Golden Blood

Rated 4.67/5 based on 19 reviews
A time travelling teenager falls in love with a boy she is not allowed to be with. Unable to resist, she jumps into the unknown and so begins a battle to keep her newfound love alive. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465873194
About Melissa Pearl

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. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China 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. Since then she has produced five more books and is loving every step of her writing journey.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

http://melissapearl.blogspot.com/

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Review by: slc333 on Aug. 30, 2013 :
I enjoyed Gemma & Harrison together and I like how Gemma is both extremely competent and extremely awkward depending on the situation. I also liked how Harrison isn't threatened by the fact that Gemma is a much better fighter. I spent most of the book suspecting Gemma's parents of wrong doing as they were so horrible to her with their rules, expectations and judgements and constantly putting their children in danger so I found the ending quite interesting and am definitely looking forward to reading the next instalment.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sarah Nebel on March 30, 2013 :
Was lucky to win this book in a contest...and I am so glad I did. Having read nothing about it before I started, I dove right in and wasn't disappointed. Connected quickly with Gemma and could barely bring myself to put it down when I needed to.
(review of free book)

Review by: Dii on Dec. 14, 2012 :
Great Idea!

Gemma Hart is a little awkward, like many teens, but one big difference is that her father can take her through time! She meets Harrison, a boy from a different time and they are definitely connecting. Add to this, the fact that there is a purpose and mystery to her family's time travel and you have a great, well-written YA read that should appeal to all looking to be totally entertained!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa- Bookworm Lisa on July 10, 2012 :
This book falls into the paranormal/forbidden love story genre for me. Gemma and her family come from a line that is charged with changing the past to make things right and improve the future. They must keep this unique ability hidden.

Enter Harrison, the attraction between Harrison and Gemma is strong and undeniable. They cannot adhere to the edict that her kind cannot be with someone that is not one of them. The forbidden love story is always fun. I love to see love prevail against all odds. There are many odds going against them.

There is a lot of action in this book that will keep your eyes glued to the page. I gave it 4 stars and will definitely continue on with the rest of these books. I can't wait to see if love will prevail in the end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Marjana Gole on June 22, 2012 :
I like the story from begining to the end....and want more....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: M.K. Sutherland on June 02, 2012 :
Gemma Hart is a Time Spirit, along with the rest of her family. That means her father can whisk her and her family back in time, and Gemma will have only seconds' warning. Secrecy is vital to her family and, not wanting to betray her family or lie to potential friends, Gemma has isolated herself from her classmates, living the life of a recluse. She admires Harrison Granger from afar, knowing they can never be together. When it looks like Harrison might actually return her feelings, the walls Gemma put up come crashing down as she tries to balance family duty with the whims of her heart. By falling in love, has Gemma put Harrison, herself, and her whole family in danger?

As you can tell from my 4-star rating, I really liked this book! Time travel is not necessarily an original topic in young adult fiction, but Melissa Pearl had an original take on it. Her third-person narration is excellent. She goes back and forth between the thoughts of Gemma and Harrison seamlessly.

Gemma is a very easy to relate to. I could see myself being friends with her (if she was the type of person to have friends, that is). It was sad to read about her loneliness, but then I understand why she had to live such an isolated life. Her relationship with the various members of her family were very well developed. I especially loved her twin siblings. They were always looking out for her, and their occasional disagreements and arguments made them seem realistic.

Harrison could be a little cheesy sometimes, but that was pretty realistic, too. Guys aren't always the best at showing their feelings, so you have to love Harrison for giving it a valiant effort! He and Gemma were adorable together. Cheesy or not, I am definitely one of those girls who loves reading YA just so she can go "Aww!" at a cute relationship.

I loved all the time travel segments of the book. I think Melissa Pearl did a very good job with capturing the different historical eras. I really liked it when, upon returning to the present, Gemma could see the effects of her actions in the past. That was neat! Also, the way her family time travels, and the fact that Gemma had no control, was a very cool twist on time travel stories. The mythology behind it was also very interesting . . . I hope to learn more about that in the next two books.

One small criticism I have is about some minor grammatical errors. As an indie author myself, though, I know it's hard to catch them all! So I won't spend anymore time on that. The story was strong, and the errors weren't so big as to take away from that, so I really can't complain too much.

Golden Blood is the first book in the Time Spirits Trilogy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Zainab Hikmet on May 18, 2012 :
Wow, this book had me at the edge of my seat all the way through!
I just couldn't put it down for a second - I am so happy I had it saved on my phone so I could pick up where I left off even if I only had a minute to spare during classes.

I would definitely recommend this book for almost anyone, any age above 13.
It has this easiness to it, it flows so well that makes it so appropriate for readers of any age and level of reading.


It has the perfect amount of action and romance to satisfy any sort of reader, I am not one for action packed scenes but these had me holding my breath! The words were so beautifully picked and everything is described so perfectly that it almost evolved into this visual experience for me.

As mentioned before, I instantly started reading the second installment, what a great cliffhanger!

Melissa Pearl has an incredible way with words. I cannot wait to see what is in store for Gemma and Harrison, and her family!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Auricht on April 12, 2012 :
RATING : 4.5 HARRISON & DOMINIC STARS!!

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.”
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on March 12, 2012 :
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)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kelly on March 06, 2012 :
I found myself up at night in the bed with my kindle reading after my hubby fell asleep until I finished it! Good thing I had the next one to start into because it leaves off with more questions than answers!

