The Golden Lily
Copyright 2012, Razor Bill
Sydney has passed test after test for the alchemists and they seem to really trust her again, which is a weight off of her shoulders...until she's called into a room and asked to testify against Keith, the d-bag that made her life miserable. He's been sent off to a re-education center and the results are terrifying. Even with their history Sydney can't say the words that would send him back to that place. And she leaves with an even stronger knowledge of what happens to vampire sympathizers.
Which is particularly troubling seeing as she's almost more comfortable around her group of moroi and dhampir's than she is around the alchemists. Keeping that in mind, you can see Sydney really growing and trying to find the strength in the beliefs she used to hold so tightly to.
And now she's being pushed into a date. With Brayden. Who is just as smart as she is and likes her a lot...so why doesn't this budding romance feel like the epic love everyone else is talking about and feeling? And why is Adrian in more and more of her thoughts? She has to shut him out. She's not a sympathizer...
In Bloodlines I liked Adrian and I was relieved to finally see him in the light that Team Adrian fans cast him in during the Vampire Academy books. In The Golden Lily I am in full blown love with him and I want nothing more than for him to be happy. It's a quick transformation really, in six books of the VA series I was just Meh about him and now here we are and I'm his number one fan: C'mon Adrian!!
This book is full of fun moments, serious contemplation and a romance that - though killing me because I just want them together - is building up to a love of epic proportions. I asked Twitter if it was a wise decision to start reading this one and was assured it was a *very* wise decision at that. Where would I be if Twitter didn't help me make the hard calls in life?! I'll help you make yours, if you're on the fence, I'd say do it! It's an enjoyable read that was charming in it's most basic form. I will warn you of this, though: The book was almost thrown because of the last page. It almost went SPLAT against the wall. THE INDIGO SPELL CANNOT GET HERE SOON ENOUGH.