Published in: 2012
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Book 2 in the Bloodlines series
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?
Gaaahhhh damn this addictive amazing series. Sydney hooks up with a brainy guy named Braydon, who is her first boyfriend and he is such a dork, and not in a good way, it’s almost painful to read their ‘dates’. Meanwhile, Adrian is dark and brooding and sarcastic and amazing and Sydney barely seems to notice. Well, actually she’s just far in denial. The thing is, you gotta read through this to the ending, because that ending is 100% OH MY GOD followed by NOOOO WHYYY and then sad faces. But yeah. Adrian is amazing.
Random fangirling aside. Sydney is continuing to grow as a character as she comes out of her shell and becomes more entrenched with the world of witchcraft, the vampires and damphirs. It’s really good because she’s becoming such an interesting character as a result of that. There is also the discovery of the vampire hunters and that a friend of hers is one of them, which then brings Sydney to question everything she has known. It feels like the series is really heating up and I cannot get enough of them.
But to be fair, reading about Adrian’s whackyness is what is propelling me through this series. He is what makes these books so good.
The Golden Lily rating: 10/10
Would I re-read it? YEEEESSSS. This was a library book, so I need to find and buy this series for my personal library. Like now.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, the author, the vampire academy series. Young adults who enjoy paranormal fiction featuring vampires.
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Bloodlines-Golden-Lily-book-2-Richelle-Mead/9780141337142
Author’s site: http://www.richellemead.com/books/the-golden-lily-tr