Aug 19, 2015

Recent Reads: Golden by Melinda Michaels

Golden by Melinda Michaels
Publisher: REUTTS Publication, LLC
Publication Date:  March 24, 2015


Format: ebook ARC
Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way altered my opinion or review of the book.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn't had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn't even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

I am a sucker for a great cover and this one pulled me in, but the synopsis was what really got me – a loose retelling alluding to Goldilocks… UM YES! Please! It took me a while to start the book but within one sitting I was hooked.

Hanna is the main character, a teenage girl with crazy problems like no one else – she blacks out, and not from drinking or drugs, which would be common in this age group- but from something she can’t understand. Sometimes when she comes back to, she can’t remember anything and no one can tell her why.

Hanna is a strange character, she is likeable enough as a female lead, but she is also frustrating on SO many levels – she takes a lot of chances but at the same time likes to be careful. It is a weird mix of personality – one day she is not wanting to drive in fear of passing out behind the wheel, and another, she is standing in front of a moving train playing chicken. It is just strange.

With that being said it is not every day you get a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or a world with descendants of fairy tale people. I loved this world building. There were stones left to be turned in the end but it felt complete.

The plot was captivating and there was a lot to it but it all wrapped itself nicely around Hanna and her blackouts, which is how the story begins. I look forward to reading more from Melinda Michaels and I hope they continue featuring the descendants.


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