Book Review: The Golden Couple by Stephanie Karpinske

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Title: The Golden Couple
Author: Stephanie Karpinske
Release date: February 23, 2013
Genre:  Science Fiction/Romance/Thriller
Age Group: Young Adult

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The Golden CoupleThe Golden Couple
The Samantha Project Series, #2
Stephanie Karpinske
Crazy Dream Publishing, February 2013
ISBN 978-0-9887524-1-2
Trade Paperback

From the author—

In this action-packed second installment of The Samantha Project series, Samantha and Erik go on a search to find a way to save themselves from the genetic time bomb ticking away in their cells. Along the way, they discover a shocking secret–one they wish they were never told!

Although Samantha’s boyfriend, Colin, is back now, her feelings for Erik are getting stronger by the minute. It isn’t long before she finally learns the real reason why she can’t resist Erik. But only after she’s gone too far with him! So far that Colin may never forgive her.

GlobalLife Genetics continues to pursue Samantha and they’ll stop at nothing to get her. Sam still doesn’t understand what GlobalLife’s plan is for her but she knows it’s something big. And she knows it isn’t good.

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If you’re new to this series, you’ll want to read The Samantha Project first. That will increase your enjoyment of The Golden Couple considerably because you’ll be much more in tune with Sam and her friends as well as her enemies and with what’s going on. You don’t have to read it first, certainly, but I really do recommend it, especially since the action picks up right after the end of the first book.

My review of The Samantha Project can be found here.

Sam and her friends are on the run but also determined to find out the truth about Sam’s and Erik’s existence but what they discover is almost beyond belief. This devastating truth explains a lot of why GlobalLife Genetics is so bent on capturing them but, as it turns out, they still have a lot to learn about GlobalLife’s real intentions for both Erik and Sam and for the future of humanity. Fortunately for these two, they are not alone in their search for answers—and survival.

Genetic manipulation is a science that could so easily be corrupted that the core story here is not impossible to foresee (although an element of the plot is “out there”). Samantha is an intriguing character, particularly because of her intelligence and fortitude, and she has become one of those MCs I want to spend more time with. Her relationships with Colin and Erik are believable and, to me, have much more substance than many of the love triangles found in young adult fiction these days. The rest of her group are not quite as well fleshed out but I still felt a connection to all of them and the people on the GlobalLife side are as cold-blooded as you could want in your villains.

Ms. Karpinske caught my attention with the first book in this series and has done it again with The Golden Couple. Since she has left her readers with some really intense questions, I guess I’m just going to have to go read the third entry, A Chosen Destiny.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, June 2013.

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About the Author

Stephanie KarpinskeA former editor for a publishing company, Stephanie Karpinske has worked on several bestselling nonfiction books. Now she freelances full-time, writing for a variety of books and national magazines. The Samantha Project is her debut YA novel and is the first in The Samantha Project series, followed by The Golden Couple. Stephanie lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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