Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Golden, Book 2
Paperback: 224 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
LILAH KNOWS THE rules better than anyone, but between her newfound visions, an absolutely fatal attraction to a boy who isn’t real, and the threat of a supernatural enemy with a sting deadlier than any Queen Bee, it’s going to take everything she has to stay on top at Emory. And to prove once and for all that – highlights and high heels aside – those who make the rules are the only ones who can break them.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
This novel continues the story Golden, except told through Lilah’s point of view rather than Lissy. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sequel, but Platinum definitely surprised me. Lilah isn’t incredibly likeable in the first novel, so I’m glad that we’re able to see her perspective in this one and get some insight as to why she acts so mean in order to stay on top of the social ladder.
Platinum starts off by Lilah hanging out with her friends. She’s feeling weird after her supernatural encounter from the last book and is starting to see things that aren’t there and have weird flashbacks whenever she touches someone or something. She blames Lissy for the psychic powers rubbing off on her and is worried about losing her Queen Bee status if anyone figures out that she’s becoming a “freak” like her future stepsister. As I said before, I liked seeing that Lilah is vulnerable and an actual person rather than the frosty ice queen she was in the first book. In that sense, Platinum really rounds out the overall story by giving the cast of characters more complexity.
As for the plot itself, it’s intriguing. It turns out that Lilah’s high school is haunted, and it’s up to her to keep her boyfriend from dying from a weird ghost loop that happens every 10 years or so. It’s a quick read and fairly entertaining. While I think the overall psychic powers stuff could have been fleshed out, it is a fun ghost story. I love how genuine the stupid high school drama games seem, and I was surprised quite a few times by the developments of what exactly is happening with the haunting.
Overall, a good sequel to Golden. You should probably read Golden first, but I definitely recommend it for people who’ve read it. It nicely resolves everything hanging over from the first book, and Barnes does a great job in developing characters that were rather flat the first time through.