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Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Jul 26, 2011

it was ok

Featuring a teenager in Oklahoma with some special abilities, this book had some nice, if not always original, ideas coupled with an interesting tone. I particularly liked the strings and what could be done with them. However, the book failed to fully develop the ideas and in so doing failed to fully utilise what it had. At times, it felt like it was trying to be too much-a modern witches novel, a look at family, another broad dig at social structure in schools and a teen thriller with a scary guy that no one can place but know he’s bad.

Ultimately, trying to be too much and failing to fully develop themes and ideas meant that this book was very thin (non-literally) all round. Kudos to the author for the attempt, especially I understand given her young age while writing this, but it cannot be said to be a success.
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