by Melinda Michaels

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High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived /once upon a time/, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s /just right/, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046620504
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 743 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Melinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture. Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat. Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series.

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Golden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite In Golden by Melinda Michaels, for Hanna, life has always been a bit difficult to say the least. She lives with her grandparents while her parents travel the world, researching one animal or another, and to make matters worse she has blackouts. Well, she used to have them, she hadn't had one in over ten years until today. When she first had one, all she remembered was waking up from it with no memory of anything before the blackout; nothing, no matter how hard she tried! Now she is having them again, and her only friend, newcomer to town Owen Pierce, who just happens to be a police officer, is acting weird. And then there is the stranger in town, William Vann, who saved her life. She feels a strong connection to him somehow. The more she asks her grandparents about the time before the blackouts, the more they tell her to leave it alone, but Hanna feels a need to know ... because something is going on, but what? Author Melinda Michaels gives the reader a wonderful fantasy, coming of age tale to keep you on the edge of your seat. Although Golden by Melinda Michaels is writing in the fantasy genre, it is definitely a coming of age story, one where Hanna must come to terms with her past and her future, and learn what is most important and right and to do that very thing. It is not always easy and it takes bravery and courage to do what needs to be done. Author Melinda Michaels gives you a strong main character that is tired of being an outcast for reasons she doesn't have a clue about. She just wants to be herself, whoever that may be. This is a wonderfully engaging tale for teens, young adults, and adults alike. I would even be willing to recommend it for middle school readers.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Step into the world where the descendants of fairy tales exist in Golden by Melinda Michaels. Hanna Loch is not your run-of-the-mill girl. She gets spells of blackouts. The blackouts first happened when she was 8 years old, and now she is eighteen years old and she blacked out in front of her classmates. The last time it happened, she lost all her memories. On the way home, she has this weird feeling that she is going to die. That suspicion is turned into reality when a truck comes at her at full speed. But the impact never happens. She is saved by a handsome stranger. William, the man who saved her, told her everything that she forgot. Thanks to him, she is forced to believe things that she never thought possible. Living in a small town in Michigan, her life was centered and safe. But with the arrival of William and her latest blackout, everything she knew is about to change. Her life could be in danger, and only William can save her. Does Hanna get back her memories? Can she trust anyone, especially William? Golden by Melinda Michaels is a story where fairy tale characters have descendants and they are living in the real world. Hanna is one of them. I will not tell you whose descendant she is and spoil the mystery for you. The novel was good and the suspense and the storyline were amazing. I was a little irked with Hanna at the beginning of the novel; she was all about being sorry for herself. But she got over herself soon enough and took charge. So, bonus points for her for that! I really enjoyed this novel. The story was good and the characters were well rounded.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paula Tran for Readers' Favorite Melinda Michael's Golden is an original, very well thought out and excellent mix of fantasy, fiction, romance, and young adult. Following the story of a girl named Hanna, everything changes for her when she decided to go home after she passed out in school. When she was saved by William Vann from a speeding truck, Hanna is instantly attracted to him, although her cousin Owen does not allow her to go anywhere near William. She learns that William is a newcomer to the town, and the two begin to develop a strong relationship/friendship. However, things become topsy turvy, and Hanna's life will never be the same.  While I do not read a lot of young adult novels because of the lack of originality in the market, I quite enjoyed this novel. The characters are believable and dynamic, paired with realistic dialogue and thought processes. However, William can be seen as a Mary Sue character; he seems to know everything, where Hanna is all of the time, and what to do in every situation. Furthermore, the relationship between Hanna and William was well paced and developed. I could see a clear chemistry sparking between them, and the author made the spark brighter and brighter with every chapter/page. This is different from many other young adult novels in the market today, making readers see the difficulty of love especially at a young age, while satisfying their desires at the same time. The plot development is also impeccable, filled with twists and turns, having an extremely good climax and beginning. There is also a clear conflict, an extremely important aspect of every novel.
KPalm More than 1 year ago
Not your usual fairy tale retelling, this one brings fairy tales to life as we meet their descendants. Hannah searches to uncover the secret her family hides and I was intrigued the through entire book. But the underlying theme... to break the rules, to forge your own path despite what history says is the true star of the story. I love the characters, especially Carly. The writing style kept me at a distance, but the unique premise pulled me in.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
As most of you probably know I rarely do reviews of YA novels-I do some but not many! The author sent me the blurb and it immediately caught my attention--I wanted to read it! There is quite a bit of fantasy in this novel which will catch you off guard as it did me. I have to admit that I could not tell from which story each family originated--actually I am still not positive! This is definitely a book any young girl would be able to read (as would her Mom which I always suggest-Mom's read first then hand them over!). I really can't write too much about this without giving it all away--so I will leave you with this thought--What fairy tale family is your family descended?
