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The Emerald Talisman (Talisman #1)

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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 i...more
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Published March 24th 2012 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Mia  Cipriano
Ok, I'm going to keep this simple because I don't think this book real deserves any sort of review whether it's good or bad......... yup it was that bad! But i feel as a consumer who was hoping for a new different kick ass fantasy book, with awesome suspense and action, i was thoroughly taken for a ride!

The girl only just met the guy for 30 SECONDS and she spent frickin weeks moping over him!!!! How is that a good role model for teen girls of today? 'hey girls, go into the woods at night and wai...more
Jennifer Lane
“Likeable Heroine Battles Vampires”

I’ve chatted with friendly author Brenda Pandos online and I’ve wanted to read her Talisman series for quite some time. When I won The Sapphire Talisman on a Goodreads giveaway, it was my cue to bump up the series on my to-be-read list!

The Emerald Talisman is the first book, featuring Julia, a sixteen year-old blonde living in northern California. Her life is rather normal except for the unexplained death of her mother when Julia was young. Julia reportedly wi...more
Nic
Rating somewhere between 3 & 4 depending on my mood.

Quickie review!

Ummm what to say… I seem to be struggling with my reviews this week!

Emerald Talisman was a good start to a promising new series. It has an interesting plot and premise. I thought the action scenes were the most engaging part of the book. The had a great pace and description.

I did have some struggles with this book it took me a while to get use to the writing style and connect with it. I think for me it missed witty character...more
Nana
My General Rating: 3.5

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If sometime you literally asked yourself how would be the life of a possible vampire hunter who has no idea this beings exist and the help of "one of them" to train her, The Emerald Talisman main character could be a good example. The Emerald Talisman narrates the story of Julia, a simple girl with a singular talent. Julia's life goes out normally until one night when she is attacked by X creature and handsome Nicholas saves her life. Th...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Rating: 4.5

The Emerald Talisman was an enchanting, stimulating, and eloquently written book. Brenda introduced a promising vampire series that would interest fans of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. Julia, the female protagonist was quirky yet endearing. Her ability to feel emotions from others curiously drew my attention. The story opened up with Julia's car breaking down. Now, instead of taking the safe walk to her home, she decides to naively take a short cut through the woods. The suspense...more
Annie
Terrible. It's trailing on the end of the vampire trend and introduces nothing new. The story is stale and uninteresting, superficial and slow. Basically, the author took the characters from Twilight (plain chick + vampirey stalker guy who saves her life) and stuck them in a generic vampire hunter romance. All of this is not helped by the mediocre writing, where the author uses childish dialogue such as "'You're mine now and I'm gonna do whatever I want with you, and he can't do anything about i...more
Cynthia Cene
If you like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you will like this book. This is a fast pace, gripping, need to hurry and turn to the next page to find out what happened kind of book. Brenda gave us a fresh, new, and exciting world about a vampire hunter and vampires.

Julia can sense and feel emotions from people around her. Her friends and family doesn't know she has this ability and wants to keep it that way. Nicholas is a half vampire/ half human with super natural...more
Dwayne
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Saying this book tested my patience does not even begin to cover it; it truly exhausted every ounce of whatever patience there was in me. While I admit I was intrigued about its premise at first, and was thoroughly excited at having the book in my hands, eventually I had to get rid of it or risk insanity.

For the record, I actually did not finish the book. So whether or not you'd take my review as accurate, I'll leave it for you to decide. However, note that I...more
Kathy
January 2012: Did a quick re-read to refresh my memory before starting the last book. Enjoyed it, but was a little turned off by Julia's quick obsession with Nicholas. Otherwise a fun read.

September 2011: I guess I enjoyed this one. I’m still wavering between my rating. I really wanted to like it, and for the most part I did. I guess the one thing that bothered me most was the relationship between Julia and Nicholas. It just wasn’t that believable for me. I just can’t believe Julie would be so...more
~Tina~
The Emerald Talisman is a wonderful take on Vampires, and anyone who knows me, knows I can't get enough of this paranorm.

