The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Genre: Paranormal (Vampires), Romance
Published by: Razorbill
Series: Bloodlines (#1) | The Indigo Spell (#3) | The Fiery Heart (#4) | Silver Shadows (#5) | The Ruby Circle (#6)
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I’m really beginning to get into this series, I somehow manages to read The Golden Lily in two sittings and I’m desperate to know what’s going to happen next. Sydney is a really interesting narrator, and luckily I got just what I thought was missing for Bloodlines -more humour!
My favourite thing about this book was the romance. A new love interest in introduced for Sydney, and on the surface he is completely perfect for her, but we all know that Adrian is the true star so even though Sydney is still weary of this handsome Moroi something has to change soon, right?
One of my favourite types of romances are the steady-builders. Or even the ones where the characters start of by hating one another, I wouldn’t go that far in The Golden Lily but there are some pretty big conflicts that are going to to have affect their relationship. There’s no insta-love which is still a great relief – even if it’s also slightly torturous!
But it wasn’t just Sydney who has some serious romance developments (ohmygosh the ending though! *squeal*) but Jill, Eddie and Angeline – remember her from Last Sacrifice ? – had some romantic drama too. It felt like I was reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream there was so much “but who loves who!”
I felt that I know Sydney a lot better now, I know more about her motivations. She has some very opposing opinions to Rose, but she’s still dedicated to doing what’s right. And she certainly isn’t a push over. It’s starting to look as though Sydney is going to be as kick-ass as Rose! Also I’m beginning to like Adrian more too – I know, how did I not fall in love with him the first time he was introduced in Frostbite ? I think I was just too caught up in the gloriousness that is Dimitri. On that note, I’m pretty upset that there hadn’t been more info on Rose and Lissa. I get that this is Sydney’s story, but anything we do hear about the best friends seems to just be a passing comment. I hope that everyone will get to be together later on in the series, but I’ll prep myself just incase that doesn’t happen.
The main development in the story happened close to the end. Boy, does Richelle Mead know how to write a cliff-hanger! Funny thing is, I enjoyed the slower sections where Sydney could relax more than the action-packed final section. As usual there was the slow reveal of a new plot or drama that’s bound to develop later in the series, but Sydney was also able to solve one bit of the puzzle which makes reading the Bloodlines series so satisfying. Every book both builds and destroys the plot twists.
I’m giving The Golden Lily 3.5 stars because I think I enjoyed it more than Bloodlines. I didn’t see some of the plot twists coming and but I still wasn’t really shocked by anything, because when you look back at the first book it seems obvious! I’m looking forward to the developments of The Indigo Spell, because things really seem to be getting serious for the Alchemists. I mean, I need to know what’s up with Sydney’s blood!