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Book Club: Golden Lily 6 & 7

Book Club Disclaimer:
Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)

THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.

The Golden Lily, Chapters 6 & 7

Chapter Six opens with poor Sydney being mocked by her friends for shaking Brayden’s hand at the end of the date. Here’s a true story for you. When I was in a high school, a friend of my boyfriend’s liked a friend of mine, so we set up a double date. It turned out to be terribly uncomfortable between them, and when the night ended, the guy walked my friend up to her door while my boyfriend and I waited in the car and watched. There was an awkward exchange between them, and after several long moments, they shook hands and parted ways. My boyfriend and I nearly had laughter seizures because we were mean like that. But it was pretty funny.

Anyway. Let’s see what else is happening here. I often write in little things that amuse me, and having Dimitri continue to wear his duster in a desert city just tickles me to no end. Why does he do it? How can he handle the heat? He’s Dimitri. Don’t question it. He just does that kind of stuff.

Adrian comes asking Sydney for a favor, which isn’t new behavior. What’s new is that he actually goes about it humbly and gives us a straightforward reason: “There’s something about don’t judge like the others. I mean, you do. You’re more judgmental than any of them in some ways. But there’s an honesty to it.” That’s hardly red hot passion, but it calls out one of the biggest things between them: honesty. We saw this all over the place in the last book. They don’t usually sugarcoat things with each other, and where some people would chafe against that, Adrian and Sydney welcome it in each other. As he points out here, it makes him feel comfortable.

Let’s head on over to Chapter Seven and the windmill date. When I was trying to find a place for Sydney and Brayden to go, I went over to and looked up a list of attractions in the Palm Springs area, searching for the nerdiest one I could find. This windmill farm is a real thing, though I embellished the tour specifics since I haven’t actually been on it. What I also had to do was go do all kinds of cracktastic research on wind energy so that I could build that argument between them. I’m an environmental fan, but I seriously didn’t know any of that stuff. Like I was saying the other day about Brayden, I grabbed all that info and just dumped it into his dialogue in as academic a way as possible and then had Sydney answer in kind. I was so afraid my editor was going to cut it. Normally, dry exposition like that isn’t something you’d want in a book, but here, as part of their conversation, it had a purpose. I knew most people wouldn’t follow it. Hell, I can’t follow all of it. But it was such a fantastic example of their relationship’s inner workings, and no matter his other faults, you have to give Brayden props for swooning over Sydney being a woman who stands by her opinions.

We close with a great exchange with Trey. I love that Sydney has guy friends like him and Eddie, with which there are no romantic complications whatsoever. As such, Trey has no filter on when it comes to giving guy wisdom:

“Brayden got me flowers,” I declared.
“And, why’d he do it?”
“Because he likes you, Melbourne. That’s what guys do. They buy dinner and gifts, hoping that in return you’ll—um, like them back.”

Methinks Trey had a little more in mind than “like them back.” I guess he’s got a filter after all.


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Jan. 27th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh wow, Brayden and Sydney are so precious. Perfectly nerdy, awkward teenagers trying out the dating thing, and learning it's not all it's cracked up to be -- but it can be fun. They're hilarious.

Sydney & Trey's relationship is wonderful. It's always nice to see platonic m-f relationships in fiction.
Jan. 27th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can't help but wonder if there will be a change in the dynamics of Trey and Sydney's relationship in the next few books. There was some foreshadowing there at the end of The Golden Lily.
Jan. 27th, 2013 06:07 am (UTC)
So I'm a huge VA fan. While waiting for Indigo Spell, I decided to buy them all and reread until my hands are on something new. Well when Rose first meets Jill in Shadow Kiss, Jill tells Rose she is an air magic user but in all subsequent books she uses water. Also when Rose is in jail at court she summons Tatianas ghost, its never explained how she managed that with the wards. Just curious is all.
Jan. 27th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
what u said
u r so smart! that is exactly what I said when I was reading it :) I thought I was the only one <3
Jan. 27th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hey am a huge fan my self and i was wondering the same thing when i read the VA series again while waiting for the Golden Lily, but i found it just as satisfying to fill in the blanks my self, like Jill was so young when we first meet her that maybe she was leaning towards being an air user but ended up being an water user instead when she specializing.....and when Rose is in jail at court and she summons Tatianas ghost could just have been because she used some shadow kissed "powers" or something =)
Jan. 27th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hi Richelle, this is just a suggestion but maybe a spirit user can "heal" the thing that prevents dhampirs to have babies together. This was just an idea that evolved when I felt sad about Rose and Dimitri's future (Rose not being able to be a mother). If this is a stupid fan made idea just forget it, but maybe you can use it ;) Greetings from Holland
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