July 06, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead Review

The Golden Lily
Bloodlines #2
by Richelle Mead
Published on June 12th 2012
Razorbill, 418 pages
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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

If you visit my blog often, then you should probably know Richelle Mead is my favourite author ever. Since years now. So you can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on The Golden Lily! But.. this book somehow just felt off

Don't get me wrong. I really wanted to like it. Bloodlines was somehow ok, though it's not Vampire Academy. But it's Richelle Mead for god's sake!! So I decided to read this serie as well. And I had high hopes for the second instalment in the serie, because with the first I still haven't got that feeling about it. But I was disappointed. It was good, but not as sweep-me-off-my-feet as I wanted it to be.

The plot of the story was fairly predictable. I mean, I could tell the villians apart quite soon. 
And the misterious things that were happening.. well, I got a good feeling who was responsible for them. So really, the result haven't really surprised me.

Syndey. Sweet heaven, Sydney. Her practical nature and everything is filled with logic - I get it. But hell, sometimes she was just annoying. That guy she dated, OMG, that was just awful. Sure, sometimes hilarious, but most of the time it was just boring. And the magic. God, this was so frustrating. You have the ability to use magic and you don't want to use it, because it's not natural?! For heaven's sake, what the hell?! Grrr, this make me so angry.

Adrian. Oh wow, haven't seen it coming. The guy actually has put his shit together. He is feeling better and he also function better. Which is a relief, because really, I didn't like see him in pain. 

Dimitri. Ahh, always Dimitri <3 And Sonya. Well, this was off as well. The research thing was whatever. We actually haven't solved out much in this book. Which I've found odd, because come on!! I want to know what's different about Sydney's blood and why former Strigoi can't turn back!! And I wanted the two of them to be more into the story. Or that Rose would come visit. No such luck there. 

Maybe it's just that I am waiting for Sydney to turn into some version of Rose and that there would be waaaay more action. Or maybe it's just that I am used to Richelle's writing and this book is, well, different. But I must admit, the kissing scene is pretty amazing!

Somehow I have a feeling in this book our beloved characters haven't resolved anything about the mystery ahead of us. And that annoys me too. Ok, we get new knowledge about things we didn't know before.. but, I think this wasn't really enough. 


Liviania said...

I like Sydney. She's a logical, organized person in a crazy action series. Plus, she's really struggling in moving past the way she was raised.

Sam said...

I wasn't a fan of Sydney in Bloodlines and it was partly the reason why I didn't enjoy the book as much as VA. Like you, I think maybe I keep expecting her to rise to the same level as Rose, even though they are completely different people. It's a shame this sequel didn't blow you away, but I'm glad you still liked it. Great review, Nea! :)

Rachel @ Unforgettable Books said...

:) The last scene was amazing. I can understand your complaints. I still enjoyed all the swoonworthy moments of the book despite the predictibleness. the writing was as amazing as always and the main cast was great. Wonderful review Nea! I'm glad you were able to enjoy TGL!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

You know, from what I've been seeing around the blogosphere, it seems like people who were in love with Vampire Academy haven't been quite as thrilled with Bloodline, and vice versa. For me, while I enjoyed the VA series, I definitely like Bloodlines better. Weird, right?

Kristin Feliz said...

Nea!!! I agree!!! Sydney was a tad bit annoying in this one and Brayden was just obnoxious! I didn't get it!

The only thing that made this book worthwhile was Adrian. Even though most of his scenes left me in a corner with my heart breaking!

The kiss scene was PHENOMENAL and I kinda wish there was more of that! I guess we'll just have to wait until The Indigo Spell is released next year!


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