Pub. Date:12th June 2012
Publisher: Puffin (UK) Razorbill (US)
Pages: 432 (UK) 417 (US)
Series: Bloodlines (#2)
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Paranormal – vampires, romance
The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodlines series, so you might not want to continue reading this review if you’ve not read the first book.
Sydney Sage, the intelligent and classy Alchemist that we were first introduced to in Vampire Academy, is still living in Palm Springs, sunny California. Sydney is protecting Jill Mastrano, sister to the Moroi queen, from those who may want to kill her and overthrow vampire royalty. Meanwhile, Sydney’s concerned about getting too close to the Moroi and dhampirs, terrified that she’ll be sent for ‘re-education’, but as she spends more time getting to know Jill, Eddie, Adrian and friends, she begins to question the central principles and beliefs held by the Alchemists.
Vampire Academy, and now Bloodlines, as I’ve said before, are my ‘guilty pleasures’. I’m not wide read within the paranormal genre – it’s definitely not one of my favourites – but something about the world of Richelle Mead draws me in. I love the characters, the drama, and the fact that these paranormal entities – vampires, dhampirs, and magic – are easily interwoven with our world was we know it. It makes everything so much more palatable and believable as a reader, at least, for me. It occurred to me while reading The Golden Lily that it isn’t that paranormal at all, but much more like contemporary and realistic fiction. Contemporary paranormal?!
As always, I really enjoyed reading about Sydney Sage. I can’t help but relate to her (as a fellow human!). Sydney begins to find out more about herself in this book – what she believes in, what she enjoys, and who she trusts. I enjoyed watching her relationship with Adrian slowly develop (not a spoiler! It’s obvious from the beginning, and in Bloodlines, that they’re interested in each other), wondering how she was going to deal with it, since she’s always felt that vampires are ‘unnatural’ and inherently ‘wrong’. Their relationship is complicated, sincere, and subtle, and quite different from Adrian’s relationship with Rose in Vampire Academy.
I thought there was a lot less mystery to this story, though I liked how the reader had more freedom to ‘guess’ what was going on, rather than Sydney figuring everything out first. I enjoyed the contemporary themes and feel of the whole book.
Bloodlines is a series that is just plain fun! The third book, The Indigo Spell, published February 2013, gives us clues as to which direction the fantasy plot will take, but as for Sydney’s complicated relationship? I really do not know. I can’t wait to see where this series is headed!
Thank you Razorbill for providing this book for review!