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We Are the Goldens Review

Genre: Young Adult

*I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt is a contemporary novel about two sisters named Nell and Layla. The sisters have had a close bond that only grew stronger once their parents divorced. There seems to be nothing that can come between them until Nell finds out a secret about Layla that could destroy everything.

Nell adores her older sister. She and Layla have always been one unit, both relying on the other, but Layla begins changing. Nell discovers that Layla is in a relationship with one of the teachers, and she tries to support Layla’s decision, but she is torn between her sister’s happiness and her own feelings that the relationship is wrong. Nell must decide what she will choose to do before it’s too late.

The writing style is different in We Are the Goldens. It’s in first person, but Nell speaks directly to the reader as if she is talking to her sister Layla. She will state things like “do you remember the time we did this” or “mom and dad were mad at us about that” (not direct quotes from novel). I’m not used to the narrator speaking directly to me as if I was one of the characters, but it worked well for the story. It adds a unique voice to the narration and makes the reader feel more connected to Nell.

Nell looks up to Layla and wants to be more like her in every way. While I understand that Nell admires Layla, Nell did seem a bit “obsessed” with her sister at times. Although I didn’t fully understand Nell’s “obsession” with Layla, I did appreciate their relationship. It would be nice to have a bond with someone from birth and to have him/her be there for you during tough times. Though Layla was quite annoying at times, the way the characters were portrayed made them realistic, and I could believe that this family existed. When the secret is revealed, Nell only wants what is best for her sister.

There is a focus on character interaction that helps make the plot engaging. It’s easy to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I enjoy that the secret was already explained, so there is more time spent on figuring out what Nell should do next. The characterization is nice throughout the novel, and it’s interesting to learn more about each character. The ending is left open-ended for the reader to decide what truly happens next. Even though I wanted a little more closure, I liked how it ended.

We Are the Goldens focuses on a bond between two sisters. It’s a fast-paced story that makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens to Nell and Layla. The characters are believable and make for a really interactive and enjoyable story. The writing style is different than other young adult novels, but it added to the plot. It’s a well-rounded story that I would recommend. We Are the Goldens is still available on Netgalley, if anyone wants to read it before the publication date May 27th, 2014.

My Rating: ★★★★

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I finished reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Red Dragon, and let me just say, they were pretty awesome. I’ll have my short review up for both in my monthly wrap-up. However, if anyone would like a full review on any of the books I read, just let me know. I would love requests if there are any.

The Broken – Shelley Coriell
Genre – Romance/Thriller
Pub. Date – April 29, 2014

He took her life, but left her alive.

Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim—and only survivor—of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.

In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.

Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it’s her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all. . .

We Are The Goldens – Dana Reinhardt
Genre – Young Adult/Contemporary
Pub. Date – May 27, 2014

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

*Description taken from Goodreads.

I received both of these books from Netgalley. It’s really exciting to be able to read a book before it’s published and share my opinion on it. I requested The Broken, and I was pre-approved for We Are The Goldens, which is really amazing to me. I’m sure most users get way more pre-approved books, but since this is my first one, it’s very exciting. Both of them sound really interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading them.