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Young Adult Fiction 1623
A Mystical Southern Romance
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INDIGO started out strong and compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed falling into Corrine's story, learning about her past, and getting to know her friends.

New Orleans is the perfect setting for a paranormal romance, and Gina Linko takes full advantage of the city's moods. The thrill of discovering secrets about the accident that killed Corrine's little sister, the childhood encounter with the love interest Rennick, and the depth of her newfound powers all kept me turning the pages. Unfortunately, that only worked until about 2/3 of the way through the book.

What I loved:

The mysteries surrounding Corrine's "touch" is a really powerful factor in the story. It creates such strong fear in the beginning, because Corrine believes that the touch killed her little sister, Sophie. As a result, Corrine shuts herself off from her friends, her family, and the rest of the world. Even her best friend in New Orleans, Mia-Joy, isn't able to crack her apathetic wall.

I really enjoyed the part that Rennick played after he was introduced. He brought up all the questions I was asking about what Corrine was doing and why. He kind of kept her in check when she started going back to her impulsive, riotous self. Rennick was well-developed and very cool. I liked his nerd-artist-tough guy style!

Mia-Joy and her family were absolutely perfect. They moved the story along, provided a needed contrast to Corrine and her family, and added to the flavor of New Orleans. Mia-Joy was also just a lot of fun to read. That girl has such attitude!

What I didn't like:

The plot really hit some snags near the end. Suddenly Corrine is embracing her power, going wild, ignoring her parents and her friends and even Rennick. What was she thinking?! We never really know, as the narrative gets a little disjointed, choppy, and abstract. There are several elements of the story that are never explained, such as Corrine's being able to draw lifelike portraits of people just by hearing their voices, and Rennick's supposedly having a similar power to Corrine's.

Overall INDIGO was a nice change from what I usually read, and I enjoyed branching out of my comfort zone for this interesting paranormal romance.
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