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The Essence (The Pledge #2)

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“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to C
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry
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Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
Feb 21, 2013 Hannah (fullybookedreviews) rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
They get on the train. They get off the train. They get on a horse. They get off the horse. They get on the boat. They get off the boat. They arrive at the castle. They leave the castle. They get back on the boat. They get back on the horse. They get back on the train.

Somebody tries to kill her repeatedly, but they're not very good.

Nothing else happens.

Seriously. I really wanted to enjoy this one, since I liked The Pledge, but I just couldn't do it. The romance was lacking, there was too much
Feb 02, 2013 Hannah-Linn rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopian-sci-fi
I don't know....just didn't like it?
Jan 11, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
Three Stars: A good middle book, but not much plot advancement.
Charlie is struggling to come to terms with her new duties as Queen of Ludania. She tires of everyone, even her best friends, referring to her as "Your Majesty". She longs sometimes for the return to the simplicity of her old life. Yet, she has risen to the occasion and taken a firm hold on the throne. With her rein, she intends to bring peace, prosperity and equality to her kingdom. No longer are the citizens divided by class and la
Mar 03, 2013 Najla rated it it was ok

If you need some kind of proof that having an inexperienced eighteen-year old girl as a QUEEN with yet another eighteen-year old girl as The Commander of The Armed Forces is such a bad BAD idea then read The Essence, it's proof enough.
Book Flame
Mar 20, 2012 Book Flame marked it as to-read
The cover is so gorgeous...I can't wait to read The Essence but 2013? such a long wait. I hope they change the date.
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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This book was very different than the first book! I didn't like this as much as the first book, but this is still a very great read!

Charlie is now Queen of Ludania, after defeating Sabara, but Sabara isn't dead. Sabara is living inside Charlie's mind and Charlie has to fight her for control. Not only is it hard for her to fight Sabara and kept it a secret. Apparently, some of her people are very unhappy with her erasing the cl
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I vaguely remember reading the first book The Pledge. I looked back on what I said about it and my memory was jogged about how I didn't love it or hate it. I liked it enough to read the second one. I wish I didn't. I found myself screaming at this book all day. It's a shame that I had to bring in the new year reading this, it was exhausting.

The first book end
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 10, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was ok
2 Stars

One word to describe The Essence would be BORING or maybe ANNOYING. Book 2 picks up where book 1, The Pledge left off. Note, if you haven’t read book 1, I would suggest NOT reading this review. I remember liking The Pledge until the ending. When I found out Sabara was stuck in Carlaina (Charlie) in The Pledge I was 100% grossed out, regardless I still liked the characters and decided to continue with book 2, The Essence.

I don’t even know if there is a summary to The Essence, I would just
Jan 22, 2012 Kari marked it as to-read
I can't believe I have to wait a year for this book!!! If Charlie and Max aren't together when it's all over I'll be very disappointed.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Apr 14, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it it was ok
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Blythe
Shelves: sadie-hawkins
As anyone who has read my review of The Pledge knows, I was not a big fan. I had absolutely no intention of reading the sequel, but such are the joys of the Sadie Hawkins feature. Blythe wanted me to read this, so here we are. On the plus side, I didn't dislike The Essence the way I did The Pledge, largely due to the decrease in romance, but I still don't think this series is particularly impressive.

One part of The Essence is super cool, and that is Charlie's relationship to the queen she displa
Vaishnavee Suresh
Jan 13, 2013 Vaishnavee Suresh rated it it was ok
Picking up a few months after The Pledge, we find that Charlie - I mean, Queen Charlaina - has settled in quite nicely into her new life, her transition from Charlie, the Vendor's daughter to Queen Charlaina going smoothly except for a few tiny bumps. But, is the road to a happy kingdom smooth? Or does a certain Queen and her past catch up with Charlie?

Starting, for a change, with the negatives.....Charlie had yet to become Queen Charlaina de Heyse. I've seen zero character development throughou
Warning: This review contains spoilers for The Pledge

And the streak of sequels that outshine their predecessors continues!

This time the streak is continued with, obviously, The Essence, sequel to The Pledge which, while I enjoyed overall, left me with mixed feelings. However, despite The Pledge leaving me with mixed feelings, I went into The Essence with high expectations after the conclusion of The Pledge, and I am thrilled to say that most if not all of those high expectations were met by the
Jul 25, 2015 Charlie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I'm not compleetly obsessed but it was a ncie fun read. The last 25% was actually pretty great.

Is it wrong that I'm liking Sabara more and more? I know she's the villain here but I just really like her. She's very determined and more than a little crazy. I Kinda like her more than Charlie.

I enjoyed book 1 more than this book but I'll probably still finish the series as it was an enjoyable read.
Mar 10, 2012 Nicole marked it as to-read
I'm not sure whether I actually want to READ this or not, since I thought The Pledge would've been amazing as a standalone novel. Oh well, I dunno. I'll probably give it a shot anyway.
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Liked this but not as much as the first book, The Pledge. There was still that air of mystery that I enjoyed and the pacing is still on point, but I felt it was still disjointed. There was a bit more of the previous queen's back story which I enjoyed but I still didn't understand why she really wanted to stay. Was it truly for her love or was it for more for a selfish reason?

I found both Charlie and Sabarra's thoughts to be jarring and misplaced. Especially at the end.. Charlie changing or was t
Jan 20, 2013 ajia rated it really liked it
The sequel was okay. It didnt pull me in right away and i was a bit confused about what was going on for the first part as i had forgotten the events of the last book, so it took me a while to get into it.

Charlie is now queen but has the spirit of the old queen imprisoned in her body. The is quite a hard situation for her and i felt sorry for her. She seemed more or less the same to me in this book as the last one with no particular character development.

