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Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 27th 2012 by Melissa Pearl (first published November 4th 2011)
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Rachel
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
More like 2.5 stars, but I'm erring on the side of 3 - mainly because the awful editing was almost hilarious:

1) "Thankfully he responded with a rye chuckle." - I suspect she meant "wry" instead of "rye," but I like the idea of a grainy chuckle.
2) "She wasn’t quite ready to see someone else hooning down the highway on her baby." - Hooning? Like....zooming and honing? Or hooting and running? Hoeing and swooning? The possibilities are endless.
3) "Her mother always got titchy when she was worried ab
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Elaine
I kind of hate this book on principle. The relationship dynamics between just about every character were horrifyingly unhealthy. It was kind of like taking all the worst YA has to offer and putting it in one book. But at the same time the idea was amazing. Time travelers who right past wrongs? How can you not love that? So I guess for premise alone I'd give this book 2 stars and I'll round it up to a 2.5 stars because this book did have it's moments of being fun and good. I chose this book mainl ...more
Book Chatter-Cath
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favourites
I first stumbled upon this book a few months ago while on Smashwords and was intrigued enough by its blurb to buy it.
It then sat unread in my e-reader on the ever increasing and hardly never getting read tbr pile.

It wasn't until I read an article in a small local newspaper that I realized the author, Melissa Pearl was a fellow Kiwi and that was enough to spark my interest again for Golden Blood.
And after some funny and interesting emails, I was lucky enough to purchase a signed print copy from
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carole
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Pearl, you have successfully sucked me into this marvelous story of yours and compelled me to put all other books on hold to finish your series. Thank you for that, no really, thank you!

Golden Blood is a magical tale about time travel, living your life, love, family, and so much more. Trying to be a normal teenager has been hard for Gemma Hart, so she has shut everyone out and become the school freak. Until, the only boy she's noticed begins to take an interest in her as well. And from t
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Juhina
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Golden Blood wasn't what I was expecting, it was so much more. From the beginning of the book the writing was likable, the story sucked you in, even though it might have seemed a bit too generic at first. However as I continued reading, and the paranormal aspect of the story was revealed, I fell in love.

Gemma, the protagonist, is a typical high school student. She struggles with the secret of her family, where they once had to move because she slipped the secret to one of her friends. When she
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Valerie
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
Gemma a teenager of great power, power limits she hasn't even come to realize yet. She's like most teens though wanting to fit in school, yet because of her secret she stays on the shy side trying not to get close to anyone. Yet she has a crush on a young boy Harrison Granger a boy that has noticed her and wants to know all about her. Through her travels back in time to her grueling workouts Gemma finally decides to go out with Harrison after much persistance. Harrison knows she is different jus ...more
Jodie
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book in 1 sitting, it kept me interested the whole way through.

I loved seeing Gemma come out of her shell and let Harrison in and really enjoyed the training. I loved everything about this book. I thought it was wonderful that we got to meet the family and some of the other characters before we found out what They are. I loved the 'siblings' dynamic. They bickered, but their secret kept them understanding and supportive of each other.

I havent really read about time travel before and
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Melissa Pearl Author
I won a paperback copy of this book a while back in return for an honest review. I was totally wowed and addicted to this amazingly written YA romance/time traveling story. I loved how the author put her own twist on time traveling and the lovable characters in the story. I felt the realness of the story in these characters and the love and dedication that they all had for one an other. I am really excited to read more from this awesome author and where these phenomenal characters next journey w ...more
Suzy Turner
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 li
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Dianne
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Novels On The Run
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
MICHELLE'S REVIEW:

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 yo
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Michelle  novelsontherun
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Meghan
This review can also be found on my blog: http://meghankmcinnis.blogspot.ca

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. W
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Chapter by Chapter
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 f ...more
Theodora Catalina
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted @ http://shattering-words.blogspot.com

Golden Blood
Time Spirit Trilogy #1
By Melissa Pearl

My thoughts (Theo): I simply loved this book! So much that it hurt when the ending was approaching so fast!
I loved how the characters made me think of some random people I might even know, but I had no idea they possessed such powers!
It all starts with Gemma – the shy, never talking to anyone, kind of girl, some sort of a freak for all those around the High school, always playing it cool and
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Michelle
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! I'm so happy that I have the next book, Black Blood, so that I can start reading it as soon as I get a chance! I would have been so sad if I had to wait to get the next book, that's how much I enjoyed this book.

