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Golden - Monika Pardon When Sonora’s Grandmother died her Aunt Liz and cousin Ramona moved into the house to take care of her. Liz was not happy because her mother had left the house and money to Sonora so she had no choice but to take care of the girl until she turned 21. During a summer trip to a cabin in the woods Sonora and her cousin were injured in a bear attack and some very strange things began to happen. Sonora’s body started to heal very quickly, Liz’s true personality was showing through and Sonora didn’t feel she could trust the people around her.

The story was a little slow to start, I was over a third of the way through the book and still didn’t know where it was going. I was beginning to think that perhaps the Goldilocks and the three bears connection was going to be the only point in the plot! Mundane things were happening and there were the odd clues to hint that something bigger was going on but nothing concrete had materialised and the story began to drag for me. By the time I got to the half way mark all had been explained (it was more than just a rehashed fairytale!) and the pace picked up so I was able to get back into the groove!

For a debut novel this is a great book, there were some interesting characters and a very unusual storyline. I enjoyed the different take on the fairytales and the inclusion of shape-shifters and other magical beings. The prose was sometimes a little mixed up and confusing as if the writer was unsure if she was telling us the story as it happened or after the fact and I did notice a few incorrect words i.e. corporation instead of co-operation and hurdled in stead of hurtled but these errors were easy to read over and understand what she had meant to say. We are left with an ending that is open for more stories in a series I will be sure to watch out for.

Copy supplied for review.