Monday, November 12, 2012

YA Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!
Goodread summary:
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?

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I didn't know just how many details from Bloodlines I had forgotten until I started reading The Golden Lily. I had completely forgotten about some of the facts and some things were blurry. I should have stopped reading book two and gone back to re-read book one but I didn't and I got through it somehow...
Anyway, even though I was confused about some stuff I still could recognize Richelle Mead's writing and how interesting her stories can get. I just love her as an author and I'm a huge fan of her work so it was a pleasure reading this one.
It was definitely an interesting read. There were always problems for Sydney to deal with, there was drama, romance, fights and a lot of funny moments even in the midst of all the trouble.
As an alchemist, Sydney gives us a very different perspective into the vampire world around her and this is all valuable information because for those of us who have read VA series, we know Rose's P.O.V but Rose isn't human...
Anyway, even though Sydney's believes have been drilled into her since she was a child and all those barriers she has put around her are almost impossible to break down, this crazy bunch around her, that she has to help protect, somehow warmed their way into her heart and she is left with a lot of conflicted feelings.
The position she's in is very difficult and I could see and understand why she was so determined to keep certain things away at arms length but I could also sense how unsure she was, she was beginning to doubt herself and her loyalties and that always made her go on autopilot and she would shut off.
It was definitely a complicated story to live but it was pretty easy to follow. I, once again, found myself lost into this world and I enjoyed reading the book so much.
It brought some awesome memories back and I absolutely loved it.
We are pretty familiar with the world the characters live in and there's always the possibility for things to get boring but that's not the case with this one. Even though it 8th book in the VA world there are a lot of new aspects to be considered. There are new villains. Strigois are the ultimate evil but the story here takes place in Palm Springs so there aren't many of them there...
But like I said, there are lots of new villains to fight off, some of them we already knew about.
I really enjoyed reading The Golden Lily and I can't wait to get my hands on Book 3.

 I give it:

Here are the other cover I found:
The second cover is the one from my country.
See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,


  1. Oh I also love this series. I mean VA will always be my fave but this one is close. I can't wait for the third book either. PS. I like the original cover the most. :)

    1. I have a special place in my heart for VA and it's one of my all times favorite but I love Bloodlines too. I can't wait to see what happens next..
      PS: I kind of love the cover in my country more...