Book Review: "Golden Blood" by Melissa Pearl


Rating: 4/5 stars

Plot:

“Gemma Hart never knows when her father is going to whisk her back in time. Her toes start tingling and she has a few minutes to find a secret haven where she can disintegrate and appear in another time and place. While “across the line,” her training and skills are put to the test as she completes a mission that will change history for the lucky few her father has selected.
Gemma’s parents are adamant that secrecy is paramount to her family’s safety. If people knew what they were capable of, they could be “used and abused”, as her mother always says. Afraid she might accidentally utter the truth and break the ancient oath of her people, Gemma spends her school days as a loner. Only one thing can throw her sheltered life askew… Harrison Granger.

Harrison never expected to talk to the strange Hart girl, but after a brief encounter he can’t stop thinking about her. He begins a campaign to chisel away her icy veneer and is met with unexpected consequences. As he slowly wins this girl over, he enters a surreal world that has him fighting to keep his newfound love and his life.”

Review:

I started this book this morning and finished it just now, at about seven thirty.  A lot of this timing was down to having time to kill but the fact remains that it was a very easy book to get into.
It’s a bit of an ‘overdone’ concept with a fantastical girl/boy meeting someone who they’re meant to be with and fate draws them together. That said, every now and then you get a book that follows this formula and still manages to be fresh.
Quite frankly, the strength of this book was the time traveling aspect. Gemma was a likable character. She’s moral put without being a push-over. She’s special yet she’s unwillingly forced into this role yet her sense of duty means that she does it almost willingly. The fact is that no matter what happened with the plot, Gemma’s sheer likability factor would have made it worthwhile reading. Admittedly, I had some problem with her parents during the novel and found them very difficult to empathise with (etc.) but this, I think, was rather the point, and I therefore have no major complaints about this.
The small interludes in which the family go back in time are really interesting. Other than the fact that the new settings break up the monotony of the other repeated settings (meaning that the limited settings don’t actually detract) they also allow the humanity of the characters to really show through. Yes, they are all highly trained fighters but this is no gratuitous martial arts themed book as the emphasis always seems focused on why they are doing this, to save a life, to change the future. Of course, the question is always there: why are they really there?

This is a question that grows in importance as the novel continues and as other questions arise. By the ending I felt that this novel, in its entirety, was really an introduction and that the real action will happen in the rest of the series. Yep, in the last chapter or two, I started to feel a bit cheated and, to be honest, this is why ‘Golden Blood’ lost a star. Call me fickle but, although a series needs some unanswered questions, I much prefer some kind of partial conclusion! Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to read the next book!
As I write, this novel is free on amazon. For a UK download link click here.
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