Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.