Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. She is now back in NZ and lives with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. She loves learning about the craft of writing and endeavours to make each new book better than the last.
Golden Blood: Time Spirit Trilogyby Melissa Pearl
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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OMG I could not put this book down! I was literally hooked after the first page and that doesn't happen too often. Melissa Pearl is an absolute master of story telling. The way she weaves the plot and characters into her story leave you desperately wanting more. The moment I 'met' Gemma Hart, I felt for her. I mean how can you not feel for a girl who is pulled back in time by her parents whenever they want to? I mean, the poor girl has a life of her own. Okay, maybe she doesn't have much of a life because of her parents but this whole predicament just made me desperate to turn the page and find out what happens next. The second I finished this book, I bought the second in the series... I'm so glad I have a Kindle so that I could literally, at the click of a button, continue reading!
I have so much love for Melissa Pearl. She's a fantastic author that I've been so happy to find. Golden Blood is no exception. From the very beginning, I was drawn into this tale with the way that Melissa writes. It is so easy to get lost in. Gemma is now a favorite of mine. I absolutely loved her, awkwardness and all. The relationship with her and Harrison was perfect. Seriously, this is the type of love story I want tucked into my reads. It was free of all the drama that I've begrudgingly gotten used to lately. Melissa is always really great at writing characters and Golden Blood is no exception. All of the characters have their own voice and story to tell. The entire cast fits together so well. I don't have much experience in books dealing with time travel, so I can't extensively compare Golden Blood to others. But I love the way that time travel was handled in this book. It was interesting aspect of the story that really intrigued me. I just can't. I'm a fangirl for Melissa Pearl, and Golden Blood only adds to that. There aren't enough words for me to tell you how perfect of a YA book that it is. I'm already dying to know what happens next in the world of Gemma! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Around 500 pages long. A really good read and FREE, but there are 2 more books in the series and there's kind-of a cliff-hanger at the end...
Reviewed by Molly Burkemper for Readers Favorite Gemma Hart is not your average teenager. Beautiful, powerful, and hiding a secret life, she is known around school as a freak. And for the most part, Gemma is okay with that. She and her family are time-travelers, going back in time to try to improve history. Gemma must guard this information with her life, so she cannot become close to anyone at school. Being an outcast is preferable to leaking the family secret and getting her loved ones hurt. But then, Gemma begins talking to Harrison Granger, her long-pined-after crush, and everything changes. Gemma wants him badly, and it doesn't help that Harrison is incredibly interested in her. And when Harrison sees Gemma disappear, she has no choice but to involve him in her life. Gemma must work to maintain a relationship with Harrison while keeping its knowledge from her parents. However, she begins to wonder if she can even trust her parents at all ... "Golden Blood" is an exciting and passionate story for young adults. It is a nice find for anyone seeking an action and romance mix, as neither is neglected in this story. However, like all time-travel stories, more astute readers will be asking about loose ends and paradoxes. How will saving multiple people from death several centuries ago affect those now facing their thousands of descendants in the present? But most readers will be able to overlook those issues and enjoy the great trials in the story. Overall, it is a thrilling book that will be enjoyed across genres.
I really enjoyed Melissa’s first instalment in her 'Time Spirit Trilogy', I thought it was quite a 'cool' story. I think this series needs to be published and on book shop shelves. What a wonderfully original tale of a time travelling family who are led or controlled, depending on how you want to look at it, by their father Alistair and loving husband to Penelope. I do have trust issues with Alistair and Penelope and also by the time you finish this book I think you are starting to realise that all is not what it may appear. There are secrets. 1 Minute in the present is approximately 1 Hour in the crossed over. I loved Gemma, the black Ducati riding younger sister of the twins Ruby and Dominic Hart. Dominic is six ft three inches of gorgeous, and totally loyal to his sisters. His nickname for Gemma is ‘Slim’ and it suits her. Gemma is unfortunately known as the ‘freak’ at St. Augustine High School, Florida. What she lacks in social skills, she makes up for in beauty and fighting skills. Gemma has a secret that she must keep...... well, secret. Unfortunately, circumstances don’t always allow the opportunity for the cat not to get out of the bag, the chicken to fly the coop, the naked girl not to be caught in the nuddy....hehe! Enter Harrison Granger, 17, blonde hair, drives a 1978 Corvette Stingray....have I got your attention yet? He comes from a loving family, mother Helen, stepfather Bryon, stepbrother Justin, stepsister Rosie and little brother Sam. Hmmmm, I have some thoughts there, but I shall see what ‘Black Blood’, tells me. Jordan Monroe, I like to refer to him as Moron, has his eyes set on conquering the ‘freak’ and doesn’t take too kindly to Harrison. Now the ‘freak’ doesn’t want to be conquered by the Moron and lets him know. But he is a persistent little bugger. Jordan and his inept minions are tracking Harrison down. Harrison ,keeping one step ahead of Moron and his Minions, smacks into the ‘freak’ , they shuffle through the door of ‘Camilla’s Closet’, nab some clothes off the rack, off into the change room for some hide and hopefully not seek , by the Moron and Minions. * queue the music * Let the ‘freak’ label peel away, and Harrison sees Gemma in a different light, one that smells like apple blossom shampoo. And there begins the connection of Harrison and Gemma. I am having some trust issues with the missions Alistair is sending the family on and why. I don’t want to give away, what they are, and where they go, and what they get up to as I thought that was wonderful to find out without being spoiled. Melissa scatters little bread crumbs of intrigue about that have you picking them up and tucking them away in your pocket . The last few chapters really got me chewing my finger nails as they are really, really good and exciting and nail biting, worthy. The ending, well, that had me all grabby, grabby for, ‘Black Blood’, the second book in this trilogy , oh the intrigue will have you reaching for more. FAVE QUOTE: “Your house. I would like to go there sometime.” “Why?” He reached for her hand and ran his thumb over her knuckles. “So I can picture you in it.”
