Goodreads Rating: 4.37 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publishing Date: January 8th, 2013
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?
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Buddy read with sis Pearl (Click her name to read her fab review!)
After 2 years, I have finally continued the Bloodlines series. I purposely put this off for a while and wait for the books to be released (now they are all out. i’m gonna binge read the series. I’m just not a fan of cliffhangers). It’s a bit tough getting into the story and I’m glad Richelle Mead wrote snippets to refresh my mind on the events happened from the previous book.
Golden Lily is a fantastic sequel. The twists are better and it puts me on the edge of my seat. I’m enjoying this more than theVampire Academy series because it’s more complex, has darker theme and filled with wonderful characters.
The story starts on what’s left on the previous book as Sydney continues to protect the remaining family member (aside from Vasilissa Dragomir – who is now a Queen) of the Dragomir clan, Jill Mastrano Dragomir along with the dhampirs, Eddie & Angeline. Oh, let’s not forget the hot vampire, Adrian Ivashkov who is still healing from a heartbreak from Rose Hathaway (grr). As her duty goes on, Sydney’s relationship with the gang develops an attachment towards them. It’s like she found a family who supports her regardless of what they are but as an Alchemist, she shouldn’t be. The mere idea conflicts her whether she should trust her Alchemy beliefs or choose what she wants to believe in. There are so many things happened in this book. More secrets in the Alchemy world, a new group threatening the vampires, an experiment to prevent Strigoi conversion and Sydney exploring relationship. I just enjoy every single one of them.
Sydney Sage is an intelligent, genuine, selfless, caring, loyal and amazing heroine. Her character exhibits such a great character development throughout the story. She may not be as badass as Rose Hathaway but she’s an incredibly likable character. I love how she believes in one person’s abilities and talents when no one else does. She appreciates someone’s effort and continually motivates a person to excel. That’s what she did to Adrian Ivashkov. I just love this guy more than anything.He’s protective, adorable, swoon-worthy, loving,and has a great sense of humor.
I cannot take this anymore and let’s get to the point: SYDRIAN.
I SHIP SYDRIAN FOREVER. I ship these two when they were in Vampire Academy. It’s obvious there is an attraction between them but it’s still underdeveloped. Their relationship progressed really slow just enough as they get to know each other. I FEEL SO GIDDY. IT GIVES ME BUTTERFLIES. THANK GOODNESS THIS SPIN-OFF SERIES EXISTS! THAT ENDING? OMFG. MY FEELS. HEART EYES. I seriously want to swat Sydney on that part. I just can’t imagine if I’ve read this ages ago and I WILL WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL? I’ll go damn ballistic.