Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
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.
Populated 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 lucky enough to win an ARC of this book. I read it a few weeks ago and it was more they I expected!! I have grown to like Sydney more then I thought I would. She is a very likeable person. There were some points where I was like Sydney come on! He likes you!!! But, she has lived a sheltered life with they Alchemists. The book picks up pretty quickly after the first book ends. She is still worried about her weight and eats right most of the time. She is still very concerned about her work and wants to do things right to make her family see how good she is at what she does. I like that she stays who she is and doesn't change as much. Some of her views seem to be changing and she doesn't agree with everything her fellow Alchemists do. I hope this continues in later books!
Oh Adrian...I think I like him more then Dimitri which I never expected! He has grown into a pretty awesome guy. He's actually going to school and is good at art! The bond between him and Jill was funny at times in this book. I don't want to spoil it but, it was really funny when certain feelings would come through. He is fiercely loyal to his friends and willing to protect them. He goes to a self defense class with Sydney, which she needed trust me!
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. Sydney even gets a boyfriend! We get to learn some very interesting things about people I never expected! What I thought was going to happen was so far off. The Golden Lily was an awesome read and I recommend it to everyone! Even if you haven't read Vampire Academy. Can't wait for the next one!