Sunday, September 30, 2012

Book review: The golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Title: The golden Lily
Series: Bloodlines #2
Genre: Young adult, paranormal romance
Purchase: B&N  AMAZON
Rating: 5 stars

Summary on goodreads
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?

My thoughts (spoiler alert if you have not read book one)

This book is amazingly good and there was no way for me to put it down!
I was hooked from page one! For me it was the relationship between Sydney and Adrian that had my complete devotion when I read this book or rather their lack of relationship. But they really need to work on that!

Sydney is so frustrating and she drives me crazy sometimes. And she is way to judgemental for my liking but somehow despite that I kind of like her. She is really closed minded but she is opening up and perhaps that is why I still find her likeable. I do hope she realises soon that the Alchemists are so wrong about their view of the Moroi vampires.  Perhaps in the next one?
In this book Sydney is sort of dealing a lot with herself and her beliefs verses the Alchemists beliefs and they do not always match and that starts to become a problem for her and makes her question her loyalties.

Adrian is... well, he is dreamy. There are no other words for it. and even though he smokes and drinks I like him and I usally hate heavy drinkers and smokers so that says a lot... Well that and the fact that this is fiction, not real life. I feel so sorry for Adrian because he is so in to Sydney and she is "not", at least that is what she is telling herself. Well he is taking it kind of hard poor guy!

Anyway! Mead has done it again and written a fun, loving, romantic, exciting story that will keep you reading until your eyes hurt from all the reading you will be doing.
I loved it and can´t wait for the next one in this series!

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