Max unfortunately who i did really like
Dec 15, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it
Before I read this I re-read The Pledge and honestly? I didn't like it as much as I remembered. The books are quite short, but the cliffhanger in the first book was good enough to get me to buy this one and to carry on with the series.
I did like this one. I mean there was a little more going on and kept you interested but I didn't get the rush of excitement or that connection with the book. I don't overly love the characters. I have had a complete turn around with this book as I remembered lovi
Bridie-No excuses. No apologies. No Regrets Jones
Well well, what can i say, a second book.....ah i hope this book is better than the first, its not like the first was particularly bad it just wasn't particularly GOOD either, and it defiantly wasn't amazing, unlike the cover which i WUV!

Ok things i would like (OR THAT I WOULD NOT LIKE) to see in this book are:

-Charlie has to GROW A PAIR and start making me believe in her as a person and a queen.

-DO NOT KILL ANGELINA, no this is not the hunger games, no sweet little sisters have to die please.

The Good

Sabara. I love the internal struggle Charlie has with Sabara. Sabara's past is wildly interesting, but I wish there was more focus on her. I am hoping the final book will give more insight into the evil queen's past.
The terrorists. Equality seems all well and good to most people, but every time huge changes happen in a government you are going to have at least a small group of people who don't want change and like things the way they are. The presence of terrorists in the book fighting
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
This took me a while to read. And while I enjoyed it, I guess, it took me a while to read therefore it didn't feel as good as it could have been. Again, the world building could have been done much better. Also, there was not enough Max in there at all, and too much Niko. Though considering Niko and Sabara's relationship it makes sense. Overall, the plot was interesting. While I liked Charlie, there were moments were I couldn't help but roll my eyes.
I totally wanted more Max and Charlie action.
Title: The Essence
Author:Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: January 2013
Genre: Young Adult/Fanasty/Dystopian

My Rating : 3 Stars

My Review:

This was a brilliant second installment in Derting's Pledge Trilogy. The writing is flawless and the plot had me rushing to turn the page.

There were definitely points in this book that I felt fell into what I call 'second-book-filler-syndrome'. It's exactly what it sounds like - when a book had things that happen because it needs to 'fill' a hole. Unfortunately
Apr 26, 2012 Riya rated it it was ok
MMM.. YUMMY COVER. ME LIKEY. Absolutely loved The Pledge #1--- the wait for this is going to be pure torture! ARGH.
Nov 13, 2012 Hayden marked it as own-it-to-read
That cover is just amazing. I need to own that and hopefully I'll get an ARC that matches my PLEDGE ARC :)
Katelyn Hartings
Jan 05, 2016 Katelyn Hartings rated it liked it
I gave The Pledge by Kimberly Derting a rating of 3 stars because it was not as easy to relate than the first book. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy because it involves princes and princesses. I would also recommend this book to people who read romance because this book has some relationships. The Essence starts with Charlie trying to get rid of the voice in her head from Sabra the old king. This year they were invited to The Summit where all the queens from surrounding que ...more
Hylary Locsin
Mar 06, 2013 Hylary Locsin rated it it was ok
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Now that she is settling into her newfound role as the queen of Ludania, Charlie is struggling to cope with unrest in her troubled kingdom. The caste system that used to strictly divide the country by language has been abolished, and Charlie, Max and Brooklynn are trying to ensure that the transition to equality goes smoothly. Unfortunately, not everyone in Ludania is thrilled about what Charlie h
Jan 04, 2013 Shreya rated it really liked it
*A copy was provided for review purposes*

The Essence by Kimberly Derting was just as amazing as her first novel in the series, if not a bit better. We follow along the main character Charlie as she encounters even greater journeys in her life. Charlie is now the highly-regarded queen of Ludania, as she has defeated the evil queen before her, Sabara. Charlie knows that even though she has defeated the evil queen, Sabara still resides in her as she has a strong connection with Charlie through the
I wish that I'd re-read The Pledge before going into this, but I was hoping that things would come back to me. Some things did, but I'm sure I forgot others. I really hope that any negative feelings that I had towards this aren't because I just forgot stuff from the previous book.

Three things that happened in this book that knocked it down to a 3-star rating:

Niko. Max. Brooklyn.

Niko... really bothered me. Everything about him and his character and his interactions with Charlie were just... reall
Frishawn Quinn
Dec 08, 2012 Frishawn Quinn rated it really liked it
While it is true that Sabara and now Queen Charlaina are linked. That doesn't seem to pose the eminent danger that one might think. It seems that more than a few people are not too happy about all the changes that are being made since the young queen has come to power...and people are dying.

Couple this with the fact that Charlaina is trying to balance the girl that she was with the royal that she is becoming. There is a maturity in this book that was not there in the first read. Not so much so t
Jan 30, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing
The second book to Kimberly Derting’s Pledge series, The Essence, continues the compelling story of Charlaina after defeating Sabara and taking her place as the Queen of Ludania. Adjusting her new life as queen and having the class system eradicated, she realizes that there is still conflict in her kingdom and even threats to her life. Invited to a summit with Queens from surrounding countries, she learns of the dangers that lie outside her kingdom walls. She’s struggling to keep a kingdom toget ...more
May 01, 2015 Angeline rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

After giving readers the pleasure of devouring The Pledge, Derting continues Charlie's story in this epic sequel. I never received the book from the publisher (glad I wasn't the only one), so after New Year's Day, I went out and actually bought the book, which was no biggie for me. I was really impatient for this book (and a lot of others) to come out to be my first book review read of this year.

The book starts of kind of slow. Lots of confusion and lots of plotting. TBH you really n
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