The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

This is the sequel to Bloodlines. And it continues the story of Sydney Sage. Any more info you need, just click the link. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Synopsis

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?

-Via Goodreads

Review

I absolutely love, love, LOVE Sydney. She is absolutely hilarious, and so relatable. And I love that Richelle Mead decided to include some of the fan favorites from the original series. Meanwhile, there are some new, interesting characters.

What I love most about this series is the hilarious characters and all their intertwined relationship. Seriously, Angelique is one of my favorite characters. She’s like a wild Rose. Trey is just the funniest. First he thinks Sydney is out to destroy him, academically that is, then he tries to set her up with one of his friends, then he’s involved with the whole Sonya situation. I can’t keep up with everything.

Dimitri and Adrian at odds, not surprising since Rose is involved. Eddie is avoiding Angelique because… um things are just awkward with them. Jill and Micah are at an odd place. So are Sydney and Adrian. But Adrian is seriously the best. I mean really he does several things just to spend time with Sydney. Sure he’s being manipulative as hell, but that is the only time he actually gets to spend with her. My absolute favorite scene in the entire book, which is also a sad scene, is when Sydney and Adrian are at his apartment and the lights go out due to the storm.

So Trey setting up Sydney…. hilariously awkward. Sure the dude kept up with her intellectually, but in matters of the heart, not so much. And can someone please applaud Adrian for calling Sydney out on her almost sort of eating disorder.

Okay, I’ve been avoiding talking about the whole Sonya issue. Basically she was kidnapped by a group of crazies who at one time or another were connected to the Alchemists. Dimitri and Eddie save the day and Sydney uses her “magic” Ms. Terwilliger keeps bugging her about. If you want to know more, pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble or from the links below.

I have such a fun time every time I read this series. The characters are wacky and they somehow end up in random situations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

This series is the spin-off to one of my favorite series, one that i’ve now re-read about 4 times, Vampire Academy. I’ve reviewed the first two books in that series, Vampire Academy and Frostbite. I do have to point out that I am seriously a huge fan of Richelle Mead. I’ve read all of her young adult series and novels: Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Glittering Court and Soundless. I have also recently started to read her adult series. Anyway, let’s get started.

Synopsis

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

(Via Goodreads)

Review

Okay my friends, for those of you who have read the entire Vampire Academy series and haven’t heard of this series, or don’t really know what this is about, this is set in the exact same world with some of the characters from the original series as well as some new ones. Who doesn’t love that?!

As you can already tell, the story is going to focus on Sydney and her struggles with the Alchemists after what happened with Rose back in Russia in one of the Vampire Academy novels. And quite honestly, I feel like this novel was such a great introduction to the new plotlines introduced in this novel as well as the ones that were left unresolved in Last Sacrifice.

And the best part of this novel? Adrian, of course! You guys know exactly who I’m referring to. Also, I can’t forget the Rose and Abe cameos. One of my absolute favorites of the new characters is Ms. Terwilliger. She’s absolutely hilarious. And with every series there has to be at least one villain in each book. In this particular book, it’s another alchemist. How shocking, NOT!

Anyway, it’s different reading Sydney’s point of view, just because she’s so socially inept. But she is seriously one of the most relatable female characters out there.  I totally recommend this novel because it is so much fun to read, there are so many plot twists, and some of the characters are absolutely hilarious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not more.

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Frostbite (VA #2) by Richelle Mead

I really can’t with this book. A lot happens and it’s kind of hard to process all the feels but I’ll try. Be aware, there may be SPOILERS. It’s bound to happen when I’m talking anything Vampire Academy.

Description

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…

 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

 

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined… (Via GoodReads)

Review

Wow, okay…seriously. What doesn’t happen in this book?

Several love triangles occur, Rose’s mom is involved, a few Strigoi attacks, a kidnapping, and the killing of two Strigoi. Like I said, a lot happens. All this in a span of 327 pages. Along with all this, we are introduced to several new character, i.e. many fan favorites like: Janine Hathaway, Adrian Ivashkov; and fan not-so-favorites like: Tasha Ozera. But let’s get into what we really care about: THE DRAMA.

Rason happens, but then Mia gets all up in there, along with Rose’s feelings for Dimitri, and ends up ruining that ship. Guess that was bound to happen after all of their drama in the first novel, Vampire Academy,which I happen to have reviewed as well. While there is still Mia drama going on, we kind of start to feel bad for Mia, after what happened to her mom. I say kind of because while she’s hurting, emotionally, she’s also screwing with other people, i.e. Rose, Mason, Adrian.

Speaking of which, this is the book we get to meet Adrian Ivashkov. A Moroi with a lot of association with bad news. We find out that his partying habits have something to do with his powers. If you’ve read the series, you know what I’m talking about. And it’s ironic that Janine thinks that Adrian is going to be Rose’s downfall. He is the one with a crush on Rose, so really Janine – and Dimitri – have nothing to worry about. Stinking Mia who’s causing trouble between Rason because of Adrian.

Speaking of Janine, I wasn’t a huge fan of hers when she is first introduced and other moments that follow, mostly because of how Rose described her and how she behaved, but by the end, there was a change of heart in both Rose and myself. P.S. I didn’t think Janine was as bad as Rose made her out to be, but I still wasn’t her number one fan.

In case you haven’t read my Vampire Academy review, you should probably know that I ship Romitri, A.K.A Rose & Dimitri. So now that you are aware, you can understand my dislike for Tasha Ozera, Christian’s batsh*t crazy aunt. She’s a part of one of the aforementioned love triangles. Or in the Romitri case, a love pentagon. Told you there was drama.

Fortunately, Dimitri and Rose both accept that they’re more than attracted to each other and are going to try to make their relationship work. But the cost was too high :'(.

And the plot thickens when Rason breaks up, causing Mason to do something idiotic. This leads to Rose doing something equally as crazy and the group ends up getting kidnapped. For how long, I can’t say for sure, but it’s because of Rose’s quick thinking in the end that most of that group escaped. I can’t talk about it or I will start bawling my eyes out.

While this book had a bittersweet ending, it is still one of my favorites. If you do decide you want to read this novel, you might want to read the series in order because some of the conflicts in one book appear in two or three books later. I highly recommend this series and this book. While some people enjoy reading series out of order, if you read this one before Vampire Academy, you won’t be completely lost, you just won’t know much of the backstories. Other than that I hope you enjoy it almost as much as I did, if not more.

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