Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Published: June 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 418
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

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.

The Golden Lily is book #2 in the Bloodlines series, a spin off from Mead's every popular Vampire Academy series.  Now I'm a huge fan of the Vampire Academy series so its no surprise that I'd be right in there with the Bloodlines series.  I love how Mead has developed some of our favorite side characters such as Adrian, Jill and of course Sydney.

Ahhh....the every so book smart Sydney Sage...have you ever known anyone like her in your life?  She is brilliant and seems to know every fact and detail, history and calculation but when it comes to dealing with real life issues and people, she's sorely lacking.  Yes, that is our Sydney.  How, how, how can she miss all of the signs from a certain Moroi who is interested in her?  The Golden Lily for me was less of the regular thrilling adventure and more of a romance.  The storyline in this title was a little transparent for me but still enjoyable nonetheless.  If you are searching for Richelle's regular action packed fights and mystery/adventure, you may be a little disappointed.  She spent a lot of time developing relationships and establishing Sydney's naivety about life.  Never fear though, Adrian still has wicked comeback lines and I was still entertained with his antics.


  1. I agree that the action wasn't pumping through the novel, but it is a different series and it fits with Sydney because she is so different from Rose. Adrian does deliver and I am happy that he is happy.

    And the ending! OH MY GOODNESS!

  2. Hi Michelle! thanks for commenting! I have to say that even though it lacked the same kind of heart pumping action that Vampire Academy did, I still enjoy this series and I've really come to admire Sydney and all of her quirky smartness. :D