Release Date: June 12, 2012
Pages: Hardcover (418pgs)
Age Group: Young Adult
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Description: The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spin off 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.
Review: This book continues with Sydney's journey on protecting Jill while they are in Palm Springs hiding. The last book ends with Keith teaming up with Moroi and selling their blood. We learn what happens to Keith and what the Alchemists have done to him. For the first time Sydney thinks things have finally calmed down and gone back to normal. Normal as things can be in her situation. Sydney is proved wrong, and her life turns upside down by the end of this book.
I have to say that I enjoyed this book more than Bloodlines. The romance Richelle writes was fantastic. Sydney is new to the dating world, and she is already socially awkward at times. It was fantastic to see how Sydney's character develops in this book. I couldn't help but laugh reading all the things Sydney encounters and needs advice on about dating. I know all girls can relate. At some point we have all been there and asked our friends for advice.
Adrian is the character that grew the most in the book. I am already an Adrian fan, and my love for him just grew deeper. I feel Adrian is a misunderstood person, and people don't give him enough credit. They have already written him off as the guy who is lazy, procrastinator, and will never amount to anything. Since people already think these things about him, he just lives up to what they think. There is so much more to him, and Richelle lets everyone see it in The Golden Lily.
Jill and Eddie were more minor characters in the book, but we still see character development with them. Jill has definitely grown up from Bloodlines. Eddie is still Eddie, great as always. February 12, 2013 can not come fast enough for The Indigo Spell which is the next installment of Bloodlines.