Gemma and Harrison are super cute together. Harrison may be a little cheesy at times, but strangely enough it really works for him. He comes off as cute and in love, and it's impossible not to root for the two of them. Gemma has to be so cold aloof towards people.
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Books
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
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Rachel Marks
Melissa Pearl contacted me directly to review Golden Blood on my blog at www.yanovelreader.com. After reading the description I was super excited to start reading because the story sounded so different from other young adult paranormal novels out there. Within the first few pages I became so hooked to the story that I sped through it and finished it in a day.

I personally love time travel stories. I grew up watching Back To The Future and one of my favorite books when I was younger was A Wrinkle
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J.C. Hart
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is better than Twilight. I can say that honestly because I read both books in the same week and I found this one both better written, and more engaging - not to mention the fact that the characters are easier to like.

This is one of those instances where I am forever grateful for my wonderful writer friends, because if it wasn't for Leigh, I may never have known about this book. It's a very easy read, and I quickly got captured by the characters and their story.

Gemma is an awkward teena
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zapkode
{my thoughts} - This book is about time traveling to the the past. It is about a young girl named Gemma Hart and her family. This book is sort of like a {phil of the future} and {doctor who} instance. The means in which they travel is a bit different but they do the traveling for the right reasons. The whole family is out to make for a better future which is something of importance when it comes to certain individuals of the past that had last their lives to soon when they could have done better ...more
Kristen N.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was overly excited to begin reading book #1 in the Time Spirit Trilogy Golden Blood written by a wonderful author Melissa Pearl. Within a few pages I was completely hooked and had a hard time putting it down. Melissa Pearl wrote a wonderful story about time travel, family loyalty, secrets and first love. Because of their DNA Gemma, her parents and twin siblings can travel into the past, change the wrongs and make the world a better place. Fearing people will use their gifts for personal gain G ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Who doesn't love a story of two young people who are forbidden to be together, but find a way regardless of the conflicts?

Gemma and her family are hiding a secret. A secret that could destroy them if it is revealed. They are able to go back in time and save people who have something to offer the future. Gemma really never knows when she will be pulled back, she just knows that she doesn't have a choice when the time comes. It's like her father flicks a switch and she is pulled. She has a few mom
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Michele Jordan
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a time travel story this is great

I gave this 5 out of 5 for content which is awesome and for only a few errors in editing.

Emma and Harrison have something, something that only a few people rarely have a true connection. I love the time travel in this story. I've read other time travel and this one so far is very different. Only thing I don't like is Gemma's parents they're up to something and it doesn't bode well I fear for Gemma and Harrison. Mr. and Mrs. Hart I believe are lying to their k
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Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Golden Blood wasn't what I was expecting, it was so much more. From the beginning of the book the writing was likable, the story sucked you in, even though it might have seemed a bit too generic at first. However as I continued reading, and the paranormal aspect of the story was revealed, I fell in love.
Gemma, the protagonist, is a typical high school student. She struggles with the secret of her family, where they once had to move because she slipped the secret to one of her friends. When she
...more
Leigh Hunt
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Gemma, a teenager who really is different from all of the others around here. 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 attra
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Kelly
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-i-won, 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
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Cat
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't a huge fan of the cover art, but luckily that's the biggest criticism I have for this book!

I really liked the main character, Gemma - she grew a lot throughout the story and is on her way to becoming her own person. Her older siblings, twins Dom and Ruby, also sound like a riot. Overall, their family is close, but Gemma is discovering that blindly following orders might not be such a good thing.

As time travelers, history plays a big part of the story. I do wish there was more of that in
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Emma
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was so different and refreshing! I have not read many time travel books, but I was wonderfully surprised when I got this for free on amazon.

Gemma (kinda weird since this is the second book in a row that has the main character named Gemma, which is kind of an odd name, but still pretty) is a wonderful character that I was rooting for the entire time. She has a tough exterior, but she really is a great person on the inside, it just takes time for anyone to break that shell that she built. Wh
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Jodie & Bree - Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
I read this book in 1 sitting, it kept me interested the whole way through.

I loved seeing Gemma come out of her shell and let Harrison in and really enjoyed the training. I loved everything about this book. I thought it was wonderful that we got to meet the family and some of the other characters before we found out what They are. I loved the 'siblings' dynamic. They bickered, but their secret kept them understanding and supportive of each other.

I havent really read about time travel before and
...more
Paulette Rae
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gemma has a secret she cannot share with anyone, making her feel like a freak among her peers, but when she meets Harrison everything changes.

When I first read the synopsis to Golden Blood I thought it was going to be comparable to Lauren Kate's Fallen. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gemma was a complete contrast to anything Kate had developed and the story moved a lot quicker, developing solid, readable characters.

Self-published Pearl can easily be forgiven her un-punctuated tense shif
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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 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 ...more
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