Thursday, 25 April 2013

Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) - Already started with the next book!!!

I know I am a little behind on my review copies..what with being newly married and so much other family stuff happening..  So, I am trying to keep up on my review copies now, as well as with my own bought ones.

Series: Bloodlines #2
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 12th 2012
Source: Bought
Genre: Paranormal, Young-adult

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?


Although I have some problems with Bloodlines, I still can't give up on Richelle Mead or this series.  After all, she is the author of one of my all-time favorite series and the creator of the best kick-ass heroine..  So, I have bought both "The Golden Lily" and "The Indigo Spell" and started with this one.

Sydney is better (but still not someone whom I love to be a heroine) in this novel and getting used to being with Moroi and dhampirs.  Eddie (dhampir), Angeline (dhampir), Dimitri (oh, yeah, he comes back), Sonya Karp (remember her? She is a spirit user, turned Strigoi and was brought back to Moroi again) and Adrian (OH GOD, ADRIAN! Wait, I will come back to him later!), along with Sydney, tries to hide Jill from the rest of the supernatural community, so that Lissa's rule continues.  Sydney is also faced with the new problem that her blood is too 'bad' to be drunk by a Strigoi and afraid that anyone might consider her a lab rat, if this is revealed.  Also, there is a new gang called "Warriors of Light", who tries to kill Sonya. 

Apart from all these, Sydney is finally dating for the first time in her life, not that I approve of Brayden-Sydney relationship.  I liked the naiveness of this new 'dating' Sydney and she slowly comes to like and care about Adrian, Eddie, Angeline and Jill.  While Adrian, Dimitri and Sonya are doing a research about restoring Strigoi back, Sydney helps them with their work in spite of her deeply instilled beliefs.  As the story progresses, we see the characters settle down in their new homes and become friendly, loyal and at last, a family. 

Look, I am a fan of Dimitri okay?  But, ask me now again.  I am TEAM ADRIAN!


I have always liked Adrian and felt so sad for him at the end of VA series.  I am happy when Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series came, because I thought at least I will see Adrian living his HEA - and yes, even if its with Sydney.  Its obvious (well, not-so-obvious to Sydney) from the start that Adrian is falling for Sydney.  And I am angry with Sydney for not knowing this..of course, Mead has said that she is naive in the relationship details by bringing in a boyfriend..but still I can't approve.   Adrian is dopy and drunk for the most part of the novel, but I think he more than made up towards the end.  I can see a relationship forming between Adrian and Sydney and am waiting to hear how that works out.

I had already started with the next book - The Indigo Spell!  I think I am liking it better than this one, and I seriously think this series AND Sydney is growing on me..

3.5 STARS!


1.  Bloodlines - Amazon | Goodreads | Review
2.  The Golden Lily - Amazon | Goodreads | Review
3.  The Indigo Spell - Amazon | Goodreads | Review to come
4.  The Fiery Heart - Expected publication 2013 - Pre-order at Amazon | Goodreads

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