03 February 2016
The Golden Lily
Series: Bloodlines #2
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Sydney and the gang are back and... still pretending to be in high school. Ok, so right off the bat there are a few plot lines in this novel that still don't make much sense to me, so let's just get them out of the way first.
1.) Jill's modeling career: you would think that a gal like Jill would have enough common sense to realize that being plastered in magazines is not the smartest move when more than one large group of people is out to kill you to denounce your family's claim of ruling power. Jill, however, can't seem to get that through her thick skull (which is one of the reasons she still kind of irritates me as a character). But it's been a while since I was a teenager, so maybe that's just how they act? Young, restless, out for themselves instead of personal survival?
2.) Angeline: what is the point of her character, except to annoy us further? Granted, she has some character development throughout the novel, but it doesn't feel organic in anyway. It feels more like she pulls a one way Mr. Hyde - Dr. Jekyll than anything else, suddenly becoming smart and developing common sense. Oh, and the love triangle brewing between her, Eddie, and Jill? That just feels superfluous at best. None of these secondary characters have charmed there way into my cranky heart yet. But here's to hoping, the series is still young.
3.) The whole point of Sydney being there: I still don't get it! I know she's supposed to be protecting Jill until they Moroi can get the law passed that the bloodline only needs one member to rule, but Sydney is around Jill even less in this novel than in the first. In fact, Sydney hardly ever seems to be around Jill. And perhaps that was the point of the introduction of Angeline's character: to shove Jill's storyline aside to make room for the arrival of Dimitri and Sonya and there project of testing blood of spirit uses and how it might help bring out the Strigoi (and thus giving Sydney ample excuses to be hanging out with Adrian). But back to the point on hand, I still don't see the Alchemist point of helping protect the vampires that they think so natural and that they, indeed, loathe the very existance of.
The Golden Lily, like Bloodlines before it, has a very slow evolving plot. This series is definitely centered around the romance between the characters (the Jill-Eddie-Angeline love triangle, and now the Adrian-Sydney-Braydon one as well - don't even get me started on Trey and Braydon), so there are large sections of this plot that still to almost stall out since most of these characters are not very engaging. I will say, however, that the dynamic between Adrian and Sydney is quite interesting because it poses the moral dilemma Sydney is struggling with throughout this series - how can she be so friendly with someone of the species she is supposed to despise?
The Golden Lily almost feels like a bridging novel. There are definitely traces of ongoing plots that Mead is setting up for further down the road: The Keepers, the Warriors of Light, and the magic Sydney is learning with Mrs. T. And while we do have a plot that is maintained during this novel, it wasn't the most interesting of ones. This one really needs the characters to pull it through and I think it succeeded, but just barely. But I'm certainly looking forward to the next installment to see where Mead is taking the series. And here to hoping that Sydney continues to become more likable and relatable (hey, she ate sugar in this novel. SUGAR!!!).