The Indigo Spell

 Moroi, magic and murder, oh my!  Sydney Sage is up to her neck in it and is increasingly fighting against the beliefs she was raised with as an Alchemist.  After a forbidden moment rocks her, she starts to question everything she believed in and doesn’t know where to turn.  When someone who managed to leave the Alchemists offers to teach her the secrets she was never meant to know and how to break free of them, she is sorely tempted.  But how can she leave her Moroi and Dhampir charges as well as the very real situation of untrained witches being killed.  Continuing her magic studies seems all the more urgent, and then there is Adrian…

I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this book… It felt a little lacklustre in comparison to the others in the series and not all that much seemed to happen, even though some major plot was moved on.  That’s not to say it’s a bad book, it just didn’t feel up to the standard I enjoyed in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily.  It was still enjoyable and interesting and as always, great to be back in a world with characters I love so much.  Sorry Sydney, but Rose and Dimitri will always be my first loves and I treasure any cameos from them 😉

Some of the characters felt superfluous and while I have no doubt they will come to play their part, having them constantly around doing nothing seemed wasted.  Having said that, had they not been mentioned at all, I would have missed them and I did love some of their interactions!

Adrian has really come into his own in this book, he’s still the playboy we know and love but I think he is finally maturing and I have to say a large part of that is due to Sydney.  Sydney herself was brilliant but I did get a little irritated with her protestations. While they are valid, it just seemed to be more of the same.  I think I understand the reason why now though, and while it made the plot interesting, I felt it dragged on a bit too long.  The last quarter of the book was what engaged me the most and I may have had a little cheer at certain points.

The end though, oh very nicely done, a huge spanner in the works!

All in all, an enjoyable book and you definitely need to read it if you are a fan of the series, but not quite the quality I have come to expect of Richelle Mead.  This will not put me off waiting as eagerly for the next one though, oh no 🙂

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • Series: Bloodlines (3)
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The Golden Lily

 I don’t read that much Young Adult fiction, not because I don’t like it, but more because I don’t have children, so titles pass me by without much notice.

Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series however, was one I got very enthusiastic about, absolutely loved, and was so sad when it finished.  Thankfully she decided to write another series, this time featuring some of the minor characters.  It began with Bloodlines and The Golden Lily is the second book in the new series, and I absolutely loved it from beginning to end!

As an Alchemist, charged with hiding Princess Jill Dragomir at a human boarding school, Sydney Sage is finding it increasingly hard to sustain the strict beliefs drilled into her from a young age. That belief, that Moroi and Dhampirs are unnatural beings and should be kept separate from humans, is tested to breaking point as she grows close and emotionally involved with a group she is trying to protect.

Sydney became a much more likeable character in the first book but for me, this is the book where I fully put my belief in her.  She grows so much as a person in her own right rather than ‘An Alchemist following orders’.  The fictional and dysfunctional family the group hides as have really captured my heart and even though my favourite badass and former Strigoi Guardian appears, it didn’t take over the story.  Sydney is breaking out of her indoctrinated beliefs and rules about Moroi and Dhampir’s and she clearly cares for her charges.  She has a lot of responsibility but she bears it well and at times with a lot of humour.

Jill is still a sweetheart and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.  She is coming out of her shell a lot more and finding out who she is rather than what she represents.  She is also still a fifteen year old girl with hopes and dreams, so that causes problems all of it’s own.  Eddie is Jill’s Guardian but is also posing as her brother.  I have no idea what is going to happen there… I know what I want!  But sadly I don’t always get what I want 😉

Adrian, ah… I could write paragraphs about him.  He is a character that both irritates and makes me want to cry.  He has so little belief in himself and with everything that happened in Last Sacrifice, he is at an all time low.  I love the way Sydney interacts with him, at first assuming what everyone else does about him, but then as she takes the time to listen, she gets to know the real Adrian, the one we see so rarely and is startlingly brilliant.

The story was wonderful, I loved learning more of the history of the Alchemists but just get more angry at their rigid and hidebound beliefs, not to mention their punishment methods.  I’m hoping there will be a big shake up happening there soon and it will be stamped with the name of Sydney Sage!

Mead’s writing is so easy to read, engaging and powerful without being wordy.  She doesn’t dumb things down either, which means it can be enjoyed by both young and adults alike.  Her style just drags you in and doesn’t let go until you are finished and leaves you wanting more; always needing to know what happens next.

There are some fascinating threads introduced in this book that I think will play out in the next book, and I honestly cannot wait!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Richelle Mead
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Cover Reveal! – Bloodlines

Having enjoyed Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series so much, I can’t wait for the new book that will be the start of a new set. Due to be released in August, I’m excited to be able to reveal the cover of the UK edition, and I think it’s gorgeous!

Love and Loyalty run deeper than blood…

Sydney protects vampire secrets – and human lives.  As an Alchemist, she is part of a secret group who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the world of humans and vampires.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway.  What unfolds is far worse.  Jill Dragomir – the sister of the Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding.  Now Sydney must act as Jill’s protector.

The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathising with vampires.  And now she has to live with one…

I have to mention since I am excited about this too – along with Bloodlines in August, the Vampire Academy Graphic Novel, Illustrated by Emma Vieceli and adapted by Leigh Dragoon will be published!