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The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead
418 pages
Published June 12th 2012
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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. They 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. Formerly 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 the 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 Brayden, 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?


I can’t handle my feelings for all the drama/love/wickedness in The Golden Lilly.

My love for Sydney has definitely grew, up until the end that is. She makes me crazy with how she can’t catch subtle clues and how naive she is at times. Smart girl, but lacks social experience, but can we honestly blame it on that any more? 3 months have passed in these books and she’s still making the same mistake. I honestly do not see how you can miss someone liking you. I do not get it. There were too many hints, too many things happened that at some point you’d have to know. I do feel like I know Sydney though. I really feel for her when she’s uncomfortable or when things just freak her out. She’s just a good character that tugs my heart strings.

Don’t even get me started on Adrian. I love you. I do. You make my heart flutter and if you were real, I’d definitely lock Sydney up and throw away the key. He goes from being smart and sarcastic to drunk as a skunk and I’m left wondering- is it really necessary for you to self medicate? I give him loads of kudos for telling it like it is to Sydney. She can can dish it, so obviously she needs to take it once in awhile.

That ending, though! Totally unexpected. Well, if I had been in her place I definitely wouldn’t have walked away, but GOODNESS! Sydney. How could you? I know you have a code of honour, but girl, you seriously screwed up. I was literally at the edge of my seat reading. Honestly, I sounded like a mad woman with all my groaning and muttering. Even my poor mom knew the book wasn’t going the way I wanted it- I don’t see how she put up with me at that moment. Total overload.

Like the Bloodlines, The Golden Lily has mystery that needs solving and Sydney is just the perfect girl for the job. It’s more violent, has more romance (woo-hoo!) in both expected AND unexpected ways, and, to me, a lot more mystery. We learn that Alchemists aren’t the only ones around and I’m not a queasy person, but I was repulsed by the violence of, well, I can’t say because of massive spoiler. Maybe I’m just hung up on vampires and need to be re-educated…?

Pre-ordering a copy of The Indigo Spell because I’m absolutely dying to know what happens next.

Do rush into this series and throw caution to the wind, walk on the wild side for once -Don’t be a Sydney Sage-, and I stress again, check out this series!