Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

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. They 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. 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.

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?

Well, where to begin?

I guess I should start with the fact that Sydney is a lot like me. No, I'm not a super genius or religious like her. I mean, I like to be informed in all subjects, like her. She catches onto things easily, and so do I. We both question things subtly, without making a scene. This is why I love this character.

Okay, in the summary, it says she has a "new romance with Brayden, a cute.." Stop there. I didn't like this guy. Maybe he was cute. Idunno. He was pretentious and a jerk and no matter how smart he is, I would NEVER go out with him.

The writing in this was amazing. How Richelle created suspense and foreshadowing. Pure epicness.

My favorite part was Adrian's growth. Yeah, y'all remember Adrian? The immature drunk? He's a lot better know. Could this be because of someone else? Hmmm.. Read and find out ;)

But the end... Wow. That has me wanting the third book NOW. I can't believe it ended like that and how Sydney acted. I hope everything works out later in the series.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I can relate to Sydney as well. I've always said she is my spirit animal (literature wise), haha.

Agreed. Richelle is the queen of foreshadowing. She did it a lot in this book.

And Adrian grew so much. He's come a long way since VA.