BOOK REVIEW | THE GOLDEN LILY AND THE INDIGO SPELL BY RICHELLE MEAD

March 8, 2016


Hey loves! I decided to combine these two book reviews together because I read them fairly quickly and I just couldn't wait to share my thoughts with you guys! 

THE GOLDEN LILLY REVIEW
Synopsis
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? - Goodreads

Overall Thoughts
If you've already read my Bloodlines review, you already know that this has become one of my favorite series. The first book started out with a bang and the follow up was just as amazing. The Golden Lily was everything I hoped it would be. The character development in Sydney was incredible to see, although she did hold back and that was a little aggravating at times. Despite what a lot of people think, her character is hilarious. I  also loved having Angeline in this book and seeing her adapt to the new lifestyle. Now the most exciting part was the whole situation with the Warriors of Light and Sydney's use of magic.Oh right, Braydon. Can't forget about him. Brayon was, well, sort of lame. He wasn't anything special and it was funny how no one could remember his name. The ending almost tore me apart. Adrian can never win can he? I have faith in #Sydrian though.

RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

THE INDIGO SPELL REVIEW



Synopsis
 In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus's help, Sydney realizes that the group she's been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks? As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood - or else she might be next. Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain - and following her heart - she'll be able to finally figure out where she belongs. - Goodreads

Overall Thoughts
The Indigo Spell was so far, my least favorite in the series only because I was just so frustrated and annoyed with Sydney's character. One of my favorite thing about this series is that nothing is fast paced, but certain parts of this book ran a little slow for me and someone *cough Sydney cough* needed a little push. Aside from that, Sydney's exploration of magic in this book was exciting to see, especially during the end. It was nice to see her step out of her comfort zone. The tension between her and Adrian was something else. They made out like 3 times and each time Sydney kept rejecting it, girl please. I finally got what I wanted in the end though, sort of. As far as Sydney and the Alchemist go, she's starting to break free and see past their lies. It's all thrilling and I heard the next book will be told in Adrian and Sydney's POV. FINALLY AFTER 7 BOOKS I GET TO BE INSIDE THE HEAD OF ADRIAN IVASHKOV.

RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

It's kind of difficult writing book reviews without spoilers or releasing too much of the plot, but I want you guys who haven't read this series to go in knowing as little as possible. I'm enjoying Bloodlines a lot more than I enjoyed Vampire Academy, except for the covers.

Thank you for reading!

xo, kathlyn

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