Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Why I chose this book:
So far I haven’t been overly impressed with this series, but I will continue to read it because that’s just what I do with a series. Take note that if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series this review might be spoilerish.

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives." 

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. (Goodreads)

3 things you need to know about this book:

1. Busy, busy, busy plot.
I feel like the other two books were building up to what happened in this book (like this was the meat of what Mead wanted to convey), but that created an extremely busy plot. 

Sydney was in the middle of proving herself to Marcus and the rebel Alchemists, as well as trying to convince Stanton and the non-defectives that she was 100% Alchemist. Plus you have the side plot/romance with Adrian (which seems to take up a lot of the storyline in this installment), complications with Angeline and keeping Jill safe, along with learning magic with Mrs. T. and all the junk with the Veronica character. Phew! That is a lot to pack into a 400 page book.

I feel like she could have spread it out into two books and things would have been smoother and less convoluted. I hope the rest of this series doesn’t feel like this.

2. Tid-bits of truth.
I will give Mead credit that she really does well in inserting small little snippets of truth and lines that make the reader stop and think for a second. For example, there is a point that Sydney claims that the Alchemist’s beliefs are her beliefs, but Mrs. T responds with “Are they? I would hope your beliefs would be your beliefs.” This book is riddled with moments like this, especially since Sydney is caught in the middle of trying to figure out what she believes outside of the Alchemist’s staunch and rigid system.

3. Information is strength, so what do you do with information?
In the end, Marcus is proven to be a man who does not move against the oppressive powers that be. He has plenty of information -information that could change everything, but he doesn’t do anything with it. He is the gatherer of information but never deigns to strike out because of fear. Sydney is not the type to stand still (something that her character has grown into thankfully). And in any case, people in general who see the injustice done to others should not stand idly by and gather info in hopes of one day revealing it. That is called cowardice, and I love how Sydney decides for herself that she wants to act out, even if she has to do it alone.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I found this book too convoluted with too busy of a plot to really focus on one thing. I think she had a good idea(s), but just because they are all good ideas doesn’t mean she should put them all in a blender and hope that it will come out well. It was very engaging, and I was never bored, but I wish she had done something else to make this story really take off.

I gave this book 4 (3.5 really) stars on my Goodreads.

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