THE GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: The Golden Lily

Author: Richelle Mead

Book #: 2 in the “Bloodlines” series

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Publication: June 2012, by Razorbill

Pages: 418

Author’s Website and Twitter

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The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff 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.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“You need me? You yell. You want to leave? We go. I’ll get you out of here, no matter what.”

Review

I was really excited to pick up this book seeing as I loved the first one, which I read not so long ago! P.S. I rarely read the sequels back to back and usually don’t pick them up for quite some time after I’ve read the first book. I don’t why, it’s just what I do. But with this book I felt the need to immediately read more about the characters and get back to this world.

I generally like action packed books, don’t get me wrong, but I also really like books with a slower pacing that just narrate daily problems and don’t have end-of-the-world catastrophes happening all the time. The problem with these books is that they tend to get boring, and if the characters and the writing is not good enough for me, I get tired of them pretty easily. That’s the thing I love most about the bloodlines series. It has this kind of comfortable pace and it sort of feels like strolling around in the streets on an autumn morning, if that makes any sense at all. It just felt really nice being in this world and hanging out with these characters.

The characters are so perfectly described that I feel like I know each and every one of them. Like I would recognise them on the street and go catch up with them or something. No, seriously, Richelle Mead has done an excellent job creating those characters and making them seem like they’re real. Or well, as real Moroi, Dhampirs, Alchemists and so on can be.

As far as the story goes, well, as I said it doesn’t have a very quick rhythm, but for me it was the perfect pace. The only thing I have a slight problem with is the relationship between Sydney and Adrian. If you’ve read the first book (spoiler alert if you haven’t!), you know that practically nothing happens between them in the first book. Sydney doesn’t even realize that she likes him and there’s almost not a single “moment” between them. This sort of thing also continues in the second book with a little bit of progress of course, but not really much. Can’t say I expected anything more. It was clear from the first book that things were going to be slow, but I wish they were going a little bit faster. I’m so looking forward to seeing some “Sydrian” romance and kissing and whatnot!

So, to sum up, I’m starting to become a huge fan of this series and hope I can get my hands on that third book really soon!

First Line

Most people would find being led into an underground bunker on a stormy night scary.

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Recommend it for…

  • People who have read and liked the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

Book #: 1 in the “Bloodlines” series

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication: August 2011, by Razorbill

Pages: 421

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Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.” (Adrian)”

Review

I really enjoyed this book and getting back into the vampire academy world! I love Richelle Mead’s writing style and the characters of this book.

I’ve heard many people saying that this series is even better than the original Vampire Academy series. After having read the first book I can only say that it has the potential, but I still want to read one or two more books from this series in order to decide. For me the book was good, but I did have one or two problems with it.

The best thing about this book? Adrian!!!

I’m seriously a huge fan of Adrian Ivashkov! I was really pissed that Rose decided to pick Dimitri over him, but now I might actually be glad because we can experience a new romance between him and Sydney.

The worst thing about this book? The plot. It really was nothing special. More than that, it was not what anyone would expect the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy to be. I for one expected action, romance, many things happening at once. But what I got was a supposedly big mystery that got solved in the end and a lot of highschool drama. I am willing to overlook this however, because I just love the characters and the writing style.

Speaking of characters I thought that there were really a lot of them that I liked! First and foremost, of course, Adrian! But I also really liked Sydney. I actually didn’t expect her to be such an interesting character, but that was a really nice surprise for me. It was also really nice to get to know some less important characters from the Vampire Academy, such as Jill and Eddie.

All in all, it was a great book! I have already started reading the second one in the series as I’m writing this, so I can definitely say it’s a series I will be continuing with!

First Line

I couldn’t breathe.

Recommend it for…

  • Fans of the Vampire Academy series
  • Fans of Adrian Ivashkov

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A SHADE OF VAMPIRE by Bella Forrest | Review

Title: A Shade of Vampire

Author: Bella Forrest

Book #: 1 in the “A Shade of Vampire” series

Publication: December 2012

Pages: 149

Author’s Website

Source: Review copy from the author

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On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“I know an excuse when I hear one. Don’t you dare deceive yourself into believing that you’re the victim, Derek Novak.” 

Review

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy reading it and finished it in almost one sitting, but I certainly felt that there were some things missing.

First of all the book is only 149 pages long. Even though I usually like small books, I think that this one could use a few more pages. Some things were not thoroughly explained and I felt like the author was trying to rush through a lot. It actually felt like a contest of trying to say as many things as you can in as few words as possible. There were too many things going on the one after the other and we didn’t really get to know the main characters. I think the book would be much better if it went a bit more slowly.

As far as the storyline goes, I can’t say that it was very original. It was quite similar to twilight actually. The setting, on the other hand was quite original and it was sort of mixing the new take on vampires (aka twilight take) with the old vampire myths, that have vampires living in clans and having humans as their slaves.

The book is written from two points of views – Sophia and Derek. Sophia’s character was a bit strange. It didn’t feel very real to be honest. She was kidnapped and brought to this vampire clan and she hardly shows any signs of surprise! As if stuff like that happens every day. Derek was a bit more interesting. I didn’t really like the insta love in this book. I’m not generally against insta love, but in this case there was no reason for Derek to instantly fall in love with Sophia. There wasn’t anything really special about her, so I would prefer to see a slower falling-in-love process.

Despite all that, I kind of liked the book and found myself thinking about it after I’d finished reading it. As I said, I really wish it had been a bit longer, so that I could get a little bit more into the story and get to know the characters more.

This is a book series consisting of 5 books. The next books aren’t as small as this one and have better ratings on goodreads, which probably means that the series is going to get better! I’m not really sure if I’m going to continue with the series, though…

First Line

“I never once imagined that my life would play out the way it did.”

Recommend it for…

  • Anyone looking for a quick and easy read
  • Vampire fans
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