Series: Bloodlines #3
Published by Razorbill on February 12th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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<p><p>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."<br /><br />
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.</p></p>
Up next was the third installment of the Bloodlines series, The Indigo Spell!
This time around we delve further into the world of magic as Sydney embraces her natural talent. Sydney is on the hunt for Marcus Finch, someone who may hold the answers she is so desperate for regarding the secrets of the Alchemists and their magical tattoos. Not only that, but she suddenly finds herself the target of a witch after her power and must hunt her down before she is the one being hunted.
Okay, this book definitely picked things up. There was a lot of excitement and intrigue regarding the secrets Sydney is desperate to uncover about the Alchemists. I must admit I was almost surprised how far Sydney was willing to go to get these answers. It really showed how much she had grown and changed since we first met her in Vampire Academy and in Bloodlines. She’s become bolder and daring. And more likable. I also loved the direction Sydney is taking involving magic. Her Alchemist skills blend right into her ability to cast magic and I find these two components of the plot starting to blend together the further we get into the series. Excited to see where this will take us!
Probably what was the best about this book was FINALLY getting some UST (unresolved sexual tension) between Sydney and Adrian! She has moments of weakness and cannot help but succumb to her attraction to Adrian (who could blame her?) but she is also still fighting it because even though she is growing and changing, becoming more accepting of the vampire world, it’s hard to go against everything she has been taught. And gah! Adrian is super swoony. And adorable. And I love him.
“I wasn’t that crazy on spirit when I said you’re my flame in the dark. We chase away the shadows around each other. Our backgrounds don’t matter. What we have is bigger than that. I love you, and beneath all that logic, calculation, and superstition, I know you love me too.”
With all of that being said, I must admit I still haven’t found that spark like I found with Vampire Academy. I keep waiting for something to surprise me and knock me off my feet. Being halfway through the series and missing that is a little bothersome purely because I know what Richelle Mead is capable of with her writing. I am absolutely enjoying the series but desperately hope to be blown away at some point. Expectations too high? Possibly. We’ll see!