Daily Archives: July 8, 2012
Mailbox Monday is a weekly event created by Marcia that travels to a new blog each month. Join in to share your book loot and discover some new book blogs. Jennifer at Mrs. Q Book Addict is the host for the month of July.
These are the books I received last week:
Found some good deals/impulse purchases this week
Just Flirt by Laura Bowers – Something light and fun.
Graveminder by Melissa Marr – Looks like a good horror story to save for Halloween.
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini – I liked Starcrossed okay but felt it didn’t make the best audiobook. Want to see if reading the second book is a better experience.
E-Books for Review:
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan – US release of an Australian book, looks like an intriguing fantasy about mermaids.
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis – All the reviews I’ve seen make this book sound crazy and I was too curious to pass it up.
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve – Steampunk YA Audiobook
Sync YA free audiobook downloads of the week:
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, read by August Ross
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, read by Ian Holm
Have a great week!
Book Info: YA paranormal, Purchased HC from Amazon, 418 pages
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
With the second book in the Bloodlines series, Richelle Mead hits her stride and delivers an addictive read. Though I liked Bloodlines a lot, I thought it lacked a little of Vampire Academy’s charm. But just like the VA series improved as it went along, so does this series. Maybe it’s because this installment seems more fun and well rounded, or Sydney has grown on me more, but all the elements worked this time around.
In The Golden Lily, Sydney is working undercover again to protect Moroi Princess Jill Dragomir at a boarding school in Palm Springs. (Of all the places for a group of vampires to live!) Jill is in danger from those who want to see her sister Queen Lissa de-throned. Alchemist Sydney continues to work with the vampires to provide support on their mission. Adrian, Eddie, Dimitri and Sonya are back too and have their own intriguing side stories.
I found Sydney more endearing this time around, more human I guess. All of her quirks are growing on me. She’s uptight and uncomfortable in social situations, but she does have heart and she’s evolving in her way. I like that she’s starting to question her loyalties a little bit. Overall she’s easier to warm up to in this book. She gets set up on a date with a guy who is perfect for her in every way, studious and serious, likes to wear neutrals, etc. He’s so bland that no one can remember his name, and come to think of it neither can I! (Okay, it’s Brayden) Sydney also has some great bonding scenes with Adrian and her feelings for him are complicated due to her loyalties with the alchemists, but I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop.
There are a few different stories swirling around for Sydney and the vampires. Sydney is still working on learning magic, and there is still the mystery of what makes her special among the alchemists. There are also some humorous scenes where she and Adrian take a self-defense class. I don’t know why that scene made me laugh, but I just love Mead’s sense of humor and how she set up that scene.
The interactions at the boarding school are the only weak links for me. Jill hasn’t made a great impression on me yet. Though she does serve an interesting purpose with her spirit bond to Adrian. Eddie, her guardian, is great, and new character Angeline has potential. There could be some interesting things in store for the next book and I’m keeping an open mind there.
Adrian is still a standout character, and one of the reasons this series works so well. His one-liners are hilarious and he’s so charming but on the other hand he shows a sensitive and protective side as well. You can’t help but hope that things work out for him this time.
I love revisiting the Vampire Academy world through this spinoff, and am pleased with the direction the Bloodlines series is heading. The romance is heating up, and so is the drama. I recommend this series to fans of VA or fans of Mead’s or paranormal books in general. I eagerly await the next book The Indigo Spell, due out in February 2013.