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Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead


The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 12th 2012 by Penguin Group
Richelle Mead: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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. Alchemists 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 her 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 Braydon, 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?

  • Sydney drinks (skinny) vanilla latte which is my go to coffee! I didn’t remember what she drinks and this fact just made me so happy.
  • I love it when Adrian takes Sydney’s side on things.
  • So many sweet scenes between Sydney and Adrian. They’re always so swoon worthy.
  • Sydney wanting to save Adrian’s car from him lol

A new character was introduced: Angeline and she’s so irresponsible that Sydney compared her to her family cat in Utah. It was nice to see her character to develop, even if we didn’t see her that much.

Sydney is insecure but still a little more feisty than she was in the first book. She’s even a little more kickass. I just love how selfless she is and how she’d do anything for their little group. Sydney thinks that loosing her mind is the most terrifying thing she can imagine. She’d rather suffer any other injury in the world than have her mind tampered with.

I thought it was pretty funny when Sydney thought that Trey was asking her out. She was so revealed when he wasn’t.

I really enjoyed her last moment with Brayeden (not really sure how his name is spelled tbh), too. He must’ve thought that she was crazy af.

Sonya and Dimitri are determined to find a cure against turning strigoi. I get why, especially with what they’ve been through but I wish they would stop pushing Sydney to give them her blood.

It wasn’t as noticeable in the first book but Adrian is bipolar. Like, he went from sullen and uncomfortable to cheerful and energetic.

Here’s one of the quotes that made me love Adrian:

“You asked about Rose? 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 a better person because… well, because it feels right. Because I want to. You make me want to become something greater that myself. I want to excel. You inspire me in every act, every word, every glance. I look at you , and you’re like… like light made into flesh.”

The only thing I didn’t like about this was how clueless Sydney is. OK, I get it that she doesn’t get social stuff, like Jill always staring her– but how didn’t she realize who was apart of ‘the hunters’? It could be because I’ve read these before but it felt so obvious to me and she’s supposed to be the smart one.I couldn’t decide between four and five stars, so– let’s just go with 4.5 stars. I loved this book but not as much as the first one even though this had so many Sydrian scenes. On other hand it almost took a week to finish this.

I can’t recommend this series enough.

4 stars

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

  1. Ahhh this is one of my favorite books of ALL TIME ❤ I love the part where Angeline beats up the motivational speaker guy then in the end there's a reference during the fight "she took him down like he was a motivational speaker" Haha! Loved reading your review ^_^

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  2. Hahahha Great review Jamsu! I love revisiting series that I just ADORE and reviewing them now as a blogger. It’s so great when you love the book just as much the second time… ❤️ I do dislike when authors have smart girls stupid just for plot. There are lots of problems that can arise even if she realizes the truth.


  3. i JUST got done with my reread of this book, I love it so much! Sydney is the most badass female character with her smarts and strategy, especially bc she’s such a foil to Rose, who is mostly brawn and emotion. Plus, I just love Adrian lol


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