This was a fast paced book that will grip you, a captivating world filled with suspenseful mystery and a sweet romance.
Julia's irrational feeling towards Nicholas was something she couldn't help, from the minute he saved her life she felt an overwhelming connection that made her feel safe and alive.
I remember what it was like to be sixteen and have those crazy feeling about...more
Jessica
The Emerald Talisman starts out with a bang and never slows down. Julia was a fascinating character who immediately runs into trouble when something dangerous comes after her in the woods. To make things more interesting Julia has a "gift" of sensing emotions. The first thing she notices is the overwhelming hunger coming from her predator. This seems odd to Julia because she typically doesn't sense emotions from animals so that only means one thing; it's human. Out of nowhere Nicholas comes to s...more
Traci
This is a hard book to rate. I have probably changed it a dozen times in the time it's taken me to type these two sentences. As far as potential, this book has it in spades. It's reasonably unique, I guess, for what it is, but there are parts of it that just don't make sense and other things that just make it really hard to get through.

First off, the grammar. Dear God, I wanted to take a red pen to this and unfortunately I'm enough of a snob for this to to really detract from my enjoyment of the...more
M.L. Chesley
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...more
Wicked Walker
4.5 stars

The Quick and the Dirty...a refreshing new take on vampires and vampire slayers.

Why I was tempted to read this...Well the blurb reeled me in, always looking for a new vampire book!

Cover thoughts...it's pretty cool, not exactly how I imagined the necklace in my mind tho.

Romance Meter...Well of course! Julia and Nicholas hit is off right from the beginning and the romance started bubbling.

Character and Plot...Julia has a talent, she is an empath meaning she can feel others emotions. When...more
Lisa Langdale
This was one of those awesome books that grabbed my attention from the very beginning! Julia, the main character, can sense emotions, so when she finds herself alone in a forest at night and suddenly senses savage blood lust, you can imagine the stone cold fear that consumes her!

When some major life (or death) choices were thrown in Julia's path, I found myself having a hard time deciding which I would choose! The realistic way in which Brenda handled that choice is commendable. Rarely do autho...more
Melissa
Interesting plot and premise. The pace and storyline is captivating. Writing style was exceptional, especially with her wording. Characters are relatable and realistic. I wouldn’t give it an A+ on originality. It did have a Buffy Meet Twilight feel to it. HOWEVER, that is not a bad thing in my opinion. The twists Ms. Pandos throws in make it unique A promising start to a series. I can not wait to read the next book!

Check out the Book Giveaway, Swag Giveaway, Author Interview, Book Review:
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Abra Ebner
This book was a great book for anyone in love with vampires. There's a lot of action, and that's what I liked most. Though fast paced, it's also a leisure story. The beginning alone is captivating, from there it's all uphill. Great for a Sunday afternoon spent reading! (Just don't read it too late at night!)

Kristie Cook
Brenda has written a good start to what looks to be a fun series. It kept me in suspense until the end and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
Marsha
When I read vampire books I always look for something different: either a new twist on the vampire myth, abilities, etc. However, "The Emerald Talisman" really did not offer anything new. It was pretty standard.

Another thing I look forward to in books is a 'strong' heroine. She does not have to have special abilities or be able to kill on contact; but, she cannot be whiny. In this case, the main character, 16 year old Julia Parker whined from the moment the story started until it ended. We are s...more
Katie
The Emerald Talisman was a fantastic vampire novel. I don't usually like a lot of vampire stories but this one was nowhere near as typical as some. I was entertained by it and the book kept me interested until the last page. Sadly now I have to wait for a sequel.

Julia Parker is a normal teenage girl or at lease she seems to be. Well, other than her ability to read people's feelings. All of that changes one night when she almost dies. Luckily Nicholas saves her. Julia is drawn to him and hopes to...more
Amanda T
Twilight meets Blade: that’s how one might describe this book. But of course it is much, much more. Teenage girl with a special gift, mysterious boy, and scary vampires: all are themes that may sound familiar, yet the author still manages to create a unique and absorbing book, complete with an intriguing and original story for the explanation of vampires.

A snap decision to walk home through the woods, and suddenly Julia’s life is changed forever. This includes her introduction to Nicholas, who...more
Jenn
There's a reason why this book is always free. Ug. I just... Okay, how about the good first? The writing wasn't bad. I was interested in the beginning.

