Other books in this series. Bloodlines book 1 Richelle Mead. Add to basket. Richelle Mead 6 Richelle Mead. Silver Shadows Richelle Mead. The Ruby Circle Richelle Mead. Heart of the Enemy M. Control Under Fire M. Blood Brotherhood M. Fighting Phantoms M. Damage Control M. A Time for War M. Emergency Ops M. Depth Charge Zachary M Sherman. Depth Charge M Zachary Sherman. Lineage Peter Bowes. Damage Control M Zachary Sherman. Heart of the Enemy M Zachary Sherman. Sacrificed Suzan Harden. Line of Descent J Thiele.
Review Text YA. Love stories. Horror fiction. It's a risky game protecting vampire secrets, especially when you lie at the heart of the most dangerous of them all. And someone very close to her maybe one of them. Her love of fantasy and science-fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion at the University of Michigan, and, when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, keeping up with reality TV, and collecting s T-shirts.
Richelle lives with her family in Seattle in the USA. Rating details. Dec 04, Stacia the club rated it really liked it Shelves: vampires , young-adult , favorite-book-guys , urban-fantasy , made-me-laugh. There was this line, 'If your eyes weren't open, you wouldn't know the difference between dreaming and waking. That someday, even with my eyes open, I still won't know. In the original VA series, Adrian hid so much of his pain with a heavy dose of alcohol and humor. He "Rose once told me about this poem she'd read. He still continues to do this but his defenses have started slipping around Sydney.
I appreciated that he wasn't quite as wussy in this book. We got to see a tiny hint of protectiveness. Big nod of approval over the growl! I was going to come back and write an actual review but realized that there was no need. I love Richelle Mead. Her characters always get inside of my soul. Her world building and stories stay with me long after I'm finished.
The idea of trying to summarize any book of hers with intelligent thoughts is always daunting and I'm pretty sure I fail every time I try. So instead, I'm not going to try this time. I'm just going to have a moment of fangirl gushing over my favorite author, since I rarely allow myself to let my inner preteen jump for joy. Adrian age 21 He had me at "little dhampir," but his wit is what continues to keep me coming back. I'll admit that it's interesting to see his tortured soul, as long as he doesn't lose the humor just because his dad's a douchebag. Adrian's self-pity sort of hampered his usual vibe and I missed some of the old personality, but I understood why the story is going down the path that it is.
He was more good-looking than he had any right to be. He wore his dark brown hair stylishly messy and had eyes that sometimes seemed too green to be real. He smelled like he'd been smoking recently, which I didn't like. Eddie age 18 I've always had a soft spot for Eddie and have wanted to know more about him ever since the beginning of the original Vampire Academy series. His determination to do right by the people he protects has always made me compare him to a junior version of Dimitri and it made me smile with a sense of pride when he was told that exact same thing in this book. Eddie - keep up with your bad-ass-ness.
You'll get the girl someday, even if she has no clue how you feel. Eddie was lean and muscled, but most people underestimated just how strong he was. Adrian sometimes called him mini-Dimitri. Good job holding it down for the less experienced peeps. You'll always be my number one. Even if I'd been wide awake, I knew Dimitri would've taken my suitcase anyway. That's how he was, a lost remnant of chivalry in the modern world, ever-ready to help others. That was one of the many striking things about Dimitri.
I'd seen him fight before, but it never got old. He was captivating. He never stopped moving. Every action was graceful and lethal. He was a dancer of death. Sydney age 18 She's come a long way from the days of Blood Promise , when I didn't even like her. I know that she's not Rose but that's okay. Mead's biggest strength as a writer is not recycling stories and characters in too big of a way sometimes you can't help a few similarities. So many authors don't know how to come up with new concepts!!! It's very cool to see a main character who uses her intelligence to solve problems - especially when a good portion of the people around her seem to be fighters.
