Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)

The Golden Lily
(Bloodlines #2)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication: June 12, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating:

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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 assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly 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 her 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 Braydon, 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?

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

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.

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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 or her tune and the end product sometimes disappoints me. But in this sweet, sweet sequel, I put all my faith and 100% belief that it will turn out good and I was right. It was one of the most amazing installments in a series. Because Richelle Mead apparently does not disappoint.

I loved how The Golden Lily lived up to the interesting plot and romance that made the first book Bloodlines an enjoyable read. In this book, Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov‘s character was greatly developed as they continued to hide under the radar of the enemies of St. Vladimir Academy. There were lots of things that happened here and new characters were introduced, too.

I wasn’t disappointed with the way things had panned out in this book. The plotline was so good and the pacing was fast. No dull moments as well. It was also nice to see the (non-insta-love) romantic development between Sydney and Adrian. Their romance, in a way, was slow-burning and tension-fueled and I totally loved it!

What also basically got me hooked was how likable the characters were. Sydney is a female lead that I will love to befriend in real life because she is so smart, determined, and mature. I loved how she has this positive attitude that everything can be done– no matter how difficult that thing is. She especially encourages and inspires Adrian to be the best that he can be, and that is something. Adrian is also one great male lead. Since Vampire Academy, this guy already took my breath away because of his humor and romantic gestures. He didn’t change in this series. In fact, his character became even better!

I also loved the humor and the witty exchange of dialogues here. When you pair Sydney and Adrian together, everything collides so perfectly!!!

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Apart from that, Richelle Mead also made this book even more interesting because of the side characters like Eddie, Jill,Angeline, Sonya, Trey, Dimitri, etc. The value of friendship and family love was so touching!

These are my favorite lines from Adrian that basically knocked me off my feet:

“I tried to be a better person for her (Rose)– but it was to impress her, to get her to want me. 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. I look at you, and you’re like… like light made into flesh. You have no clue how beautiful you are or how brightly you shine.”

*gasps

All in all, I had a great time with The Golden Lily. After reading it, all I wanted to do was read the next book which is The Indigo Spell. 🙂 It was just everything I wanted in a sequel!

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Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)Last Sacrifice
(Vampire Academy #6)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: December 7, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

four stars

The astonishing conclusion to the #1 international bestselling series…

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.

The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .

But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?

Each other.

Can’t get enough? Look out for Bloodlines, Richelle Mead’s bestselling spinoff series set in the world of Vampire Academy!

MY THOUGHTS…

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Well, that was such a pretty incredible conclusion of the Vampire Academy series!

I waited for months before I read Last Sacrifice because I grew really fond of this series since I started it and I hate the separation anxiety I always get whenever I read a final book of a series that I love. THIS IS WHAT I AM SAYING. I hate this feeling. This bittersweet feeling because it’s finally OVER. No more Rose, Dimitri, and Adrian moments. No more snarky and entertaining narration from the world’s most badass fictional heroine. THAT’S IT.

But you know the good thing? I really had fun with this series! It’s because it really had me invested in the characters.

Last Sacrifice is one of the best series-enders I’ve read so far. It’s adrenaline-pulling and full of actions. It’s also fast-paced, unlike the previous books which are a little dragging. I also love the mystery involved in this book. The killer of the important character was finally unveiled here, and guess what my reaction after finding out who the culprit behind?

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It was mind-blowing!

There were also more revelations other than the murderer. And I was also introduced to the other side of the vampire world. I did not know there were such people like the KEEPERS. There were also more involvements from Sydney and The Alchemists. And yes, Abe Mazur FTW! And did I say Lissa’scharacter really improved here?

I love everything here in this book, I just wished there was a different kind of ending between Rose and Adrian. It did not sit well with me. I love that boy and it pained me so much when their final coversation happened like that. BIG OUCH.

To Adrian Ivashkov…

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Well at least I still have Bloodlines and I am very excited to find out his story and Sydney’s.

Rating: 4 Stars

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xo,

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Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)Spirit Bound
(Vampire Academy #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: February 22, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

MY THOUGHTS…

SPIRIT BOUND

“I’ve given up on you… Love fades. Mine has.”

This fifth installment of the Vampire Academy did surprise me. It has a boring and slow start, but when I got into the middle part of it, I was dumbstrucked with all its epicness.

I could not say much about the plot since it will spoil those who haven’t yet read this, but the pacing became better. There were more surprising things in the second half of it. Mostly I was stunned by the turn of events– including that plot twist at the end!

