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The Golden Lily

Mead, Richelle (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Golden Lily
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At a boarding school in glamorous Palm Springs, California, alchemist Sydney must protect the vampires-in-hiding from the threat of other humans, a task made harder by forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer.
Authors: Mead, Richelle
Title: The golden lily
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, 2012.
Characteristics: 417 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: At a boarding school in glamorous Palm Springs, California, alchemist Sydney must protect the vampires-in-hiding from the threat of other humans, a task made harder by forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer.
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ISBN: 1595143181
9781595143181
Statement of Responsibility: Richelle Mead
Subject Headings: Palm Springs (Calif.) Juvenile fiction. Dating (Social customs) Juvenile fiction. Schools Juvenile fiction. Boarding schools Juvenile fiction. Alchemists Juvenile fiction. Vampires Juvenile fiction. Vampires Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Dating (Social customs)
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Alchemists
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LCCN: 2012012244
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Sep 04, 2014
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

3/9 - Another fantastic installation in this series (and by 'series' I include the Vampire Academy books as well). Read it over two very late nights, so fast that I didn't have the time or inclination to stop to make notes or write an interim review like I usually do, so this'll have to be a slightly briefer review than is normal for me.

I'm really loving Sydney (except for the alliteration) Sage as the MC for this spinoff series. I'm not positive, but I think I might like her better than Rose. She makes noticeably less (or almost none) stupid mistakes and doesn't behave like a wild and reckless teenager (despite being the same age as Rose), which makes her much easier to sympathise with, and agree with. Jill is turning out to be a nice, stable, secondary heroine and while I can't completely forget his behaviour in the Vampire Academy books I no longer find Adrian hateable. There's still some teen angst (Eddie!!) and a teenage girl who makes stupid decisions (Angeline), but she's not billed as an intelligent and 'special' girl who's going to save them all and she's not THE VOICE we have to listen throughout the series so it's more acceptable.

Aug 11, 2014
  • ShamaBole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I don't get why the protagonist would be attracted to the "bad guy". He's irresponsible and mooches off her money. And constantly postures. Why would someone so competent have any patience with that?
And on a minor note, she is fastidious about her studies and work in general but apparently not her grammar. "Me, neither" is the correct response, not "Me either". It jars a bit.

Feb 23, 2014
  • Monikan21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Book 2 in Bloodlines series, preceded by Bloodlines and followed by Indigo Spells. This series is not as good as VA but it is still very enjoyable. Finally both Adrian and Sydney are becoming better characters - let's see where that takes us

Jul 19, 2013
  • anigirl10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Such a great sequel to Bloodlines. I loved Bloodlines and was hoping that this book would live up to Bloodlines' standards. And it sure did. I devoured this book in a day and am now moving on to Indigo Spell.

Jul 14, 2013
  • happycanuck rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well done and liked this offshoot from the main vampire series,. Had many good sub-plots.

ohmygod cannot wait to read this book!! i have loved this very series from the beginning! they also have a manga that goes along!!

Aug 11, 2012
  • daisy1182 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved the Vampire Academy series and the the first book of the Bloodlines series. I thought this book was great. I couldn't put it down at all, i just wanted to keep reading. I thought the ending was great but I don't want to wait until next year to find out what happens next. Great book to read whether your into vampires or not.

Aug 07, 2012
  • Bducey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Richelle Mead always writes amazing books. This is the second book in the Bloodlines series and although it did drag, about 200 pages in it started to pick up. I was secretly wanting Rose to pop up through out the book, I was not disappointed with the story line. I cannot wait for the third book to come out and can only hope this series is as good as Vampire Academy.

Aug 07, 2012
  • Ulla11 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Just finished the second book in the Bloodlines series and while it was interesting, I must say that it dragged a bit for me. Yes, the ending was great - and I did want to slap Sidney too - but not altogether unpredictable. Many story points were actually quire predictable. Regardless, it is still great entertainment and I will definitely read the next installment. Oh, and do read the Vampire Academy series first. It will make you appreciate and like this spin off, and help you tollerate some of its shortcoming too.

Jul 29, 2012
  • areeba708 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i was sooo upset at he adrian. i was like first he got dumped by rose now sydney too

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Sep 04, 2014
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 19, 2013
  • anigirl10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 29, 2012
  • areeba708 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 23, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The second book in Richelle Meads series about Sydney Sage. An human alchemist pledged to keep the world of vampires under wraps, she finds herself increasingly conflicted. She is beginning to really enjoy the vamps' company. On assignment helping to keep a vamp in hiding, she ponders her own changing attitudes toward both her own people, and the creatures of the night.

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. Formerly 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 the 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 Brayden, 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.

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