In order for this series to be different from VA especially when most of the characters have crossed over , it was completely necessary to have a lead role who was drastically different from the last one. It's never a Mead book without tons of random silliness sprinkled throughout. I would have shared the fistfight in the gym that was started with the anti-drug group because it's always fun to see cheesy mascot people punched out but it was far too long.
So we'll go with Adrian and Sydney at their first self-defense class : "If you're here," he began. I caught sight of Adrian's face in the mirror. His expression said, Yes, that is exactly what I want to learn. Not in this class, anyway. Oh, they've got their uses, believe me. Saved my ass more than once when I was out bow-hunting in Alaska. But if you pay attention to wht I'm going to tell you, you won't ever need to pick those up, seeing as we don't have a rabid moose problem here in Palm Springs.
View all 25 comments. Dec 08, Jillian -always aspiring- rated it liked it Recommends it for: Readers who enjoyed Bloodlines, the first book in the series. Shelves: reads , couldn-t-stop-reading-it , could-have-been-better , love-it-for-the-characters. Actual Rating: 3. I had some vague recollections of things Adrian had said because, come on, who can forget what Adrian says? On the one hand, I understand: in terms of plot arcs, Bloodlines is proving to be a tamer beast than Vampire Academy.
Though both series have their instances of romantic drama and tension, the Bloodlines series really does have a more flippant air, what with the setting California and focus on "lighter" affairs high school, dating, modeling, etc. Though I could excuse such things in Bloodlines as a "start-up book" to the series, I honestly expected more plot tension, danger, and immediacy in The Golden Lily.
To my dismay, I didn't feel that I received any of those things. There are sparks of life and enjoyment in certain scenes such as interactions between Sydney and Adrian , yet then that verve dissipates into a dullness over the course of much of the book. If I were a betting woman, I would place my money on the belief that Mead really didn't enjoy writing most of this novel.
It's a wonder she didn't somehow have all the characters thrown out of their Californian setting and shipped off back to Court, to the heart of the intrigues and danger involved with Moroi politics and Strigoi attacks, because -- honestly -- the new setting and "focus" really don't seem to be serving the story or characters as well as they should. As much as I loved the growth of companionship between Sydney and Adrian within this installment, I will be the first to admit that relationship-building and romantic tension alone do not a good book make.
They help, of course especially if you latch onto good characters and their relationships as I do , but there needs to be a strong plot supporting them. Not all of the Sydney-Adrian scenes in this book were directly related back to the plot or its roots; rather, many of the scenes occurred for the simple function of building a bond between the two. That's not reprehensible, no, but it's disappointing, especially given that a few of the Vampire Academy novels really managed to strike a balance with characterization, relationship-building, and plot.
With all that being said, I still enjoyed the Sydney-Adrian moments scattered across the book, but I wish that their presence hadn't been at the expense of suspense, mystery, and danger within the plot. Sadly, another weakness of The Golden Lily is that Sydney proves to be a detached narrator, even more so than I noticed in Bloodlines.
As much as I like her as a character really, she's been a favorite of mine since she first appeared in Blood Promise , her narrative in this installment lacked vibrance, and -- perhaps most detrimental of all -- she really didn't seem to have much of an interest in the people around her. Even despite some considerable character growth for Sydney between Bloodlines and this installment, the only interactions where she really seems to come to life are with Adrian, and even those could be explained away by the fact that the two are the most obvious "couple-to-be" in the series.
Everyone else seems throwaway and inconsequential -- a stark contrast to how side-characters were treated in the earlier installments of Vampire Academy. We never get a sense that these characters are continuing to move, breathe, and interact when they're "off-stage" i. Rather, it sometimes feels that the characters are mechanism-driven puppets that cease functioning if they aren't related to Sydney or the plot at hand -- and that's a shame since Jill, Eddie, Angeline, and Trey really should be more than just tools or props within the story.
Another minor issue is that I'm a bit disappointed that this series is branching off into common paranormal intrigues with vampire hunters and witches added into the mix. Even though innovation can be injected into such groups by way of an author's execution, the way Mead tackles them feels tired. If only the vampire hunters and the witches seemed as intriguing to me as the Moroi and the dhampirs did when I first started reading Vampire Academy years ago.
