Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 418
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 12, 2012
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.

My Thoughts: 'You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.'

Oh my god...this book! Wow. After enjoying Bloodlines immensely, it was pretty much inevitable that I would love The Golden Lily. This book exceeded all my expectations, and I'm more obsessed with this series now than I already was before. I just can't get enough of it!

In Bloodlines, the focus was on learning about the Alchemists and Sydney bonding with her new group of "siblings." We do learn a bit about the Alchemists, magic, and even the so-called vampire hunters in The Golden Lily, but I felt the story mostly revolved around getting to know Sydney more and her evolving relationships with the characters around her. There was slightly more action than in the previous book. It might not be as much as some want; however, I think there's lots of action to come later. And I can't help but to trust where Richelle Mead is going with this story because so far I'm very happy with how she's developing these characters and their relationships. Likeable characters and great relationships are always what I want in the books I read and this series has that, which is why I want to focus on my two favorite characters: Sydney and Adrian!

I adore Sydney and Adrian so much. Those two are some of the most awesome characters I've read about. They are both kind, funny (although, I don't think Sydney realizes how hilarious some of the things she says can be), smart (yes, Adrian is; just give him a chance!), and protective of others. And when they're together, they challenge and bring out the best in each other. Their relationship is perfect! I get a big smile on my face and my heart flutters whenever they interact or are even in the same room. I about died from happiness a couple of times while reading this book because of them. They are definitely the main reason why I love this series.

Sydney is still uptight at times, but she's opening up quickly and we're starting to see another side of her. While she hasn't gotten over her Alchemists beliefs just yet, she continues to make decisions based on what she believes is right. And some of her actions won't be viewed favorably by the Alchemists at all. It worries me, but I'm impressed with her bravery and glad she has a conscience, unlike other Alchemists. As for Adrian, he keeps surprising me. I feel so guilty now for not caring about him in Vampire Academy. We get to see more of his vulnerable side in this book, and it really hurt to see him down and upset because of the situation with his father and with what spirit does to his mind. I could also include the whole thing with Rose, but I won't. I really don't think it's about that anymore. He deserves a huge hug and so does Sydney!

I'm just loving and having lots of fun with the Bloodlines series. And if you thought the ending of the first book was crazy, wait until you read the ending of The Golden Lily. I had to reread it a couple of times because it was that good. It made me wish I had the next book in my hands right now! (I'm already stalking following Richelle Mead's tweets, hoping for ANY mention of the third book.) Thankfully I have other books to distract me in the meantime, but seriously. I need book three.

With amazing characters and relationships and a very intriguing story, Bloodlines is well on it's way to becoming one of my all time favorite series. I cannot wait to read more!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

12 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful review. I can't wait to read TGL. I hope, Sydney and Adrian atleast realize their feelings for each other in this book. It's alright with me if they won't be together in the book yet; but, at the very least they realize their feelings. Aaah, so many emotions.

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    1. Thank you for the great comment! :)
      I think you'll be satisfied with certain events in TGL. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :D

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  2. I cannot walt for this book! And you're already talking about book 3. This series will be crazy good, I know it. Richelle Mead, I'm not trying to put any pressure om you but the I read the Vampire Academy books at least 6 times and I'm expecting the best of bloodlines!! I love Sydney, her character is just so ughh idk. I connect to her in so many ways!! Thank you for the books

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    1. I feel like I can connect to Sydney too! She's such an interesting character. And I'm expecting the best from this series as well. I know RM can do it! :)

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  3. I wannnnnna read it!!!! Now but it does come out on my bday!!! Adrain and Sydney are my favs since they were introduced in VA!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

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    1. Hey, that's cool that it comes out your birthday!
      I always liked Sydney in VA, and Bloodlines made me realize that Adrian is completely amazing. <3 I hope you love TGL too :)

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  4. Hi! I just joined Southern Book Bloggers, and I'm trying to connect with the other people on the site. I'm following your blog now—it's really cute! Here's mine if you want to check it out: www.thisxgirlxreads.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

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    1. Hey Cheyenne! I really appreciate you checking out my blog. I'm going to follow you now as well. :)
      Go Southern book bloggers! :D

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  5. YES. I loved so much that Sydney was opening up. She is just SO awesome. And the fact that she had a little bit of help, AHEM, opening up... well, that was all the better :) Great review! WHY can't book 3 at least have a cover and/or title?!?!

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    1. I'm very impressed with Sydney, and... *ahem* Yes, I agree. ;D Some of the best parts!
      Ahh I wish there was a cover or at least a title out too! I need a hint or something! Hopefully RM can give us some news soon. :)

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  6. I want to read this book so bad but since I haven't read Bloodlines, I'm not sure what to expect. Great review, Alexa!

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    1. You need to read Bloodlines!! I am loving this series! Really hope you enjoy it too. :D

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