Well I finally got to finish this book. It took me for longer than it should have. Now, that is no fault of the book, it was everything I expected and more. This is the fault of my crazy schedule. Yep, real life interfering in my reading, writing, movie watching time, how rude. Seriously though I hope to get things settled down and back in the swing of things now that I’m officially in my new place. By officially I mean I’m sitting with my laptop surrounded by boxes.
Anyways, enough with me more on the amazing book. The Golden Lily, by Richelle Mead is the sequel to Bloodlines, the first book in the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy books. As per usual, my reviews contain as little spoilers as possible for the book/movie in question, however, there will be spoilers for the prior stories so you have been warned.
The Golden Lily takes places directly after Bloodlines and has our little gang returning. Sydney is pushed further into a world she has spent her whole life training for. She has grown rather fond of her ‘family’ at Amberwood and if she thinks about it too hard the though unnerves her. Her whole life she was brought up to believe that Mori and Strogi are evil and bad. She has come to slowly realize that everyone, Alchemists and humans alike can be just as bad.
In this tale there is a new threat to their covert life. This book has more of our dear socially ignorant Sydney still trying to learn the ways of ‘normal’ teenage life. She’s brilliant and beautiful but doesn’t see it in herself. She is completely insecure like more other people in school, hell in life. There is also more of our favorite young guardian Eddie and even more about our new guardian that was briefly mentioned at the end of Bloodlines, as she takes over as Jill’s roommate, Angeline. There is of course the crazy teacher we got to learn was really more than she let on. Trey, Sydney’s friend who also supplies her with her favorite substance, coffee. Also at the end of Bloodlines, we had the arrival of Sonya and Dimitri to work on experimenting with spirit magic and see what makes reformed Strogi different. Much to Adrian’s dislike.
Now you thought I’d forgotten about Adrian didn’t you? Nope not a chance. I adore Adrian. He’s such a great and complex character you can’t help but enjoy. Now don’t get me wrong I loved him in The Vampire Academy books but I was always 100% for Rose and Dimitri, I couldn’t help myself. I liked him yeah but Dimitri and Rose had captured my heart before he came along. Anyways, we do get much more Adrian in The Golden Lily. We get the good and the bad. One of the things I love most about him is that he is so complex. He can be completely sweet and adoring one minute and a complete ass the next, all while battling with the darkness that accompanies his gift of being a spirit user.
This book is so complex I hated every single time something came up and I was forced to put the book down. The mysteries that unravel and the thrills wrapped up in the perfect balance of romance and drama was a captivating read. I easily give this book 5 stars, my only regret is that, as usual with all good books I read it seems, I must wait for the next one to find out more. So if you haven’t read The Vampire Academy series and the first Bloodlines book then you need to get on it right away. Already read them? Tell me what you think. Now off to go unpack a few more boxes before work.