Review: The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

Title: The Emerald Talisman
Author: Brenda Pandos
Series: Talisman Series
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Date: March 23, 2010
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0982903308 (ASIN:) B003E35ZAA
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Kindle or Paperback
Summary from Amazon:

You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide.

To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother’s mysterious disappearance ten years earlier – an event she witnessed, but can’t remember. Julia’s situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience–past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.

Readers who enjoyed Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Blue Bloods and The Morganville Vampires will enjoy The Emerald Talisman.
My Thoughts: First of all, while I may catch some harsh feedback from this first comment, I have to say that The Emerald Talisman is nothing like Twilight. If you like vampire stories, then yes, you will like this book. Julia Parker is not an average teenager. She has the ability to read people’s emotions. After losing her mother and being raised by a father who is almost never there, she happens to be a well-rounded, responsible girl. She works, she has friends, she has a social life and when the going gets tough, so does Julia.
Julia nearly falls to her death after walking through a park at night when her car breaks down, big mistake, she even admits. When she is rescued by Nicholas, sure, she swoons. Who wouldn’t? But even though he is in her thoughts and quickly in her heart, she doesn’t obsess over him.
When students start disappearing, Julia figures out the reasons why faster than anyone else, thanks to her empathic gift.
This story was a little slow in starting, but that’s okay. You spend some time getting to know Julia, the kind of person she is. You get to meet a well rounded cast of characters that know when to stay in the background and when they come back to the limelight, they don’t overshadow the story. I liked this book and couldn’t wait to get to the next in the series. They were absolutely quick reads and very enjoyable.
My Rating: 
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  1. Melissa S. says:

    Great review Mel. I’ve been debating on reading this one or not, now I’ll have to go pick it up:)

  2. Mel Chesley says:

    You know, I was doubtful at first, but boy, these two books sucked me in. I’ll post the review for the Sapphire Talisman later this week. :D
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  3. I have you thank you for this, Mel. You are 100% right and your review was refreshing. Thank you!

    Hugs, Brenda

  4. Mel Chesley says:

    Woo! Pardon me, Brenda while I gush. XD I did, I loved these two books and I personally got a little ticked when I saw a review compare it to Twilight! Sorry, I am not a fan of Bella or Edward. I liked your perception of Vampires and the effects of the Talisman. I don’t want to give too much away, but I did post this review on Amazon as well. Thanks for stopping by!
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