Title: The Golden LilySeries: Bloodlines # 2
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal/Fantasy
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 12, 2012
"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. They 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 the 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 Brayden, 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?"
After reading this book I have to say that this series is coming along VERY nicely.
Diving right back into the world of Sydney things are starting to heat up. I really enjoyed that in this book, the reader gets to know Sydney more. I got to see her prejudiced side to vampires (yeah, didn't really like that much), as well as see her walls come down when she learns more. Sydney is a very adaptable character. Even though she is set in her ways about things, I can see Sydneys heart changing little by little. That's the cool part. At first, Sydney is all RULES, GUIDELINES and MORE RULES, to learning to sway them just a bit. And you can only imagine who her influence is eh???
*SIGH* Adrian, you do know how to turn a good girl bad. LOL! Sydney gets to see a much more personal look into Adrian'd closed life. She is finally starting to understand and see what Adrian deals with everyday. I like that in turn, Adrian too is learning things for Sydney as well. Though there romance is not quite there, it is surely building up.
My favorite part of the book is towards the end with Brayden. When he told her those things, I couldn't help but laugh. It was so ironic that both Sydney and I thought the same way. (You can see that I totally relate more to characters then to real life people) Anyways, it's a part of the book that I read over a few times, enjoying the hearty laugh Ms. Mead gave me.
The Golden Lily is an great addition to the Bloodline series. It's brings up yet another mystery of the Alchemist and the secrets that they are hiding. Syndey is quickly catching on and is not letting anything go. The plot is right on target, leaving the reader satisfied yet unfulfilled. The Golden Lily is awesome!
I give it 5 BITES!