Yeah, that's about all I can say with that. So, Julia is a dumbass. She's first written like a reasonably sensible girl, but then she does a Bella and falls head-over-heels for Nicholas with very little provocation. She has this seemingly other-worldly attraction to him that's never explained. Bella, I mean Julia, can also sense emotions and whet...more
Maura
Where do I begin??? I'm now adding this book to my all-time favorites. I simply loved it, read it in less then a day. Why do I adore it so much? I don't know. I think Twilight might have met it's match. I'm surprised there's not more publicity about this book. I can definitely see this book being quickly optioned for film rights. Not one part of the story did I find uninteresting. It was fast paced and the writing was beautifully done. It was clear, easy imagery with well brought out emotions. A...more
Amy Jacobs
I had been seeing this book all over the internet, but it took me forever to finally get it and read it. I don't know why I was so hesitant on reading it, but I think it might have been because of the mixed reviews. So I finally caved and picked up my copy of The Emerald Talisman and dove into the world the author created.


While I liked the basic story plot, I felt the story lacked things to make it great. At times the writing was choppy and stalled. I kept waiting for it to pick up pace only to...more
Jennifer
May 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: lovers of YA vampire fiction!
My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading this book! Brenda Pandos did a wonderful job creating a fresh and exciting new vampire world. I loved the characters in this story (good and evil) and the suspense had me turning pages way too late for a few nights! I found Julia (the main character) very interesting. She was an empath, meaning that she could sense and feel the emotions of those around her. Her gift definitely came in handy on more than one occasion in the book, but remained a secret to every...more
Tawni (The Book Worms)
The Emerald Talisman was definitely a great read, but I couldn't help but to feel a bit disappointed by the end. I do have to say that Brenda Pandos's writing is great and just got better as the book came to a close.

The story starts off with suspense and it never ends! Julia is attacked by a vampire, obviously an evil one, and she's utterly confused as to how someone was able to save her. I actually really loved Julia, she was sweet and knew how to get herself into some bad situations, but just...more
Elii Vela
4.5/5

Well, I'll say two things before the review: I really like the cover! And second, I was with the uncertainty of the meaning of the title, for most of the book, fortunately, it ultimately solves the mystery.

Julia is the main character in this novel, a teenager who has the rare gift of feeling the emotions of other people, something that I was hooked from the start, although I still have a little doubt how she got that ability...

The romance between Julia and Nicholas I liked. Although initial...more
Jada
The Emerald Talisman is a dark compelling read that revolves around Julia a normal teenager expect for the fact that she feel others emotions when there around her she lives with her widowing father and laid-back sweet brother Luke.Her life is altered permanently when she runs out of gas when shes coming home from her job and wanders into the dark woods in order to find a shorter way to get home there she feels the hunger of a viscous creature as she tries to run she trips and finds her self alm...more
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Ok first off I'm going to tell you I'm a bit biased in my review. I am a Northern California girl and the places that Brenda writes about in this book are close to my heart. As a child I went camping in Scott's Valley with my Grandparents in the redwoods and, I have spent many a spring break at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk along with downtown and the other beaches.
On to the review. I completely fell in love with Julia's character she reminded of myself back in high school which hardly ever h...more
BOOK BUTTERFLY
Book Opening:

"What kind of secret superpower would you want Julia?"
Startled out of my usual daydream I shifted my focus to Katie's chestnut-colored eyes, concerned about her choice of subject.

"Why? I asked, trying to sound natural. The Emerald Talisman (Volume 1)


Notable Scene:

"A crack of a tree limb and falling foliage forced me to open my eyes. A tree fell right above my head, frightened birds flew out of the leaves and a cackle of laughter echoed across the ravine – extreme happiness m...more
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Author Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband, two energetic boys, orange cat and eight chickens. She writes YA Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Post Zombie Apocalypse Dystopian books. Other than writing, she’s most likely trying some crazy thing she spotted on Pinterest. More than anything, she loves to hear from readers, so feel free to email or write on her facebook wall.

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“A crack of a tree limb and falling foliage forced me to open my eyes. A tree fell right above my head, frightened birds flew out of the leaves and a cackle of laughter echoed across the ravine – extreme happiness mingled with the loathing hate. Selfishly, I prayed the fight would end in my favor and quickly.
But then suddenly I heard something that sounded like a sizzling firework and felt someone’s surprise turned into fear… then nothing. The evil vanished. I breathed a sigh of relief too soon as the branch shifted in the earth next to me.
“Hurry!” I cried, but it was too late.
I screamed as I fell, knowing I was about to die.”
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