A blind man’s vision: ancient royalty will reincarnate as a queen with supernatural gifts; her golden aura visible only to the spirit world. JD Bophatip is a lucky girl. Abandoned as a baby in a basket near a Cambodian temple, she was adopted and taken to America. Now seventeen, JD decides to enter the Queen of Rosaria competition, part of the Portland Rose Festival. It’s a decision that will change her life. Enter Ryker Erickson: charming, enigmatic and irresistible. He is drawn to JD, captivated by her glowing aura. He’s not the only one. Ryker and his family belong to a powerful circle of vampires with a vested interest in the human realm. A prophecy foretells that a golden queen will come to rule the vampire underworld. While Ryker falls for JD, his clan are plotting her destruction. Then there are the dreams. JD struggles to comprehend the meaning behind these potent prophetic visions. How are they linked to a mysterious gift of Sanskrit inscriptions and sacred jewels? JD must harness her emerging powers in time to fulfill her destiny and save her life. The first book of an exciting and unusual new series, Rise of the Golden Aura blends myth, folklore, suspense, loyalty and love.
Cambodian lore, vampires, mysticism and the perfect dose of romance!
A great read!"
In 2000 I read and reviewed When Broken Glass Floats [W.W. Norton, April 17, 2000], Chanrithy Him’s profoundly disturbing account of a Cambodian childhood ripped apart by the Khmer Rouge. Since then she has made a new life for herself in Oregon, and has now written a greatly entertaining and nicely written novel that combines high fantasy, vampirism and romance. Rise of the Golden Aura also successfully combines elements of Western and S.E.Asian culture. What could be more heartening? Her book is exactly the sort of fusion fiction our global village needs.- Justin Wintle, author of Romancing Vietnam and Perfect Hostage, a life of Aung San Suu Kyi
“Rise of the Golden Aura was so riveting that I couldn't put it down. The love story between JD and Ryker was so beautiful . . . I'm ready for the second book.”
In Rise of the Golden Aura, a coming of age paranormal romance by Chanrithy Him, JD Bophatip is a second generation Cambodian-American girl with big dreams of competing for the title of Queen of Rosaria in the Portland Rose Festival. Then the unexpected happens with the arrival of Ryker Erikson, a young man who seems to know a lot about her within their first meeting. With his irresistible charm, Ryker captures her heart and even the heart of JD's mother, Amara, a protective woman wary of new faces. Along with the arrival of Ryker, JD gains a mysterious golden aura, one that both Amara and Ryker seem to know the reason behind, and what that means for JD herself.
As layers of mystery are slowly peeled back, Him treats us to a diverse cast of characters, an intriguing glimpse into Cambodian mythology as well as a story of secrets and danger. I enjoyed reading Rise of the Golden Aura by Chanrithy Him. It's a unique take on the classic vampire tale, with a main character who manages to stand out from the usual YA fare. I also loved how strong the supporting characters were, and how JD was so connected to her mother through her Khmer culture.
A great read for anyone interested in paranormal with a diverse twist.