Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bloodlines and Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

In this spin-off of the beloved Vampire Academy series, Sydney the Alchemist poses as a bodyguard of sorts against the myriad of things that go wrong when Jill Mastrano goes into hiding at a human prep academy.

While each book contains at least one thrilling, life-or-death battle, they seem to encompass less danger and excitement throughout in comparison with the Vampire Academy series. A prominent theme is Sydney moving from the humans = good, vampires = bad mantra grilled into her by the Alchemists, questioning the system she’s blindly subscribed to all her life, and overcome the racial barriers in a desired but forbidden romance.

Sydney Sage is the polar opposite of Rose. Instead of shouting “Why did you do that, stupid?” every other chapter the way I did with Rose, I related to Sydney – she’s a lot more like me. However, Rose clearly makes the more exciting and unpredictable character.

Lovers of Adrian will rejoice in his prominence in this series. I wasn’t too fond of him in VA, but he quickly made my favorites list in Bloodlines, demonstrating a depth of character behind his devil-may-care attitude. Adrian is even more Sydney’s opposite than Rose, and Bloodlines has them bringing out the best in each other.  

I hope this in-the-writing series will see Sydney throw off the chains of the Alchemist cult (at least that’s what I see it as) and join the vampire cause. 


  1. This was a really well written review. It makes me want to grab the novels. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Sam! Hope you enjoy them!


  2. Terrific blog you have here. I really like the color theme, it's really quite eye catching. Thanks for sharing this wonderful review. I'm definitely interested in picking this book up soon. Keep up the great work on this lovely blog. Good Books To Read


  3. lovely blog. I've heard a lot about this series. Thinking I'll be adding to my tbr


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