REVIEW: Bloodlines #2: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Vampire, Pages: 418, Level: Easy

Book Description:

“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?”

The Golden Lily is a continuation of the Bloodline vampire young adult series, which is an offshoot of the Vampire Academy young adult series. It follows an alchemist, Sydney, who is assigned to protect the sister of the Moroi queen. The queen can only rule if she has at least one living family member and Jill is that one family member. Jill enrolls in a private school in Palm Springs, joined by her personal protector, Eddie, a new protector, Angelina and Adrian, who has a bond with her after saving her life. Dmitri and Sonya return to run experiments in an attempt to figure out why Strigoi who have been returned to their original state cannot be turned Strigoi again. And a local Moroi, Clarence, still insists that vampire hunters exist. Meanwhile, love is in the air…

As with all the Vampire Academy and the previous Bloodlines books, The Golden Lily is pure entertainment. There are no poignant quotes or intellectual discussion topics. If that is what you are looking for, you should look elsewhere. Regardless, it is well written and the story catches you. This book fits securely in the young adult, vampire, love story genre that is quite popular right now. I can’t really compare it with all the others because I haven’t read them all, but I do enjoy it and look forward to the next installment. Although it is more than 400 pages long, it is a fairly quick read and I recommend it if you are looking for a fun and light read, although you should begin with the first in the Vampire Academy series.

Reviewed by Christina

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