Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2
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. Alchemists 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. Formorly 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 her 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 Braydon, 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?
The characters in these books are everything!
There is such a diversity of personalities in the characters that are in this book with the whole group that has come together.
I especially love how Adrian and Sydney have developed so much and you wouldn’t think that their characters would cross paths because they are so different. And that is what makes this series so interesting.
Everyone always has each other’s backs and even though Sydney has been raised to not trust vampirs, you can see how much has changed.
I’m so excited to see what more is going to come with Sydney’s adventure!
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
Sydney’s first attempt was a ⅖ stars but the forbidden love is 5/5 stars.
Age Recommendation: 14+