Fri, April 20, 2012

Spoiler-Free Review of The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Golden Lily Richelle Mead book cover

The Golden Lily
By Richelle Mead
Publication date: June 12, 2012
Razorbill, 418 pages
Source: Borrowed from the goddess that is Heidi

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!

My Totally Spoiler-Free List of 5 Things You Should Know About The Golden Lily: 

1. Sydney is more like Rose than I ever thought possible.

No, she’s not a dhampir! Calm down! What I mean is that, when we first met her, Sydney seemed uptight and frightened. But the more I get to know her, the more I see her as brave, loyal and independent. This is everything we love in Richelle Mead’s main characters.

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.
Oh, Adrian.

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Just imagine my internal dialogue while this was happening last weekend…HAHAHAHA.

Anna and Jen with Richelle Mead

(Jen and I may or may not have freaked out. Yes, that is Richelle.)

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: paranormal, richelle mead, romance, vampires
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  1. Scarlett said:

    OI! No loving books so much so early!!! I’m totally with you though on loving getting to know the characters in this series since they played such a small roll in VA. I’m SO excited for even more character development! Yay!….and meeting Richelle Mead?….let’s just say your life is pretty friggin awesome!

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  2. Noemy said:

    Thank you so much for this review !!!!!! I haven’t read TGL yet obviously (but dying to…2 months is still such a long time away my heart can’t take it anymore lol) but I agree with you on how much growth both Sydney and Adrian have gone throught in just the space of one book. I loved them both in Bloodlines (Adrian’s awesome in this one I like him so much more than in VA) and yes I know that it’s not just about the romance but man, I want them to be together so badly 😀 oh and I can’t wait to read that killer ending : i’m a little bit anxious now O_O

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  3. VeganYANerds said:

    This is one of the books that I am most looking forward to this year!!! I love this review, Anna, you have me even more excited to read The Golden Lily!!

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  4. Kellie-Jayne said:

    She’s wearing a Jem & the Holograms shirt!!!!!!

    Sorry… Anyways. Can not WAIT for TGL to come out.
    I was very DimitriDimitriDimitri… Until we met Adrian, and he’s been my man ever since 😉

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  5. heidi @ ya bibliophile said:

    Yay! Glad you loved it 🙂 Also, you’re too funny. Not that I mind being called a goddess 😉

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  6. Tara said:

    This totally got me pumped for this book!! I’m dying over here!

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  7. jen said:

    YES. i cannot wait for saturday! (or tuesday, when i’ll be able to start reading it)
    it pumps me up so much more to know that Adrian is even more frickin swoonworthy. and WHY is it ending on a cliffhanger again? it’s gonna take everything in me to not flip to the last page. you know that, right?

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  8. Mallory said:

    I am seriously DYING to get my hands on this book. I am completely obsessed with everything Richelle does and I am so excited to see Adrian and Sydney grow. She writes the most amazing characters, it’s astounding really how good she is at that.

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  9. Steph said:

    Oh man, I am 100x more anxious for this book now. I AM a little nervous about that ending….but bring it! I am ready to be left emotionally raw by Richelle Mead. Thanks for the review!

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  10. Dani said:

    Really good review! And: You are very lucky ;D
    What do you think about my suggestion of Adrian – Ryan Sypek?

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  11. Mandy said:

    This is a great review!

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  12. celeste o said:

    OMG now I’m even more excited to read it! Thanks for the great review.

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  13. Nikki said:

    Anna, this review is absolute torture! As a devoted Adrian fan since Frostbite, I love this spinoff series. And your review has me PUMPED!! I cannot wait.

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  14. Jane said:

    I am SO jealous!! I recently re-read the whole Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines… and of course, now I’m dying for more. Glad to hear its good!

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  15. Chrissy said:

    Sorry I just was not into this series at all. I love VA and was really looking forward to this series but I was really disappointed. The only reason why I am still going to buy the golden lily is because Dimitri has a part. In my opinion Rose and Dimitri’s story still has a lot to it.

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  16. Rachel said:

    Omg! I just read TGL last Sunday. I can’t stop thinking about that unforgettable ending. It sending shivers done my spine. I always been in love with Adrian because he is so unpredictable and hilarious. I feel Sydney is a fantastic character who is sort of similar to Meghan in the iron fey series. They are both their own incredible characters but that begin as non fighters but grow throughout their respective series. I relate so well with Sydney in her loyalty and uncertainty. TGL is a special, rememberable book. Wonderful review remarks!
    Nice to meet you!

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  17. Colleen said:

    I can not wait for this book. I totally loved the Ampire Academy books and loved the first Bloodlines book. I am so getting it the day or day after it comes out! 🙂

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  18. Oda said:

    Yeay, a golden lily scoop.
    I want it to be june, now 😛
    + saw this on richelles facebook page and looked on youre blogg ingenerall. looove it! 😛 got me a book blogg to read often now 😀
    read a lot of the same books as you.

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  19. Lori said:

    I didn’t love Bloodline nearly as much as the VA series, but now I’m excited for this one!! I’ve always been team Adrian so it’s great to hear he’s just as crazy as usual. 🙂

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  20. Eunice said:

    OMG! Ugh your review just made me a hundred times more excited to read The Golden Lily!!! 😀

    You’re comment on the ending is making me freak out! Dammit! June should come faster!

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  21. Samantha said:

    I have a feeling sydney is gonna kiss Adrian at the end of this book.
    Thanks for the Review!

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  22. Jia said:

    Thanks for the review!! Really can’t wait to read TGL!!! Sydrian<3<3<3

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  23. Carrie said:

    I’m so in love with Adrian. At first I was in love with Dimitri, but now im like screw him. I can’t wait for TGL. I so want Sydney and Adrian to get together. But what if that dude Brayden is part of the Vampire Hunter. Omg can’t wait to see what happens. Im going to die.

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  24. Jade said:

    Love the blog and all, but where did you read The Golden Lily? I know it comes out in June, but I want to read it, so so bad!
    Thankx

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  25. Angelina said:

    I didn’t think that I’d love the Bloodline series this much.. I’m really excited about Adrian and Sydney and I have to say that I agree with you in most parts!! I used not to like Sydney and think of her as a coward and I couldn’t see anything brave in her.. and Adrian seemed so weak but both of the characters are developing so well! I just can’t wait! The only thing that still confuses me is that I can’t watch Rose from Sydney’s point of view.. and I keep thinking what would Rose do or think in every situation.. I thnik I just need my time.. but the series are SO good and Richelle is my fav writer!!!

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  26. shiropa said:

    can You tell me if Dimitri will be there in Bloodlines 3 too, I mean did he leave Palm Spring in TGL or there is a chance we can see him more later.Because I really want to read about him more along with Bloodlines team

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  27. iamjenai said:

    I loved VA so much but I was so disappointed with Bloodlines and the only reason why I am excited to buy the The Golden Lily is because of Dimitri. *sigh* I hope it’s better than Bloodlines…

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  28. Rena said:

    Hi Anna,

    I love YA novels too. Thanks for the review. I’ll check it out.

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