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The Golden Lily

(Bloodlines #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  114,286 ratings  ·  6,483 reviews
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

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 ass
Paperback, 418 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Razorbill (first published June 12th 2012)
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maybeimasquib It is the spinoff series, following the main character Sydney Melrose who was also in the Vampire Academy series. There are some characters from the p…moreIt is the spinoff series, following the main character Sydney Melrose who was also in the Vampire Academy series. There are some characters from the previous series but new things happen in this series! It's quite interesting :)(less)
Emily Spirit is found rarely among the Moroi and it was only recently publicized so a new type of magic that can bring back the dead does sound very outland…moreSpirit is found rarely among the Moroi and it was only recently publicized so a new type of magic that can bring back the dead does sound very outlandish. If she presented this theory it would have possibly made her loose all advancements she had made and all credibility she had.(less)
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Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Okay enough with the caps.
The only thing is, I found it annoying how Adrian kept reiterating that he was a better person because of her. Like that hasn't ever come up in YA lit before..but still. He was pretty swoon-worthy. And I do
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ever had that happen? Once you can’t have something, you want it that much more.”
“Yes,” he said bitterly. “It happens all the time.”

"I don't care if he's not the emotional type or the complimentary type or what. No one can look at you in this dress, in all that fire and gold, and start talking about anachronisms. If I were him, I would have said, 'You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.”

“Sage?" Adrian lightly touched my arm, and
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
The Adrian & Sydney Fan Fav Scene!

Adrian & Sydney Blackout Scene!

Adrian YA Crush Tournament Winner!

That was soooo good! Adrian is soooo wonderful! I just want to lie naked at his feet covered in alcohol and cigarettes and beg him to have his way with me!


Adrian, my poor, sweet, sexy Adrian, he goes through a lot in this book. Working with Dimitri continues to bring up how inferior he feels. I thought Dimitri was rat

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

'You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth.'

Oh my god...this book! Wow. After enjoying Bloodlines immensely, it was pretty much inevitable that I would love The Golden Lily. This book exceeded all my expectations, and I'm more obsessed with this series now than I already was before. I just can't get enough of it!

In Bloodlines, the focus was on learning about the Alchemists and Sydney bonding with her new group of "s
Apr 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped-series
I'm done.
No more.
Not interested. Thank you very much.
I am once again, the minority here among all my other goodreads friends.

So why don't I like this book?

These are my answers:
1) The whole book is BORING!!!

The only action that I read about is when they got jumped and that's it.

2) Sydney - IRRITATING as hell. There is only one Rose Hathaway. She is no heroine. No fighter. And she is annoying. The "intellectual" talk with the so called "date"?

3) Jill - seriously?
Just get killed already. People
I am quite excited with this re-read. It's always great to read the beginning of your favorite characters but seeing how much they ended up growing. ...more
Pearl Angeli
Another successful buddyread with my sis Bea. You'll see her beautiful review when you click her name. :)

One word to fully describe the awesomeness of this book: ADRIAN.


Holy craaap! This boy is one of the best, swoon-worthy fictional guys and it's so unfair we could not see him in the flesh!

After reading this book, I was left utterly speechless and blown away. It was way too good! Most sequels in a series tend to give me some doubts with their potentials because oftentimes an author changes his
Lia Carstairs
"But when I'm around you, I want to be better because... well, because it feels right. Because I want to."

"You make me want to become something greater than myself. I want to excel. You inspire me in every act, every word, every glance."

You're going to make me cry.🥺

"I look at you, and you're like... like light made into flesh. I said it on Halloween and meant every word: you are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth. And you don't even know it
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh. This book was awesome. I really really enjoyed the first book, but I think this book was a lot better! I can't wait to get the next!!

If you're reading this on your phone, there are spoilers ahead, so beware!

(view spoiler)
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Alexa

4.5 Stars

When Vampire Academy ended and I found out we were getting a spinoff series, I was a little skeptical. I mean how to you top Rose and Dimitri? But after I found out it was centered on Sydney Sage, the awkward Alchemist, and Adrian the sexy, flippant but loveable Moroi, I was totally on board. I loved Bloodlines and after reading this, I think the series just keeps getting better.

