Title: The Golden Lily
Series: Bloodlines #2
Hardcover, 418 pages
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
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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.
The only disappointing thing about The Golden Lily was how I found out many people haven’t started this series at all yet! Why!
Many are shocked to hear that I really loved the Vampire Academy series (I don’t hide it, but I don’t often read vampire things). Several years ago I saw people raving about it and I read Vampire Academy #1 on a long road trip (the same road trip where I first read The Hunger Games. Ended up being an epic reading trip!) and when the last book of the series came out I felt slightly torn apart. UNTIL! Until this spin-off was announced.
At Book Expo America last year I was able to meet Richelle Mead and get Bloodlines (epic moment of my life), and I’m happy to say that The Golden Lily brings the depth and magical writing of Mead even more than the first in the series.
If I were to explain what goes on in The Golden Lily to those of you that haven’t read anything by Mead it would seem ridiculous (and you may be wondering how I’m able to keep it straight since I’m notorious for reading confusion), but it just shows how great Mead’s world is. She builds and adds and expands and solves, and it has been building essentially for eight books now so you can only imagine where we are in The Golden Lily.
Sydney is the protagonist in this series, and Adrian is around a lot (I’m not particularly an Adrian lover but I know many are). Sydney can be unlikeable at times, but especially at the end of The Golden Lily she starts finding herself and figuring out what she stands for rather than blindly following rules and being hard to relate to.
The Bloodlines series is separate from Vampire Academy, but if you plan on reading both please start with Vampire Academy as some things in Bloodlines will spoil your experience of the other books. And if you’ve read VA and haven’t read Bloodlines then why! Go go. I hope this series continues on for a long while because I don’t want to say goodbye to the world and characters I am so invested in.