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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Review: The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC (provided by the publisher)

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?

*Squeals* *Jumps and down* OMG. Guys. I just read The Golden Lily. I still can't believe it. Okay..Deep breathe. Right, anyway. You know the feeling when you get your greedy little hands on something that you wanted for AGES and AGES?? Yepp? No? Well, that was exactly how I felt like when TGL came in the mail. I looked like a won the lottery. Actually, this is BETTER than lottery. Why? Because it's got Adrian inside. Now that I've calmed down a bit, let me just tell you VA/B fans, you won't be disappointed with Mead's second book in the riveting Bloodlines series. Gimme the next book now!!

While the first book Bloodlines was filled with the world-building and getting to know more about our new protagonist Sydney Sage, the whole plot and action didn't take off until The Golden Lily. We now know more about the secrets of the Alchemist, and the mysterious vampire hunters. Is it really all a legend, as they say? It's fast-paced, the stakes are higher, and more secrets are revealed. I have to admit that some parts of the book, particularly the middle, were a little bit slow and tedious. BUT. Richelle's writing certainly makes up for it. It's the kind of writing that you can't help but continue reading, wanting to know what happens next.

While Bloodlines kinda let me down with the lack of romance, I'm pleased to say that The Golden Lily is brimming with pages of hot and romantic tension. The whole group is dealing with their own love lives, and I gotta say Adrian + Sydney = FOREVER. Eeeep!! I love them both together and as individuals. They are like the polar opposites of each other, yet they completely understand and could sympathize with the other. I adored their scenes together.

Now, I wouldn't ever NOT mention Adrian in this review. Adrian Adrian Adrian. *sigh* And here I thought he couldn't get anymore adorable and sexy. I think readers from the previous series will see this playboy in such a new light. He was my favourite character in VA, and I'm so freaking happy that he gradually changed and matured from that series to this. And it's all down to Sydney! Obviously, he's still hurting from Rose's love and betrayal, but by spending more and more time with Sydney, well, I'm not going to spoil anything ;).

Sydney is the perfect protagonist. I know many readers dislike Sydney, but I actually really enjoy her narration. This girl is so funny she doesn't even know it. I swear she had much more hilarious and witty lines than Adrian. She's so clueless about dating and boys that her interactions with them is pure entertainment for everyone. She is just so awkward! Also, this girl is so smart and intellectual that by reading this pretty much proved how stupid I am LOL. Oh, one thing that made me really want to punch Sydney was how obsessed she was with her weight. Geez, eating a burger wouldn't kill you, you know.

What really irked me the most was how I figured out (and some bloggers who have read it already had said the same) what Trey's problem was and the big secret, and how our super smart protagonist Sydney took most of the book to figure it out. COME ON. I personally think that even though all of Mead's books are so breathtaking, they are somewhat predictable at times.

Diving in to this book clearly made me realize just how much I missed the whole gang! Sydney, Adrian(!), Jill, Eddie, Angeline, and Dimitri and Sonya! I love their communications within the group, and how they all look out and care for each other immensely. Angeline, while I wasn't such a huge fan of her in Bloodlines, made me laugh and giggle so much when she was trying to get Eddie's attention. Poor Eddie getting harassed LOL. I found Jill SO annoying and whiny in the last book, but thank god  she sort of grew up and came to her senses. The love triangle between Jill, Eddie and Angeline is one that I'm looking forward to in the third book! Also, it's great to see Dimitri (he appears quite a lot in TGL, not Rose though) from another character's perspective. We all know how Rose sees him, but what does Sydney and the others from the outside see Dimitri? It's great that Richelle incorporated that. 

I honestly don't really know what else to say. Except go buy and read it when it comes out June 12th. I know you will! If you really liked Bloodlines, then prepare to get sucked into the Moroi and Strigoi world once again in The Golden Lily. Also, what was up with that last page? That was just pure torture. The last chapter was beautiful and heart-breaking and sad all at the same time. Heehee you're probably scared now, aren't you? ;)


  1. "Poor Eddie getting harassed LOL" ROFL Those scenes were priceless. xDD He needed some of that anyway, lol. I LOVE Angeline. She's pure awesomeness. She's not only strong but also smart. I just love this girl so much. ^^ I ship her and Eddie. I ship ANDDIE. <3 And yes, the love triangle Angeline/Eddie/Jill is going to be so much fun and delicious to read in the next book. This'll be the first time I'll read a love triangle where two girls are fighting over a boy. I'm kind of excited and scared at the same time about the triangle. You know how in other love triangles the girl loves the two boys, I wonder if this will happen to Eddie with Jill and Angeline. One thing I'm sure of is that the fandom will divide themselves into two teams: team JEDDIE and team ANDDIE. I already pick my team *teamanddiecough*

    Thanks for your review! ^^

    1. LOL I so agree with you Melissa! I'm team ANDDIE aswell! I don't know why but I never liked Jill that much :/ I much prefer Angeline and Eddie together! <3

      Yeah, I think I like this kind of love triangle - one we don't see much in YA! Very interesting to see the two girls fighting over the same boy! :)

    2. I liked Jill in the VA series. I was actually team JEDDIE before Bloodlines was even published. xDD But after reading Bloodlines, all my hopes just died because Jill annoyed me through the whole book, lol. I gotta admit she's grown up a lot in TGL, but I feel like she's just not what Eddie needs, you know, like she's not THE one. But maybe Richelle will fix that in the future books and there's a BIG possibility now that Eddie and Jill might end up together. *sighs* I want Eddie and Angeline together so badly. I hope they hoop up (lol) a lot in the third book.

    3. LOL same! I actually really liked Jill in the VA series (like you!) but I ended up hating her in Bloodlines. Knowing Richelle she'll have Eddie and Jill end up together (just because Jill is more of a main character than Angeline is)...but we shouldn't give up hope for Eddie and Angeline :P So glad you enjoyed this book aswell! :)

    4. Hope is the last thing we should lose. :) I'm very happy knowing how things were left with ANDDIE in TGL. :) I hope Richelle give us a very nice surprise for all the ANDDIE shippers in the next book. *squeals*

      Also, poor Micah. I don't think Richelle brought Mason #2 (lol) for nothing. I hope Jill realizes what a great guy he is too and ends up falling hard for him. Anything for ANDDIE's happy-ever-after, lol.

      BTW, your review is one of my favorites. ^^

    5. Whenever I think of Micah I automatically think of Mason lol yeah I'm kinda hoping that they'll end up together, coz he needs a love interest! :D

      Thank you so much, Melissa! I was worried I didn't make much sense in the review and just kept on rambling! :)

  2. Thanks for the review! You are sooo lucky. I'm super jealous! New follower. :)

    1. Thank you for following! This book is worth the wait - not too long now :)

  3. I really want this book and it comes out the day before my birthday!!

    (for my birthday, i wish all captcha would go away forever)

  4. I am soo excited for this book! I honestly didn't even like Bloodlines that much, but all of these amazing reviews are getting me so excited for The Golden Lily! Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    1. Thank you! I too wasn't blown away by Bloodlines, but I think The Golden Lily is even better! Hope you like it when you've gotten your hands on it! :)


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