- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 710 (What's this?)
- Series: Bloodlines (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159514319X
- ISBN-13: 978-1595143198
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (869 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Indigo Spell Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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Praise for the Bloodlines series:
"We're suckers for it." —Entertainment Weekly
"Stands out from the crowded vampire genre." —Associated Press
"An obvious pick for the literary lover of all things bloodsucking." —MTV's Hollywood Crush
Praise for the Vampire Academy series:
"Unique and mesmerizing. . . . this little gem is sure to be a hit. . . . Readers will bite on this series for some time to come." —VOYA
"Absorbing. . . ." —Booklist
"Truly engaging. . . ." —SLJ
"A thrilling adventure. . . ." —TeensReadToo.com
About the Author
Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel. Visit www.RichelleMead.com to find out more.
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There was less high school drama in this installment. Yay! Unfortunately, it was replaced by a confusing mix of conflicting priorities that often left me rolling my eyes. There was an evil witch going around sucking the life out of people…and Sydney was, for example, creating living quartz dragons in comedic sequences that ended with meals at a restaurant called Pies and Stuff. Marcus and his gang of “Merry Men” (as they were dubbed by Adrian) are a set of Alchemist deserters, and if they’re caught, or if Sydney gets caught consorting with them, a one-way ticket to re-education is the only foreseeable future. Yet Marcus, instead of being a serious figure, takes Sydney to ridiculous places where they do ridiculous things (like play Skee-ball). He shows up once at her school playing a guitar and actually causes a crowd of adoring girls to gather and swoon over him. Oh, please…really?
I was…confused by this book. I’m not sure if Mead is going for something more lighthearted than the original Vampire Academy and is struggling to make it work or…I don’t know what’s going on. But the dissonance between the action sequences/the constant threat of the antagonists/etc. and all the less-serious and awkwardly humorous material in between left me feeling…well, off when I was reading. It’s like Mead can’t quite decide what tone she wants for the series. It’s different from VA, that’s for sure, but it reads like Mead can’t figure out how different she wants it to be. As a result, different parts of the story ending up reading very differently (and not in a good way). The story lacks an underlying consistency of tone and intent. It’s bothersome. It really is.
There were a smattering of other issues as well. The plot dragged. Some of the plot points were incredibly predictable. Some of the new characters were not fleshed out very well…There were several general quality issues, basically.
Hopefully, some of them will be resolved in the next installment, The Fiery Heart, which comes out in November. (By the way, how on Earth is she writing these books so fast?)
Because Sydney is not content with just one potentially deadly mission, she decides to multitask and seek out former alchemist, Marcus Finch. She believes he can tell her secrets of the Alchemists and how to escape the bind that keeps her trapped in their service for life. As we know, Sydney's developing relationships with vampires, the monsters whom she is supposed to hate, make her question the beliefs of the majority of her kind.
When I first heard Richelle Mead was going to spin off Sydney, I thought, "Huh, why? She's so BORING!" But I've grown to really like Sydney, and even more so in The Indigo Spell. She is a living, breathing human now, not just a machine.
And Adrian...ah, Adrian. Now that he has professed his feelings for Sydney, he seems to pop up everywhere. Sydney professes annoyance, but we all know better. Adrian has grown so much, and he is now easy to view as a believable, desirable love prospect, and just perfect for Sydney. I know she knows it, too; she just needs her walls broken down, and Adrian is more than willing to try and try some more. There's a forbidden Romeo and Juliet quality to their relationship that makes it even more compelling.
The story, which I have avoided discussing, is exciting and intense. Mead has a great talent for writing these kinds of scenes. Mead also loves to throw in a last-minute twist regarding her villain(s). Typically, I can see it coming from a mile away, but I'm pleased to say this one took me by surprise.
I loved Sydney's final scene with Adrian, and the last couple of pages feature a surprise visitor to Sydney's room that left me smiling because it promises some awkward (in a good way, I hope) complications for Sydney in the sequel.
I would recommend reading the full Bloodlines series before picking up The Indigo Spell. But if you insist, an early wedding scene gives a brief introduction to important characters and their backgrounds.