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Beautiful princesses, woodsmen, big, bad wolves, handsome princes, these are just some of the characters from childhood fairy tales. What happened when the tale ended and “they lived happily ever after?” What if that veil between fantasy and reality was non-existent and centuries later, there are families who are the descendants of our favorite characters? Welcome to the world of Melinda Michaels as she tells us the rest of the story in Golden. Hanna is no to stranger to blacking out, but it’s been a decade since her last “spell.” Now eighteen, it has happened again and walking home she feels and “sees” that her death in eminent when a truck comes barreling at her, but the she is rescued by a stranger who risked his own life to save her. Things like this so not happen in her small Michigan town. From that very moment when she thought she would die, her life is changed forever and secrets long hidden slowly unfold, thanks to William, the handsome young man who saved her. Are her blackouts bringing back the memory she lost at eight years old? Has everyone been keeping truths that she NEEDS to know from her? Can she trust anyone but William, or is he part of the past she cannot remember? Part mystery, part fairytale come to life, part budding romance, Melinda Michaels’ tale is a little different, a bit of a twist on YA fantasy that combines tales of our youth with the magic of her words. Rather than being a fast-paced action driven story, Ms. Michaels allows the characters to unveil every twist and turn in a unique and carefully planned plot. Did you believe in the possibility of those fairytales as you got older? Maybe you should have! They say truth is stranger than fiction and there is truth in stories told through the ages. I received this copy from Melinda Michaels in exchange for my honest review.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
It happened again: high school senior Hanna has suffered a blackout - this time, in front of her classmates. Her last blackout was when she was eight, and now she's had two in one week.    Here's where any anticipation of a story of possible epilepsy turns to acceptance of a riveting fantasy, instead, as Hanna comes to realize that her blackouts are actually indicators of a greater danger, and as she discovers not only the prodigy of dark villain, but finds herself aligned with his purposes. Similar themes have appeared in similar-sounding books. What sets Golden apart from most is its focus on a villain who may not be all that bad, a girl who may not have the magic that circumstances indicate, and the point that evil (and good) may not be as obvious as they would seem.   An appreciation for young adult fantasy and romance with a twist will lend to enjoyment of a story line that is unpredictable and more satisfyingly complex than at first glance, and which brings Hanna's world to life through an ordeal that makes for an absorbing YA adventure read.
ArtOverChaos More than 1 year ago
Recently, I’ve been in a book slump. Even my favorite authors weren’t cutting it. Then, I picked up Golden and devoured it like a hungry wolf. This debut novel is fun and even cute at times, but balanced enough that I really worry about Hanna and William. I smile when they do, and fret when they get in trouble. There was maybe 10% that wasn’t thrilling as much as the rest of the book. Maybe because I briefly knew more than Hanna, maybe I was just not feeling it that night. Fairy tale retellings are becoming popular, and if you are a writer of the genre (which I am) you might be asked why should you be the writer of this story? The why when you aren’t writing about yourself is hard. Golden’s world is great. I want to play in it, write in it. But, why Melinda as the author of Golden? There is something realistic and magical about her voice that makes me not want to hear Hanna or William’s story from anyone besides her. The style carries a certain a grit to it’s beauty. Not edgy for the sake of being edgy, but because the world has as much dirt as it does flowers. Golden is a great read, and maybe if I wish upon a star I’ll get more of this series soon. I don’t like giving star ratings, but Golden earns all five. 
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Hanna Loch doesn’t remember the first few years of her life and suffered from blackouts previously. However, she hasn’t had a blackout in ten years – the one which took away her memories of ‘before’. Until today, when Hanna blacks out in school and when she realizes this, she’s understandably scared out of her wits. From this newest blackout, she’s determined to find out the answers about her past. GOLDEN has diffused fairy-tale elements with a focus on the darker aspects – closer to the original Grimm fairy tales. The world- and character-building is excellent and the writing is formidable. Anyone who enjoys fairy tales with a grim twist will definitely love GOLDEN!
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
Golden is a quick and easy read in the modern world where descendants of fairytales exist. I had been really interested in reading this story because I love fairytales! "Loose fairytale retelling" is an apt description of this book. The story is read fairly straightforward but the build up is a bit slow. I became truly invested at about the 1/3 mark of the book where I suddenly began getting the answers I wanted. Hanna is an ok heroine. I didn't really love or hate her, she had just been ok. I felt that way for most of the characters. It seemed she had been rightfully agitated at not remembering her past while everyone is hiding it from her. While that is understandable, I found it a bit frustrating as a reader. The other characters weren't quite interesting enough for me to care too much to what happens to them. I think the closest I had been interested are William and maybe Owen. I did get thrown off a little, I thought William would be a different fairytale person in this story. The writing is simplistic but easy to understand. More distinction between the characters would be nice, the voices between Hanna and William didn't feel different enough to me. I felt the pacing could have used a little more work because I started to skim at the beginning hoping to get to the more interesting parts. Even then, I still found myself skimming the rest of the story to get to the big reveals. Once I did get to the climax, I didn't get the huge satisfaction I would have liked when I get to that point. I mean, the climax was there but maybe the stakes wasn't good enough for me or the characters were in enough danger. I just didn't get the adrenaline high I sometimes get with a really good story build up and climax. Overall, this is a nice simple story with hints of fairytales-esqe inspirations. If you like modern stories, mini-mysteries, and fairytales, then you'll probably enjoy this tale. 3 out of 5 rating for me! (An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)