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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.
Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian.
5/5 Golden Apples!
Oh, fine. You want more? Well, don't blame me if my Sydrian Gushing button gets stuck ON! (this is actually a shortened review, so... erm...)
The Golden Lily begins with a quietly menacing chapter that, on reflection, is quite a fitting start given where it feels Sydney is headed (hopefully not there, but she's in a dangerous position). Picking up a month after the events of Bloodlines, Dimitri and Sonya are now in Palm Springs, having formed a trio laced with tension alongside Adrian as they test their experiments. Angeline is struggling to fit into a civilised society (but I SO love her antics), Jill is discovering the pains of being a vampire trying to exist beside humans and Eddie - sweet, dedicated warrior - is hiding his true feelings because he feels inadequate. Sigh. Nothing is ever easy for these guys, but I love every minute of their angst.
Sydney Sage is adorable. She may be bounds above her peers on an intellectual level, but when it comes to the rules of dating, she really has no idea. It's such an endearing quality and makes for some amusing scenes... especially given the new, equally smart, equally socially awkward guy in her life. Who is not Adrian Ivashkov, but I couldn't bring myself to view him as a potential threat because I have an iron-clad belief that no woman alive can resist Adrian's charm (Rose? What? Shut up. I don't know what you're talking about. This book features a lily). I quite liked the contrast of these two different relationships in her life. And I've gotta say... Brayden? He was kind of hilarious in the moment right before.. THAT moment!
Sydney has made a clear transformation since we first met her in Blood Promise. Alchemist, she may be, but believer in the cause? Well, that's where the cracks begin to show. She's opening herself up to things she would never have dreamed of doing and becoming friendly with the strictly forbidden. We catch a glimpse of what the Alchemists will do to those who show the slightest hint of favour toward the vampires and it's a scary thing. I worry about Sydney's future, because I stupidly want her to acknowledge what she feels deep down and stick it to the Alchemists
Adrian Ivashkov. I can't believe Richelle turned him into a murderer.... of my sanity, that is. There are not enough words in the English, Swedish or Plutonean language to describe my love for this guy. He stole my heart in 2009 and that beautiful bastard has kept it ever since! As usual, we're treated to his ever entertaining wit and charm, but Richelle digs deeper and deeper and once again explores his inner demons. I wanted to envelope him in the biggest hug so many times. His parents prove to be a very sore spot and I'm really hoping someone breaks his father's nose. I'm HAPPY to do the honours. It's thanks to Sydney that we see him open up more. Not even with Rose did he allow himself to be this candid; to trust another with his fears and vulnerabilities. I love that there is finally someone in his life willing to put their faith in him, to stand up for him, and he shows to be the same support for her. HE DESERVES TO BE HAPPY, DAMNIT.
I love the dance between these two - even if Sydney is barely even aware of it, coming from either herself or Adrian. She can be so adorably oblivious! Much of what she does is done unconsciously, but I think that's what made me love it even more, because her actions and feelings were more honest, genuine. Even if she can't see what they truly mean, the reader can. Every moment between them had me with my fist to my mouth, covering an impossibly large grin and trying, without success, to soften the ridiculous noises squawking out of me. They are equal to my love of Rose and Dimitri and it's only the second book in the series! It also needs to be noted that Protector Adrian; the fierce, sweet hero ready to defend Sydney's honor is probably the greatest thing since Poet Adrian, Mustang Adrian and Jet Steele Adrian.
While I guessed the mystery early on and I was hoping for just a teensy bit more action, I wouldn't even think to deduct half a star for these. Because neither could chisel the smile from my face or glue back the cracks in my heart by the end. New and exciting threats are introduced, magic is explored, the swoon levels are set to EXTREME and regardless of whether you think yourself a shipper of Sydney and Adrian, you damn well will be when you read this. Otherwise I will disown you. I'm not even kidding. The Golden Lily is yet another stunning and compulsively readable (as in: don't expect to put it down until you're finished) installment from an author worthy of her bestseller title. The final chapter damaged my heart; it was floating on a puffy cloud in heaven and before it could thud another beat, SOMEONE DRAGGED IT DOWN TO HELL. So I went back to reread the same chapter again, because even though I knew it would hurt, the high before the fall is so f**king worth it!!!
5/5 Golden Apples!