Rose was quite annoying in this book. I couldn’t deny the fact that I was irritated by her immaturity here but thankfully, her character became better at the final chapters.

I could never express how I love this series. Seriously, it becomes more and more incredible in each sequel. The final book will surely be a blast!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)Blood Promise
(Vampire Academy #4)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication: August 25, 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

BLOOD PROMISE

MY THOUGHTS…

“Bound by Love, but sworn to Kill…”

Wow, just wow! What a thrilling, emotional roller coaster ride! This book is hands down amazing!

Blood Promise is the fourth installment of the Vampire Academy series. In this book, Richelle Mead takes us to Russia together with the badassest character Rose Hathaway, in search for the love of her life, Dimitri. She was forced to abandon her life in the academy as a student, leaving her best friend Lissa behind in order to fulfill her mission to destroy Dimitri and give him peace. In Russia, she was able to encounter crazy adventures which include meeting lots of Strigoi on her way and meeting different people– Humans, Dhampirs ,and Moroi alike.

It was one helluvah crazy, fun ride! The adventure Rose experienced in this book was beyond amazing I couldn’t even describe how thrilled I was when she stepped into Russia and literally had to deal with those things all on her own.

Although the first half of this book was a bit slow-paced, and although Rose annoyed me at some point, the second half totally made it all up. There were unimaginable action scenes that pulled up my adrenaline. Even the epic reunion of Rose and Dimitri was perfectly executed.

One thing that I also loved about this sequel was the introduction of new characters like Sydney, Abe, Mark, Oksana, and Dimitri’s family. Sydney, in particular, is such a promising character. I immediately liked her. She’s not as badass as Rose but she’s interesting. It made me want to get to know her more and dig the Alchemist world deeper.

The plot in this book was perfectly delivered. And oh, that ending! Richelle Mead surprised me once again! Darn, this series is getting better and better as it continues. I have definitely become a fan of it! As a whole, I did enjoy this book A LOT. I can’t help but feel excited to read the next book. 🙂

Rating: 5 Bloody Stars

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Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)Shadow Kiss
(Vampire Academy #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication: November 13, 2008
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa—the last Dragomir princess—must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose’s sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there’s way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

SHADOW KISS

MY THOUGHTS…

(I realized that I wasn’t able to make a review of this book. Lol. I’m sorry) 😀

Anyways, Shadow Kiss is the third installment of the Vampire Academy series. I loved this sequel because everything that happened here was remarkable. I saw the strength of character Rose was able to develop. I also loved the romance between her and Dimitri. The whole book was also filled with adrenaline-pulling action scenes which were a lot better than the first two books.

The great aspect of this book was the climax which was super awesome. And that MAJOR TWIST! I did not expect that something like that will happen! Richelle Mead took a great risk in pursuing that plot twist but hey, she was able to pull it off!

I also loved the development of some supporting characters here, including Adrian, Christian, and Lissa. Not to mention Eddie!

As a whole, this book is kick-ass! I loved everything in it!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy
(Vampire Academy #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: December 31, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

fourstars

The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. The official movie tie-in edition includes exclusive movie cover art and the official movie poster inside. Read it before it hits theaters on Valentine’s Day, 2014!

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires–the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack…. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for, and the man she can’t live without.

MY THOUGHTS…

One of the reasons why I decided to read this long series is because I was so intrigued after I’ve read the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (which is one of my favorites) and read some reviews that compared both series as similar when it comes to concept and storyline.

Now after reading this book, I kind of think that yeah, they are indeed the same in almost everything. But anyway, this was published earlier so this is certainly original.

Vampire Academy is downright amazing. This book is my first Richelle Mead book so I was really excited about this I actually had high expectations.

And my verdict? My expectations were met. Richelle Mead is such a talented writer. I love her writing style and I love the characters, especially the badass Rose and the holy hotness incarnate Dimitri Belikov. They are so perfect together! And let me add, of course Lissa and Christian. These guys— they are really amazing characters!

I adore this book as a whole, but there are two reasons that made me rate it only 4 out of 5 stars. And here they are:

1. The plot. The plot wasn’t that flawless for me. The world building wasn’t done perfectly, but I’m not saying it was bad. I understand that it’s the first book of the series so maybe it wasn’t that well-enhanced.

2. The action. I was looking for real, intense action scenes here but there were only brief and not really adrenaline-pulling ones.

However, there are lots of positive things about this book. These include the ending which was so freaking impressive and satisfying. No cliffhangers here so I love it! This book, overall, is wonderful. I’m actually reading its sequel Frostbite right now. 🙂

Rating: 4 Stars