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Review for Gold by Talia Vance 10 Sept. 2013
By Alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Gold by Talia Vance
Book Two of the Bandia series
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: September 8, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

What I Liked:

I won Silver from Talia and A.L. Davroe last year, and I read it almost immediately upon receiving the book. I really liked the fresh concept, the Irish mythology, and the crazy characters! Brianna is a unique heroine in Young Adult literature, for better and for worse. I liked her, and I liked Blake. There is a love triangle presented in Silver, but at the end of Silver, Talia makes it clear who Brianna chooses.

Or so I thought.

It's just like Crown of Midnight. In the first book, I was all Team Dorian. The second book? Team Chaol forever and always! Gold completely changed my mind about Austin. I love Austin so much in this book, and not just as a love interest. He really developed into a solid, trustworthy character that Brianna relies on for help and support. And other things...

Brianna is in Ireland, trying to run away from the Sons of Killian, and Blake. She's pretty sure Blake hates her, and he doesn't trust her. Add on the fact that the next time she sees him, he's bonded with a different Bandia, and that's the last straw for Brianna. Blake doesn't deserve Brianna - that much is clear. You may not think Austin does either, from Silver, but in this book, some of the things that he did are explained.

Brianna finds a rift in time, at Austin's castle/mansion. She goes back in time and finds the younger Austin, from centuries back. This is how the Austin of now knew here and pursued her - because he fell in love with her back then, when she stepped through the rift in time.

Anyway. The plot and action in this book is nonstop. The beginning is a tiny bit slow, but it's balanced by Brianna's confusion about her feelings toward Blake, and Austin. The climax of the book is a final showdown kind of climax, in which everyone comes together and meets for one final battle. In a way. Read it and you'll see what I mean!

The romance is amazing in this book! Like I said before, I was rooting for Blake before. Actually, at the very beginning of Silver, I was rooting for Austin, but by the end of Silver, I was all for Blake. Throughout Gold, not once did I waver - I was all for Austin. There are some STEAMY scenes between Austin and Brianna - I was so happy to see that turn in their relationship!

The ending... well, see the next section. I kind of love and hate the ending. It's a good ending in terms of the conflicts in the book, between the Sons and the Bandia and the demigods and whatnot. But it's a horrible ending in terms of the romance.

What I Did Not Like:

There was only one big thing that I didn't like about this book... and that was the ending. Sort of. I liked the ending, but I absolutely hated it. If, by the end of the book, you're still Team Blake (How?!How could you be?!), then you won't care. If you're a convert like me, or have always been Team Austin... then prepare to have your heart broken. I'm trying not to spoil anything, but I cannot believe Talia would do that to Austin and Brianna. I knocked off a star because of that ending.

And the fact that there are no more novels to this series (this was the last one!) makes it worse. It's permanent. Unchangeable. Unbelievable. I'M SO SAD!

Would I Recommend It:

I would recommend this book, ESPECIALLY if you didn't like the first book. If you liked the first book, you'll read this one anyway. You must. If you weren't a fan of the first book... I have a feeling you'll like this one. It's more complex and deep and crazy and swoony!

Rating:

4 stars. My heart hearts, but I seriously loved this book. PLEASE write one more with a happier ending, Talia, PLEASE. I'm begging. I don't beg. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
I can't handle all the emotions right now 18 Sept. 2013
By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you read my review of book one, then you know that I died in all the right ways during Silver. I had so much fun with the action and the sexiness (both books have a PG-13 rating for sure), and I was completely depressed when it ended. When Gold popped up on NetGalley, I hit the request button so hard I thought my mouse would break. Whatever I expected out of Gold, though, was not what I got-but in a (mostly) good way.

When the book started out, I was completely confused as to how we got Brianna to Ireland. It takes a few pages to come out that Brie was being chased by the Sons-included a furious Blake-after she was accused of setting fire to Blake's house at his sister's birthday party. Yes, at the beginning of the book, Blake and Brie are broken up, sorry guys. Joe sends Brie to Ireland to stay at the now abandoned house of Austin Montgomery, who Brie sent to the underworld for 1000 years a few months prior. But, lo and behold, Brie can't stay out of trouble long. Austin returns, Brie finds a portal to a time when Danu is still alive and a new god rears his ugly head to try to control the world. Oh, and it looks like Blake's moving on and Brie might be starting to realize it's time for her to do the same.

I'll be honest, basically the entire reason that I docked one star from this review was because of the first half of the book. A lot of the events require a large suspension of disbelief. I had to ride out a few moments where I was shaking my head going "I DON'T THINK SO," whether that be for character actions or very convenient plot devices. I'm still not entirely sure how Austin got out of the underworld 998 years early, or why Brie started falling for him besides the obvious lust she was going through, but I rode through it, convinced that Talia would pay me back for it later.

She did.

I did NOT expect Gold to tackle the kind of problems it tackled, but I was SO HAPPY it did. Once the second half of the book gets going, it GETS GOING. Just the convoluted timeline she was juggling, with Brie going back into Austin's past and Austin trying to wait for those things to happen in Brie's present, could have caused the story to fall flat on it's face right there and then. But it DIDN'T. Instead, it worked beautifully and made me smile and also want to cry.

