The Golden Lily – book review

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The Golden Lily is the second amazing book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage has always dreamt of going to collage and having a normal life. But Sydney’s life is far from normal. Being an Alchemist, Sydney’s job is to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Now, Sydney is in a private human school in Palm Springs posing the sister of the Moroi Princess, Jill Dragomir. Jill’s life is in danger from vampire assassins who want to overthrow the Moroi government and therefore create civil war.

Surprisingly, Sydney finds herself growing closer to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian. But this goes against everything the Alchemists have ever told her: to not trust or befriend evil, unnatural creatures of the night. But the more time Sydney spends with those vampires, the more she begins to question the Alchemists and their beliefs.

To make matters even more difficult, one of Sydney’s teachers is making Sydney wield magic, which is in every way wrong to Sydney. But could it be for Sydney’s own good? Will the time come when her friends can’t defend her and she’ll need to take matters into her own hands? Equally overwhelming is her new romance with Brayden. Brayden is a cute, brainy guy who seems to match Sydney in every way.  Yet, as perfect as Brayden seems, Sydney finds herself falling for someone else. Someone forbidden… So should Sydney trust the Alchemists, or her heart?

I absolutely, positively loved reading The Golden Lily. I after reading the first two books in the series, I feel so much more connected to the characters than I did after just reading the first book. Like with Bloodlines, I loved reading about Sydney Sage. Sydney is just such a likeable character. She’s intelligent, logical, classy, funny at times and just utterly brilliant. I think those things about her make her a really great character. I liked learning more about her and watching her beliefs about the Alchemists and the vampires’ change throughout the book. I especially loved seeing her and Adrian connect with each other. At the beginning of this series, I thought that Adrian and Sydney were complete opposites and couldn’t be together. Now I feel like they would be great together because they both help each other and are always there for one another. And Adrian. Wow. I completely love Adrian. Adrian understands Sydney the way that no one else does. I know that no matter what happens, he’ll always be there for Sydney. Seriously. They are destined to be together. I wish Sydney would just let go of all her worries and stress about what the Alchemists would do to her and just be with Adrian! That would make her and Adrian just so happy! But I guess I can understand why she wouldn’t want to risk it with the Alchemists. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! I loved reading The Golden Lily be Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read this series or the Vampire Academy series, reading them is a must!

Bloodlines – book review

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Bloodlines is the first book in its series by Richelle Mead. The Bloodlines series is a spin-off series from Vampire Academy, also written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is different. She’s not a vampire, but not a human. She’s an Alchemist, which makes her blood different. She works to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Although most Moroi and Dhampirs vampires are peaceful by nature, she and the other Alchemists believe vampires are evil, unnatural creatures of the night. Sydney has been around vampires before and has been in alliance with Rose Hathaway (which has caused her to get into deep trouble with the Alchemists), but her views on the way they live still repel her. So when she is forced by the Alchemists to pose as Jill Dragomir’s sister to protect her, things become all the more complicated…

Jill Dragomir is the sister of the Moroi Queen, Lissa Dragomir. She is also the only living person in Lissa’s family. But Jill’s life is in terrible danger. The current Moroi law states that in order to remain a Moroi King or Queen, there must still be one person in one’s family. For the vampires who are against Lissa being Queen, the easiest way to get Lissa off the throne is to kill her only living relative: Jill. Now Jill is in hiding.

The Moroi court believe Sydney and Jill will be safe at Amberwood Prep, a private human school located in Palm Springs. But treats, distractions and forbidden love are all that await them. And that’s only the beginning…

I really loved reading Bloodlines. Bloodlines is a spin-off from Vampire Academy, so it has lots of the characters that I already know, which was nice. Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to connect with new characters, but seeing as I knew Sydney and most of the other characters, I found becoming entangled in the storyline really easy. The story grabbed from the very beginning and I was interested for the whole book. All of the characters were different from each other and I liked seeing them try to get along with and relate to one another. Firstly, I liked Sydney when I first met her in Blood Promise, but now I feel really connected with her after experiencing everything from her point of view. I know so much more about her Alchemist life now and I get to see how she feels about vampires. I think Sydney is a great character and she’s so different to every other character. She’s intelligent, logical and responsible. I loved seeing the world from her eyes. Another character that I loved seeing more of was Adrian. I really liked him in the Vampire Academy series, but I have absolutely fallen in love with him now. It was heart breaking for me seeing him trying to get over loving Rose, but I immediately thought that Sydney would be great with him. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next two books! Seriously, if those two don’t get together by the end of the series, I’m actually going to write a letter to the author to complain. Like the Vampire Academy series, Bloodlines was filled with twists and turns. I loved uncovering those unexpected twists and those really made me wonder how everything would end up. I would recommend reading the Vampire Academy series before reading Bloodlines. Some key plot points are mentioned in this book and it would be easier to understand what some character are like by knowing their past. Overall, I loved reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. Wonderful!