Friday, 23 November 2012

Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)Date Read: July 2nd, 2012
Date Published: June 12th, 2012
Publishers: Razorbill
Format: Paperback
Blurb: 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.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart

Oh, my god. That made me so happy but then so sad. How can a book be so beautiful and then so devastating. My heart is aching for Adrian. Sydney....WHY? What a great sequel to Bloodlines, carried on the new series beautifully and Mead’s writing is still amazing. AND Dimitri was in it as well!

This book was less about the Alchemists and more about Sydney and the relationships with those around her, including human and vampires alike. And we see Sydney kick some butt as she learns self-defence which includes Adrian *big grin*. There are interesting revelations in this book but I won’t tell as it will spoil the book.

The characters in this series are just as good as the ones in the VA academy. They’re all likeable in their own way and have little things about them that make them stand out as well. Although Sydney and Adrian are my favourite by a long run. They’re just so funny and they have some great moments in this book. Especially towards the end. They’re perfect for each other and I just wish they’d realize it. They make me smile so much my cheeks get sore.

Adrian was really smart in this book and it made me love him even more than I already did. And the car that he gets...I think I melted a little when I read that. A beautiful yellow mustang *sighs dreamily*, I’d prefer mine black but still....Anyway, onto Sydney, who is just as great in this book as she was in the first and in VA. She’s a lot more fun in this book and I like that side of her, it’s shows she can let loose a little. I also liked the fact that she’s becoming more comfortable around the moroi, makes her more endearing as a character.

I’m really looking forward to the next book to find out what happens between Sydney and Adrian because the ending of this book was kinda cruel and made me feel strong feelings towards Adrian at the time. This series is just as good as VA and Mead is making me fall in love with her world all over again with new and old characters.


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