Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review: Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy #1) by Melissa Pearl

Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy #!)
By Melissa  Pearl
Publisher: Melissa Pearl
Published: Nov. 4, 2011
ISBN: 9781465873194

Amazon Synopsis:

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.

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My Thoughts:

Gemma Hart can travel through time. So can her sister, brother and parents. Unfortunately, she has no control over when it happens, and when she gets that tingling feeling, she’d better run for a private place, or she’ll disappear and leave her clothes behind in front of everyone……and when she returns, well, she’ll wish she had found a private place.

This book is part adventure, part romance and all fantasy. This book was clean romance and I loved that about it. Gemma is a loner, afraid to get close to people because she it is forbidden for her to share her family’s secret. Consequently she has no friends. That is, until she meets Harrison Granger. Harrison is fascinated with Gemma and cracks through the wall she has built around herself. They become romantically involved, but never sexually involved. Love is about being there for the other person, not about sex.

I really like that Melissa Pearl has the ability to weave a story, moving from one time period to the next fluidly and easily. Her dialogue is believable and her characters are real. I found myself wishing for the same camaraderie with my siblings as Gemma has with her siblings. I don’t care for Mr. and Mrs. Hart very much though. They seem a little cold, though they do tell their children that they care for them. I like the relationship that Gemma develops with Harrison’s family; it just feels good that she can spend time comfortably with them every week.

And just when you get to the end of the novel and you think that things are going to wind up nicely… there’s another mystery.

This was a very enjoyable novel and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels with clean romance. I gave this book 4 stars.

Thank you to the author Melissa Pearl who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She has lived in a number of different countries including Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan. She also did a nine month road trip around North America. Presently she lives in China with her husband and two sons. 

Melissa has a teaching degree and taught full time but chose to be a full time mom. Over the past ten years she has been honing her craft and now has eight published novels.

Time Spirit Trilogy Titles
Golden Blood  ~  Black Blood  ~  Pure Blood

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  1. Thank you so much for a great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

    1. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.