Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

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

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Source: Purchased (Chapters)
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover, 418 pages
Release Date: June 12, 2012

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.

I don't think there is a single author on this planet that makes me as crazy as Richelle Mead does. I may have breathed like a handful of times while reading this [glorious] book but really, who cares about breathing when Adrian Ivashkov is on the page? Definitely not me. Bloodlines and The Golden Lily follow much the same formula for success as the Vampire Academy series and I have a great feeling that we're only getting started!

Sydney is a wonderful heroine. She's an academic genius but comparatively rather lacking when it comes to the social scene. I laughed myself to near tears as I read through some of her 'adventures' in the dating and socializing world. While I don't believe I've ever met anyone quite as brilliant as Sydney, she feels like a very real character to me and I just find her so, so, so endearing.

Adrian Ivashkov... Be still, my beating heart. Adrian's growth and development was off the charts in The Golden Lily! I can really spot the changes in him from the flippant party boy of Frostbite to the thoughtful and sometimes even responsible person he is now. That's not to say that he doesn't maintain his charm and wit -- they are abundant -- but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Mr. Ivashkov.

Now, okay. Speaking of Sydney and Adrian... MY EMOTIONS. I am desperate to grab hold of Sydney and Adrian and lock them in a closet somewhere because really. The obvious pull between the two of them is so strong that I can't look away for a second. They complement each other so well and really bring about the strengths in each other... quite the contrasting pair.

While I did guess at some of the mystery in this novel early on, there were still a few things left to discover. Some interesting threads have been offered up and I can only imagine where they will lead in the upcoming books. In any case, with such a devastating ending (I think I read it about 6 times) there has to be a light shining in the distance!

To anyone that has not given Richelle Mead a shot: DO IT. Or I will disown you. (okay but seriously, PLEASE)

Cover Comments: For some reason, I feel like this isn't a colour we see very often and I like it! It's definitely a softer tone than the Bloodlines cover but I really like that creamy shade matched with the gold writing. Other than that, it's alright.



  1. I am in love with Richelle Mead, the Vampire Academy series, and Bloodlines series. I also agree that the color of the cover is SO beautiful! I absolutely love it and the story itself.

    Adrian was just amazing and I'm also glad that Dimitri appeared in this book :)

    Check out my review here: Golden Lily

  2. Fantastic review! I think everything from Richelle Mead is brilliant and I adored this book so, so much. No wonder why I love this series more than VA which is saying a lot. Team Sydrian gets so much love from me it's ridiculous. haha.

  3. "MY EMOTIONS" <-- THIS. Oh my goodness, Richelle rocked my world. She's going to kill us with Sydrian!! Gosh, TGL was amazing and this review is just spot on <3 Love it! Can't wait for the next book :)

  4. Ermm I still haven't read Bloodlines :P. I know! I'm terrible. But I WILL one day soon. I must know what all the fuss is about, plus I want to see Adrian's changes! Great review, glad you're enjoying the series. And I agree about the cover - I like the colour, but not a huge fan of the image/design.

  5. Ok I have this book and it's been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks. *Wince* I am justafriad to read it lol ;)

    Haley@ www.passingthepages.blogspot.com

  6. The ENDING!!! OMG. I totes know what you mean about Richelle, she really knows how to screw with us. I totally get you about Adrian as well, he's changed a lot but it's been so natural and he's retained all his best qualities. Just YES to your entire review basically.

    Ps thaaaaanks for the comments about my new layout =]

    Cait x

  7. "Who cares about breathing when Adrian Ivashkov is on the page? Definitely not me." And DEFINITELY not me either, Sonia! Oh my goodness, wasn't he so wonderful in this book?? I wanted to pass out every time he was in a scene, especially whenever he was being sweet on Sydney! I may or may not have imagined myself in her shoes during those parts LOL :')

    Richelle Mead is definitely one of THOSE AUTHORS -- the ones who you pre-order her books by without even reading any reviews beforehand! x) Although if anyone is thinking of passing up on this book, I think I'll have to direct them to your FANTASTIC review, sis -- you absolutely nailed it! <3

    Wonderful and amazing and epic and OMG-I-felt-the-same-way review, Sonia! THE WAIT FOR THE INDIGO SPELL IS ON. So happy to have you to wait in torture with me! :') <3

  8. SONIA. SONIA. SONIA *SQUEALS* <-------- Consider yourself special, usually in every comment I'm screaming Adrian's name :D

    ..... shite. Adrian.


    I think you nailed it when you said: "who cares about breathing when Adrian Ivashkov is on the page?" EXACTLY THIS.

    OMG. This book. That LAST CHAPTER especially.... elated and crushed my heart. How? How can one chapter, one couple, one book, do so much to our emotions? Make us float on a cloud one minute and then SQUEEZE THE LIFE OUT OF US.

    Your goddamn amazing review is making me want to run to my room and reread it all. Even though I know I will want to throw it at the end :P

  9. I have to admit that this book was not my favorite. I loved Bloodlines A LOT more than The Golden Lily! Sydney was really annoying and I couldn't connect or relate.

    That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. Or the romance. OR ADRIAN IVASHKOV!!! *drools*

    Anyhoo, I really loved your review!! I can't wait for The Indigo Spell!