Synopsis: 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.
The First Line: “Most people would find being lead into an underground bunker on a stormy night scary. Not me.” For anyone who has not read Bloodlines, this is a great introduction to the main character, Sydney Sage. Right from the beginning, you know she’s tough.
The Good: I love Mead’s plotting. There’s more going on than you realize half the time. Her pacing is amazing too.
Sydney is such a great character. I love seeing the world through her eyes. Especially as a fan of the Vampire Academy books. Dimitri, Rose, Lissa, and even Sonya are different. It’s a nice twist and shows great character voice.
One thing that stands out about The Golden Lily is that I didn’t feel like I needed to read Bloodlines to understand what was going on. The Golden Lily can stand alone.
The Bad: Like Bloodlines, I knew where this was going so there wasn’t much to surprise me.
Recommendation: Give it a shot.