I took a break from reading a slew of contemporary romances to check out the latest installment in the [b:Bloodlines|8709527|Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)|Richelle Mead|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1297199431s/8709527.jpg|13582374] series. I highly enjoyed the [b:Vampire Academy|345627|Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)|Richelle Mead|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361098973s/345627.jpg|335933] series and I find this one equally good, if not turning out better.
I am so glad that Richelle Mead is not afraid to write female leads who are not just non-damsels-in-distress, but who are women who have the abilities to rescue or protect their romantic counterparts too. Sydney is exactly the type of female character I love reading about. While the kick-ass, gorgeous Rose was an instant likable heroine for me, Sydney grew on me. She started out seemingly uptight and by-the-book, but as the series progressed she started to come out of her protective shell and began opening up to ideologies other than her Alchemist ones. I enjoyed how we got to read how her thoughts and feelings toward a number of things, and people, evolved. I loved how Sydney took it upon herself to improve her "physical" and "supernatural" capabilities and not just rely on her Alchemist skills. She is so smart and caring toward others, always seeing to other people before her own self. I may sound like a lovestruck Adrian here but I really do love Sydney Sage and I completely see what Adrian loves in her.
Indigo Spell had a good amount of action, revelation and romance for me. I was surprised, but satisfied, that the introduction of Marcus Finch didn't shove a love triangle down our throats. Although I could be speaking too soon with regards to that. I guess what kept me from giving this a 5* is the lack of character development among the other characters, namely Adrian and Jill. This book was mostly about Sydney, her self-discovery and the revelation of truths about the Alchemists, the Warriors of Light, and now, the coven. I guess it's fair, since we'll still have 3 more books in the series to read before we reach our happy ending. Overall, I thought this book was great! I highly enjoyed Syndey's development, I laughed over Adrian being Adrian, and I swooned over the chemistry between them. More PIES, please!