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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Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is seriously one of my favorite authors. She’s written two, no three great Young Adult series that hold a very dear place in my heart. While she does have two other adult series and a standalone novel, this is the first of those adult series that I have read. Now let’s get this party started.

Synopses

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

-Via Goodreads

Review

I don’t even know where to start, as is usually the case. I have officially become obsessed. It’s hard not to get caught up in the elaborate world(s) Richelle Mead creates.

While this novel is told in third person omniscient, it’s not very difficult to keep track of who the narrator is following. In this particular novel, the story follows Mae, Justin, and Teresa, a.k.a Tessa. Three very different characters who have a very interesting relationship. Not only that but they are in completely different places in their lives when first introduced.

Tessa is a girl from a rural area of the country after everything has become organized and like super futuristic. Mae is feels like she’s being punished after a fight that occurred at a funeral. And Justin is just being his usual, charming self, but this time it’s in exile.

It’s such an intricate world. The country has no religion yet it allows certain religions to continue practice. The regular civilians are afraid of the country’s super-soldiers. Not only that, but most of the people are referred to in the same way that the Romans referred to their people. There were the patricians and the plebeians. And apparently there’s people that are prejudice towards both groups.

I think my favorite part about this whole novel was the mystery surrounding the deaths of all the nearly perfect people. By this I mean the people who, after several diseases affected the population for years, had nearly perfect health. Mae is one of those perfect patricians. And my god that mystery is kind of insane.

Like how does Richelle come up with these insane mysteries. And can we talk about the budding romance between Mae and Justin? They seem to compliment each other but they have such a tense relationship. Literally, their entire relationship is hilarious and so tense. Like super tense. There’s this whole issue with lying and some kind of crazy deal with a god.

I hope that eventually Richelle continues with this series after completing The Glittering Court series. I had such a great time reading this and really want the other books in the series to also be published. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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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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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This is seriously one of my absolute favorite book series of all time. And as you can tell, I read ALOT of series. Let’s get to why this book is amazing.

Description

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . . 

 

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.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

 

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. (Via GoodReads)

Review

Okay so maybe vampire aren’t all that popular anymore. I get it, we have been obsessed with vampires since the start of Twilight. But this is one of those series that will make you like the genre a bit better.

 

As you can tell, the story focuses on Rose Hathaway. And let me tell you, she is a badass. (Pardon my French). She’s hilarious! There are so many funny moments I don’t even know where to start.

 

And not only is she hilarious, her willingness to do what it takes to make sure her best friend is happy and safe is something to be admired. And let’s get talking about the serious eye candy in this series. Dimitri: I think he is six feet tall, has longish hair and is Russian. What else can a girl ask for? Seriously he’s my favorite character in this book other than Rose. And my gosh, the way those two act when around each other… Well you’ll just have to read to find out won’t you ;). And if it wasn’t obvious, I totally and completely ship Dimitri and Rose, A.K.A. Romitri. Christian Ozera, Lissa Dragomir, Mia, Mason, and a few others, yep I’m talking about Jesse and the rest of the Brat Pack, are very involved in this story since it’s mostly about friendship.

 

The one thing that really threw me off was who the bad guy turned out to be. I so wasn’t expecting it, the first time I read it… but the betrayal is so huge I can’t even get into it.

But my gosh there was so much drama in this book. It’s like being in high school all over again, except without all the royals and power plays and magic. It’s a vampire story, it’s to be expected that they are different from other vamp stories out there.

 

Richelle has a really great writing style and it’s easy to follow. All in all, I enjoyed the wit and the plot twists, there’s always more than one. And I look forward to seeing the characters grow and mature and the rest of their adventures. I really hope you consider reading this series because it is absolutely my favorite.

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Oh my gosh! That’s all i can say about this book. There was so much to it I just couldn’t put it down. Let me give you a quick overview and then we’ll get to the actual review. I will apologize now for being late with my review and if I accidentally spoil something.

Description

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands… (via Goodreads)

Review

I literally could not put this book down! I really loved Richelle Mead’s new fantasy world. The dresses, the dancing, the whole finishing school. I would have loved, and hated, to be apart of that era. Seriously though, this books is a great read.

The book is written from Lady Elizabeth “Adelaide” Witmore, Countess of Rothford. She’s so sassy, and it’s fairly noticeable that she can be a spoiled brat. But, she’s not completely selfish, at least as the book continues.

So as you’ve guessed, books aren’t all that entertaining unless there is conflict. And boy was there conflict. Seriously, there was never a dull moment. When Adelaide told off that one girl, I was dying of laughter, figuratively I mean. There were several moments when I just couldn’t help but laugh, Adelaide is so witty. I have a love-hate relationship with her. Then again she did it all for survival.

What was really great about this story is that Elizabeth, the protagonist’s real name, wasn’t just thinking about herself the entire time. She would think about how her actions affected others, i.e. Mira, Cedric, her grandmother, etc. Some of her actions weren’t completely selfish, and she definitely grew as a person, and by that I mean character.

But let’s get back to the story… There was so much drama, I almost couldn’t handle it. I know it was either Cosmopolitan Magazine or Seventeen Magazine that said this book would interest you if you like the CW’s latest hit Reign. And they do have a point, there was so much backstabbing and lies it was hard to keep track.

But seriously, the antagonist, i.e. the bad guy, was someone I least expected it from. Then again I’m easily wooed by characters who have “pretty” words. The biggest shocker was how well Elizabeth adjusted to her new lives and roles. I’m all for “love conquering all” and I have yet to find one of Richelle’s books that makes me believe the contrary.

Can I just discuss how Adelaide is a con-artist? I mean seriously, she stole someone else’s, i.e. her maid’s, identity and involved Cedric and Mira in her little con. I mean even Cedric’s father called her a con-artists. I suppose it was a good thing too, since it ended up saving Cedric’s life in the end.

All in all, I really loved this book. It had action, adventure, backstabbing, comedy, drama, romance. I mean seriously how is this not a great book. I highly recommend it. Best part is that you can read it as a stand alone book. Sure there will be questions left by some of the characters but, hey this is only book one of three.

So the next time you seem to have trouble finding something to read, pick up a copy of The Glittering Court, it won’t disappoint.

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