Book: The Golden Lily, Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines Series, #2
Release Date: June 12th 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Oh, my God, I loved this book. I am on so many teams now it’s not even funny. I’m Team Edward, Team Demitri, Team Daemon and now Team Adrian! I always loved Adrian and hated that he had to suffer in VA when Rose dumped him for Demitri. In Bloodlines, the first in the series, there wasn’t a lot of romance, which I had to criticize Mead for. However she totally makes up for it in The Golden Lily! From Sydney finally getting some kind of a dating life with socially awkward, brain-smart Brayden, to her absolutely adorable blooming friendship with Adrian, I loved it! I wanted every scene to be about Sydney and Adrian. There was also the expansion of Vampire Hunters, which became an actual threat to a member of the group, when they always thought it was just a silly tale they just endured from a senile old man.
I have to admit, in the VA series, when Sydney was introduced, at first I didn’t like her at all. She seemed so disgusted with vampires and a little annoying. I wasn’t sure what the spinoff series would be like with her as the main character. I have totally come to love her, though! In this book her self-esteem issues are covered, and we see her go through her being torn between loyalty toward her fellow Alchemists, and her heart. I can’t wait to see more of her in the coming books.
I am eternally Team Adrian, so when I found out he was going to be in the spinoff series, I couldn’t wait. There can never seem to be enough Adrian-typed snarky comments in Mead’s books. We also delve deeper into his character, such as his very rocky relationship with his father and how he deals with seeing Demitri Belikov, the man the girl of his dreams dumped him for. Adrian is also perhaps the sweetest boy in the world, as even though he didn’t have proper guardian training, he would still promise Sydney to protect her no matter what, which is so cute. If it was just Adrian in the next book, his awesome personality would still be able to make it interesting.
Sydney & Adrian
If these two don’t get together, I think I’m gonna die. At first you could see just how close they were to each other, by them noticing little things about each other no one else could, and how Adrian was really quick to defend Sydney. The bond between them was definitely explored in this book and it was the sweetest thing in the world. You could see Sydney’s conflictions whenever she was with Adrian, and you could see how much Adrian cared for her whenever he talked to her and how he would make any excuse to spend time alone with her.
The ending made me want to scream aloud. It was brilliant, yet horrible because now I have to wait until February 12th 2013 for the sequel, Indigo Spell and see how Adrian and Sydney’s relationship progresses. However, this book was pretty fantastic and would recommend to any Richelle Mead fan.