Audiobook YA Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Outstanding)

Posted July 9, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 19 Comments


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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.

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Overall Rating 4.50
Story Rating 4.50
Character Rating 4.50

Audio Rating: 3.25 (Not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (though very true to character)

What I Loved: I am just going to say it: I love that Richelle Mead knows her characters so well that she can make me scream at them while simultaneously knowing that they are doing exactly what they would do if they were real. That doesn’t make some of the moments in The Golden Lily easier to read but it does make me love the characters that much more for it. I love Sydney and have since she was introduced in the VA series. She is complicated, smart, and quite frankly is adjusting as well as she can considering her world, thoughts, beliefs, and skills are tested almost daily. I find Sydney to be a delight to read.

What I Liked: I think Jill is a likable character but I was glad to see less of her in this book. I have a feeling that she will be like her sister was in VA–someone who just never quite grows on me. However, can I say how much I enjoyed Ms. Redneck! Seriously, that girl is showing some spunk. I feel sorry for her that she is probably the third wheel in the Eddie/Jill triangle but hopefully she either gets her own love interest or Eddie realizes what a spitfire she really is (and not just in a filler type of way)!

What made me go huh?: Is Adrian ever going to catch a break? The guy is pretty much the emotional punching bag of both series so far!

Audio Review: The Golden Lily was narrated by Emily Shaffer and ran 12 hrs and 14 mins. Overall Emily did a decent job with the story. The reading pace was a little off. It seemed like she was rushing the words at times. Her Adrian voice really grated on my nerves and that was probably my biggest turn off with this audio. However, I thought that she did an excellent job with Sydney’s voice. She was also pretty spot-on with the rest of the characters. I think some people will like this audio more than I did.

Final Thought: I can’t wait till book 3!

Felicia S
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19 responses to “Audiobook YA Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Outstanding)

  1. That ending, right?!?!? Lol. I finished it at like 4 AM when I was all tired and emotional from lack of sleep, and it just about did me in! Haha. πŸ™‚

  2. You know with you reading the VA series… I SWEAR I’m the only one on the planet to have not read it yet! So, you know I’m behind on the offshoot series as well. Looks like that one is going on the wishlist too! LOL

  3. I started reading this while on vacation and unfortunately I didn’t get as far as I wanted but hope to finish it by next week. I love Richelle Mead and I am enjoying this series more than VA. I hope that Adrian catches a break! Glad to be back missed you all while I was away, but on the other hand, I enjoyed my break πŸ™‚

  4. “I love that Richelle Mead knows her characters so well that she can make me scream at them while simultaneously knowing that they are doing exactly what they would do if they were real.”

    EXACTLY!!!! That’s so much of what I love about Richelle as well – she’s not afraid to have her characters piss her readers off with their normalcy and their flaws:) Love it. I still need to read the first book, but I can’t wait to get to it!

    • She is really not afraid to piss us off! She is driving Natalie and I to drink I tell ya πŸ™‚

      I will say the spin-off is a different tone from VA–slightly more grown up even though they are still young.

  5. It’s so amazing to me when an author knows her characters soooo well that the voice carries all the way through and even into a spin-off like Bloodlines (I want to write like that!!). I’ve heard great things about this new series & really need to check it out.

  6. Gah! I really like the sound of the Bloodlines series!!! But I have yet to read it bc I haven’t read the Vampire Academy series! And I feel like I’m going to be missing something super important if I don’t!

    • I don’t think you need to read the VA series first BUT I will say that if you start with bloodlines ask someone to give you a quick recap of Adrian and Syd. Really the rest you will pick up and a lot of the characters are new.

  7. AHHHH- super review Felicia!! I need to start this spin off ASAP!! I loved the Vamp Academy series so Im sure Ill love these ones too…..yay.