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review 2016-08-10 18:34
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

This is also another book in the: Need to Finish Long Due TBR 2016 Challenge (it’s name is always changing because I can never remember it)

Probably my favorite book in the series so far unless I say otherwise :)

So, The Indigo Spell may or may not have started off last time where I left it, since I read the last book, The Golden Lily almost a year ago. But I do remember really looking forward to this book.

I think I enjoyed Sydney the most in this book. My only problems with her from Bloodlines and The Golden Lily was that she was always judging vampires for who they were even though alchemy itself is kind of dependent on the vampires, and it’s not like vampires completely sabotage the human world or anything! Thankfully, in this book, Sydney finally understands that vampires aren’t that bad and that Jill and Eddie and Adrian are all there for her!

“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 on earth. You can think whatever you want, go wherever you want. I’m going to just go on loving you, even if it’s hopeless.”

I knew there was a consistency that I liked in Adrian. :D

Oh, yeah, Adrian Ivashkov. He’s really sweet, and to be honest, I see more chemistry (haha, that means Sydney should be able to understand this, too? Right? Sorry, bad joke . . .) in between Sydney and Adrian in this series than I did in him and Rose from Vampire Academy.

“You’re not as much of a lost cause as she was. I mean, with her, I had to overcome her deep, epic love with a Russian warlord. You and I just have to overcome hundreds of years’ worth of deeply ingrained prejudice and taboo between our two races. Easy.”

I think Adrian Ivashkov agrees with me, too.

Although there were some predictable parts in this book, I still enjoyed it, nonetheless.

I mean, I knew for sure that Sydney was going to come back to Adrian and not go with Marcus because he’s all the way in Mexico and why would she ever leave Jill for that!

(spoiler show)

Fans of Vampire Academy will see some appearances from your favorite characters! This book probably had the best blend of the overall plot, the characters, the subplot, and conflict. And I did enjoy the Adrian-Sydney scenes even if they got to be a little too much at one point. But that’s not a huge problem!

Even though I thought that this book was a bit too much on the romance (compared to whatever else is going on right now), I’m glad that it got all wrapped up ad that we didn’t have to go through the three books left in this series of angst, because I do not have the energy for that. Can’t wait for The Fiery Heart and YES I will not read the sequel to this NEXT year.

His eyes were on his heart, completely caught up in his work. “Just something kicking around in my head. Reminds me of you. Fiery and sweet, all at the same time. A flame in the dark, lighting my way.” His voice... his words... I recognized one of his spirit-driven moments. It should’ve unnerved me, but there was something sensual about the way he spoke, something that made my breath catch. A flame in the dark.

*sigh* Don’t you just love them?

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review 2016-07-04 00:00
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3)
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, Book 3) - Richelle Mead 5 stars

Adrian's face was the picture of perfect politeness and restraint, meaning something disastrous was about to happen.
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review 2016-04-07 22:02
Review of "Indigo Spell" (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

This reader's personal opinion, ©2016, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, Penumbra Publishing, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


Well, this both "moved" the expected story arc along and didn't.


Moved in the sense it did go from one action scene to another and the question of Sydney and Adrian going to go for it or not was answered. And via cameo appearances did see characters from earlier books and series. It was a very quick read, slight surprise at end with someone else joining their little group.


Didn't "move" in the sense that after finishing the book there wasn't really that much advancement of story arc. The "mystery" elements of who Marcus is (and whose side) unanswered although he is in this book, what's up with the Warriors of Light (and is there Alchemist involvement/conspiracy) although there was exactly one key piece of evidence unveiled, and what's up with rest of cast of characters -- suddenly witch teacher Jackie was very front and center in this book, Sydney did attend Sonya's wedding where there a few "guest appearances" from Vampire Academy folk, Sydney did run into her dad and sisters, -- although Jill , her guards and other students made brief appearances in almost soap opera-y plots with multiple love triangles (luckily only briefly mentioned) ...


I wound up liking it while reading and will be continuing the series. But, after finishing, it was dissatisfying because clearly a "filler" book for the series. I seem to be reading a lot of series "filler" books lately.


Bookshelf BINGO challenge is grand for kick starting me to finish started series and TBR books. I was hesitant to start because cover just screamed "love triangle" (Sydney avoided that at least and backed away from some really TSTL moments). I even debated stopping and changing books the way this one started:


Indigo Spell Sneak Peek

*©2016. All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have posted on booklikes, goodreads, Leafmarks, and may have cross-posted to other book sites including kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties.  


Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


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text 2016-04-07 04:38
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

Not off to a good start:


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text 2016-04-07 02:22
Just starting for Bookshelf BINGO "Guilty Pleasures" Shelf
The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

I needed something to kickstart me back to this series.  It took way too long of a twist -- even though under the guise of adult undercover bodyguard protecting a student -- back into a high school setting.  


But, I am still curious about what happens next with our intrepid heroine and how her world and ideas about magic, right, and wrong keep getting changed as more unfolds ...


That cover has kept me away a bit -- just screams YA love triangle and we've already angst'ed over "forbidden" desires ...

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