As disjointed as my thoughts on this novel seem, I guess they can be all chalked down to this: I'm disillusioned by the Bloodlines series thus far. I want to love these books even as I devour them, but they're rather like not having a full meal: after the fact, I feel hungry for something I didn't receive. No doubt The Golden Lily left me with some moments where I smiled or laughed, but overall my experience was ultimately unsatisfying.
Hopefully, the third book, The Indigo Spell , will bring back some more of the storytelling I remember and miss from the Vampire Academy days. View all 9 comments. Apr 16, Rachel rated it it was amazing. I honestly hugged this book when I finished reading it! It was that amazing and heartwarming. The awesomeness that began at the end of Bloodlines starts immediately on the first page of The Golden Lily. Richelle Mead is again the master of memorable scenes and addicting writing in The Golden Lily. I absolutely love how Mead planned a perfect installment to the series. She obviously has a plan for the Bloodline series where Sydney, Adrian, Jill, Eddie and Angeline will grow throughout and stand st I honestly hugged this book when I finished reading it!
She obviously has a plan for the Bloodline series where Sydney, Adrian, Jill, Eddie and Angeline will grow throughout and stand strong through grievous challenges. I could not imagine a better cast of main characters. But different in what causes me to love to be their friend them the most. Like me, she is always constantly thinking and hoping she is doing what is right.
Jill: Jill because of her maturity, her drive to protect herself despite being the guarded and how she is super funny. Eddie: Eddie is so selfless and I adore all he does to protect his friends. He is an amazing, nice guy and an extraordinary fighter. Angeline: Angeline starts the book clueless of normal life but quickly adapts and grows into an intelligent character that learns from her earlier mistakes. In one scene, Angeline asked the sagest question ever. I also was completely amazed by the story. I was surprised how much Mead incorporated the struggle Sydney and Adrian have with their respective fathers.
I really liked the scene with a certain father. I completely never imagined how alike Sydney and Adrian would become. They both have fathers they strive to impress but fail and have mothers they wish to see again and love. Each scene between them demonstrated to me how they were destined to be a couple. Actually, I believe they are one of my favorite couples ever. Their love is not instant, not clear and not perfect; it is outstanding.
They are true star-crossed lovers but also friends who care deeply about the others feelings and safety. I am still reminiscing the conversations between Sydney and Adrian in my mind and rushing home to grab my copy of The Golden Lily to read those scenes again. Now for the vampire hunter sub-plot and major challenge that the marvelous Bloodline main characters overcome brilliantly.
I liked how the problem caused a rift between the characters. I felt that the tricky decision many characters made provided more excitement to the story because of questionable actions. The vampire hunters caused Sydney and to question the ideals that her family placed in her mind from a very early age. The story causes Sydney to question: Does it matter what being your friend is or what they do? What choice is most rightous: abide to responsibility or defy discrimination? These questions can also apply to my life because I am also constantly struggling to choose the best decision for my friends, my family and myself.
I want to be completely independent, but sometimes I have to acknowledge that someone else might be right. There is no obvious answer in life in how to be responsible as in there is no absolute answer who the true heroes are and the real villains. I will always remember the ending of The Golden Lily as outstanding! The ending tore my heart into tiny ribbons of lilies.
This is a book I will never become tired of praising. It has my favorite characters, an exciting story and humorous, extraordinary lines. The perfect book to read over and over and over again! I will definitely remember The Golden Lily fondly in the years to come. Go Palm Spring, slushies and surprising families! Originally posted at Unforgettable Books! View all 27 comments. Nov 16, Laz rated it really liked it Recommends it for: vampire heads.
