Golden by Monika Pardon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
After the sudden death of her grandmother, Sonora is forced to live with an aunt that she barely knows, her cousin, and Luke, her aunt's reluctant boyfriend. A fight with her aunt sends Sonora running into the woods where she inadvertently learns a web of family secrets and of a startling pact for revenge with her as the target. Now with the help of a pair of unlikely allies Sonora must travel to the Shadow Realm in search of a way to survive.
For me this book was a slow starter, it really took a while for me to get into the story. I struggled to read and comprehend what was going on with even the slightest of background noise so in the end I hid myself away in the bedroom. In the beginning there really isn't a lot of information given about the character and her back ground, we get sketchy bits of info and some of it can be confusing (I know others talk of using 'cheat sheets' until the info sticks but I mentally gag at the idea) which resulted in me re-reading certain bits over and over. Soon enough we get enough information for things to start making sense and from here on in the story flows quite naturally.
I might have found the story slow and confusing to start, but it soon redeems itself and I found it enjoyable and engaging. I will definitely be looking for the next instalment.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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