Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: The Golden Lily


The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)
Goodreads Description:
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

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.

My Thoughts:
The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. When I first heard about this series words cannot describe how excited I was about it. Unfortunately, I didn’t love Bloodlines. I liked it but it just didn’t live up to my very high expectations. Still, I hoped The Golden Lily would be amazing. Again, it wasn’t BUT I will say I like where things seem to be headed.
Like the first book and I’m assuming all of the future books in the series, the book is told strictly from Sydney’s perspective. For fans on the Vampire Academy series, Sydney’s voice is much different than Rose’s. Sydney is extremely descriptive and she analyzes EVERYTHING; this one of my main issues with The Golden Lily. It’s just too much meaningless information. I see where this is supposed to be giving us insight into how Sydney thinks but it also makes the story move at a much slower pace. Fortunately, about halfway through the story does pick up and things start to get interesting. Of course this could also be due to the fact that Adrian begins appearing much more frequently.
Adrian was by far the best part of this book. I loved him in Vampire Academy and I love him in this series. He’s so funny and has some of the best smart comments. He has all of this potential to be such a spectacular person and finally in this book we get a small glimpse of him trying to be responsible and be a that person. Sydney has a lot to do with this, which is why I think she’s growing on me. (Plus, I find all of her social awkwardness to be extremely funny). She sees the potential in him and pushes him to be better and you can tell that being around her makes him want to which is something Rose could never do.
Another small complaint I have with this book is the number of love triangles and trying to keep up with who likes who. To be honest, it’s somewhat exhausting. She likes him but he likes her but she’s with him. It just goes around and around. No one can like the right person at the right time. However, there is one romance that FINALLY starts to pick up in this book and I must say I’m very excited. I wasn’t sure if it would work and I’m still not sure how something will work but I’m beginning to see what a good fit they are. They really balance each other out well.
The action still isn’t as high as it was in Vampire Academy and even when there is action you see it from a very different perspective. Rose told us what she was doing, how she was fighting, whereas, Sydney is telling us what other people are doing. Although, Sydney is far from a fighter The Golden Lily definitely proves that she is a strong female lead. Sydney fights with her brain, where Rose used her fists.
I know it is somewhat unfair to compare the Vampire Academy series to the Bloodlines series but it’s almost impossible not to. It’s the same author, same world, and some of the same characters. You just can’t help it or at least I couldn’t.
While I didn’t love The Golden Lily I still very much enjoyed it. The beginning is slow but if you can just stick it out until Adrian starts appearing you’ll see that it was worth it. The ending was a heartbreaker and I can’t wait to see what Richelle Mead has in store for book 3.
Grade: B

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