Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Review: Golden by Melinda Michaels + Book Trailer + Giveaway

Golden by Melinda Michaels
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.
Start reading Golden today!



Golden is a quick and easy read in the modern world where descendants of fairytales exist. I had been really interested in reading this story because I love fairytales! "Loose fairytale retelling" is an apt description of this book. The story is read fairly straightforward but the build up is a bit slow. I became truly invested at about the 1/3 mark of the book where I suddenly began getting the answers I wanted.

Hanna is an ok heroine. I didn't really love or hate her, she had just been ok. I felt that way for most of the characters. It seemed she had been rightfully agitated at not remembering her past while everyone is hiding it from her. While that is understandable, I found it a bit frustrating as a reader. The other characters weren't quite interesting enough for me to care too much to what happens to them. I think the closest I had been interested are William and maybe Owen. I did get thrown off a little, I thought William would be a different fairytale person in this story.

The writing is simplistic but easy to understand. More distinction between the characters would be nice, the voices between Hanna and William didn't feel different enough to me. I felt the pacing could have used a little more work because I started to skim at the beginning hoping to get to the more interesting parts. Even then, I still found myself skimming the rest of the story to get to the big reveals.

Once I did get to the climax, I didn't get the huge satisfaction I would have liked when I get to that point. I mean, the climax was there but maybe the stakes wasn't good enough for me or the characters were in enough danger. I just didn't get the adrenaline high I sometimes get with a really good story build up and climax.

Overall, this is a nice simple story with hints of fairytales-esqe inspirations. If you like modern stories, mini-mysteries, and fairytales, then you'll probably enjoy this tale.

3 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About Melinda Michaels:
Melinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture.
Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat.

Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series.
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