The Emerald Talisman

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students' emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class. When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she's devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, everything changes. More
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About Brenda Pandos

Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household and herself.

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Review by: pj gracia on Sep. 03, 2012 :
I loved every single min of it fun from start to finish!!!!! truly enjoyed it!!!!!!!
(review of free book)

Review by: LeNore Merritt on Feb. 05, 2011 :
This book is well worth the price if you like YA Urban Fantasy. I loved the vampire world. Brenda went back to stakes in the heart, can't come in without an invite and the sun burning the tissue. She had some other things unique to her vampires that were really interesting and thickened the plot. It is rough at the beginning but after page 75 it smooths out and flows beautifully through book 2, Sapphire Talisman. Definitely worth reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tahlia Newland on Jan. 01, 2011 :
I read this one because I heard that the next in the series is very good, much better than this one, so I thought I'd start at the beginning of the series. The book improved enormously as the work went on which gives me enough of a reason to give Brenda another chance with the follow up book. The writing became more confident as the book went on. The ending was satisfying and left somewhere for the next book to go.

The problems I saw with this one was the slow begining and the formula new boy at school interest. The protagonist was also a bit slow at getting that the bad boys were Vampires. Anything set in a modern day setting has to be post Twilight to be believable. Surely you'd be asking yourself about vampires as soon as you see human bite marks?

The idea of another person 'completing' another is something I don't personally like in a story. I prefer the idea of two individuals complimenting each other. I don't mind that 'love' happens so quickly, though I know it annoyed others. Really it's just strong attraction, not love, and attraction is pretty instantaneous.

I'm still going to give the next one a go, because I enjoyed it despite its flaws and think this author has potential.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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