The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

Thursday, July 9, 2015


4.0 out of 5 stars

Just recently, I finished the second installment of the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. The first book- as well as this- followed Sydney Sage, an Alchemist. To reiterate, Alchemists are a group of humans that not only know about vampires, but they operate with them- Moroi (much to their delight)- and occasionally, exterminate their bodies- Strigoi- so that mundanes don't discover them. They serve as a bridge between the human world and the vampire world, keeping the two races apart.

In this book, Sydney continues to struggle with her loyalty. Her entire life, she's had it itched into her head that all vampires are evil, unnatural, creatures. Monsters. But, the more exposed Sydney is to her Moroi friends and the group she's devoted her life to, the Alchemists, Sydney begins to wonder who the monsters truly are. And as if her already troublesome inner turmoil isn't bad enough, Sydney discovers that Clarence's obsession with vampire hunters is not unfounded. Recent events have proved just that. Then, something happens and changes everything.

Worst of all, Sydney has a new boyfriend.

Well, she's not sure she'd call him that. Frankly, I'm not sure what to call to him. Brayden is more like an intellectually stimulating partner, but he's certainly not her boyfriend, by any standards. The fact he's her "boyfriend" is not the problem. The problem is that when around him, she doesn't feel the rush she's supposed to feel, she doesn't get all worked up when she kisses him. As if things aren't bad enough, the object of her affection isn't her boyfriend, but someone she's not she's not supposed to have any feelings for. Things are not looking up for Sydney.

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