Book Review Friday! The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead


Last week I started Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series with the first book of the same title. Although I was a little put off with the language, I really enjoyed book, but I’m the type of person that can tune out certain words as I’m reading without much thought. And the fact that I like Fantasy, I’ve also become accustomed to reading a little swearing…especially in the young adult genre, but I know that type of reading isn’t for everyone.

Today, I’m reviewing The Golden Lily, which is book two of the Bloodlines series. The first book was an introduction of the main players for the series. It brought back characters from the Vampire Academy series, and it really hooked me from the start.

In book two, the story goes deeper with the main character, Sydney Sage, and her internal conflict about what she’s been taught and how she really feels about Moroi, Strigoi, and even witchcraft. The more she spends around the enemy, the more she likes them more than her own Alchemists. She’s developed a soft spot for Adrian, a Moroi who uses Spirit magic, even though she’s dating a human guy named Brayden. Will she stay true to the Alchemists, or is the temptation too much for her?

I enjoyed reading Sydney’s struggle with her beliefs and heart. I know I’ve struggled with decisions that make sense in my head when my heart has other ideas. I’m always rooted for Adrian, even when he was in love with Rose, so that hasn’t changed. He’s a good guy with a lot of internal problems himself.

The story itself is captivating, but now that I’m a writer, I have noticed a handful of typos throughout the book. They’re harmless and don’t detract from the enthralling story, but I found it fascinating that even when I’m reading for enjoyment, I can spot a misspelled word or missing word in a sentence within seconds.

There was again some cursing, but what I didn’t care for was the use of God for emphasis. I just think they could have taken it out and still had the gist of the dialogue and emotion behind it. Other than that, it was a great story that kept me turning the pages.

I give it four stars.

***Warning *** This is not a Christian novel and does not hold Christian values. There are a handful of curse words smattered throughout the story, and there are mild mentions of sex.