Yo, there will be minor spoilers for Bloodlines below. Be warned.
I swear to god I had flailing arms after finishing The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, second in the Bloodlines series. Y’all my expectations have been met and surpassed. As you may recall, I was disappointed with Bloodlines because of the lack of kissing, but OMG, The Golden Lily TOTALLY MAKES UP FOR THAT! Plus, we get some legit character development and actual additions to the story with some reveals and answers. Basically, The Golden Lily was NOT one of those middle books that feels like a waste of time.
So, The Golden Lily takes place a month after the end of Bloodlines. Sydney and gang are still at Amberwood. Dmitri and Sonya Karp are in town as well, studying resistance to being turned Strigoi. Adrian, meanwhile, is taking art classes. The best plot line to come out of Mead’s latest, though, is the romantic one.
Okay, so Sydney gets set up with this guy who is her intellectual equal. Brayden is PERFECT for Sydney. YET she starts to feel FEELINGS towards someone who is absolutely wrong for her in every way. And this is when I start to fan myself.
Holla FORBIDDEN romance. I just want to start warbling ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore.’ You guys, my Bloodlines disappointment is erased as Richelle Mead finally brings the swoons back. There is SO MUCH HEAT in just the brushing of hands. Like, my heart can not even handle the excitement.
I really feel for Sydney. We are personality opposites, but I can’t help but care about her. She has all this pressure to be responsible and do well. PLUS not get too friendly with the vamps. It is hard work taking care of the details. Yet, she keeps a cool head and does not do anything where I am shaking my head going HOW ARE YOU THAT DUMB. I love when that happens.
The Golden Lily kept me up all night — literally. I chose this for an overnight shift. It is exciting, fast paced and swoonworthy. The characters make me want to reach through and hug them. For real, how do you not fall in love with Angeline formerly of the Keepers after she punches someone out? Or Adrian as he is learning to drive stick? Or Eddie the dhampir as he fights between duty and love and keeping his feelings secret? Or especially Sydney, our star? Sigh. I am FILLED with emotions and love and joy and theories over The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead and the Bloodlines series.
Disclosure: Borrowed copy from Heidi at YA Bibliophile.
Other reviews of The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead:
Chick Loves Lit – “brings the depth and magical writing of Mead”
Anna Reads – “I CANNOT CONTAIN IT! READ THESE BOOKS!”
Makeshift Bookmark – “Because, you guys? SOMETIMES I DID NOT BREATHE.”