Gemma is part of a family of time traveler's. She is just a little different than the rest of the family. She stays as an outsider at school because of her parents rules. These rules are no dating until college because they are to marry another time traveler. Also she stays as a loner (freak is the word in the book, but I don't like that word, it makes me sad for Gemma) because her dad could call her to a mission in a different time period at any moment! There missions are supposed to find someone in the past and save them because they will make a difference in the future.

Gemma is attracted to a boy in school who is also somewhat new. He is attracted to her as well. She, however, tries to avoid him because of the rules. But Harrison gets under her skin and they form a bond.

Things happen that change Gemma's life! Harrison is part of that change. The missions make her question things. Her parents make her question things!

But you'll just have to read what the "things" are in the book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lucy Barker on Feb. 06, 2012 :
I loved Golden Blood! It's a great read full of romance, time travel and some mysterious hints at all not being quite what it seems.

You'll read this book in a sitting, it's impossible to put down!

Congratulations Melissa Pearl on an amazing debut!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leigh K. Hunt on Jan. 24, 2012 :
Meet Gemma, a teenager who really is different from all of the others around her. So much so, she secludes herself. Gemma can travel through time - in fact - her whole family can. This is a secret that has been passed through generations and centuries, and something that they all keep very quiet about.

But when Harrison finds himself running from a spot of trouble, and ends up hiding in the same spot as Gemma, something engages between them, and he just can't stop thinking about her. This attraction to her becomes almost obsessive, and as Harrison chases her, Gemma runs. Reluctanctly.

She knows that she is not allowed to enter into a relationship with a normal human, but for some reason, she just can't resist Harrison's charm and wit. And neither can the reader.

None of this bodes too well for either character. As their attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them, until it's almost too late.

I suggest picking up this book for a good read. It's entertaining, engaging, and has some great characters. You can feel these characters growing with strength as you turn each page. But you also fear for them as you see the dark underbelly of the past looming before them.

A fabulous first book in the trilogy, that sets up the rest of the Time Spirit Trilogy nicely.

Well done Ms. Pearl - you are on your way to a 5 star debut trilogy. I'll be a fan for life :-)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leigh K. Hunt on Jan. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
Meet Gemma, a teenager who really is different from all of the others around her. So much so, she secludes herself. Gemma can travel through time - in fact - her whole family can. This is a secret that has been passed through generations and centuries, and something that they all keep very quiet about.

But when Harrison finds himself running from a spot of trouble, and ends up hiding in the same spot as Gemma, something engages between them, and he just can't stop thinking about her. This attraction to her becomes almost obsessive, and as Harrison chases her, Gemma runs. Reluctanctly.

She knows that she is not allowed to enter into a relationship with a normal human, but for some reason, she just can't resist Harrison's charm and wit. And neither can the reader.

None of this bodes too well for either character. As their attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them, until it's almost too late.

I suggest picking up this book for a good read. It's entertaining, engaging, and has some great characters. You can feel these characters growing with strength as you turn each page. But you also fear for them as you see the dark underbelly of the past looming before them.

A fabulous first book in the trilogy, that sets up the rest of the Time Spirit Trilogy nicely.

Well done Ms. Pearl - you are on your way to a 5 star debut trilogy. I'll be a fan for life :-)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Owl Eye Press on Dec. 26, 2011 :
After finishing Golden Blood, I immediately handed the kindle to my 12 yr old daughter and told her "Read this!" She texted me later that same day to tell me she LOVED it and absolutely had to have the next two books!

We both devoured this book. The characters stole my heart and had me rooting for them from word one. I enjoyed the creative world Melissa Pearl has woven and look forward to reading the next book in the series!

Keep up the good work Melissa!
SJ Byrne - Author of Mo Dearbadan~de
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Baethge on Dec. 23, 2011 :
Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl is the first book of the Time Spirit Trilogy, a work that is planned to not be finished until February of 2012. Currently there are only two books written; but because the story deals with time travel, I am fairly confident we can expect the author’s prediction of her writing speed to be fairly accurate. As we learn in the book that the knowledge of time traveling abilities is not a topic allowed to be shared among normal humans, I dare not say more of how Melissa could know what she claims; I just find her future knowledge to be perfectly fun!
When Gemma, a girl who can jump through time, accidentally makes contact with Harrison, the normal human boy she loves, at the wrong time; she finds she has unintentionally thrown him a few centuries into the past. Now the problem becomes getting him back to the present, even though that requires help from the rest of her family who don’t want anything to do with him, and are stuck wondering if it would not be easier to simply leave this new problem where he is.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Al Ronberg on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Melissa - you have done something awesome that I am truly boggled by - to create a world with twists and turns and tensions between characters that really made me care about what happened to them is SWEET AS!

Congratulations and I can't wait to read book two! :) Just purchased it! :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Anna on Dec. 09, 2011 :
I couldn't put the book down !!! It was so well written, very exciting, loved the romance, lots of tension building & surprises - can't wait to read the next book !
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Zealous Girl on Nov. 12, 2011 :
Perfect mix of romance, teen angst and action in this YA story.
Gemma and her family time travel to help others in the past but Gemma begins to wonder about why else they travel when they go back to collect artefacts instead of helping people.
Harrison falls for Gemma, the school freak, and gets under her skin so much she can't live without him, so begins a romance that gets thrown into serious danger when Harrison finds out Gemma's secret...
Really really well written.
Loved it and can't wait for book 2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jeevie baby on Nov. 06, 2011 :
Great read! I'm a big Amanda Hocking fan, and that lead me to this site. I'm always looking for interesting reads from new authors and this one delivered! I can't wait for the next book in the series! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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