The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series.
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.
— Goodreads.com description
I have to thank you guys for convincing me to read the Vampire Academy series in the first place. If you remember my first stick figure video, you know I loved it. And then I fell in love with Bloodlines too.
Now I’m such a fangirl and I know it’s totally obnoxious because the book isn’t out for ages yet, but I gotta share the book love when I feel it so strongly! I CANNOT CONTAIN IT! READ THESE BOOKS!
2. Adrian is so much deeper than I thought.
Really, look at my first two points here. The character growth in The Golden Lily is stunning! When I read the Vampire Academy series, I HATED Adrian. And I didn’t care much for Sydney. Now? I’m so so SO invested and in love with them both. Ditto goes for Eddie and Jill and all the other characters we didn’t know as well until now.
3. But don’t get me wrong, Adrian is still CRAZY.
4. As it progresses, it’s clear this series is just as stunning as Vampire Academy.
When I think back at the original six-book series, I think about how beautifully crafted Richelle Mead’s story arc was. From when we met Rose, to the bridge scene, to the satisfying ending…it was all so well paced. In reading The Golden Lily, I felt so pleased by the story as a standalone book, but am also beginning to envision where she’s taking this series. You can just tell she’s got a grand plan and is setting the scene for something much bigger…and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
5. At the last line of Bloodlines you were shocked and pumped. At the last line of The Golden Lily, you will be torn apart and emotionally raw.
Yeah, you remember the last line of Bloodlines. I was like “OH HELL YES!” But the end scene of The Golden Lily? Killer. It’s a scene you’ll want to reread a million times — a scene that will leave you BEGGING for more.
Sigh. I leave you with that. SO GOOD.
PS: Just imagine my internal dialogue while this was happening last weekend…HAHAHAHA.
(Jen and I may or may not have freaked out. Yes, that is Richelle.)