Book Review: The Golden Lily

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2)
by Richelle Mead
Paperback, 418 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Razorbill
Source: Bought
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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.


You guys. This book was a dream come true! It was everything I expected it to be and so much more. You have no idea just how many feels are wanting to burst out of my system right now and start gushing about the amazingness that is The Golden Lily. This book makes me want to puke rainbows and doodle hearts for all the world to see. Gosh, it’s amazing how one book can make me feel as good as this. I don't do drugs, but this one is probably so much better than all of them combined!

Moving on. The Golden Lily starts a while after Bloodlines. I wasn’t impressed with the plot development as it was very predictable. But I can say that my love for the characters overshadowed my impression for the plot. I swooned when Adrian’s name first came up. The guy is so cute and so hilarious! Whenever he says or does something, I always find myself melting. Same with Sydney! I never gushed about female characters but I have a very huge girl-crush on Sydney. I like that she’s so oblivious to Adrian’s attempts at flirting with her. She doesn’t even know she’s flirting back! But what's good is that her naiveté toward romance isn’t contrived at all which just makes her all the more hilariously adorable. But with this ignorance came the urge to slap some sense to her. She sees Adrian everywhere! She always thinks about what could make Adrian happy! If that isn't love, I don't what is. She could be so very frustrating sometimes but I still love her.

There’s also the issue of her being ultra-weight conscious. I'm happy that this issue was addressed in the book and by no other than Adrian himself. It goes to show how their relationship had grown from nothing to something. Even more than something. I'm so excited to see how Sydney would react once she realizes her feelings for Adrian. Oh, and there's also Jill, Eddie and Angeline. Angeline and Eddie cracked me up so many times! It was hilarious how Eddie always looked horrified whenever Angeline took advances on him. Though I have to say that I wasn't happy with how things turned out for them. It felt like rushed to me or maybe it was just that I was more focused on Sydrian that I didn't notice that triangle the three were forming.

As for Dimitri and Sonya, it was definitely nice to see the two again. Adrian still doesn't feel friendly toward Dimitri, but Dimitri seems to think otherwise. For Dimitri, it was almost as if nothing ever happened between them. Which was also frustrating. I felt bad whenever Adrian gave him the evil eye.

If you liked Bloodlines, you will DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTELY love The Golden lily too! This is even better than the first book! And oh, that ending! You will love it and you will hate it, but ultimately, it will make you want to read the next book!

Rating: 5/5 stars


  1. "This book makes me want to puke rainbows and doodle hearts for all the world to see." LOL! You know I totally and completely adore you, right? x) And this book is definitely worth the awesome! I found a lot of things predictable too, but in the end, my love for Adrian totally amps up how much I loved this book. And Angeline and Eddie were definitely a hilarious duo!

    Amazing review, Chel! I really hope Adrian and Sydney get together in The Indigo Spell too :') <3 *crosses fingers*

    1. I adore you too, Mimi. <3

      I DO hope they get together in TIS but you know how evil Richelle Mead is and since it's the third book in the series, I just know something unpleasant is going to happen. :O

  2. I feel your pain about the gushing part. But don't be afraid I will be there puking rainbows with I mean it has Adrian in it how could we not?!

  3. Okay, so I haven't read Bloodlines - don't kill me! - but Sydrian sound like they'd be an interesting pairing. I loved Adrian from VA but didn't really know what to make of Sydney. She didn't appear that much but it was fascinating to read about someone who wasn't a Moroi or dhampir but knew things about them yet wasn't of their world.

  4. Don't throw rocks at me! I've only read the first book in The Vampire Academy series, which I know I'm super late! And I know I won't be getting to this series for a while, but how does this series compare to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series? I've heard they include some of the same characters!


    1. Why, oh, why have you not read the whole VA series yet? I loved VA but I actually loved Bloodlines a google times more! Bloodlines is not as action-packed as VA. The protagonists in both series are waaay different from each other as well. Rose is very impulsive, snarky and good at fighting whereas Sydney is very calculating, inhibited and very intelligent and she also gives names to her cars. ;3


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