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Golden Girl

(The American Fairy #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still, nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 2013)
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Tamora Pierce
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
Callie and Jack find that Hollywood, governed by the lovely and glittering Seelie Court (better known as movie stars and moguls), is a hard place to live, and the forces that it brings to bear on their friendship are driving them apart. They do make new friends, including the great actor Paul Robson, but will they be enough to keep the pair from being destroyed by their enemies.

This and its predecessor are great for people who are looking for American diversity in their fantasy. Callie has to en
Arielle Walker
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: faerytales
Just as fun as the last book - but seriously, that cover? This is a book about a POC and that cover girl is peachy-pal as can be.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Golden Girl

Author: Sarah Zettel

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Series: The American Fairy, book two

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The bottom line: The explosive sequel to Dust Girl, Golden Girl did not disappoint in the least--I am so excited to read Bad Luck Girl! Simply amazing.

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

*Possible spoilers if readers haven't read Dust Girl, so beware!*

Callie LeRoux has made it out of Kansas. But
In volume two of the American Fairy series, we catch up to Callie LaRoux in Hollywood, the seat of power for the Unseelie Court. Callie and Jack obtain jobs with MGM studios, which seems to be the best way of going about finding Callie's parents and settling this whole prophecy business. Things start to go awry when Jack and Callie witness a young starlet, Ivy Bright (think Shirley Temple), about to be kidnapped by fairies. They rescue her with the aid of a well-known singer, Paul Robeson, who, ...more
Misty Baker
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
*** A 3.5 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog ***

There is this quote by the amazing Joss Whedon that says:

“I am a fan of sequels even though they are inevitably awful.”

Now, Joss was of course speaking about theatrical sequels, but the last four words of his simple statement (they are inevitably awful) are (sadly) more than often true when it comes to literature as well.

These “awful sequels” however do not usually come on the tail of a less than impressive predecessor. Nine times out of ten
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: An imaginative, creative and magical series.

Callie nervously straightens her suit. She is heading to MGM studios to meet Jack to try and find a gate into Fairy. Since there desperate escape from the dust plains and the Midnight Court, Jack and Callie have been trying to remain undetected by the Fae. Here amongst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood the dust bowl seems far behind, but Callie and Jack know that the Fae are attracted to the glamorous California lifestyle so they are ever
Ry Herman
Another enjoyable entry in the series. I was slightly concerned that a plot twist was far too obvious, but it turned out to have a couple of additional twists and turns I wasn't expecting. Looking forward to picking up the third book.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was surprising in a way I can't explain. I definitely like the series for use in my future classroom though. I liked that it shows that just because someone looks like one of the characters, doesn't mean they are always on your side.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually like this book better than the first one in the series. I'm curious as to what will happen in Book 3.
Sage Thoughts
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was okay. It wasn't that interesting till like the climax. It was a little bit confusing in the ending part but the book is interesting. I recommend it; that is if you like fairy tales.
Sandy Schmidt
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think Callie has solved the rivalry, something tragic happens. On the plus side, she does rescue her parents who join her and Jack back in reality.
I love serendipitous book discovery. It's even better when it's at the library and I don't have to pay for the book I so impulsively decided to read. A little over a year ago, I picked up Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel. I didn't know what to expect, but it sounded interesting and ... okay, fine, I liked the cover.

My, my. Dust Girl was so much more than I'd expected. It's a familiar story: girl finds out she is half (insert something magical/fantastical/imaginary here), girl goes on quest, girl is "ch
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I'm not a fan of the cover art, because there is a character impersonator. But I do like the color scheme and that it at least is sticking to a theme - in other words, the covers for Book #1 and #2 match!

Characters: Callie and Jack are still really awesome. Callie is smart and sensible and fits the era perfectly. Jack is loyal and quick-witted and has a great sense of humor. And while I definitely didn't like (i.e. trust) Shake in Dust Girl, I actually did trust him in Go
Emma (Miss Print)
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
"Once upon a time in Kansas, there was a normal girl called Callie. I thought she was me. I'd been told all my life she was me.

"Turns out, all my life I'd been lied to. Turns out, I was about as far from a normal girl as you could get."

After a hard-won victory, Callie LeRoux has finally made her way out of the Dust Bowl. Her small life in a small Kansas town is miles and miles away, along with any believe Callie had that her life would be normal. Now she is in the bright, sunny world of Califo
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I was really curious to see where this series was going, even though I wasn't overly impressed with Dust Girl. Golden Girl picks up a little bit later, after Callie and Jack have settled into their new lives in Hollywood. Jack is working as a script runner at the MGM studio, and he's trying to sneak Callie in so she can investigate the fairy gate located there. Well, things have to go wrong. Jack and Callie stumble upon some kind of exchange, where it appears that one of Hollywood's brightest st ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Setting/World Building: 4/5
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Triggering/Issues: 4/5 (For the 'other girl' angle in the romance, ugh.)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 4 out of 5.

This is a slightly less enthusiastic 4 than the first book in the series. The thing is, there wasn't much massively wrong with this sequel, and while I did read through it in one day, it didn't have the same SPARK as the first one did. I think the problem for me was with the main character Callie, and the sort
This book dives right into where Callie's life left off with the last book. Callie, the Unseelie Court heir, is on a mission to find her parents. And while the fae will stop at nothing to control Callie due that pesky prophecy surrounding her, she's not going to let them stop her.

