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A Taste of Gold Paperback – December 9, 2013
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About the Author
A Taste of Gold is Deryn Pittar’s first Young Adult novella. She loved creating the characters in this story, especially the Taniwha (pronounced tanny-far) from Maori mythology. This story has inspired her to write more stories for teenagers in the future. Deryn, writing as Virginnia De Parte, also pens futuristic fiction, spiced with romance and adventure. She has four novellas published as e-books. Setting her stories in the future allows her imagination to run free, creating characters with unheard-of talents. She also has the pleasure of watching science and technology catch up with her imagination. She is a published poet. She lives in the aptly named Bay of Plenty, New Zealand; along with four million people and a number of hobbits.
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Top Customer Reviews
As interesting as all of the human characters are, by far my favourite character was Otanewainuku. I’d never heard any legends about the Taniwha before, and it was fascinating to imagine what it would be to meet one of them in person. They are a unique species that fit in well with the rest of the science fiction and paranormal elements of this book.
While Jason and Levi’s paranormal abilities are clearly described early on in their adventures, I would have liked to learn more about the origins of them. The handful of hints about where these powers might have come from are intriguing, but the story would have flowed more smoothly had the author taken the time to explain such an important part of their identities.
The well-paced, exciting plot made it hard for me to put this novella down. It has the kind of worldbuilding I’d expect from a full-length novel, but each chapter was so engrossing that I finished it within a few days. The plot-based narrative introduces background information as needed, and while there were times when I wished certain details were revealed a little sooner I soon learned to appreciate how the author brings up the most important facts in such a fast-paced story.
A Taste of Gold is rollicking adventure that is begging for a sequel. While I don’t know if the author is planning to revisit these characters, I highly recommend getting to know them in the meantime. This is a fun, short tale that this reader had a great time zipping through.
originally posted at long and short reviews
I liked the two main characters, the twin brothers, Jason and Levi. Their characters were well-formed and they had lovely interaction. This showed especially well when they met Abby, and when the tension in the story was the highest. Perhaps I would've liked a little bit more teasing between them, because boys usually like to banter, especially when a girl's involved.
I also liked the story, particularly the inclusion of mythical creatures. I enjoyed getting to know more about the New Zealand folklore. The descriptions of landscape and nature were magical and made me want to see the places mentioned.
Altogether joined into a suspenseful, enjoyable read.
Two boys, genetically altered so they can sense precious metals and stones are on holiday in New Zealand. They stumble across a marijuana plantation and get seen by the grower and have to run for their lives. After that the book is a roller coaster of stolen jewels, villains, gold, magical Taniwha and an abduction thrown in.
The brothers are believable and likable, they talk to each other like brothers, the dialogue is fun and helps keep the plot fast paced. There is tension and romance and action.
A really good, exciting read where plenty happens.
I am glad I had encountered these twins before in a Virginnia De Parte book so I could understand their special gifts and quickly slip into the fast moving adventure.
All in all a bit of fun and escapism as the twins escaped and overcame!!