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The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2 | [Richelle Mead]

The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 number-one New York Times best-selling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

©2012 Richelle Mead (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Felicity Fairchild 06-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "An Excellent Sequel!"

    I’d been waiting for ages for The Golden Lily to come out, so when it finally did, I downloaded it immediately! Again, Richelle Mead has failed to disappoint me. There are more character developments, more drama, more romance and more intrigue in this book. I couldn’t be more happy with how the story turned out!

    In The Golden Lily, Sydney still makes decisions based on what she believes is right, but now she is beginning to open up and so we get to see another side of her. Sydney is extremely intelligent, but her innocence in certain areas makes me want to smile at her indulgently. Adrian Ivashkov is simply the most endearing character ever created by Richelle! I love his fierce loyalty and smart-ass comments. He keeps surprising me and I’m so glad he has a much larger part in this book than in Bloodlines.

    I’m obsessed with this series and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!
    Now, who is up for the next book, The Indigo Spell?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin Greenville, NC, United States 06-17-12
    Kirstin Greenville, NC, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Book blogger for YA & NA genres

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    "If you liked Bloodlines...you’ll LOVE Golden Lily!"

    This is – hands down – my new favorite book of 2012! My only complaint about Golden Lily is that it caused me to lose sleep. I finished this book in one day…and what an emotional day that was!

    Normally I would write a little synopsis of the book, but not this time. Richelle Mead’s work speaks for itself. If you’re considering this book, chances are, you’ve probably not only read Bloodlines, but also the entire Vampire Academy series; if you haven’t…then welcome to the Richelle Mead fan club. With that said I’m just going to write a few little tidbits about some of the character development within this second installment of the Bloodlines series.

    Richelle Mead leads us back to Palm Springs and back into the lives of Jill, Eddie, Sydney, Adrian, and Angeline. We also see more appearances from Dmitri (and his duster) and Sonya Karp than we did in Bloodlines.

    Sydney goes through a lot of personal and emotional growth in this sequel. She not only learns more about the real history of Alchemists, but she also starts to realize that she has more loyalty and tolerance for the Moroi and Dhampir races…and that scares her because she doesn’t want that secret to get back to the Alchemists because they would send her to the re-education center (which she is terrified of). The prejudice that her upbringing taught her (both from her father and the Alchemists) is very hard for her to overcome and she battles with it every day. The decisions that she makes along her journey in this book will make you…. (Nope, not going to give spoilers, it’s MUCH better to not know what’s going to happen – trust me, it will be worth the wait.)

    And let us not forget about the sexy, and ever-inebriated, Adrian. For anyone who fell in love with Adrian during the Vampire Academy series (or even if you just discovered him in Bloodlines), be prepared to completely swoon over him yet again. We’ve all adored this sexy man who seems like he’s in a constant battle with his mental health (thanks to his spirit magic), but in this book Adrian takes it to an all new level. I won’t give more details and spoil the plots twists & turns, but just know that hiding his feelings behind his sardonic quips and his constant smoking and drinking just isn’t going to cut it this time.

    Also, the narrator, Emily Shaffer does (yet again) a wonderful job with this book. When dealing with a narrator working on a book series, I find that sometimes the characters don’t sound that same from book to book - Shaffer does not have that problem, she gave a seamless performance of all the character’s voices. Her talent for accents and having multiple characters that sound VERY different from one another is astounding.

    Buy Golden Lily and get lost in between the pages. I will definitely be enjoying this book a couple more times before Bloodlines #3: The Indigo Spell comes out on February 12, 2013!!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Byram, MS, United States 07-13-12
    Lynda Byram, MS, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love all of Richelle's books I HATE narration"
    What disappointed you about The Golden Lily?

    The narration ruined this for me. I couldn't do it. In the beginning I didn't like her voice for Sydney, but I thought I would get over it. (I thought she sounded far to naive, flakey and well frankly... Dumb, which if your familiar with the stories, is very much not the case.) But when the voices for the other characters came in (ESPECIALLY any male character.) I realised I wasn't being overly critical. It really was that bad. In my defense I gave it about a quarter of the book to grow on me hoping I'd get used to it. I couldn't take it any more. I bought the hard cover of the book and instantly deleted the download.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Shaffer?

    Suzanne Collins did a great job with the hunger games. Didn't sound flakey as the girl characters or overly compensate with the male voices.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby Guthrie, OK, United States 02-04-13
    Shelby Guthrie, OK, United States 02-04-13
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    "So Good!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because this is just something that I could not stop listening to!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adrian, becuase I love his funny snakry comments!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well... pretty much the whole 2nd half of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the end...I ended up crying a little


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 11-22-12
    Amanda LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Shaffer’s performances?

    No I would not she slows the story down and sounds like a child I am unable to listen to this book to be honest.


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    Rebecca 06-17-12
    Rebecca 06-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the first"
    Any additional comments?

    I am beginning to like the story of Sydney better than that of Rose in the Vampire Academy series. I thought this book was better than the first and I am looking forward for the additional books in this series. The character development is getting better and better! You will love this book if you liked Bloodlines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 05-30-14
    Camille ODENTON, MD, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

    Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!

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    "Better and Better"

    This series keeps progressing well and Syndey is learning that she is so much more than her job with a surprising outcome.

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    "The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2"
    What did you love best about The Golden Lily?

    Sydney seems to start realizing her feelings for Adrian


    What other book might you compare The Golden Lily to and why?

    One of a Kind!


    Which character – as performed by Emily Shaffer – was your favorite?

    Emily in my head sounds like Sydney and at times like Rose..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was!


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT SERIES!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikita Earle USA 12-27-13
    Nikita Earle USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing, Fantastic and Heart-racing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Golden Lily to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I love the audio edition because of Emily Shaffer's reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Sydney. She's smart, loyal and tough.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Shaffer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I get the same feel of this book as the other books she's read of this series and the last three of the Vampire Academy series. She is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Read in two weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole GREENUP, IL, United States 11-06-13
    Nicole GREENUP, IL, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good spinoff!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Adventure suspense keeps you wanting more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Lily?

    The narrator makes the book come to life! So glad Emily Shaffer continues with this series.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Shaffer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! Another excellent performance by Mrs. Shaffer!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    "Great one for Richelle Mead Fans"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this Audiobook. I wasn't quite sure about the narrator for the first two minutes, but then I found that she was perfect for the main character (it's it first person narrative). It's a fun and worthy sequel to 'Bloodlines' (the first in the series), with a lovely blossoming friendship between Sydney and Adrian.


    What other book might you compare The Golden Lily to, and why?

    Can't think of much to compare it with. It's similar to the series that came before it (the Vampire Academy series), but there's a bit less action and it's not set in an Academy this time.


    What about Emily Shaffer’s performance did you like?

    Emily Shaffer was perfect for the narrator of this story, Sydney. She also did the other voices, such as Dimitri's Russian accent. You could always tell who was speaking. I think my favorite was Angeline with her Southern twang.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's a great scene where Sydney and Adrian are chilling out by a pool together that was quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    A definite must-read if you like teeny vampire books. Contains real issues, such as body image and addiction.

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