Golden Lily Review

Title: Golden Lily
Series: Bloodlines #2
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: June 12, 2012
Pages: 418
Acquired: Autographed copy from Author event in Santa Monica Barnes and Noble.
Goodreads Rating: 4.43
My Rating: 4.5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

My Thoughts:  I had this book in my possession since it first came out. I was lucky enough to have attended Richelle Mead's event in Santa Monica last year to get my copy autographed. I kept putting off reading it, wanting to get a refresher on Bloodlines first. And now that I was able to get a copy of Indigo Spell from my library, I knew it was time to finally give this bad boy a read. 

Favorite Quote: 

I knew Dimitri would've taken my suticase anyway. That's how he was, a lot remnant of chivalry in the modern world, every-ready to help others." Page 22

What can I say, other than it was nice seeing Dimitri again.. Boy is he still hot! And Chivalry for me is by far the sexiest attribute a man can possess. 

What I liked: 

I still really enjoyed seeing Sydney's struggle with her beliefs as an Alchemist and realizing that there is more to the Vampires than what she was always been thought. One of my least favorite things about YA books (and my friend Viv can attest to this) is strong men losing their manliness and whining so damn much. It has happened to Jace in the Mortal Instruments series, (but I have high hopes for the last book) and it was not happening to Adrian in this series. But my man (and Richelle Mead) didn't disappoint me too much and we saw Adrian finally stepping up the plate in more than just one way toward to the end of the book. I desperately waited and waited and bugged my friend Viv several times about the moment all Bloodlines fans have been waiting for and was pleasantly surprised when it finally did happen! I am hoping to discover more about this new turn in the story with Indigo Spell.

What I Didn't Like: The story still was pretty slow for me until the last 100 pages or so. We're still seeing a lot of character development and story line plots being sewn in, but I am waiting for some of that action packed pages that we saw in Vampire Academy. I also want to hear more about whats happening at Court, and a possible Lissa appearance would be nice too. But Richelle Mead has so far never led me down and I know each book will continue to get better and better.

For a little treat. I am including a video that I took from last years author signing of Richelle Mead reading pages 204 - 208. She specifically read those pages, since they included no spoilers. So for those of you, you have not read this book yet. No fears! Well thats it for now. On to Indigo Spell!


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