03 May, 2016

REVIEW: GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead

Title: Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Paperback
Pages: 418

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SYNOPSIS: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. Alchemists 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. Formorly 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 her 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 Braydon, 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?

I really loved the first book so obviously was mega excited to get back into the series!

THE WORLD: Well if you are familiar with VA then it is really the same. If you are not...well...so there are humans. Then there are morois who are born vampires. Then their are strigois who are evil vampires, they are made. There are also damphirs who are half moroi and half human. Or half moroi and half dhampir, basically they are stronger than humans. Next there are alchemists who cover up for vampire world so no human knows about any of it. Pretty much that is it. Oh an moroi are considered weak and dhampirs are trained as their bodyguards. Strigoi of course the bad guys moroi have to be protected from.

CHARACTERS: So there are rather a few characters in this book. But main one is Sydney and we already met her in VA. She is an alchemist who sticks with the morois to cover up for them basically. So the ones she is covering up are: Jill, Eddy, Angelica, Adrian and well Sonia as well as Dimitri. Jill is the one that everybody wants to find so she is in hiding. Basically they are pretend they one big family and Jill, Sydney, Eddy and Angelica go to a boarding school. Adrian as he is older pretends to be their brother and attends local college. Okay so now Sydney... frankly I used to really like her. Well not anymore. In this book she really started getting on my nerves. Why? Because she starts dating some loser human and becomes a totally cheesy teenager. Bye bye lovable and brainy Sydney. Jill, Eddy, Angelica are really not important. They are just there. The one that is important is Adrian. I really love him, like reallyyyyyy! And I loved how his and Sydney's relationship progressed. I think if not for Adrian I would have given this book rather low rating. And as for Sonia and Dimitri...they aren't really there either. Weird.

LOVE: Sydney starts dating this Brayden Brandon whatever. A total loser if you asked me. But all the time Adrian is on his game too. Shame it is going to take so long for them to get together. Basically romance in this book was very boring.

PLUS:  I think the fact that I am very familiar with the world and names make a lot of sense to me. Beauty of reading a spin-off series really.

MINUS: The whole book was just boring sadly.

OVERALL: I am surely continuing with the series and I really hope it will get better.

  What did you guys think about GOLDEN LILY?