Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) ~ Richelle Mead

This is a young adult urban fantasy novel. (Rated PG-13)

4 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

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.

My Review

What can I say about this series? The first thing is that I stopped listening after a bit because the cliffhanger in the last book didn’t deliver the drama that I expected. So, I stopped. And really at the end of the day, I probably wasn’t in the mood to read YA (young adult) at the time. This is because when I started listening again, I was laughing and found it immensely entertaining.

Sydney is still pretty dull. And because of her been dull and not with the program, we the readers know stuff she doesn’t. Thankfully, it didn’t get on my nerves but I could see where it could have. But at the same time, her dim wittiness, my makes for some funny moments. Adrian is a hoot as always. You have to love him there is just no way around it.

The plot was fairly predictable and maybe because the only one out of the loop was Sydney. So it might be by design. Still, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one.

So, do I recommend. Yes. For those lovers of VA, just know that this is so far different from that series as you can get. Still, if you go in with that knowledge, you’ll be able to enjoy this one for what it is.

Audio Review

Read by Emily Shaffer who did the latter half of the Vampire Academy (VA) series. She does an excellent job using the same voices from VA for the characters making it easy to follow. I really do enjoy her narration and will listen to her again.

My book boyfriend, Adrian.

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  1. I didn't really like bloodlines. I am hoping this one is better. Nice review. :)

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  2. I need to pick this one up, I am hoping ill like it better than the first one ;-)

  3. I thought it was better. It's still not as good as VA.