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Seventeen year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn't a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there's the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father's death (yes, a year) and without the pale ...more
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Published July 2nd 2012 by Oz Books (first published June 30th 2012)
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Cora Linn
Jul 14, 2013 Cora Linn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone! Especially lovers of historical fantasy
This was a fantastic freebie from Amazon - if you haven't downloaded it yet, go get it now. I think it's a love-it or hate-it book and I know I definitely love it and will certainly re-read it in the future.

I knew I'd enjoy this book simply from the cover and blurb - historical fantasy set in London with ghosts? I'm sold. There's something about ghosts in London that seems to have me hooked at the moment, regardless of any other genres, and this book does it SO SO WELL.

I never thought when I sta
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Sarah
(This review may contain spoilers).

Okay, so I wound up with a headache after reading this book. In comparison to the rest of the books on my Kindle, the writing here was tiny. That having been said, I did enjoy reading the book... but it's not as good as I hoped it would be.

Emily was kind of irritating. She didn't seem to fit in with the time she lived in. I also thought that she came across as really selfish when she completely discounted Jacob's wishes about his family... about everything, rea
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Marisa
I would like to thank the author for giving me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to The Medium. On the one hand, I found myself enjoying the plot, but on the other hand, I disliked the romance between Emily and Jacob. Considering the story mainly focuses on Emily and Jacob’s relationship, I’m surprised I didn’t wind up disliking it. With that said, I’d probably give this a 3.5 if half stars existed. I chose to round up because it’s more
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The Medium (An Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Novel)
Series: The Emily Chambers Spirit Medium, Book 1
By CJ Archer
4.5 stars
Seventeen year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn't a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there's the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father's death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin
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Nells
Summary:
-A demon is released in to the world under very weak pretenses
-Hot ghost meets feisty spirit medium to track it down, instantly and inexplicably they fall in love
-Hot ghost and spirit medium spend the bulk of the book walking around, talking to the same 3 people over and over, and seem to forget at times that there is a demon on the loose killing people
-In between walks, angst ensues. Jacob claims he is dangerous, Emily disagrees, Jacob proves he is dangerous, Emily doesn't care. Moral o
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Mariame
The only reason I bought this book off of amazon was because it cost nothing. Literally! It was free! So I am thinking "yes!" I am getting a free book. At the end of reading this story I was sad. Why do you ask? Because I tricked. It was a set up! A trap set up for poor greedy book lovers like me to get snagged into. How else can it be explained, why the very same night when I finally put this book down I was begrudgingly clicking away at the buy now 1-click button for the next two books in thi ...more
Melody May
Most of y'all were probably at a BBQ, cookout, or whatever you do on the Fourth of July. Not me. I actually was a homebody yesterday and decided to read a book. Ok, I didn't stay indoors the whole day I actually went to a couple of stores, but that's beside the point. So, by spending most of my day indoors I got to read a fun book that made me think of the Ghost Whisperer. Which by the way was my favorite show, but it was after it came to its conclusion 2010; you gotta love re-runs. While most o ...more
Colette
More like 3.5 stars. I will definitely continue the series.

Pro's:
1) There is no swearing and the plot is clean.
2) The plot is somewhat unique.
3) The characters are definitely interesting and likeable.

Cons:
1) The relationship develops too fast. No one falls in love in a couple of short meetings. This is the main reason I rated it lower, it just bugged me.
2) The book leaves with a slight cliffhanger. You will have to read the next book to answer a lot of questions. The main characters aren't even
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Valentina
It was a better book than I had expected. It was pretty funny and witty at times.
"What if I'd been indecent?"
"It's all right, I checked and you weren't."
"Very amusing."


I enjoyed the description of London in 1880. It reminded me of Oliver Twist.
It wasn't unusual for gangs of boys to be ruled by an older man, equally poor and desperate but more experienced in avoiding the police.

The romance between Emily and Jacob was a bit disturbing. There is really no way for them to be together. Jacob seems
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Marie
Emily lebt mit ihrer Schwester im viktorianischen London. Nach dem Tod der Mutter verdienen die zwei Schwestern sich ein Zubrot mit Seancen, da Emily Geister sehen, mit ihnen sprechen und sie sogar anfassen kann.
Das buch beginnt mit einer Seance, in der ein Ehemann gerufen wird, der aber gar keine Lust hat seinem Drachen von Ehefrau Informationen zu seinen Besitztümern zu geben, geschweige denn wieder zu verschwinden. Um ihn trotzdem wirder in das Warteareal zu schicken, benutzt Celia, Emilys Sc
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Gina's Library
I was asked to read this book by the author for a fair and honest review.

