A Stunning Heartbreaking Sequel: A Review of GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) 
Golden Lily
Richelle Mead
418 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

   Pulse-pounding and suspenseful, Golden Lily will keep you up at night, flipping the pages faster than you can read them. I’m unashamed to say, Richelle Mead has found a fan in me.

   Bloodlines was a novel I liked. The first half of the book was slow, but it picked up and increased my overall satisfaction of the book. Golden Lily, on the other hand, was incredible from its haunting beginning to its heartbreaking ending.

   Sydney still battles with herself, especially after when a scene in the opening pages leaves her riveted and horrified. In her eyes the Moroi are pretty much human, though in her mind, the mantra of the Alchemists continues to plague her heart.

   The plot had twists I didn’t see coming at all. I was figuring things out with Sydney – plot aspects, that is. Despite my lack of social skills, I still see things coming before she does when it comes to the social department.

   The ending left me in shambles. My heart was shattered, my mind was scattered, and I spent a good deal of time stressing over the last chapter, reading it over and over again. I was so invested in the story and the characters, it only made the effect on my emotions grander.

   The Indigo Spell, the third installment in Richelle Mead’s planned five-to-six book series, is at the top of my wishlist. Golden Lily is an incredible sequel that will leave you gasping, tearing, and begging for more.

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    Arianne Cruz

    June 19, 2012

    I really wanna read this book!!! I want Dimitri! Now I'm super curious what the ending of this book is!

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    Kailia Sage

    June 19, 2012

    So glad it didn't disappoint since I wasn't the biggest fan of Bloodlines but I love Richelle Mead and her writing! I've seen a lot of raving reviews and it makes me want to get this book more and more! Great review!

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    ashelynn hetland

    June 19, 2012

    Oh man I love this review! I need to get The Golden Lily ASAP!

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    Mimi Valentine

    June 19, 2012

    I love (and kinda loathe LOL) when you're so invested in the characters of a book that every time they go through something terrible, it makes your heart shatter. Oh my gosh, I want to read this book SO SO badly!! I'm so terrified of another cliffhanger ending that I know I should maybe wait until closer to the release of the next one, but I don't have it in me to put off reading this any longer! x)

    Amazing review, Hafsah! :) <3

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    Danielle West

    July 31, 2012

    I very much agree about freaking out over the last chapter. What is going to happen in the next book?! I want them both to stop hurting!!

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    August 1, 2012

    I absolutely loved this installment. I really fell for Adrian in this one. I actually have the line “If your eyes weren't open, you wouldn't know the difference between dreaming and waking” tattooed on me. I got it back when it was in Blood Promise. Since Adrian really uses this line in Golden Lily you can see why I absolutely loved this one :)

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    October 30, 2012

    I also found Bloodlines to be a little slow but The Golden Lily? Thrilling in every aspect. SO GOOD. After hitting rock bottom reading wise, with no motivation to read, I started the series and am now a huge fan as well! I absolutely can't wait for The Indigo Spell. I think we can all agree that after that ending, we all need more, more, more!

    Awesome review :)

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    January 25, 2013

    Yeah, I loved it too! Can't wait until The Indigo Spell comes out. I don't like this Marcus Finch at all! I don't want anything to come between Adrian and Sydney. Adrian needs a break!