by Richelle Mead
Source: Library Copy
Format: Hardcover, 418 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Razorbill
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. They 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 assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
I should already know that Richelle Mead does not disappoint. I seriously thought I would hate it because it wasn't Dimitri and Rose but I am falling in love with Adrian, Eddie, Jill, and of course Sydney. Love getting to know Sydney more. What makes her tick. Her mannerisms. It's funny because when I read about her clean freak-iness I immediately want to clean my room (I'm a reader I don't have time when the life of a fictional character is on the balance!) and weirdly enough I do clean it. I know!
So, in The Golden Lily things between Adrian and Sydney intensify! She's of course still fighting against him because of what she's been taught but come on! You can't resist Adrian! He's Adrian! It's not humanly possible! Someone should really clue in Sydney on this little fact.
Did I love every word of it? HECK YES! I am loving this series. VA is till my favorite Mead series but this is a VERY close second. Cannot wait till I get my hands on The Indigo Spell and finding out who this oh so mysterious Marcus character is and what trouble they'll get into! *waggles eyebrows*
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