The genre of this book is listed as paranormal. It has everything a paranormal lover would want...a ghost, a medium who sees the ghosts, demons and even a bit of a love story.

This story took place in London. I'm not sure what time frame, I do know that it's not in our time. The women still wore corsets and needed to be escorted with a male.

I loved this story. I found myself feeling bad for Jacob. He is in limbo or the "wait
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Lauren
4.5 stars

Emily Chambers has always been viewed as different and on the fringes of society because she can see ghosts. Not only has she been contending with that problem all her life now she has a killer demon on the loose and a devastatingly handsome ghost at her disposal.

As much as I loved the plot of this story the romantic relationship between Jacob and Emily did get a little cheesy at times however I was so engrossed in the overall story that it was easy to ignore. Emily is a captivating ch
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Charlie
3.5 stars
In the imaginary world of mediumship this Victorian young adult mystery will entertain well enough to satisfy many fans of the genre. There are some misses on the portrayal of medium abilities, but one can easily overlook and enjoy the fictional tale. At times, the speech wanes from the authenticity of the time period for example, "Usually she began her sales spiel before the door had fully opened…," which detracts from the overall set building of the story. The dialogue just felt too m
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Christie Rich
Loved this book! It had just the right amount of mystery and romance. The paranormal aspect was intriguing. Emily is a relatable character that made me laugh, cringe from embarrassment, and you name the emotion, I probably felt it in this series.

This was a free book on Amazon, and I picked it up on a whim. Once I started reading, I was captivated by the lovely descriptions and the funny protagonist. I like regency books, but this one felt modern in a good way. Emily's emotions were part of what
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Ornella (Nyx)
I'm not really sure what to so say about this one. Everything was just meh. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't good either. The inst-love was really disappointing, and the plot itself, felt like there was something missing. It was all just resolved so quickly. I know it's not completely resolved per se (saw that one coming a mile away) but it still felt rushed somehow. The only redeeming quality were the characters, they were all actually pretty well written, but needless to say I won't be continu ...more
Verity Brown
Apr 07, 2014 Verity Brown rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Twilight

Archer tells a compelling story in a compelling way, so this is more of a 3.5: a Victorian teenager who can actually see and interact with ghosts (unlike most of the "fakes" of her era) finds herself trying to track down a shape-shifting demon that was accidentally released by her sister. Sent to help her in this task is the ghost of this incredibly hot guy....

Well, that's where my problems with this otherwise engaging story really begin. I might have been able to cope with instalove with a ghos
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Maureen
MEDIUM by C J Archer
Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy, #1

Since I have an interest in mediumship and the paranormal, I downloaded this to my Kindle when it was offered at no cost. I am so glad that I did – I am now willing to pay to read the next two books in this trilogy.

The first surprise was finding out the book is set in the past. I had long thought that any medium in the 19th century was regarded as a witch, therefore keeping one’s gift a secret was necessary to stay alive. In this book,
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Blythe Jackson
I wonder what it would be like to communicate with ghosts of those who have passed on, honestly. That concept was one that kept me interested in this book.

Emily Chambers and her sister Celia perform seances for those that wish to connect with their loved ones. Unlike some of the frauds out there, Emily can actually see and communicate with ghosts. During one of their sessions, Celia accidentally performs a ritual where a demon is introduced to the world of the living. This incident prompts the
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Juliet Sealand
It was worth the price I paid (free) but I'm not likely to read the rest of the series unless they were all free, too. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.
One thing that irked me a bit was the fact that the author couldn't seem to decide if she wanted an authentic period feel or a more anachronistic, contemporary vibe. I would have been fine with either of those, but the fact that it kept fluctuating made things seem a bit disjointed to me.
Also, the romance didn't seem very natural to me. (Or super
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Karin


