Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review #482 - Golden (Golden #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


When Lissy James moves from California to Oklahoma, she finds herself in the middle of a teenage nightmare: a social scene to rival a Hollywood movie. And if understanding the hierarchy of the Goldens vs. the Nons isn’t hard enough, Lissy’s ever growing Aura Vision is getting harder and harder to hide, and if she’s not careful, she’s going to become a Non faster than you can say “freak.”

But it’s becoming clear that Emory High has a few secrets of its own. Around the halls, the term “special powers” goes way beyond one’s ability to attract the opposite sex, and there may be something more evil than the A-crowd lurking in the classrooms. Lissy can see a lot more than the average girl, but she’s about to learn the hard way that things aren’t always as they appear and you can’t always judge a girl by her lip gloss.

My Rating: 3/5

I have quite a number of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' books on my bookshelf, Golden is the first I have read.

This book tells the story of Felicity who moves from California to Oklahoma. Upon arriving in Oklahoma she is immediately exposed to the popular group who refer to themselves as Goldens.

The Goldens are all super arrogant and pretty much carbon copies of one another with no substance.

This book focused too heavily on the cliques and immaturity of high school life rather than the unique paranormal aspect.

The paranormal aspect being that every female in Felicity's family has some kind of ability. Felicity can see auras. At first Felicity hates her gift and throughout the book she learns that she must learn to develop it as it is impossible to ignore it like she would like to.

I didn't like too many characters in this book as they weren't developed enough but Felicity's sister Lexie was one of my favourites. She was genuine, bubbly and very down to earth.

Overall I enjoyed the concept of this book, but the execution failed to live up to its potential.

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