Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Platinum (Golden, Book 2)
Random House (US & CA: 11th September 2007; AU: 3rd December 2007)
Supernatural happenings may be the downfall of the most popular girl at Emory High in Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ sequel to Golden.
Lilah Covington’s mum will be marrying Lissy’s uncle, and thus they’re family. Lissy, sister Lexie, and their mother and grandmother all have the Sight, each in its various forms – and now it seems Lilah has retronition, the ability to see into the past. That’s why only she can communicate with the ghost who’s suddenly always around. Plus Lilah’s also having visions in which there will be murder…but the only way to stop it and history repeating is to step inside her vision.
Lilah is a caricature popular girl: she knows she’s on top, and she’ll stamp on anyone who tries to better her – even her supposed best friend. There doesn’t seem to be any real friendship amongst them, but surely even popular girls experience real friendship.
Then there’s the girl from forty years ago, who was so in love with her own beauty, power and popularity that she thrived watching boys fight to the death over her. It’s lame, and Helen is a caricature as well as Lilah.
But despite its flaws, this is actually a fun read. Try not to think, just speed through it, and you should find it a pleasant way to pass your day. Now, if only the author’s The Squad books were published in Australia…
It’s October 19th (well, for one more hour) – Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ birthday. We don’t really have a history together, except that I’ve read and enjoyed her first two novels. Haven’t got my mitts on the rest yet, though. But you can get them for yourself: Golden, Tattoo, Platinum, Perfect Cover, Killer Spirit and Fate.
And if you happen to be on the Internet on Tuesday 21st October (which may be Wednesday 22nd October, Melbourne time), you might want to check out the guest blog that I wrote for Literary Escapism. May or may not be a contest.
Anyway, I’m running on not much sleep. Went to bed at midnight, woke up at 3:15 and couldn’t get to sleep until about 6. And that was only napping. May have napped some more until 9:30. Sore throats I can handle. But when my freaking running nose keeps me awake? Grrr…
So right now I’m like South Park‘s Kyle’s cousin, also named Kyle. Nasal voice, heavy breathing, whinges about his sinuses, whinges about everything if I remember correctly…Kyle Schwartz looks like this. At the moment, I’m not much different.