After a long break from reading books like a maniac I'm back on track at devouring books like snickers. I first gave this 3 stars but then I thought to myself "I am being to harsh" and so I changed my rating to that of 4 stars, and maybe I'm being generous but I liked this a lot, so that's what I made my mind up to. Back on the amazing world of vampires, Richelle Mead created and which I'm grateful for. I'm no beginner to this world. I read VA two years ago and started Bloodlines a few months ago After a long break from reading books like a maniac I'm back on track at devouring books like snickers.
I read VA two years ago and started Bloodlines a few months ago and after liking the first book in the series considerably a lot, I decided to continue the series, and I stand by my decision. Sydney is such a smart character and so different from Rose, the only trait I've noticed these two share, is that of being protective of their friends, and that's one hell of a trait to share. Sydney is the definition of brilliance, she's the Einstein-kind-of smart. While there's not much plot to this book other than some new leads on those mysterious vampire hunters, things get heated up once in a while.
We have abductions and revelations and basically we're still at the point where Sydney is being convinced into letting herself embrace the idea of not being such a fanatic, like most of her kind. As to why I gave this book three stars because other than the cliffhanger at the end of the book, where we finally witness some changes in view spoiler [Sydney and Adrian's relationship hide spoiler ] , nothing else happens but still overalls the book was incredibly good and a nice follow-up to Bloodlines.
Here, let me tell you how much I adore Adrian. I didn't always use to like him. He got on my nerves actually because he was not himself around Rose, he just kept wanting to change without really wanting to. With Sydney, he's a different Adrian, and they're not even together. This Adrian, the one he is next to Sydney, I love and support fully.
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PS: why is Sydney so damn stubborn? PSS: you'll have to read the last scene to find out what she's being stubborn about. Dec 17, Natasha Polis rated it really liked it. It took me longer to finish this one. Still enjoyable but also again very predictable. So far it's mirroring the Vampire Academy series so I know it's just going to get better as the books go along! Adrian is still so lovable, but Eddie is still one of my favorite characters!
View 2 comments. Aug 22, Chelsea Jay marked it as to-read. I can't wait to read this. My Assumptions: Sydney gets over her fear of vampires atleast the living ones, not the Strigoi. Dimitri is talking to Rose over the ph I can't wait to read this. Jill realizes Eddie loves her f that she loves him too.
Cliff hanger ending like in Bloodlines when Dimitri walked into Adrians house. LOL, this is going to be interesting. View all 10 comments.
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Aug 27, Darlene rated it really liked it. Love it, love it, love it. I had been waiting anxiously for this book for a while, and it did not disappoint me. First, this is cast of very likeable characters. You get to see her grow more throughout this book. Adrian has always been my favorite character of the VA series, and all you Dimitri fangirls are going to realize just how awesome he is sooner or later, maybe during this book, maybe later.
He is just this sexy piece of complex art. There are so many emotions behind that wit. Angeline made a great, fun addition to the group. She is hilarious! Individually, they might not be super interesting, but together this group is totally adorable. This is definitely one of my favorite couples. Richelle Mead, you are genius for putting them together. Opposites in every way possible, they complement each other perfectly. They make each other better people and know the little things about each other. That thing's like 99 percent sugar. You just drank one, Sage. Mine was sugar free. This is assuming there will be a love triangle of course.
But this is Richelle Mead, guys. And a Richelle Mead book without a crazy love triangle? I doubts it. After the whole Lee disaster, she found solace in Micah, and Eddie longingly watches all of this. In all the seven books he has been in, he has done nothing but help everyone else. I love the idea of Eddie and Angeline!
I had always seen Mia as a perfect match for him, seeing how they went through the same thing, but Angeline is great too.
Their relationship is great. This book leaned mostly on romance and character development. And that vampire hunter thing. I loved it all, except for the magic thing. The Indigo Spell is what it's called. What the crap is that supposed to mean? The cover isn't very pretty though Oh wait, that'd be a love square. I like EddiexAngeline much better. Miss that evil lady. Aug 27, Rimsa Ivashkov rated it it was amazing. This book was beyond all my expectations - and they were pretty high! I have been obsessed with this book for a very long time and to finally get to read it was so satisfying because it was totally worth the wait and i LOVED every word of it : In The Golden Lily, we get to learn more about the alchemists and the vampire hunters.