Just finished, was disappointed, more for teenagers....did not end well, and wasn't good enough to get the sequel.
Kirstie
The Medium is a really great read, and free on the iBooks store. I was pleasantly surprised by just how enjoyable this book was. Being a short read there's certainly no points in the book that are dull. Celia and Emily are two sisters who conduct séances in order to help ghosts cross over to the "otherworld". When Celia lets lose a demon in the real world, a ghost called Jacob Beaufort comes to their assistance - sent from the waiting area - to help them to return the demon back to where it was ...more
Angel
Emily is a medium in London in the 1800's. Her sister unknowingly unleashes a shape-shifting demon. Emily has to team up with Jacob (a ghost with a mystery behind his death) to send the demon back where it came from. She meets plenty of danger and unbelievers along the way, but she is strong and determined. The romance between the two lead character is slow, but understandably so. He's a ghost, and she's flesh and bone. It didn't end quite the way I was hoping, but that's because there is more t ...more
Trudi Jorda
What could be more fun than a Medium who can really see ghosts living in Victorian England with her very own ghost? Sad part is that that they fall in love. Her sister during a seance unleashes a shape shifting demon and the ghost and the Medium have to track him down and return him to the netherworld as he is under the control of someone who has him killing people and then robbing the house.. Mix in cast of crazy characters and you have a very fun read. I am currently looking for book 2 in the ...more
Lauri
I downloaded this book for free on my Kindle, and it was a relief to read a novel that was not only interesting, but also well-edited (some of the free stuff on Kindle is so poorly edited, it's actually hard to read). Emily Chambers is a young medium living with her older sister in the late 1800s in London; as such, she has more freedom and gumption than many young women of her time. This book has mystery and romance, along with the supernatural. Not the best book I've read, but a nice diversion ...more
Shirley A Gray
Spirit Medium

The ending SUCKED!!!
What a stupid way to end a story! I realize that this a ploy to keep the readers wanting more but this is not the way to do it.
I have read many, many books and I can say that this is one of the stupidest and moneymaking way to get readers to buy the next book.
let me stress....I will NOT!
I will remember the authors name so that I will NOT get any more books!
This is not cool......getting angry at the end of a book.
I do NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! :(
Teresa
3.5 stars.

Emily Chambers is a medium who can summon and talk to the dead. Unfortunately this makes her quite an outcast but she and her sister, Celia, make their living having seances for people. At one such seance the ghost and his widow really get into it and Celia uses an amulet she got from a street vendor to stop them. Unfortunately that isn't what the amulet actually does, it releases a demon into the world. Enter Jacob Beaufort, sent from 'The Waiting Room' in the Otherworld to help Emily
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Laura
Hmmm, how to summarize. I loved the first half. It had me laughing and chuckling and intrigued by the cast of characters. It's also very well written.

The second half--hmm, I got to one pivotal scene and had to put it down. I almost didn't pick it up again, but I decided to give it another go and just finished.

The romance relationship dynamic is what got me. Until that scene where everything suddenly got Serious, I could roll with it, but afterwards it was much harder not to find it grating. I
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Kimberlie
This book just didn't hold my attention. I couldn't really put my finger on why, and then I read Nell's review and she said it perfectly:

Summary:
-A demon is released in to the world under very weak pretenses
-Hot ghost meets feisty spirit medium to track it down, instantly and inexplicably they fall in love
-Hot ghost and spirit medium spend the bulk of the book walking around, talking to the same 3 people over and over, and seem to forget at times that there is a demon on the loose killing people
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Tanya
The Medium by C.J. Archer is about a girl named Emily Chambers who is a medium living in historic London. Her and her sister, Celia, perform séances for people. During one of the séances, a demon is unleashed from an amulet that Celia purchased from a street vendor. The book is the story of the events that followed.

I like Emily's character because she's not a ditsy society girl. She's intelligent and has a mind of her own. Unfortunately, that gets her into trouble as it wasn't considered ladylik
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Mandy Sickle
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Whoever said dead men don't tell lies had never met Barnaby Wiggam's ghost. The fat, bulbous-nosed spirit fading in and out beside me like a faulty gas lamp clearly thought he was dealing with a fool. I may only be seventeen but I'm not naïve. I know when someone is lying—being dead didn't alter the tell-tale signs. Mr. Wiggam didn't quite meet my eyes, or those of his widow and her guests—none of whom could see him anyway—and he fidgeted with his crisp white silk necktie
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“Tell me you won't go, tell me you'll stay forever, tell me you love me.” 5 likes
“met Barnaby Wiggam's ghost. The fat, bulbous-nosed spirit fading in and out beside me like a faulty gas lamp clearly thought he was dealing with a fool. I may only be seventeen but I'm not naïve. I know when someone is lying—being dead didn't alter the tell-tale signs. Mr. Wiggam didn't quite meet my eyes, or those of his widow and her guests—none of whom could see him anyway—and he fidgeted with his crisp white silk necktie as if it strangled” 1 likes
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