December 14, 2017

#BookReview: Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas

Reviewed by: Lauren
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 256
Recommended Age Group: Middle Grade
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, Ghosts
How I Acquired this book: Edelweiss

Overall rating: ★★★
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About the Book:
In the wild, free woods of the Hinterlands, where magic is as real as stories are, there lives a girl named Goldeline. Goldeline has hair as white as summer snow and gold-flecked eyes, and she travels from camp to camp with Gruff and his bandits, getting by on the things they steal from carriages that pass through the woods.

But someone is after Goldeline. The Preacher—the man who wants to cleanse the Hinterlands of anyone who’s different, the man who turned the Townies against Goldeline’s momma for being a witch—thinks that Goldeline must be a witch, too.

Now Goldeline will have to summon all the courage and magic she got from her momma to escape the Preacher, save her friends, and, maybe, if she’s lucky, find a place to call home.

About the Author: Jimmy Cajoleas grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his MFA from the University of Mississippi and now lives in Brooklyn. Goldeline is his first novel. Visit him online at

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Pegged as a Fantasy but it didn't have a lot of magic in it. 

Check out author's other books or related books? No

Recommend this book? No

Notes and Opinions:  For me, this one is closer to a ghost story vs. a fantasy.  I did like the journey we get in this but I think it sounded more like a middle-grade title vs. a teen one.  The characters were great but this one really didn't leave a lasting impression. It was a good book but not one that will stick with me for the future. 

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