Author: Melinda Michaels
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings
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Publisher: RUETS Publications
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 was contacted by Melinda Michaels, the author herself, to review this book she kindly offered to send to me. It was in exchange for an honest review/opinion.
From the first page, I was hooked. It had something that just kept pulling me back. So much so that I read this in two sittings. This plot concept sounded amazing and luckily it lived up to my high hopes.
Throughout the book there is a dash of mystery everywhere. You don’t even know that much about Hanna, only because she doesn’t either. I find Hanna strangely satisfying, unlike a lot of teenage girl book characters. Once she knew someone was hiding things from her, she stopped at nothing to find out. Even though sometimes she wished she hadn’t. Unlike others that want everything handed to them on a silver plater.
The mysterious man, William Vann was surprisingly a loveable character. Melinda wrote his character so well that half the time I was torn between hating him and trusting him. I had a lot of stages with William, but the majority of the time, I trusted him (probably because he is really hot). I was ecstatic when we was proven not guilty multiple time, my affection grew for him in these times. I love how even though he knew the consequences it would bring himself, he still stopped at nothing to ensure Hanna’s safety.
I love how the budding romance between Hanna and William was obvious, yet it didn’t control the story. It takes great skill to write the perfect romance, and yet again Melinda succeeded! In way to many young adult novels the romance is overpowering, and that affects the plot more than it should. The theme of romance is a recurrence, yet it doesn’t change Hanna. She may think about Will a lot but she doesn’t let it affect how she acts.
The underlying theme of Fairytale retelling is what initially attracted me to the story. I was intrigued as to how it would influence the plot and what would specifically happen. I was glad that it was not over used and it was used in just the right places to add a little extra. How it was weaved into the story is what really interests me. Just a little bit was added to everything in a way I’ve never experienced previously. This story really is unique and I love it.
This book finished far to quickly and I highly wish for more books in series. I would pick them up instantly.
I guarantee anyone that loves a good paranormal or Fantasy will love Golden. If you enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles or any other fairytale retelling you will thoroughly enjoy this. It’s such a unique take on the genre that I guarantee you haven’t witnessed anything like it before.