This review is part of the Golden Blood book tour, sponsored by A Tale of Many Reviews
The first book in Melissa Pearl's Time Spirit series is a refreshing entry to the YA supernatural world. Far from the familiar vampires, werewolves, and ghosts (oh my!) the time spirits are helpful beings who travel into the past to right wrongs and to help the helpless, or so it seems. Scattered throughout this tale are hints that the Hart family has secrets from each other. Clearly, Gemma is something special, something more, but we'll have to wait until book two to fully understand what that means for her.
Set against the rich backdrop of St. Augustine, Florida, Golden Blood wastes no time in introducing readers to the cons of time travel. We meet Gemma as she has just returned from a "trip" and is trying (and failing) not to be noticed by the popular girls in school as she reorients herself to the mendacities of high school life. Despite being a loner, Gemma is strikingly beautiful, thus drawing the ire of the other girls and the attention of class hottie, Harrison.
The romance is predictable but sweet. Harrison is unsure why he is drawn to Gemma, and I have some guesses about that, as well. While Gemma's mystery is central to the plot, Ms. Pearl's narrative hints that there may be more to Harrison than readers suspect.
Of course, as these things go--there are complications of both the time travelling variety and the typical high school drama variety. Gemma's father controls when and where the family travels and Gemma and her two older siblings are thrown into many adventures, from palace guards to revolutionaries, there is plenty of action to keep readers' pulses racing.
Full of action and romance, this was an enjoyable read that kept me saying, "just one more page" well into the night. I'm eager to begin the second book in the series to see exactly what secrets Gemma's father is hiding and to test if my suspicions about Harrison are founded. If you need a fast-paced weekend read to help you escape reality, this book will definitely satisfy you.
Melissa Pearl & her publisher are giving away an e-copy of Golden Blood t0 one lucky reader. Just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winners will be announced April 4th and books will be sent out directly from the publisher.
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