Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: The Golden Lily

♔ Details

Title: The Golden Lily - Bloodlines #2
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: 12th June 2012

♔ 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 #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
♔ Review

I was so excited when it came in the mail... I actually had to wait until exams were over to read which proved to be a difficult thing, but luckily I succeeded. Needless to say, once I took my last one, I picked it up immediately and began to read. Oh, Richelle Mead. I know I could write this review almost as a love letter to her for writing such a good book. ALL her books have just something in them... that makes them incredibly enjoyable and memorable. I'd missed reading her books with the wait from the first one of the Bloodlines series. 

Now, onto the book itself, I liked it because (as the other books of hers) it doesn't have "major evil" or something like that, but simply an eventual thread that can end very wrong if not threaded carefully. And although it did have that in-between feeling for me, it didn't bother me at all. It felt completely in place, helping resolve things at a more local setting (I know, I know, talking cryptically so as to not spoil readers).

Then, there's Sydney. When the first book came out, and even before, I was afraid Sydney's character wouldn't click with me as much as Rose did in the Vampire Academy series. While reading the first book I it was still something really new and couldn't judge. But now, now I can see I don't have anything to fear (we're talking about Richelle Mead after all). Because Rose and Sydney are completely different. They're both fighters, heroines, and on of their strongest points are loyalty and courage. But where Rose is physical strength, Sydney is cleverness and intelligence. And I utterly loved both. Here Sydney is not as much socially awkward as she was in the first book, but her social experiences never cease to be fun to read about.

What this book had was intrigue. We get to know the truth about a close friend of theirs. But I believe nothing is over for our group of friends! I still think there are a couple of shady characters out there that are not to trust (yeah, my detective side really showed while reading The Golden Lily!). ...And then there's Adrian. Oh, Adrian. I knew he was something special when I first read about him in the other series. He's, in my opinion, the biggest highlight of the book and overall and irreplaceable character. Like, seriously.

For those who are reading the series there's nothing else I can say to convince you to keep reading (I'm sure you're already hooked), and for those who aren't, DO IT.

♔ Rating


Monday, July 02, 2012

Monday evening news

♔ Of course this week there's not an insane amount of new weeks like last week, but they're still a lot! I'm super excited for The Golden Lily. This time I'm also puzzled about the characters that appear on the cover, but that's nothing new. I kind of expected Requiem to be more striking, and Through the Ever Night is my favorite of this batch!





♔ There will be another book about Meghan and Ash from The Iron Fey series! YAY! It will be a novella and will be set in the time after The Iron Knight. Sadly it will be the last one about them, but I'm happy anyways since I thought we'd never hear about them again.

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way. 
But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child… 
A novella from the bestselling Iron Fey series
♔ I'm not... particularly a fan of this book trailer from the book The Forsaken. Maybe the fact that the book looks totally creepy doesn't help.

♔ About movies! I've read that The Soul Seekers series by Alyson Noël has been optioned. I haven't read them yet, but it's great that there are going to be more movies based on YA books! There's also talk about Legend by Marie Lu being well on its way to become one.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

July releases

New releases this month! Is it just me or there are fewer releases this month? They're still awesome releases nonetheless, of course. The ones I'm most looking forward to are Tiger Lily, Seraphina, Such a Rush and Pushing the Limits. And then there are other books that are succeeding in catching my attention, like The Syndicate and Something Strange and Deadly, but I think I'll wait until I read reviews about them. 

July 2nd - 8th

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

July 9th - 15th

Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire
Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts
The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

July 16th - 22nd

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

July 23rd - 29th

Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

July 30th - 31st

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5) by Aimee Carter
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