The Golden Lily
by Richelle MeadPublished by: Razorbill Publish Date: June 12, 2012 Genre: YA/Young Adult Paranormal Series: Bloodlines #2 Read my review of book 1 Source: Personal Kindle Copy My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Blurb From Goodreads:
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
I love Richelle Mead, and I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, but I LOVED Mead’s Vampire Academy series, and so I was hooked-by-default on Bloodlines, this spin-off series. I really liked book 1, Bloodlines, but with The Golden Lily, my affection is not AS enthusiastic.
I have to commend Richelle Mead, every time I pick up one of Richelle Mead’s books, I have the compulsion to keep reading until I’ve read every last word. The Golden Lily is no exception. However, I am not liking Sydney Sage, the heroine, as much as I had liked Rose. Sydney is not the kick-butt type of heroine, however, Sydney is very smart, quick to help others, and she is learning to come to her own conclusions instead of relying on the indoctrination of the Alchemists (well, she’s getting better at that). I don’t like how much Sydney second guesses herself when it comes to her friendships with the Moroi and the Dhampirs, who have been very welcoming and trusting of her (for the most part). Also, Sydney puts on a brave face, but inside she is insecure. In the Golden Lily, Sydney’s issues with eating and with her weight are brought up quite a bit. I just want Sydney to become more secure and happy with herself.
The more I read about Adrian, the more I love him. I am joining thousands of other readers here in the Team Adrian fan club. What can I say, he has a bad-boy attitude most of the time, but he is a really good guy when he wants to be, and more caring than he would like to admit. Adrian still secretly pins a lot of his happiness in trying to please his father, and I hope that in the future he also becomes more secure in himself.
The plot was very well developed, and the story was definitely engaging. However, I was not sold on the characters uncertainties and quirks. Sydney really questioned everything in this book, the alchemists, the vampires, relationships, even magic. She is very slow to accept new things, and after awhile, that can get a little old. I am ready for the characters in this book to show major growth, and I hope that comes in book three. Even though this was not my favorite book, I still enjoy reading the series and I love the world that Richelle Mead has created. I will definitely be picking up book 3, The Indigo Spell, after it releases next February.
Here is the book order for the Bloodlines series and the links: