Title: The Golden Lily - Bloodlines #2
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: 12th June 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.
♔ ReviewPopulated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
I was so excited when it came in the mail... I actually had to wait until exams were over to read which proved to be a difficult thing, but luckily I succeeded. Needless to say, once I took my last one, I picked it up immediately and began to read. Oh, Richelle Mead. I know I could write this review almost as a love letter to her for writing such a good book. ALL her books have just something in them... that makes them incredibly enjoyable and memorable. I'd missed reading her books with the wait from the first one of the Bloodlines series.
Now, onto the book itself, I liked it because (as the other books of hers) it doesn't have "major evil" or something like that, but simply an eventual thread that can end very wrong if not threaded carefully. And although it did have that in-between feeling for me, it didn't bother me at all. It felt completely in place, helping resolve things at a more local setting (I know, I know, talking cryptically so as to not spoil readers).
Then, there's Sydney. When the first book came out, and even before, I was afraid Sydney's character wouldn't click with me as much as Rose did in the Vampire Academy series. While reading the first book I it was still something really new and couldn't judge. But now, now I can see I don't have anything to fear (we're talking about Richelle Mead after all). Because Rose and Sydney are completely different. They're both fighters, heroines, and on of their strongest points are loyalty and courage. But where Rose is physical strength, Sydney is cleverness and intelligence. And I utterly loved both. Here Sydney is not as much socially awkward as she was in the first book, but her social experiences never cease to be fun to read about.
What this book had was intrigue. We get to know the truth about a close friend of theirs. But I believe nothing is over for our group of friends! I still think there are a couple of shady characters out there that are not to trust (yeah, my detective side really showed while reading The Golden Lily!). ...And then there's Adrian. Oh, Adrian. I knew he was something special when I first read about him in the other series. He's, in my opinion, the biggest highlight of the book and overall and irreplaceable character. Like, seriously.
For those who are reading the series there's nothing else I can say to convince you to keep reading (I'm sure you're already hooked), and for those who aren't, DO IT.