Although, one of the major twists in this book was predictable for me, i still loved the plot and enjoyed it just as much. This book introduces a lot of new thi WOW!!!!! This book introduces a lot of new things and hints at secrets the alchemists are hiding, like Marcus Finch. I found all of this new info really intriguing because it kind of gives us ideas about whats to come in the rest of the series.
Even though there isnt that much action and it focuses more on romance, i thought the pacing was perfect and there was never a dull moment. I really liked Sydney in Bloodlines, but in TGL she grew so much more and i found her clulessness very funny and adorable. She has changed a lot since we first saw her in Blood promise and i think she is turning out to be a wicked and kick ass heroine. She has become one of my favourite protagonists. Eddie was as cute and fiercely protective as ever and Jill was pretty cool in this too - she matured a lot. Angeline is a character that i was initially a bit unsure about, but she totally grew on me and i ended up really liking her.
Trey was in this book a lot more and i LOVED his scenes with Sydney - particulary, some of the things he said to Sydney about dating made me laugh out loud :D I think Trey is a realy interesting character and i am really curious to see where his loyalties lie in future books. Brayden was a good addition, even though he wasnt my favourite.
His scenes with Sydney where quite funny in a totally awkward way and his lack of chemistry with her just reinforced how perfect Adrian is for her. His scenes were to die for and not a single thing came out of his mouth that didnt make me swoon. There are so many swoon-worthy moments with the two of them like the dance, self-defense, pool-side outing and so many more. The last scene was so BUT, it made the wait for Bloodlines 3 so much worse : Overall, this book was exceptional and 5 stars dont do it justice, cuz it deserves so much more!!!
Ofcourse, Richelle Mead is an AWESOME author and all her books are amazing, but for me, this one is something special and has hooked me in a way that no other book has. He cupped my face in his hands. You're as cute as usual. No one had tailed us out of downtown, making me feel much safer. If you want to drop me off somewhere, i'll understand' 'Thanks. And i'll give Brayden a talking to so he doesnt try anything on Thursday' My mind was full if Latin and Shakespeare.
I brushed it off, feeling a little flustered that he would think so much of my opinion. Why should he care? When I did, I just blurted out the first thing that came to my mind. He jerked his head towards me in astonishment. His eyes seemed to study my every feature. Seeing me notice him, he immediately looked away. His usual smirky expression replaced by a dreamy one.
Look at you! What were you thinking? You looked…happy. View all 17 comments. My VA mourning-days are over; It's true, the first time I read Bloodline , it left a bit of a stake in my heart. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, but I was mourning the fact that Rose and Dimitri's story is truly over, but after re-reading it again to prepare myself for Golden Lily, I'm pleased to say that I properly fell in love with this series like I was meant to from the beginning. You know, I'm not sure what I should say in this review.
A big part of m 4. A big part of me want to scream and gush about everything that happened, but since this doesn't come out till June, I'm gonna try to keep this spoil-free as much as I can. I really loved this installment. The Golden Lily has a lot of great moments. And I mean great , but it felt more like a filler then anything else.
Not that's necessarily a bad thing. This gave us a chance to get to know more about the newer characters since the other obvious characters have already been established. I felt like I finally connected with Sydney and the Alchemist world. Since turning over Keith, Sydney is back in good graces with her organization.
There is a lot of honor in her accomplishments that are recognized, but there are also true horrors if one goes against Alchemist code. Like the RE-education. I'm equally fascinated and scared to death to see what that is all about and only hope that Sydney does't ever have to. She's walking a very fine line between duty and friendships.
Friendships she shouldn't be wanting much less needing. But I loved the conflict. It looks good on her. As we know, Sydney lacks certain social skills and don't even get me started on the whole dating process. This girl is so clueless, but that's what I loved about her the most. She doesn't expect to be accepted or liked or even desired, but a part of her still wants those things.
