April 1, 2012

Book Review: Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl

Title: Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy #1)
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publication Date: February 27th 2012 (first published November 4th 2011 on Smashwords)
Source: Purchased for my own reading pleasure

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.

My Thoughts
I first stumbled upon this book a few months ago while on Smashwords and was intrigued enough by its blurb to buy it.
It then sat unread in my e-reader on the ever increasing and hardly never getting read tbr pile.

It wasn't until I read an article in a small local newspaper that I realized the author, Melissa Pearl was a fellow Kiwi and that was enough to spark my interest again for Golden Blood. 
And after some funny and interesting emails, I was lucky enough to purchase a signed print copy from the author.

Gemma is a little awkward and shy, and does her utmost to keep everybody in her life happy, often to her own detriment. She feels extremely guilty for having uprooted the family from their previous home and so in an attempt to not repeat past mistakes, has pretty much cut herself off from society.
Gemma is slowly and lovingly drawn from her shell by Harrison, a cute and seemingly unattainable boy who is intensely and inexplicably drawn to her. 
Their ensuing love story is sweet and full of awww moments.

Golden Blood is a really great read.
The characters are very well written and draw you in straight away.
The story flows easily and the time travel element is intriguing with the possibilities and twists and turns, literally endless. 

I can not say enough good things about Gemma and Harrison and Golden Blood without alluding to spoilers, so I'll keep it zipped except to say...read it, buy it, get it now!
You will not be disappointed :) 

I'm so glad I got it in print but sometimes those impulsive e-book buys should just go to the top of the reading pile because Golden Blood is a golden read and a perfect 5 star one at that :)


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