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June 28, 2012

Review of The Golden Lily (Bloodlines Series #2) by Richelle Mead

 

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.

 

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Publish Date:  June 12, 2012

Publisher:  Razobill

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

If there’s one thing I know about The Golden Lily is that it comes with the high anticipation that Dimitri Belikov is going to return to the story.  As somebody who finished (and absolutely obsessed over loved reading) the novel, I have got to say that it will definitely give readers what they came for and will leave them thirsting for more. (Vampire joke! Very punny).  For those of you who have read and finished Bloodlines you know that it ends with two words that all VA fans love to hear: Dimitri Belikov!  My heart stopped beating at the end of Bloodlines reading that name and as you should expect, Dimitri is mine all mine!! Makes multiple appearances in the Golden Lily which takes place a few weeks after the events that take place in Bloodlines.

Personally, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Golden Lily besides a bunch of moroi/strigoi/dhampir/alchemist goodness.  The one thing that I am happy for is the fact that Sydney has more control in this novel, her life isn’t dominated by Keith and the constant fear that somebody will rat her out to the alchemists.  In this sequel, Sydney is able to make her own choices and at times came off rebellious!  And this is Sydney we are talking about, dedicated to the Alchemists and being the number one good girl. Plus, she ends up eating some fattening food (*la gasp*).

As mentioned in the little synopsis on the novel, our main character ends up getting a relationship (*la second gasp!*) with a man who is a match perfectly made for her.  He’s smart and attractive and romantic… and his name is Brayden.  I don’t want to say too much about him and ruin the surprises that come with him but, as you can imagine being in a relationship with a human boy always has its complications, even if you’re technically a human like Sydney.

Packed with comedy (like all of Richelle Mead’s novels) and a whole lot more romance than we ever got in Bloodlines, as I said before the Golden Lily delivers.  The one thing that I think all VA fans will find interesting is the fact that, besides getting more insight into the secret world of the Alchemists and getting a human perspective on the vampires again, we get to see something entirely new and something that only Clarence talks about.  Know what it is yet?  Well I’ll tell you… Vampire hunters which leads to why Sydney has to help defend a certain one of her vampire friends from the hunters… Just saying, of course.

I would recommend this to fans of the VA/Bloodlines world and to fans of the supernatural.  Wait—I would recommend this book, nay this series to just about anybody. Seriously, it’s too good to let the opportunity for somebody to read it to pass by.  Oh, and just like Bloodlines the last chapter of the Golden Lily is going to leave you breathless, full of adrenaline and of course begging for more.

You can check out my review of Bloodlines, in all its glory…HERE!

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  1. annerooo
    6/28/2012

    I’m close to finishing it and I’m loooooving it so much. The amount of Sydrian feels I get from this book is overwhelming and I haven’t even finished it yet! (everyone says the ending is quite the bomb). Have you seen the cover of The Indigo Spell? Some fan also posted the first chapter of TIS on tumblr but she took it down due to copyright.

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