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Many years ago I read a YA series that I'm trying to find now. I remember virtually nothing about it, except that I'm quite sure the protagonist was female, and the bad guys developed some sort of golden spots or flecks in their eyes. I've tried Googling a bunch of things related to golden eyes, but I'm not even sure I'm remembering that detail 100% correctly, and I can't find anything.

Does anyone here have any clue what story I could be remembering?

EDIT: Some more details. Take all of these with a grain of salt, as I could be misremembering them a bit.

  • The MC's were teens. Not royalty or anything like that, just teens.
  • The characters could get "turned". I do not remember how this happened, but when it did they would get gold flecks in their eyes.
  • I believe the protagonist's boyfriend gets turned and attempts to kill her.
  • When they are turned, I think they are being controlled? They at least do not have full control of their actions.
  • I think that when they turned, they also gained powers. I do not remember if these involved magical powers, or just increased strength, etc. I think I remember guns being involved, so I want to say they were maybe not magical powers.
  • There were no magical creatures involved, to the best of my memory. Just humans. If I had to compare the world/setting to something, I think it was reminiscent of Divergent.
  • On that note, it was set in either a present-day or future style of world. Not medieval or anything like that.
  • I don't think there was water involved. This sounds like a weird one, but I don't recall anything like them going on a ship, etc. Water was not a major plot point of the story that I can remember.
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    "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" by Ray Bradbury: "...There were little, very dim flecks of new gold captured in the blue of his eyes" ? May 25 at 15:30
  • Martian Chronicles: youtu.be/B5nb6U7Djw0?t=1291 May 25 at 15:32
  • @YaroslavKornachevskyi Unfortunately not. This was a YA sci-fi/dystopian book, I believe part of a series. Really wish I could give more details, but I'm at a complete loss. Which is why I'm here. :/ May 25 at 15:34
  • If you haven't done it already, look through this list to see if you can edit more detail in. Were there powers related to the golden flecks? Do you remember if this was magic, technology, demonic influence?
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 25 at 15:41
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    Were there vampires and/or werewolves involved?
    – fez
    May 25 at 15:41
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I found it! I went digging through my Kindle purchase history for years back. I was thinking of Ignited by Desni Dantone. Now I'll just have to see how accurate my memories of it actually were...

Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn't know why. Good thing she has her guardian angel to protect her...sort of.

Kris is aided by Nathan, the mysterious man that ends up being anything but angelic when he rescues her for the fourth time in fourteen years. Even if the handsome hero illusion is shattered by his harsh treatment of her, he knows how to fight this strange enemy and is determined to keep her safe at all costs.

As the body count rises in their wake, Nathan introduces Kris to a world in which not everyone is human and the battle lines between good and evil are clearly drawn. Kris's piece in the puzzle is something neither is aware of and, as they uncover the truth, neither is prepared for what they find. Overcoming twists and revelations that shatter both of their lives, they discover that nothing is as it seems and nothing, least of all their hearts, are safe.

Thanks to everyone who tried helping!

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