Monday, July 16, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

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. - Goodreads.com


Yes!  Richelle Mead has struck another homerun with this latest installment of the Bloodlines series.  I'll admit, although I did like and enjoy Bloodlines, the first book, it felt so much like a first book in a series that I was a teensy bit disappointed.  Only in the sense that I didn't feel like we really got anywhere or that much progress was made in relationships.  I wanted to see more of the gang together rather than the sporadic times they were together in Bloodlines.  But I knew it was the first in a series, a lot of setup was going on, and that the next book would probably make the series take off.  I was right.

The Golden Lily really met my expectations and I was so happy to see where the story is taking us now.  There was a lot more Adrian, which made me very happy, of course, and much more Adrian and Sydney interaction, which made me very, VERY happy.  This new conflict is bringing quite a new direction to the story and I really think I'm going to love it.

There was some mystery in this one surrounding Sydney and what exactly her blood is going to mean to what's going to follow in the rest of the series.  I do think Jill and Eddie are still a little bit under-utilized, but again, I can see that building in future too... toward the end of this story, I could already see that storyline starting to take a turn that's probably going to bring it more into the forefront.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and think it was even better than the first, and shows great potential for where the rest of the story is going to go.  If there were problems, I just don't care, because I love these books, Richelle Mead, and the Vampire Academy world too much to over-analyze.  I pick these books up and just have to sit back and let myself enjoy it without having that internal filter on.  I get to sink myself into these books to my eyeballs and just enjoy.

Let me wax poetic a little more about Adrian... I loved what the author did with him in this book.  He's really stepping up, and really growing quite a bit, which I just love.  But all the things you love about him are all still there to love.  In this book, I really felt like we got to see inside Sydney's head a bit more too, and that was exciting.  I can't wait to see what happens with these two.

Such a fun, exciting story, and Richelle Mead shows her adventurous, awesome storytelling yet again.  Great book.

If you liked this, look for the first book in the series:




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