Let me just start off and say that I loved everything about Golden Blood; the characters. The plot. The Time Spirits and obviously the romance. Anyhow, I started Golden Blood a little bit blind. All I knew was that there was time travel involved and that was about everything. But after reading the opening chapter, I was already falling in love with the novel. What made me fall even harder was the way that the novel switched POV’s between both Gemma and Harrison, the two main characters who are falling into a forbidden romance. To me, it was the total air of mystery and secrecy that Gemma has that made her a totally but kicking main character. Not only does Gemma come from a strict family of Time Spirits, which are basically people who are able to turn their bodies into golden dust and travel backwards (and only backwards) in time, but she could also beat people up. Literally. Author, Melissa Pearl described Gemma as a dangerous girl who could break every bone in your body if she wanted to. I know what you’re thinking: Are you being serious? Yes. Yes I am. In fact, Gemma reminded me of a non-dhampir Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. Now to the good stuff, the romance. When Harrison and Gemma first meet, I was filled with a series of “Awwwwwww” and a few more “Awwwwww’s” (or whatever the plural form of aw is). Again, Melissa Pearl managed to describe it in this perfect way where I could easily imagine the warmth that Harrison felt whenever he was around Gemma or that first time when he accidentally sees her go “across the line” and vanish into the past. The relationship between Harrison and Gemma is one that I could easily compare to Edward and Bella or Jace and Clary. It’s definitely one of those character romances where you can’t find anything wrong with it. While Pearl did describe the world and setting around all of the characters with great fluency and kept up a consistent pace, I only had one complaint and it is that I wish there was more conflict. Don’t get me wrong, the ending is gasp-worthy, it’s just that I wished there was a bit more of a bigger picture. Though, I’m assuming that that gets introduced in later novels considering the last few paragraphs that Golden Blood finished with. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to read a very unique novel and wants to spend a few chapters living in the past. Fans of the supernatural and of romance will definitely be falling in love with Golden Blood.
This totally awesome young adult paranormal romance captivated me from the first sentence. It had me alternately breaking out in goose bumps, sitting up in anticipation and smiling at the sensitive romantic scenes. Not being able to put it down, I read through it in one sitting. The kids at school call Gemma Heart a freak. Those she helps think she is an angel and Harrison Granger thinks she is the most beautiful and sweetest girl he has ever met. With a secret that has to be kept at all costs, a strict training schedule, school work and sudden dangerous missions into the past, Gemma has almost no hope of ever having friends or a meaningful relationship with a boyfriend. Harrison Granger however, thinks differently and makes it his mission to convince Gemma that not only can he deal with her unusual calling, but also that he can love her. The characters in this book - especially the main characters and their family members - truly seem to come alive in the expert hands of the author. That both main characters had perfectly normal, happy families was a pleasant change from the usual tragic circumstances in which so many key characters in other books find themselves. Harrison is any girl's dream guy. No wonder Gemma is willing to break a two millennia old oath not to lose him. The budding romance between Gemma and Harrison is sweet and beautiful and tastefully described. Gemma's family however, is not very happy with the fact that she is dating a boy who is not one of their kind. I was extremely impressed by the mature way in which the lovers dealt with this. “Golden Blood” is definitely not just a romance. As we follow Gemma from one dangerous mission to another, the suspense builds until Harrison gets involved. Then it becomes a nail-biting journey full of action and heart-stopping terror. It is a fantastic story which deserves more than its 5 stars and will have readers look forward to the next book in the series. (Ellen Fritz)