Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
June 12, 2012
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?
THE GOLDEN LILY is yet another example of why Richelle Mead is a master story-teller. It picks up right where BLOODLINES left off and gives us an even more in-depth look into the new crazy life Sydney leads. There’s a whole lot more Adrian (yum!) in this one, as well as increased tension between him and Sydney. THE GOLDEN LILY will excite all lovers of Richelle Mead books and leave them panting for THE INDIGO SPELL.
While it’s hard to beat a kick-butt heroine like Rose, Sydney’s more realistic nature makes her an easy friend for readers. She is a bit of a perfectionist, which is hilarious in certain more-serious parts of the book. No out-of-place magazine, book, or t-shirt will go unnoticed to Sydney! Her naivety when it comes to romance and boys is quite adorable considering that she hangs out with a playboy like Adrian. She has much to learn when it comes to dating but I happen to like her confusion on it. There is a certain date that occurs that may or may not end with a handshake. I will admit that I laughed out loud at that part! Oh, Sydney…
Adrian fans are going to just die when they read THE GOLDEN LILY. Richelle Mead opens the door a little more in his closed-off world so readers will get a peek at his more serious side, in between his usual sarcasm. His joking around with Sydney is SO cute and I love when they have one-on-one time. These two have A LOT of chemistry, let me tell you. THE GOLDEN LILY only amplifies it even more and gives us just a taste of what these two could be like “together”. THE INDIGO SPELL is sure to bring the heat up another notch for these two!
THE GOLDEN LILY is an action packed, slightly romantic addition to the Bloodlines series. I am actually glad that I waited so long to read it, in that I don’t have to wait as long for THE INDIGO SPELL. That ending!! Whew! If you haven’t yet given Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series a shot, you are missing out big-time.