Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Title: The Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: February 12th, 2013
Rating: Can I give it a bazillion jillion stars or is that pushing it? Fiiiinneee.

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.

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead is the third book in the Bloodlines series. If you haven't read the first two books yet, STOP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING AND READ THEM RIGHT NOW. Okay, so where was I? Oh, yes! The Indigo Spell. It's... It's... It just sort of leaves me with an overwhelming feeling of GAHHH!!!!! I bought the book the second it came out but couldn't reign in my emotions enough to write this review for weeks afterward (and it's still just a gushing rant). I'm still floating on a cloud of Sydrian feels!

Richelle Mead has this way of writing where you can become completely addicted and lost inside the world she's created. It's incredible, really. I was inside the book, and loving every minute of it, as I was reading. There were so many things that made The Indigo Spell incredible, but what draws me to this series is the main character.

Sydney, after everything she's been through, is a much lighter character this time around. I guess she's more comfortable around everyone and with magic and everything. Also, she's much more comfortable around Adrian which is quite evident in all of their easy conversations and banter. The formality has started to melt away and she's starting to just be Sydney. And I love Sydney Sage. I'll admit, I was unsure of her when I heard she was the main character of the spin off series. I loved Adrian and he needed someone worthy of his love and was Sydney worthy? Yes. She was. In every sense.

Sydney is a fighter, not in the physical sense that Rose is, but she will tooth and nail fight for what she believes. Plus she cracks me up. She's got a personality that not only balances, but matches Adrian's. I think that's what draws me to this series so much. It's one of the few series where I'm in love with the female lead just as much, if not more (sorry Adrian, but you understand), than the male lead. I have the biggest girl crush on her. I want to be her. And not because I'd get Adrian by default, but because I admire her strength and character. She doesn't swoon over Adrian (well, she does, but not without him earning it first). There's one line in particular (or conversation really):
I’ll just love you whether you want me to or not.” 
The attendant came by with hot towels, putting our conversation on hold and allowing his slightly disturbing words to hang in the air between us. I was dumbfounded and couldn’t muster a response until after she came back to collect the cloths. 
“Whether I want you to or not? What on earth does that mean?” 
Adrian grimaced. “Sorry. That came off creepier than I intended. I just mean, I don’t care if you say we can’t be together. I don’t care if you think I’m the most evil, unnatural creature walking the earth. {The Indigo Spell, Chapter 2}
Sydney, even though she's having all of these conflicted feelings towards Adrian, still finds his words "slightly disturbing". I appreciate that. So many other female characters would just immediately swoon, but Sydney hears the stalkery-ness and says hold up. And of course, being perfect for Sydney, Adrian isn't a stalker and admits to the creepiness he was putting down and rewords his sentiment. This is why I love her. She's logical and cautious and acts like any normal person would in her circumstances.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the way Sydney's relationship with her history teacher/mentor Ms. Terwilliger progressed. It really became the kind of relationship that Sydney seems to be missing with her parents, or at least her father. And along with that relationship came Sydney's new found magical skills. The magic and witchcraft in this series gets kicked up to a whole new level of badassery and I loved every second of it. It was incredible to see this girl who cringed away from magic in the first book become this magical warrior.

I don't know why, but I couldn't for the life of me guess what was coming. And I don't know about anybody else, but Best. Ending. Ever. I won't say anymore for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure yet, but AGRKEJEKNDHEKSLMSHDNEVDKAK! Yeah. That was my emotions during a certain little scene in Malibu. Then at the very end I was just shaking my head and tipping my hat to Mead. She managed to take something that was pretty obvious and make me forget all about it until it was right in front of my face. Thank god I only have to wait until November for The Fiery Heart!

After a lot of hype, The Indigo Spell lives up to every ounce of it. Although I do hope they don't push The Fiery Heart quite so much. Sometimes hyping a book to death will literally hype the book to death. It'll make it so no book could ever live up to the expectations put upon it. Luckily, I've never known a Richelle Mead novel—especially one revolving around Adrian Ivashkov—to leave me with shattered expectations, so no worry this time, but in the future, publishers take head! Cool the hype and let the awesomeness of a book sell itself. Especially one revolving around Adrian Ivashkov ;)

P.S. Someone needs to make and sell those A.Y.E. shirts online. I NEED ONE!!!!

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7 comments:

  1. Lovely review! I totally agree even after finishing the book weeks ago I am still thinking about it and feeling all those Sydrian feels! I loved how her relationship with Ms. Terwillger progressed as well. Hahah oh my gosh yes! I need an A.Y.E shirt!! November can't get here fast enough.

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  2. *bows head in shame* I have not read this series yet. And I did like the VA series. Gah! haha. Actually the reviews of book one were really all over the place so I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it but it seems a lot more people are enjoying the series now so I'm thinking of picking it up soon. :)

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  3. So glad you LOVED it! I can't wait to read it this month :)

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  4. You totally read my mind, I loved it so much! I can even describe it I'd just go asdfghjk! And that ending, Jeeesh! I want it to be November like now!
    Thanks for your review!

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  5. Adrian is the guy nearest and dearest to my heart! *swoon* Yes, he's messed up, but it's great to see him change thanks to Sydney's influence. I was a little afraid when I read the summary of The Indigo Spell because it seemed to be a little far-fetched from where The Golden Lily left off, but it seems to have transitioned well for many reviewers.

    Love your review! You described the character relationships so well, so now my dying need to read this just went up tenfold.

    Angie @ YA Novelties

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  6. Fantastic review, Jesse. LOL. I haven't read this book yet, loved The Golden Lily very much and I am really excited to read this book, but haven't had the chance yet. Will be next week and definitely will be now after reading your review. I am even more excited. Oh Adrian! aaahhh

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

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  7. OO YEAH!!! Awesome review! I do love anything by Richelle Mead. I am looking forward to The Fiery Heart getting a bit more fired up like VA :D

    Mich

    Yes you can get very addicted to Richelle's writing..I know I am :) I just have Shadow Heir and the new Gameboard of the Gods to read and I am all upto date.

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