Callie and Jack have landed themselves in California trying to locate the entrance to the Seelie Court. They have her parents, and she wants them back. While merging into the movie star spotlight, they meet some interes
Gwyneth Stewart
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this book as soon as it became available, and read it in under 48 hours. Now I'm sorry. Not because I didn't love it, because I did, but because I now have probably a year to wait until the next book in the series comes out.
I loved Dust Girl, which was set in the midwest during the dust bowl, because it was an interesting and new take on magic and fairies. Golden Girl continues in that vein, with Callie and her friend Jack having made it to California. Hollywood, to be exact. Callie
Sarah Zettel has topped herself here, shifting the action from the poverty-stricken Dust Bowl to the glittering lights of Hollywood. The thrill of Callie’s predicament is liberally seasoned with meeting the historic figure of Paul Robeson, a character of such dignity, grace and strength that his presence immeasurably enhances the book. Callie also finds herself faced with an improbable enemy in the form of a Shirley-Temple wannabe. Ms. Zettel manages to make the latter credibly dangerous instead ...more
Merrilyn Tucker
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Callie has escaped the Dust Bowl and has ended up in Hollywood with her friend, Jack. (This happened in the first book in the series, which I did not read.) Now, Callie and Jack have to find Callie's parents. Her father is a fairy king of the Unseelies and her mother is a mortal, making Caliie a half blood. Callie and Jack came to Hollywood because it is supposed to be where the gate is to the fairy world. This leads to San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst's castle. Callie and Jack meet Ivy Brigh ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Golden Girl picks up in the aftermath of Dust Girl, the first book in the American Fairy Trilogy. Once again, we find ourselves in the company of Callie and Jack, this time in the glamour and glitz of Depression-era Hollywood. Callie is determined to find and free her parents, who are being held by the fae, but the fae themselves have very different plans for her and her family.

As I read Golden Girl, I found myself immersed once again in a fantastically realised alternate, though at times two di
This is Book Two in the American Fairy Trilogy following Dust Girl. While the period details about the Dust Bowl were really great in the first book, this second one set in Hollywood during the Depression era didn't have the same atmospheric feel--maybe because rich movie tycoons throwing decadent, glittering parties with starlets willing to do anything to break into the movies hasn't changed much. It seemed more time was spent developing the conflict between the fairies and Callie learning what ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Some of the same problems I encountered in Dust Girl, but with fewer of its redeeming qualities. Still incredibly imagined, just not my cup of tea. Maybe a virulent case of Middle Book Syndrome? Still, I'll read the third book because I'm already invested in Callie's and Jack's fate – despite this book distancing me from them a bit. (A real rating would be 2.5 stars, but since I shafted Zettel on half a star for Dust Girl, I don't feel as bad about giving her one here. Also, the charaterisation ...more
I am having so much fun with this series. It is very true to the way a fairy tale should be written. That the issues of racial prejudiced of the 1930's is addressed in its many forms from skin color, interracial marriage down to the fairy's even being prejudice to each other; a good morally lesson as all good Tales like this should have. Calliope, the half fairy, half black girl from the Dust Bowl has every Court, both human and fairy, out to get her. She has a lot of pluck and is not a whiner b ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hadn't been aware that the series was going to continue to follow Callie; somehow I'd gotten it into my head that each story would be distinct - no idea why. It was nice to have this pick up where the last book ended, but with enough back story filled in that I wasn't lost (since it's been a while since I read the first one). I love Zettel's writing style, and this is no exception; the addition of actual historical figures was fun, and I'm enjoying learning the "rules" of Callie's new life as ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
2d book in series beginning with Dust Girl. Here Callie is more confident, finding her voice. Instead of the Dust Bowl, we've traveled to Hollywood where she and Jack hope to find another door into the fairy world to find her parents. Why Hollywood? Because fairy's like all that is perfect and beautiful in the human world. Partly enjoyed this because some of the action takes place at San Simeon, the Hurst mansion, and my grandfather took me there when is was 11ish. So beautiful!!!

I'm hoping the
Saleena Davidson
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Golden Girl is the sequel to Dust Girl. Callie is now in Hollywood looking for the portal and a way to her family. She is hoping to sneak in and rescue them, as she isn't confident enough to "storm the castle" and take them back.
I think Zettel does a great job of showing readers the intersection of Faery and Hollywood fairy tale while setting the story in a 1930s historical setting. If you like stories of the fae and are looking for something different, this is the series for you.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a worthy sequel to Dust Girl. As the story was shifted to 1930's Hollywood, we got to see more of America in that era. I found it almost as interesting as I did all the Dust Bowl details from the first book. THere was lots of action, revelations and secrets, all making this into an interesting book. Because of the ending, I'm extremely excited for the next installment of this series. I can't wait to see what happens, and how the characters grow even more.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Callie and Jack have made it to Hollywood California and are hanging around the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio.
Callie meets Paul Robeson a black actor who was latter black listed in the McCarthey Era.
Zettel also uses the well-known San Simeon estate as a location.

The author does a great job of weaving history and fantasy together.
I also liked her depiction of Paul Robeson; especially since I wrote my high school Enghish paper about him.
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Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Phi ...more

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The American Fairy (3 books)
  • Dust Girl (The American Fairy, #1)
  • Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)