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The Emerald Talisman (Talisman #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,726 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
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
Feb 26, 2012 Mia Cipriano rated it did not like it
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
M.L. Chesley
Oct 23, 2011 M.L. Chesley rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Lane
May 16, 2013 Jennifer Lane rated it really liked it
“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
Jun 10, 2011 Annie rated it did not like it
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
Inspired Kathy
Jan 13, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The Emerald Talisman had been on my to read list for a couple of years now. It’s a long list of hundreds of books I want to read but never find the time. Thankfully Brenda recently released the book as an audio and I was able to sign up for the blog tour.
I’m a huge audio book fan. I listen to them often and usually the audio books I listen to are ones that have been on my to read list for too long and end up being books I really enjoy. The Emerald Talisman was no exception. I’m grateful I finall
Dec 13, 2010 Nana rated it really liked it
My General Rating: 3.5


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
Oct 29, 2010 Nic rated it really liked it
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
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
May 04, 2010 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it it was amazing
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
Cynthia Cene
Jan 26, 2011 Cynthia Cene rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2011 Dwayne rated it did not like it
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
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Jan 16, 2012 Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, 2012, fun-series
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
Jun 08, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2016 Claire rated it did not like it
I got this free from Amazon several years ago. I recently found it on my to-read list and thought I'd give it a try. I do believe it is still free.

Julia, is a high school student in the Los Angeles area. She lives with her older brother and father. Julia's mother disappeared many years ago. There is a lot of mystery that surrounds her disappearance but it's a taboo subject, so no one in the family talks about it.

After her car breaks down, she decides to travel through the woods to get home, rat
Nov 18, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2010
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
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
Wicked Walker
Nov 16, 2010 Wicked Walker rated it it was amazing
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'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
Jul 23, 2012 Mandi rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
I'm sorry I tried. I tried sooo hard because this book had a lot of good reviews. i got halfway through this book and then i couldn't any more.
I mean the main character, Julia (STOP CRYIN ALREADY!!! SHEESH) she's so whiny, and clingy ( even though she always meets the 'love' interest for about 1 hour at most.) Any one who is able to feel others' emotions should be ready to deal with any situation or at least that's how I feel. I couldn't really connect with her even though we are the same age!!
Lisa Langdale
Jul 21, 2010 Lisa Langdale rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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!

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Mar 13, 2016 Priscilla rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-ebooks
Usually I am a sucker for these kinds of books. Girl meets boy, boy saves girls life, boy reveals he's supernatural, evil forces keeping them apart etc. etc. I read the Twilight Saga and I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed it. So when I downloaded the Emerald Talisman, I didnt have some wild expectations, but I anticipated a quick enjoyable read. Instead what I got was annoying, whiny characters, a flat romance, and an incredibly shallow main character. Julia is a teenager living in Califor ...more
Heather A
This was one of the first freebies I picked up for my Kindle a couple of years ago. I have so many freebies I got and have never got round to reading them, so I now have a policy if I can make it past the first 10-15% its a keeper. Review will contain some ranty spoilers.

The first 10-15% wasn't actually that bad. The main character was as dull as dry toast but the writing was okay, no obvious glaring typos or anything. Then after that it rapidly went down hill. It had the biggest YA cliche of al
Abra Ebner
Apr 12, 2010 Abra Ebner rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2011 Kristie Cook rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 28, 2011 Marsha rated it it was ok
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
May 13, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 27, 2013 Jenn rated it did not like it
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
Aug 01, 2010 Maura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
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
Jul 26, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
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
May 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
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The Free Book Cha...: The Emerald Talisman, by Brenda Pandos 4 15 Dec 02, 2012 06:55PM  
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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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Other Books in the Series

Talisman (5 books)
  • The Sapphire Talisman (Talisman, #2)
  • The Onyx Talisman (Talisman, #3)
  • Out for Blood (Talisman #3.5)
  • Blood Wars: Book 4 (The Talisman Series)

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