Wants more then just being a job. She's won my respect and admiration. She's a true friend, selfless, brave and kind. I'm not sure what else I can say about the rest of the gang. I still don't quite have a hold on Jill's character yet, but I'm hoping that will come in future books. I still love Eddie and I think it's pretty amusing how his predicament worked out. Dimitri fans will be pleased to know he's in this book a lot more then expected. Which is awesome.
I've gotten attached to Sonya and Trey, I'm still not sure about Angeline though. We meet a new character, Brayden. And last but never least, Adrian. He's still the best! I swear I lived for his moments. He's still such a punk, sarcastic and funny and completely melt worthy.
But we got to see a more vulnerable side to him that made me want to hug him so so hard. I'm not sure what to say about the plot line, since, well it mostly wrapped around Sydney. We do find out a few new Vampire related developments which is really cool and we even see a bit of magic in this one which is an element I've always enjoyed and hope will be even more explored.
There is some action, but not much. The ending is what had me aching for more It felt easier going into this one then the first and Mead made it so easy to fall in love with these characters. As always her wring is remarkable. I may have had a shaky start to this series, but I'm a screaming fan girl now! Special thanks to Alexa for sharing your Arc! Big Hugs!! View all 41 comments. Jul 08, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult , pn-vampires , heroines-wimpy , june , penguin , read , publication.
Better than Bloodlines, and yet still only as good as the last Vampire Academy book, in my opinion. Sydney: much less annoying than in the previous book, but her issues are so predictably and rather clumsily written that it's hard to get attached to her.
Still, she has a couple of decent, non-mousy scenes towards the end. Jill: seriously, just let a hunter have her. Adrian: some redeeming scenes here and there, but not nearly as attractive or as intriguing as he was in VA. It's disappointing that Better than Bloodlines, and yet still only as good as the last Vampire Academy book, in my opinion. It's disappointing that one of my favorite formerly crush-worthy boys has become so sullen and uninteresting.
Onto book three next year! Hopefully it's the last one in this series, though. This trilogy already seems to be stretched pretty thinly, even though the books are decently sized. Jul 01, Nadia Awadi rated it really liked it. Adrian VS Eddie who will you choose? Rating: 4-shipping this so hard-stars Everything is back to normal in Palm Springs. Except, it's never normal when dealing with vampires.
Sydney, once again, has to deal with the Moroi living with her. She still hates it. Or does she? She's starting to question everything the alchemists have taught her. In other words: everything she believed in. And after some shocking revelations. Things are about to get ev Adrian VS Eddie who will you choose?
Things are about to get even more dangerous. Is Sydney ready for what's coming her way? The characters We follow our gang: Adrian, Jill, Sydney and Eddie, once again through another adventure. First of all: Adrian. What are you doing to me? In my chest, my own heart was breaking. On my cheek, the lily reminded me who I was.
Adrian would be a great one. After that sentence, I don't think that I need to elaborate on my opinion on Adrian. But, I will try. He was great in this book. He protected Sydney multiple times and started to better himself. He was still hilarious, a little wild but I think Sydney is influencing him, in a good way. Also since Dimitri is in the house, we see how breaking up with Rose affected him. It didn't affect him that hard since Sydney is there. Sydney Our ray of sunshine and knowledge as usual. For someone who hates vampires, she's pretty friendly with them.
And for someone who's not in love with Adrian, she sure acts like his wife. The fact that Sydney of all people is Adrian's biggest cheerleader, is kind of funny. She claims that she doesn't know anything about love and relationships but I know better. I've had my mind made up about you for a long time Why do yo keep helping me?
Instead, I said, "Because I want to. And she starts doubting what she believed about magic and vampires. And she has powers!! I look forward to the day, Sydney becomes even more bad-ass. I really like Sydney, everything she does, is to take care of the people around her.
