters. Although, Veronica’s story arc did pave the way for Sydney to become even more comfortable with her magical abilities.
Marcus really wasn’t impressive. Although described as good looking, he sounded immature. So, he was kind of a letdown. Marcus might have a bigger part to play in the rest of the series. So, he might bring more to the plot later. He has the ability to attract followers to his cause, but he doesn’t have an endgame in sight. This is the main reason Sydney chooses to follow her own path. Even if it might turn out to be more dangerous.
Everything Jill, Trey, Angeline, and Eddie did was pushed into the background. Part of the problem was with only Sydney’s perspective we miss out on a lot of their story lines. Sydney still tries to hold herself away from the people she is supposed to protect. Her sense of duty is still dictating those relationships.
Final Thoughts: Great teen fantasy fiction. We are huge Richelle Mead fans and will definitely read the rest of the series. Each book gets better and better in the series. Can’t wait for the next installment.”
“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!”
“FABULOUS! It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.”Ashlee wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So I am freaking out because the best ship in the world is now FINALLY together!!! GO SYDRIAN!!!
I can't tell you how many times I was sitting at my desk, reading a few pages before class started, when I'd stumble across a hot and steamy scene with Sydney and Adrian and would have to forcibly stop myself from reading on so that I could recompose myself before class started. I read over those scenes so many times (Omg the AYE shirts!!) because Richelle Mead has such an amazing way of getting you to get so enwrapped in the plot that you begin to put yourself into their shoes and their world suddenly becomes your own. This book was amazing and then Richelle goes and ends it with another curve ball ending that makes you wonder how Adrian and Sydney are going to overcome this next obstacle. I mean really?!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! ZOE!?! I just want my Adrian and Sydney to live happily ever after already?!
Not to mention that the next book "Fiery Heart" won't be released until NOVEMBER 19TH!!! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT THAT LONG!!?!!?!
THIS IS AGONIZING because I am NOT a patient person and I need my Sydrian romance NOW!”
“~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“Quite simply, I love Adrian Ivashkov. That is all.” ~Under the Covers
Richelle Mead was one of the first authors that I got really into when I started reading again. She has a way of creating worlds and plots that I wanted to immerse myself into. This group of characters, sort of, are near and dear to my heart. That being said, I don’t think the Bloodlines series has had the same effect on me. Nevertheless, I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book and HAD to get it as soon as it came out.
And then here’s what happened. After I started reading it, I remembered why I wasn’t in love with this new series. Two words: Sydney Sage. I’m just not sold on hearing this story from her POV. I find her …. uninteresting and dull at times. As this book progressed she did open up a little bit more, to both magic and Adrian. I want to be nice but what the hell. She kind of took the stick out of her @$$ in INDIGO SPELL. That still doesn’t make her anywhere close to Rose in my opinion, but hey, they can’t all be amazingly awesome.
What is amazingly awesome is ADRIAN IVASHKOV. Yes, that has to be said in all caps because that man is so freaking sexy. I love a good bad boy and Adrian always takes the cake. He’s even sexier in this book, if that’s even possible. He’s going full force with putting the moves on Sydney and I really don’t know how she can resist. That smirk, that voice, that everything! He’s really the reason I get excited that there are still books coming out in this series because I never want to stop reading about him. He gives me butterflies in the stomach. Quite simply, I love Adrian Ivashkov. That is all. He doesn’t even have to talk just sit there and smirk and I.JUST.MELT and if he speaks …. I can’t tell you what happens…LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM
But yes there is a story here. I feel like every book in this series is something else being thrown in the plot instead of wrapping up loose ends, but maybe it’s all preparing us for one epic final battle. INDIGO SPELL is basically two things, the introduction of Marcus Finch and his group of rogue Alchemists and Sydney learning to wield magic.
Marcus Finch was pretty cool, I am looking forward to see more about where he will play in the story but I’m sure it’ll be big. Eddie (love him) and the usual suspects were also around in this one and have their own subplot going on.
But overall, I felt this book suffered from the rollercoaster syndrome, and I don’t mean that in the great sense of “it took me for a wild ride”. I mean the ups and downs. There were times I was so into the book and glued to the pages…errrrr the ipod? And then there were times that I could care less and actually put the book down for a bit.
One thing is for sure. I am ready for more Adrian and I’m looking forward, especially after that ending, to more amazing things to come for him now that Sage finally opened her eyes and realized the catch she has. I guess she better watch her back because I’m coming after her, that boy is mine!
On a side note… What do you all think of the VAMPIRE ACADEMY casting? Are you excited about that movie or what??? I can barely contain my excitement.
“Now I’m just determined.”