Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead!

The Golden Lily: Bloodlines #2
By Richelle Mead
Release Date: 06/12/12
Hardcover/e-book
417 pages
Book Description 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.

 
 
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Dear Sydney,
I know you don’t have much experience in real life social situations so I’m going to let the fact that you can’t see what that Adrian is totally crushing you, slide. But seriously girl, wake up and smell the coffee! You know for being so smart, you can be really oblivious about a lot of things…especially after that ending!
-Nereyda
I don’t know why I do this to myself. I knew that I should have waited longer to read this book, I knew that Richelle would leave us with such a wicked ending (because let’s face it, she always does). I completely devoured this book and now I’m gonna go crazy waiting for book 3! When I started reading Bloodlines, I had no idea where Richelle would take us with Sydney or Adrian. If someone would have told me that she might have paired them together I would have thought that would have been a horrible idea since they are so completely different. But, as it turns out they end up having a lot of things in common. I was also beyond surprised that the more I read about Sydney and Adrian, the more I liked them and was rooting for them as a couple. Although nothing really happened between them in Bloodlines, it left me with hope that something would happen in The Golden Lily. And let me tell you that Richelle Mead did not disappoint!
Sydney has feared vampires all her life. But the more time she spends with Adrian, Jill, Eddie and Evangeline the more she realizes that they are normal people. She doesn’t freak out over every little thing anymore and she actually looks forward to spending time with them. Although the occasional thing like magic and blood still freak her out, Sydney grows a lot in this book, but she’s not the only one. Although everyone writes Adrian off as a lazy, drunk, party-boy, only Sydney can look past all that and see the real Adrian. They spend a lot of time together in this book and I loved every single second of it! One of her school friends sets her up with Brayden, who is “perfect” guy for her. Yet, every time she spends time with him she just feels…blah, and ends up thinking about someone Adrian instead. Reading the scenes between Sydney and Brayden were painfully boring and I couldn’t wait for them to be over. Luckily there weren’t many of those scenes.
I never thought that I could possibly love Adrian anymore but once again Richelle does the impossible. She opens us up to a whole different side of Adrian that will leave even the most hardcore Dimitri fans swooning over him! He was very sweet with Sydney without losing any of his trademark snarky and witty attitude. Seriously, how Sydney could not realize that he likes her is a mystery to me. Unless she was just in denial… Their friendship was one of those slowly growing ones that can be frustrating at times, but you just know that it will all be worth it once they do finally come together. And like I said before, Richelle Mead can do cliffhanger endings like no other. The ending of The Golden Lily was no exception. I kept turning the pages desperately hoping that there might be just a couple pages left. If you had any doubts about Sydney/Adrian, this book will make sure a Sydrian believer too!
I was hoping I liked Jill a little bit better than I did in VA or in Bloodlines, but she just doesn’t really do anything for me. She was much less annoying though. One character I was pleasantly surprised with was Evangeline. She also goes through some big changes in this book and I want to learn more about her. One of my new favorite characters is Eddie (mini-Dimitri). I’ve always liked him in the VA books and I really hope he gets some happiness coming his way soon.
The Golden Lily is an action-packed adventure full of new dangers and new possible relationships. One thing that did disappoint me was that Rose didn’t make an appearance. The Golden Lily leaves a lot of unanswered questions that have left me eagerly counting the days until the release of the next book, The Indigo Spell. Luckily, we won’t have to wait that long for it since it is scheduled to be released 02/12/13. Thank the publishing gods! Richelle Mead once again proves why she is one of my all-time favorite authors. If she writes it, I shall read it!
5 out of 5 very sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from The Golden Lily:
-”Nice blouse, Sage,” he told me, deadpan. “It really brings out the khaki in your pants.”
-Adrian ordered a martini, earning disapproving looks from his father and me.
“It’s barely noon,” said Nathan.
“I know,” said Adrian. “I’m surprised I held out that long too.”
-Adrian looked away from me and down to where my hand covered his. I blushed and pulled away. “Sorry.” I’d probably freaked him out.
He glanced back at me. “Best thing that’s happened to me all day.”
-”Sage,” he said. “What are you wearing?”
I sighed and stared down at the dress. “I know. It’s red. Don’t start. I’m tired of hearing about it.”
“Funny,” he said. “I don’t think I could ever get tired of looking at it.”
-No one can look at you in this dress, in all that fire and gold, and start talking about anachronisms. If I were him, I would have said “You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.”
-I was being reminded more and more that humans were just as capable a vampires of evil-and that vampires were capable of good.
-I couldn’t believe that Adrian’s sluggish attitude had turned out to be the problem here. I’d expected the hang-up would’ve been me not wanting to touch a vampire, but it didn’t bother me at all. I wasn’t thinking of him as a vampire. He was Adrian.
-“You’re in an awfully good mood,” he observed. “Was there a sale at Khakis-R-Us?”
-He reached out and pulled me to him, one hand on my waist and the other behind my neck. He tipped my head up and lowered his lips to mine.  I closed my eyes and as my whole body was consumed by that kiss.
-“I know how you guys feel about us. I’m not stupid, and believe me, I’ve tried to get you out of my head. but there isn’t enough liquor or art or any other distraction in the world to do it.”

 
About the Author
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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Comments

  1. Hot damn! I can’t wait to read this one! I got it in the mail but am still so swamped with review books! I feel like I will never get to my January, February and all the past month and years releases!!

    Cannot wait to read this! And yay! The next one’s in February!! Hot damn that’s awesome!!

    Excellent review!!

    Oh and by the way, I sooooo love your new (is it new?) Bio pic of Belle and her books!!

  2. I love your review. So…interesting. This series is sounding great. I seriously need to jump on board!

  3. I am so excited to read this! I’m also a big Adrian/Sydney shipper but never would have been when Bloodlines first started. I’m rather glad Adrian didn’t end up with Rose. She isn’t right for him.

  4. Ooooh, I just finished The Golden Lily and let me say your review has made me want to read it all over again! You’ve hit on every key point. Seriously, Sydney?!? Seriously? It is so blatant that Adrian loves her. I am just in awe of Richelle Mead’s ability to create characters, and Adrian Ivashkov has crept his way up the list to my fav book boy. Great, great, great review!!!

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