And that makes her such a great character. They already have a healthy relationship. She makes him a better person and so does he. They KNOW each other in a way that makes me giggle. When are you two getting together? I need it! This GIF will explain their current and future relationship. Eddie Where have you been all my Li-i-i-fe?? Did I think anyone would compare to Adrian? But Eddie is so close. He's just rainbows, sunshine and candy.
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The way he loves Jill is just She's more mature, responsible and cute! A hamster, honestly. A guardian and a princess. If that's not a ship I'm willing to root for? What is? Angeline Didn't care about her that much. Trey Surprisingly, I liked him, too. He was willing to date Angeline even if she was a vampire. Like, whaaaat? Another forbidden love story, I'm shipping. The amount of shipping I did in this book, was unhealthy. This Book is not action packed except at the end. But the writing, world-building and characters are worth your time.
That's why I recommend it. Thank you for reading this review, hope you liked it. Time for me to rest my hands and read the next one! I really liked this book until the last page. But now that Mead has gone and done it, for the love of everything holy, please just quit view spoiler [breaking his heart! On to the book I'm not sure what it was, but this book had a way of making you feel happy well, for the most part while you're reading it. I wouldn't say this book was as good as Vampire Academy series, but it doesn't fall too far behind.
I LOVED the VA series except when Rose was being whiny , and Bloodlines fell just a bit short for me because I felt it kind of dragged and lacked in depth as it tried to bridge the gap between what we knew from VA and what we learn in the spin off. It wasn't until much later in the second half of the book became more enjoyable.
Naturally, I was hoping for the VA calibre in this book, and Mead sure did not disappoint. The Golden Lily wasn't just your typical story about a special girl going to a boarding school and overcoming the challenges facing her. Mead has developed a pretty intricate web of Moroi, dhampirs, Strigoi, Alchemists, Warriors of Light and possibly magic beyond those we have learned about. For the sake of not spoiling the book, the story meticulously unfolded in a way that even though it wasn't totally action packed, it keeps the reader intrigued from beginning to end.
But the thing that was so great about this book was character development.
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She was wholesome - sometimes to the point of awkwardness - but there was an innocence and sincerity about her duty as well as her compassion that make you can't help but love her. Now the character all the girls are waiting to hear about. From the depression over Rose oh, please let me help you get over her and unresolved father issues I could never think any less of you to his growing fondness for a certain character awww, you had SO many sweet scenes I couldn't stop gushing from overwhelming giddiness.
He was just TOO adorable for words. The supporting characters were also great. Mead still managed to throw in how wonderful Dimitri was and how wise Sonya was. Jill was her sweet innocent self, while Micah did what he could go take care of her. There were hints of other possible romances and triangles with characters like Eddie and Angeline, especially with so many that are forbidden. And of course there's Brayden, who I thought was just the sweetest, shy, nice guy.
This book was just really well rounded, and there wasn't much not to like. It's not to say it wasn't flawless because there were parts in the book that Sydney would briefly tell about a past incident, and I wasn't sure if I had read it before or if she was just mentioning something new but not elaborating. And I am curious to know more about this earth magic and the Alchemist blood.
Just more things to look forward to in the next book, I suppose. In the meantime, I'll just have to continue swooning over Adrian. View all 20 comments. I purposely put this off for a while and wait for the books to be released now they are all out. I'm just not a fan of cliffhangers. It's a bit tough getting into the story and I'm glad Richelle Mead wrote snippets to refresh my mind on the events happened from the previous book. Golden Lily is a fantastic sequel.
The twists are better and it puts me on the edge of my seat. I'm enjoying this more than the Vampire Academy series because it's more complex, has darker theme and filled with wonderful characters. Oh, let's not forget the hot vampire, Adrian Ivashkov who is still healing from a heartbreak from Rose Hathaway grr.
As her duty goes on, Sydney's relationship with the gang develops an attachment towards them. It's like she found a family who supports her regardless of what they are but as an Alchemist, she shouldn't be.