Brie and Blake's relationship also squeezed my heart in ways that I never would have imagined. My expectations, of course, were for cliches and loud declarations of love and blah blah blah. I never, ever, have high hopes for love triangles, so I was terrified about the whole Blake-Brie-Austin thing from the get go. But Talia instead decides to use Brie's complicated love life to explore why you love someone, how you learn to love someone, and how sometimes you have to learn to let go. The amount of growth Brie goes through because of these relationships is astronomical, and I couldn't have been more pleased.

In the end, this book was riddled with moments where I was confused or found something a little too convenient, but this is one case where I-Ms. I-Focus-Completely-On-Plot-All-The-Time-was not focused on the plot at all. What made this book for me was the emotions of the characters and everything they were going through. This isn't even limited to Blake-Brie-Austin. If you follow my Twitter, you know the FIRST thing I did after finishing was RUN to Twitter and BEG Talia to tell me there was another book. (Which there is, but it's still a thought bubble only. Whatever, I'll hold on to that.) The ending of this book made me want to cry in all the right ways.
This book was beautiful, it was intense, and I both absolutely loved it and utterly despised it at the same time. 5 Sept. 2013
By A Book Obsession.. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The fragile peace Brianna formed with the Sons of Killian was only short lived and she's forced to flee to Irelend. She end up in her formal rival Austin's estate of all places, the last place on earth she thought she would be. But when she slips through time into a rift that lands her before the thousand year old war began and finds a younger Austin who changes her perceptions of everything she thought she knew. As she scrambles to deal with the brewing battle and her desire to try and change the past, Brianna is torn between what her heart wants, and her duty as a Bandia.

I'm a very loyal person when it comes to the "teams" in romances that I choose. I'm not one to switch teams, but every so often a writer pulls off something like this and I find myself completely forgetting about the first guy and falling head over heels for the new one. After everything that happened in Silver, never in a million years would I have believed that I would find myself falling for Austin of all people. Yet in a surprisingly short amount of time I did. In fact GOLD put a whole new light on a lot of Austin's actions in the last book. What seemed vindictive at the time, turned out to be something so very different, and I just loved how my perceptions of those events have completely changed, which allowed me to fall for Austin. I could go on and on about the progression, but to avoid spoilers, I'll just let things there and let you experience it for yourself.

I really enjoyed how GOLD delved even further into the mythology than SILVER did. It was complex enough to keep me utterly enthralled, but never once slipped over the edge into "too much." From the Bandias, to the Demigods, Giolla, and even a new introduction, I just couldn't get enough of all the interwoven factions and threads. It really kept me on my toes as you were never quite sure who was on whose side, and there weren't always clear cut definitions between the good and bad.

This book was beautiful, it was intense, and I both absolutely loved it and utterly despised it at the same time. It is so heart-wrenching and the depth of raw emotion was just staggering. The ending impressed me for the author's chutzpah at making such a hard choice, but at the same time left me utterly devastated, especially since after talking to the author, there may not be another book. That fact alone took the ending events from shocking to utter devastation for me. But I'm just going to hold out hope that there will indeed be another installment in this series to greatly lessen the blow of this one. Even so, and despite my heart feeling like it's been cracked into a thousand piece, I do not regret reading GOLD one bit. Even knowing the emotional torment I would go through ahead of time, I would read it again, it was simply that fantastic.
Jumped in With this and loved it! 22 Aug. 2013
By Ashley @ Caught Reading Redheaded - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to start with the fact that I have not read the first in the series, Silver. This fact had nothing to do with how much I enjoyed this follow up. There were things I did not understand, but the author mixed a lot of the story line explanation of the first into the this so I feel like I have a good grasp as to what happened by the end of this.

I am not sure how to classify this. It is mixed with both YA and NA elements so I guess I will just so with mature YA?

I thought the idea behind the story was great. I love the Irish creatures and "magical" people. The plot kept great pace and I was enthralled from beginning to end. There was so many characters, but I did not have a hard time following them and I quickly fell in love with some and hated the others.

The main show down was a little short and not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. That would be my main let down. Well. That and another event that happens, but I can't tell you anymore then it broke my heart. (I am hoping that this will be rectified in another novel.)

This ended up being an original read. It did not feel like something I had read before. I loved the assortment of characters we are given from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the back stories and how well paced the plot was. I would recommend starting with the first. Maybe I will go back and read it myself, even though I will know what happens. If you like a
magical/lore type book then this one is worth reading!
Heartbreaking, yet beautiful. 28 July 2014
By One more chapter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was a little confused when I started reading Gold, because Brianna talks about a fire she starts at Blake's house, like we knew what was going on. I thought I may have missed a short story or something. Reading further, I realized it was just part of the book. After the fire, Blake tells Brianna to leave and she flees to Ireland. There, she stays with Austin and dodges the Sons. They're all called to the new opening, where Austin is no longer the God of the underworld. The new god is not a nice person. In Ireland, Brianna and Austin end up falling for each other. I actually loved this aspect of the book, the story behind how they met. It explained a lot of the stuff Austin did in book one. This book was heartbreaking though, and I was a little surprised by how calm Brianna was in the end. I am desperately waiting for the next book, though I cannot find anything about it on the author's website, Amazon or Facebook. This is such a fabulous series, and I don't think it gets the attention it deserves at all. Talia Vance is such a fantastic writer. I always suggest these books to my friends.
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