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Review: The Golden Lily

The Golden Lily
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Read the blurb from the back of the book here.

Is it heresy to say that I’m liking Bloodlines much better than Vampire Academy? That I’m liking Sydney a whole heap more than I ever did Rose?

I just found Rose to be a ‘try hard’. I didn’t like Rose’s rebellious, angry, & wary attitude. Not that it’s without cause but I just found it to be really annoying. On the other hand, Sydney seems to be the opposite. She’s trying to obey all the rules, to follow the principles grounded in her since childhood, to please one’s parent, and more than a little bit OCD (organising sweet packets by color & size? C’mon!). These were the main things that I can relate to. Yep, I’m a little bit OCD (just a teeny weeny bit) and the Asian in me is big about being obedient & pleasing one’s parent etc. Being able to identify with the main character is the key factor to enjoying a book I’m reading.

With The Golden Lily, I’m loving Sydney more and more. She’s just absolutely lovely. She’s loving, considerate, warm, and all round goodness. Her character is developed a lot more especially as we see her interact socially a lot more and opening herself up to her friends. She’s strong and brave, willing to face up to challenges set in front of her. She finds it utterly terrifying to face any challenges against the deep-seated beliefs ingrained in her innermost self and yet when the situation calls, she knows where her priorities lie.

I’m happy with the character development of Jill and Adrian too. They matured a lot more in this book and I supposed since they are linked, it’s not surprising that they kind of ‘grew up’ together. We are also introduced to Angeline, she is just… so… precious(!), and Brayden (Sydney’s love interest), well, I think I love one of the things Sydney liked about him: he smells like… COFFEE!! *hhhmmm, I could do with one right now*

Even then, things seem a bit slow in the romance department. Although, seeing that Sydney is blind as a bat when it comes to this part of life, it’s not surprising. She is learning though, at a snail’s pace. (I’m not complaining, I love the suspense & as it is, can’t wait for the next instalment. I am a little sad that I’ve finished reading it so quickly!)

It was definitely a quick read for me, it was just that absorbing and I got carried away with the story. There were so many hints/clues peppered through the book that when the ‘truth’ comes to light, you are just like ‘umph, predictable’ and yet, the big mysteries are still pending. We found out a lot more about Trey and a very little more on Ms Terwilliger but they are, by no means, concluded. I think we are in for a lot more surprises there.

“Yes, I decided. Yes, it was worth it.”

(Yeah, okay, I know, I’m such a tease.)

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CAUGHT: The Golden Lily ARC

OMG, I can’t believe it (!!!) I am holding an ARC copy of The Golden Lily!!

I was so busy yesterday that I didn’t see the “hunt” was on in Sydney til evening and was kinda happy that no one caught it yet (sorry, peepz! No hard feelings…).  I crossed my fingers hoping that the next location will be Martin Place, Sydney (just around the corner from my office).

All morning I’ve been distracted and probably drove my colleague crazy too, LOL.  I kept checking & refreshing the Penguin Teen Australia page.  And… THERE IT WAS!!  I ran out of the office and…




Here I am holding the most coveted treasure 😀



For those of you who haven’t heard / seen The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) around (poor you…), here’s the blurb from the back of the book!


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.

Watch this space for the Upcoming Review (I’m aiming for around 1 June 2012)


Here’s Penguin relaxing with “The book” (@the office)

Assuredly, I won’t be able to hold on to the Penguin cuz as soon as my Little Reader sees it – “Mine!” he’d claimed. 😉