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The mere idea conflicts her whether she should trust her Alchemy beliefs or choose what she wants to believe in. There are so many things happened in this book. More secrets in the Alchemy world, a new group threatening the vampires, an experiment to prevent Strigoi conversion and Sydney exploring relationship.
I just enjoy every single one of them. Sydney Sage is an intelligent, genuine, selfless, caring, loyal and amazing heroine. Her character exhibits such a great character development throughout the story. She may not be as badass as Rose Hathaway but she's an incredibly likable character. I love how she believes in one person's abilities and talents when no one else does.
She appreciates someone's effort and continually motivates a person to excel. That's what she did to Adrian Ivashkov. I just love this guy more than anything. He's protective, adorable, swoon-worthy, loving,and has a great sense of humor. I ship these two when they were in Vampire Academy. It's obvious there is an attraction between them but it's still underdeveloped.
Their relationship progressed really slow just enough as they get to know each other. I seriously want to swat Sydney on that part. I'll go damn ballistic. Aug 28, Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it liked it Shelves: highly-anticipating , own-a-dtb , failed-to-impress , totally-saw-that-coming , young-adult , cover-lust , annoying-love-triangle , glistening-fangs , just-another-book-crush , my-flat-army. With The Golden Lily, Richelle Mead once again proved that the world she created for Rose and now Sydney is magical and alluring and that, due to that fact, she can get away with a lot.
First half of The Golden Lily is essentially plotless. The second half sh With The Golden Lily, Richelle Mead once again proved that the world she created for Rose and now Sydney is magical and alluring and that, due to that fact, she can get away with a lot. The second half showed signs of an actual plot — certainly an improvement over the first, or the almost plotless Bloodlines.
Once again, I found Sydney to be vexing and difficult to relate to. I understand her social ineptitude better than you might think, but there were times when simple logic would have allowed her to see things that she just failed to notice. It is hard to accept that a character that is, above all, described as insanely intelligent, can be so infuriatingly dense at times.
Unlike Sydney, Adrian showed radical improvement. Fear not, ladies, he is still the same old rambling alcoholic who uses too much hair products, but the hero in him is starting to shine through and it is a beautiful sight indeed. Her ability to neglect plot, pacing and character development and focus solely on complicated relationships is quite scary. As Lisa would say, being obsessive-compulsive is expensive. Jul 17, Marina rated it really liked it Shelves: all-things-paranormal , kick-ass-heroes-heroines , in-one-word-good , contemporary-fiction , funny-and-easy-reads , a-class-vampires.
Oh sweet deliverance. Be still my beating heart and all that stuff. Strigoi a Oh sweet deliverance. Strigoi are there somewhere in the background, but they're not the main focus. On the other hand, the Warriors of Light make a slight attempt to fill the incredibly empty shoes that Strigoi-Dimitri left behind. They don't hold a candle to him. But then. Adrian and Sydney.
That's what you are. You will desperately want to bitchslap Sydney. She's a great heroine, don't misunderstand me. Composed,rational,takes care of everything. It's like she's begging you to rattle her head to see if she's emitting any clanking noises. As for Adrian. He's the perfect, crazy, intoxicated, chain-smoking, mentally-slightly-shaken-by-spirit-magic, actually-changing-for-cross-species-forbidden-love kind of guy.
View all 28 comments. Oct 23, hayden rated it liked it Shelves: history-with-author , cute-like-a-baby-kitten , cash-cow , favorite-series. Look at that cover! I'm guessing it's Jill on the left and Sydney on the right. I was thinking it was going to follow VA's color scheme.
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I'm glad it's not, though, because, I mean, who wants a clone? Edit 8. First, it was March 1, Then, it was May 7th, Now it's June 17, Is anyone else as frustrated with these pushbacks as I am? I get it, I get it, yadda-yadda, Mead had a baby and she needs time with it. But now that he is actually bi Wow. But now that he is actually birthed and she's already finished it, does she really need 10 months to edit? Jun 16, Whitney rated it it was amazing.