On a Roll: Louise Cooper’s Indigo Series; a review

Believe it or not, but while I wasn’t posting on here, I have been recreationally reading.  Probably more than I should have.  I should have been studying, but when I get overwhelmed I look to escape, and I’m sorry to say but my Medical-Surgical Nursing textbook does not provide the kind of escape I like.  So instead I read lots (and lots) of other books.

Those other books include the Indigo series by Louise Cooper.

This is longer series, coming in at eight books.  But unlike most fantasy books, they aren’t 1000 plus pages, closer to maybe 300 or 400, very doable.

Let’s start with a con, if you can call it a con.  The first book scared the bejesus out of me.  Seriously, I didn’t sleep that night.  Without giving too much away (I hope), I think the reason it was so scary was because the demon has a vulnerability…at least that’s what you think at first…but no, not really, not vulnerable, just scary.  So the first con is also a pro, it’s scary and it pulled me right in, I had to keep reading.

Indigo Series – Louise Cooper

In the first book Indigo releases seven demons.  The next seven books are about her vanquishing those demons.  What’s really great about these books is with each book the demons become more internal, they still have physical bodies, but conquering them requires Indigo to conquer a flaw within herself.

Yes, there are disappointments during the series.  I think the series starts as a fairly typical fantasy series, but as it progresses and morphs into a more internal battlefield it can (at times) let a reader down.  Especially if the reader want it to continue down the same action-packed, fantasy-filled road they’re used to.  However, I thought the change from outward to inward was gradual and natural.  So even though I wanted some of the normal fantasy plotlines, I could appreciate the books with slower plotlines because (in my opinion) it was the truest direction the story could have gone.

Another awesome thing about this series, the two main characters are female. Not only are the two main characters female, but a lot of the peripheral characters are female (whoop, whoop!)  They are strong, dynamic, flawed, and powerful characters.  And (did I already mention this?) they are female.  Bam.

As an aside: I love reading about strong female characters.  In fact, I’ll post a quick review about another series that really highlights women (!).  And with one daughter, whom I’m hoping is an avid reader, I’m looking for more books with strong girls and women.  Any recommendations?  Anyone?  Hello?  Bueller?…Bueller?

SweetPea + husband + me

I decided to use the  mention of my daughter as a good excuse to post a picture of her.  We’re already training her for hikes this summer.  Yep, yep!

Boys and Girls…Differences?

So I just read a post on advertising shoes for boys vs girls.  Girls shoes are pretty.  Boys shoes are adventurous.  Here’s the post.

Then I read a post on how parents are less likely to take their preschool ages daughters to the park (compared to sons).  Here’s that post.

Thank you Rebecca Hains and Margot Magowan for continuing to illuminate gender inequality.  Without knowledge we cannot change.

I think there is a connection.  What about you?

For All The Girls and Boys

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I’ve been following a really great blog about gender equality (or lack thereof) in the media.  If you’re interested go check out Reel Girl.  It really is fabulous and points out all sorts of gender inequalities that we are all inundated with every day.  From there I found two more blogs that I also love.  Both Rebecca Hains and Peggy Orenstein write a lot about gender inequality.

I’ve found all three sites to be very insightful and useful.  And while yes, from what I’ve read, they focus on girls being boxed in by society, they never ever ever spout any anti-male propaganda.  And personally, I think that is very important.  I know it’s cliche, but they’re not blowing out others’ candles just to make theirs shine brighter.  I salute them for that.

If you are concerned or curious about gender inequality I absolutely think you should check out these sites.  And I hope that parents of both girls and boys read their posts.  Please don’t avoid gender inequality issues because you or your kids are male.  Instead of teaching boys to grow up to be men and girls to grow up to be women, let’s teach kids to grow up to be human beings.

It all starts with education, so get yourself and your kids informed.  Open dialogues about why certain movies, books, toys, or clothes are specific to one gender and what problems that may cause.  Seek out movies, books, toys, and clothes that market to all kids and promote development of people not just princesses or superheroes.

And if I don’t sound particularly articulate in my argument, all the more reason to check out these other blogs.  Trust me, these women know what they are talking about and they present the issues in a very easily understood manner.