- Title: The Golden Lily
- Author: Richelle Mead
- Series: Bloodlines #2
- Previous Book: Bloodlines
- Next Book: The Indigo Spell (out 2/12/13)
- Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
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?
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was better than the first book, though possibly still not as good as Vampire Academy yet. I think VA just set the bar really high. From the last quarter or so of the book, though, I think it’s working its way up there!
The first chapter was a bit disturbing. It starts off with Sydney in an underground bunker, meeting with the Alchemists, and some of the scenes are a bit disturbing. I could see, from Sydney’s reactions, though, that this chapter was definitely setting up some conflict for her throughout this book and possibly even the series.
I found Sydney to be much more likable in this book. I’m sure it has more to do with the fact that she’s had more time to actually get to know the vampires she’s working with, making her less afraid. She still has her moments that made me want to smack her, but they were far fewer in this book. Adrian, *sigh*…Wait, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, Adrian. I love Adrian. I have loved him since book 4 or 5 of Vampire Academy, and I’m really enjoying seeing more of him. His scenes with Sydney, especially during the climax of the book just had me swooning. I think I could live with the fangs if I could have an Adrian! lol The introduction of Brayden also offered some comic relief, unfortunately at Sydney’s expense sometimes! lol
There was one thing that I actually predicted during the previous book, but I didn’t know how it would play out. There were also several scenes with Sydney and Ms. Terwiliger (I think that’s the spelling. I listened to the audio, so I didn’t read it over and over) that were really fascinating, and I’m curious to see how this grows!
The ending was amazing. It put a huge smile on my face, and then made me roll my eyes. And then it officially ended, and I realized I’d have to wait until next month for The Indigo Spell. Wait, WHAT?! Ugh! I hate waiting for books! Good thing it’s only next month and not next year! I can’t wait to read it!
Overall, I really enjoyed The Golden Lily, and it definitely kept me motivated to work out and do chores, which is a huge plus. Great book!