In this installment, we pick up right where we left off in Bloodlines. The group is minus the traitorous Kei

all I'm gonna say is that if Adrian and Sydney don't kiss AT LEAST once in this book I will be forced to go out and kill someone


OK so now that
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2012
After Reading it:


Ok, I can't really write what I feel right now. I don't think there are words to describe what I'm feeling, so I will just...

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FINALLY RELEASED!!! Finally on my shelf <3 My love, keep waiting just a little bit till I finish my exams
is mee... kissa
holy jeezbus that was some ending! one word people: goosebumps.
my favourite bits were the ones with Adrian in it =D - typical Kissa response. He's just so damn irresistible.

the thing with the two books in this series is that I'm not particularly crazy about it in the beginning or the middle - not that i don't like it, it's just that it's not a "whoa!" kinda thing. But the lead up to the ending (and most importantly: the actual ending) grab me and whip me out of my "non-whoa!" state, only to
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!

Just as amazing 2nd time around!!!!



I have to say that I loved book 1, it unexpectedly took me to knew heights and a totally different route to Dimitri's and Rose's. I had no idea that this new path would just over-take one of my all-time favourite series Vampire Academy...

Let me just tell you, Adrian was a likeable character, a character I could think of a mediocre or average but likeable just the same... somewhere along the line, mostly this book, Adrian began to tug at me,
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Rose once told me about this poem she'd read. There was this line, 'If your eyes weren't open, you wouldn't know the difference between dreaming and waking.' You know what I'm afraid of? That someday, even with my eyes open, I still won't know."

We always knew Adrian battled with the darkness that comes along with wielding spirit magic but something about this book really drove it home to me. In the original VA series, Adrian hid so much of his pain with a heavy dose of alcohol and h
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire heads
After a long break from reading books like a maniac I'm back on track at devouring books like snickers. I first gave this 3 stars but then I thought to myself "I am being to harsh" and so I changed my rating to that of 4 stars, and maybe I'm being generous but I liked this a lot, so that's what I made my mind up to.

Back on the amazing world of vampires, Richelle Mead created and which I'm grateful for. I'm no beginner to this world. I read VA two years ago and started Bloodlines a few months ago
Jillian -always aspiring-
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoyed Bloodlines, the first book in the series
(Actual Rating: 3.5 stars)

The honest truth: coming into reading The Golden Lily, I remembered next to nothing of what had transpired in the first book, Bloodlines. I had some vague recollections of things Adrian had said (because, come on, who can forget what Adrian says?), the climax, and the scene where Adrian remarked about Sydney's eyes being like "molten gold." At first, I thought, "Oh, it's just you; the first book couldn't have been that unmemorable" -- but, after reading The Golden Lily,
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly hugged this book when I finished reading it! It was that amazing and heartwarming. The awesomeness that began at the end of Bloodlines starts immediately on the first page of The Golden Lily.

Richelle Mead is again the master of memorable scenes and addicting writing in The Golden Lily. I absolutely love how Mead planned a perfect installment to the series. She obviously has a plan for the Bloodline series where Sydney, Adrian, Jill, Eddie and Angeline will grow throughout and stand st
Athena ღ
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth. And you don’t even know it. You have no clue how beautiful you are or how brightly you shine.”

That ending tho.

Natasha Polis
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me longer to finish this one. Still enjoyable but also again very predictable. So far it's mirroring the Vampire Academy series so I know it's just going to get better as the books go along! Adrian is still so lovable, but Eddie is still one of my favorite characters! ...more
4.5 stars

I can finally wear color again! My VA mourning-days are over;)
It's true, the first time I read Bloodline, it left a bit of a stake in my heart. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, but I was mourning the fact that Rose and Dimitri's story is truly over, but after re-reading it again to prepare myself for Golden Lily, I'm pleased to say that I properly fell in love with this series like I was meant to from the beginning.

