The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead

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The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) - Richelle Mead

"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."

Wow. I never thought I would love The Golden Lily as much as Bloodlines, but I think I do! I, along with all the other fans of VA and Bloodlines, have desperately been awaiting The Golden Lily's release but now it's come and I have completely flown through reading it, I am sad that now I have to wait for the next book! Not that the end is a killer hanger, but it definitely left me wanting more.

This time around, things are getting more strained for Sydney. She is still posing as a student at Amberwood, along with Jill, Eddie and Angeline. She starts dating Brayden, the male version of herself, but the relationship is lacking spark. I think all of us fans know why! She begins questioning her relationships with the Moroi and Dhampirs she is working with, and her Alchemy code.

Sydney is back better than ever in this book, although, she annoyed me a lot more in this book. I don't know whether I just never noticed in Bloodlines, or if it was more prominent in this book, but her 'over-achiever, blurring the lines between right and wrong' just rubbed me the wrong way. Don't get me wrong, I love Sydney. She is fierce, courageous with an attitude to boot, but this time around I loved her slightly less.

Adrian, however, I loved even more. I thought that was impossible, but after seeing so much more of his softer side, it really did make me weak at the knee's, swooning every other chapter.

All our other fantastic characters are back, including Dimitri, who plays a fairly large role in this one and I loved seeing him back in action! Plus, there is Brayden, Sydney's love interest.

There is a big new threat coming our characters way, one that they handle with their usual strength and force. But the end. WHY-OH-WHY?! You'll know what I mean once you read it. If you haven't bought yourself a copy yet, I suggest you go go go, because soon everyone will have read it and I guarantee, they will be talking!

Order yourself a copy now!

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. I love this series and the VA series!! It came out yesterday and today is my birthday! I'm still hoping someone will send it to me as a birthday gift lol :)

  2. VA is one of my favorite series out there and Bloodlines is quickly becoming a close second. I haven't read The Golden Lily yet but your review makes me even more anxious to get it. Thanks for the great review!

  3. Fantastic review Claire! I love how Adrian becomes better and better during each book!!!!

  4. Jenea @ Books Live ForeverJune 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Great review. I can not wait to read this one. :)


  5. Great review! I can't wait to read this!


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