Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
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 started re-reading Bloodlines parallel to a book I was having trouble with and I couldn’t stop so I immediately followed with The Golden Lily.
This story is not as slow as Bloodlines but the action still happens toward the end with a few encounters along the way. The Twists are better and, to me, it has a darker theme than VA as we are no longer dealing with Strigoi alone. It also focuses in getting to know all of the characters, learning about them, how they interact with each other, how they feel and how their relationship keeps evolving into a real family.
Things I love:
“I tried to be a better person for her– but it was to impress her, to get her to want me. But when I’m around you, I want to be better because… well, because it feels right. Because I want to. You make me want to become something greater than myself.” Yes, I like cheesy!
Sydney is still uptight but she’s working on opening up, it’ll take time as the Alchemists beliefs are well cemented but she’ll get there and in the process, without even realizing it, she’s helping Adrian to show the best aspect of himself. She’s also on her way to accepting her magical abilities which come in pretty handy.
Adrian is making some major progress too, he is learning that making an effort pays off and to accept himself, he’s understanding that not only Sydney trusts him but there are other people counting on him. He seems to have realized he’s not into Rose anymore, that was more infatuation than a real thing in my opinion, and Sydney made him realize that.
- I first considered the ending as a negative and wanted to slap Sydney on the spot BUT, I’ve been thinking that it must be confusing to watch how everything she has believed in since forever falls apart opposing to what her heart tells her is right. She is becoming attached to her friends and she watched firsthand the beliefs of the Warriors which are quite the same as the Alchemists’. She’s just not ready to go the extra mile to betray her whole life’s beliefs and cross the Alchemists in the process.