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The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,827 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
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
ebook, 260 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Oz Books (first published June 30th 2012)
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Oct 19, 2015 Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Briggs
May 21, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it it was ok
(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
Evelyn Medina
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Dec 29, 2012 Nells rated it it was ok
-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
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on Young Adult At Heart

Emily Chambers is a seventeen year old orphaned spirit medium who lives with her older sister in Regency London.

When Emily and her sister accidentally unleash a shapeshifting murderous demon from another dimension on London, the Administrators from the Waiting Area send a solid ghost called Jacob to Emily to help defeat the demon. But Jacob has secrets of his own, and Emily is determined to help find his killer.

I love how slow
4/1 - 3.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous, so I'm marking it at four on GR. An enjoyable YA ghost story with a few flaws - editing, a cliff hanger ending, and finishing at 92% are the reasons I can't give this five stars.

First to the editing, on page 41

'His study was still in tact...'
Intact is one word.

On page 105

'I ...don' begrudge the expense...'
don' is missing the 'T' to make it 'don't'.

On page 120

'...treading on my toes so as not to make a sound.'
That sounds way too much like she's stepped o
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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
Jun 05, 2016 Alex rated it it was ok
“Tell me you won't go, tell me you'll stay forever, tell me you love me.”


This book was weird from beginning to end..
A medium. A ghost. A doomed love... really?
Sep 24, 2012 Marisa rated it really liked it
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
Ornella (Nyx)
Nov 02, 2012 Ornella (Nyx) rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-series
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
Sep 25, 2016 Kirsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book plods along and doesn't ever really fulfill itself as a romance or a mystery. There was no real character development. I wasn't rooting for the main characters and their romance because honestly I found them to be annoying. I found myself just skimming the pages towards the end to just discover who the bad guy was. This was the only part of the book done well, the author doesn't wrap up the story in book one. However, it was a like eating an overly sweet dessert too sugary and unsatisf ...more
Elizabeth Olson
Jan 03, 2015 Elizabeth Olson rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, read-2015
Well, at least it was free so I didn't waste my money on this. The 1830's talks-to-ghosts heroine thinks and acts in anachronistic ways, the story hinges on the weakly and implausibly plotted release into the world of a killer smoke demon as the reason for her and her hunky dead guy detecting buddy to wander around talking to the same people over and over again and until the whole thing just peters out without a proper resolution.
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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
Dec 13, 2013 Colette rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
More like 3.5 stars. I will definitely continue the series.

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

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
Apr 19, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
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
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
Juliet Sealand
Mar 31, 2014 Juliet Sealand rated it it was ok
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
Gina's Library
Aug 16, 2012 Gina's Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
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
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
Christie Rich
Jan 30, 2013 Christie Rich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-titles
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
Julie Powell
Jun 23, 2013 Julie Powell rated it really liked it
Set in Victorian England, this story is an unusual romance. Despite that era being interested in the paranormal, I'm not sure if it felt 'real' enough, in addition to the fact that a 17 year old female of 'dubious parentage', would have been allowed to roam so free and independently. However, it was very well written, while Emily's thoughts and feelings gave great depth to her character, bringing her 'alive', if not entirely believable. Although I did like her strong will and determination.

I did
Kurt Chambers
Jun 07, 2016 Kurt Chambers rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read this type of book, but I did really enjoy the story. It seemed quite unusual to me.It was a bit of a mix between a detective story, a ghost story with a little romance. It was very well written, I didn't find any noticeable mistakes. The thing I enjoyed the most was the innocence of the characters coming from that particular time in history. I don't really have anything negative to say so I will have to give this a five star rating. Well written and edited, awesome characte ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Eryn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book enough to buy the sequel. The writing could be a tad better, but it was still very enjoyable.
I'll admit, the lead romance between a girl and a ghost is a bit weird, but if you can get past that, then this is worth reading:)
Nov 21, 2012 Karin rated it it was ok

Just finished, was disappointed, more for teenagers....did not end well, and wasn't good enough to get the sequel.
Nov 25, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
this was creative
May 11, 2015 Irene rated it did not like it
So so so so so so boring. Nothing happens. The "just fine" writing does not redeem it.
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Jan 11, 2017 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start was very slow, but once I got into the story, it went on pretty well.

Emily was a bit too squeamish at times, and I really didn't like that about her character. Vanity wasn't one of her flaws, either, even though she said it was at one point.
Jacob was awesome. A bit overbearing with all the guilt, but still awesome compared to the coward George was.

I won't be reading the rest of this series, sadly.

Some grammatical mistakes in this book include the incorrect use of homophones (e.g.: a
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C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband, two children and a mischievous black & white cat named Coco.

While she has written historical romance in the past, she now
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Other Books in the Series

Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy (3 books)
  • Possession (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium #2)
  • Evermore (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium #3)

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“Tell me you won't go, tell me you'll stay forever, tell me you love me.” 6 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” 2 likes
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