Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

Published: June 12, 2012 Razorbill
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads Summary

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?

“You're in an awfully good mood," he observed. "Was there a sale at Khakis-R-Us?” 

Adrian Ivashkov is reason enough to read this series.

The Good

Sydney may have a more boring personality than the fiery Rose as a leading character, but she's also easier for me to relate to. I love that she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She's smart and she knows it, and she doesn't give in to teasing or peer pressure. When she sees an area where she is weak, she works on making herself better.

The dynamics between Sydney and the other characters places her at the motherly role, Eddie is the body guard, Jill the little sister, Angeline the crazy cousin that they put up with, and Adiran is that hot but annoying neighbor that everyone says they wish would move...but they don't mean it. He grows on you unbelievably. This isn't exactly the roles they play in the book, but you get my point as to what their personality types are like.

In Golden Lily, Sydney is faced with the moral dilemma of becoming too involved in the lives of those Moroi and Dhampirs around her. Alchemists are loyal to their job and nothing else. They don't fraternize with those magic-wielding freaks of nature. So why is helping them what Sydney wants to do more than anything? She battles with her inner demons in this one as well as some other foes.

Next, Adrian is growing. He's still the sarcastic hotty I came to love, but he has a strong desire to better himself. When his father tore down his efforts, it was pretty hard.

The Bad

There was a ton of fore-shadowing so I felt those huge surprises that I've come to love from Mead were missing.

The Romance

There are quite a few crushes and pairings happening. Eddie and Angeline have to be the weirdest. Sydney gets a boyfriend who appears to be a clone of her on the surface, but is he really? Jill has some stumbling blocks in her relationship with Micah. There's more, but I'll leave it at that.


I love where this series is going from Golden Lily. I read it very quickly. Sydney is questioning everything and it absolutely needs questioning. Baddies are rising up out of the wood work, and this crew is determined to stomp them out. Definitely recommended.


“I’d mentioned this odd wardrobe choice to Adrian a couple of weeks ago:
“Isn’t Dimitri hot?”
Adrian’s response hadn’t been entirely unexpected:
“Well, yeah, according to most women, at least.” 

“For once, you're going to hear something that doesn't fit into your neat, compartmentalized world of order and logic and reason.” 

“It doesn't matter. Take Eddie's blood. Take Belikov's blood. Take your own for all I care. But If she doesn't want to give hers, then that's all there is to it. She said no. This conversation is done.” 

“Sage," he said. "What are you wearing?"
I sighed and stared down at the dress. "I know. It's red. Don't start. I'm tired of hearing about it."
"Funny," he said. "I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at it.” 


  1. This definitely sounds like it has a lot of great characters. I never got to the first book , but Mead is obviously awesome.

  2. I really need to catch up on this series. I think it's getting bumped up the TBR list.

  3. Great review! I absolutely adore this series I am just so far behind! Reading your review makes me really want to return to it =)

  4. Oh my gosh the last quote, the dress and the dance, that was one of my favorite scenes. You're so right about the foreshadowing. I feel like Mead does that a lot with this series, but then I tell myself it's on purpose, maybe trying to make us think we know everything so she can really hit us with surprises. Mead is one of my favorites so I could be giving her too much credit! I'm glad you loved it! I can't wait for you to hit the next one! Happy reading, Jaclyn!! Great review! (Adrian really grows on a person, yep)

  5. She's great at creating characters that I really care about. She also flips them all on their heads and leaves me praying they can make their way out the other side. Definitely makes for good reading entertainment :D

  6. I held off on it until a few more were out, but now I'm ready to catch up.

  7. I read two books in this series in 3 days. Watch out, cause it'll such you back in quick :D Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. There were a lot of really good scenes in this one. I've already finished Indigo Spell, and things get real! I just started Fiery Heart and I can tell it's not going to have a happy ending. I'm so glad Silver Shadows is coming out tomorrow so I won't have to end it with FH.

  9. I was a little skeptical of Sydney as the main character when I first started reading Bloodlines, but she quickly won me over. What really sold me on the series, though, was Adrian, of course! He's just- Adrian, lol. I have a little catching up to do with the books; I still have to read The Fiery Heart!

  10. I would probably read anything as long as Adrian was in it, but I also love all the other characters as well :D I'm reading Fiery Heart right now!

  11. Awesome review!! I loved Bloodlines.. probably even a little bit more than VA. Great post!!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.


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