You know, I'm not sure what I should say in this review. A big part of m
Chelsea Jay
Aug 22, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait to read this.
I just read Bloodlines & I'm already looking forward to The Golden Lily.

My Assumptions:
Sydney gets over her fear of vampires ( atleast the living ones, not the Strigoi ).
Adrian moves on from Rose & deepens his relationship with Sydney.
Jill gets in a relationship with Mikah ( Mason #2 ) & everyone flips out.
Eddie dates Angeline to get over his love for Jill but fails miserable & someone gets killed ( probably Mikah ).
Dimitri is talking to Rose over the phone, Adrian over
Rimsa Ivashkov
WOW!!!!! This book was beyond all my expectations - and they were pretty high! I have been obsessed with this book for a very long time and to finally get to read it was so satisfying because it was totally worth the wait and i LOVED every word of it :)

In The Golden Lily, we get to learn more about the alchemists and the vampire hunters. Although, one of the major twists in this book was predictable for me, i still loved the plot and enjoyed it just as much. This book introduces a lot of new thi
Nadia Awadi
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrian VS Eddie who will you choose?
me: Actually, I will take both. Thank you very much.

Rating: 4-shipping this so hard-stars

Everything is back to normal in Palm Springs. Except, it's never normal when dealing with vampires. Sydney, once again, has to deal with the Moroi living with her. She still hates it. Or does she? She's starting to question everything the alchemists have taught her.In other words: everything she believed in. And after some shocking revelations. Things are about to get
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say, what to say…

Well, I love The Golden Lily. Love it, love it, love it. I had been waiting anxiously for this book for a while, and it did not disappoint me. I won’t lie, these first two Bloodlines books are very predictable, but there’s so much charm and quality that you don’t even care.

First, this is cast of very likeable characters. There’s our protagonist, Sydney, whom I love. Sydney is smart, but naïve, and very much awkward. It’s kind of unexpected, considering how cool and compo
Wendy Darling
Better than Bloodlines, and yet still only as good as the last Vampire Academy book, in my opinion.

Sydney: much less annoying than in the previous book, but her issues are so predictably and rather clumsily written that it's hard to get attached to her. Still, she has a couple of decent, non-mousy scenes towards the end.

Jill: seriously, just let a hunter have her.

Adrian: some redeeming scenes here and there, but not nearly as attractive or as intriguing as he was in VA. It's disappointing that
Beatrice Masaluñga
Buddy read with sis Pearl --> click to check her fabulous review :)

After 2 years, I have finally continued the Bloodlines series. I purposely put this off for a while and wait for the books to be released (now they are all out. i'm gonna binge read the series. I'm just not a fan of cliffhangers). It's a bit tough getting into the story and I'm glad Richelle Mead wrote snippets to refresh my mind on the events happened from the previous book.

Golden Lily is a fantastic sequel. The twists are bette
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
With The Golden Lily, Richelle Mead once again proved that the world she created for Rose and now Sydney is magical and alluring and that, due to that fact, she can get away with a lot.
First half of The Golden Lily is essentially plotless. The reader gets to spend time with all the familiar characters, and it’s reminiscent of spending an uneventful Sunday afternoon with your friends: everyone is relaxed and happy they’re there, and the entire thing is absolutely tension-free. The second half sh
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really liked this book until the last page. GRRR!!! There was a REASON why it took me so long to read Bloodlines, and that was because I wasn't sure I wanted to see Adrian written with someone else. But now that Mead has gone and done it, for the love of everything holy, please just quit (view spoiler) Write me in instead. >_<

Okay, I'm calm now. On to the book...

I'm not sure what it was, but this book had a way of making you feel happy (well, fo

Oh sweet deliverance. Be still my beating heart and all that stuff.

“Adrian stood there leaning against the doorframe, watching me with his heart in his eyes. In my chest, my own heart was breaking. On my cheek, the lily reminded me who I was. ”

I have to admit that at first I thought that this spin-off series would be somewhat found lacking compared to Vampire Academy. *hangs head in shame*
The truth is that, what keeps it from being awesome is the lack of a major, hardcore archenemy. Strigoi
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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f

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