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The Sapphire Talisman (Talisman #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,368 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
With the local vampire coven decimated, Julia and Nicholas try to begin a somewhat normal life together. Bound by secrecy from a shape shifter determined to see Julia’s world-saving prediction come to fruition, Julia isn’t allowed to tell Nicholas the leader survived, ransacking her happiness with guilt. When Alora returns, bent on revenge, the reunion forces Nicholas and ...more
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Published December 15th 2010 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing (first published December 14th 2010)
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Nov 16, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Sapphire Talisman was an enthralling and fast paced follow up to the fantastic The Emerald Talisman. The ending of The Emerald Talisman left me very anxious to find out what happened to Julia, Nicholas, and the other characters and The Sapphire Talisman did not disappoint.

Julia is a great main character. While at first she is a bit too clingy to Nicholas she matures a lot in this novel and learns to stand on her own two feet. She also opens up to Nicholas and shares more of her secrets. I li
Jennifer Lane
Jan 16, 2011 Jennifer Lane rated it really liked it
I was quite excited to win this book as a first reader on Goodreads! The Emerald Talisman introduced Julia Parker, a 16 year-old empath who becomes involved with vampires—-some good, some not so good. The Sapphire Talisman extends this complexity of the “bad guy” characters by really messing with the reader. My favorite part of the story was how Brenda Pandos manipulated my loyalty to Julia’s love interests by creating layered characters facing vexing challenges.

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Nov 25, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
In a Sentence: The Sapphire Talisman is an improvement over its predecessor and gives hope for an even more promising third book.

My Thoughts

Thanks to the author for providing a review copy!

Like I mentioned in my review of The Emerald Talisman, I wasn't all that impressed with the first book in the series. As I'm sure many of you have experienced, it's sometimes difficult to continue with a series that had trouble holding your interest, but I'm a big fan of second chances, so I thought I'd giv
Nov 04, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
The Sapphire Talisman is a strong followup to The Emerald Talisman. When I finished The Emerald Talisman I wanted so much more Julia and Nicholas and I got my wish. I had a hard time putting down The Sapphire Talisman and Brenda Pandos has once again left me dying for the next book.

Julia Parker's life has been a lot easier with the vampire coven gone from her hometown. She and her boyfriend Nicholas finally have some time together but it doesn't last long. Alora is back and meaner than ever. Jul
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Ok where to start without spoiling anything as always I loved the setings in the book seing as I know exactly where they are and Brenda even threw a little bit of Los Angeles in this one which I am very familiar with also.

The Sapphire Talisman picks up pretty much where Emerald ended. The Vampires are gone and Julia and Nicholas think they can live a normal life now. What Nicholas doesnt know is Julia has a secret she's keeping to try and protect him. She's taken over as the protecter in this bo
Nov 28, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
After reading The Emerald Talisman, I've been eagerly awaiting The Sapphire Talisman, the sequel, because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next to Julia and Nicholas. Thankfully, when I finally did get the chance to read The Sapphire Talisman, it turned out to be everything I was expecting and even more. It was seriously even better than its prequel, something that doesn't usually happen that often in series.

The Sapphire Talisman continues shortly after The Emerald Talisman left off. Ju
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Nov 04, 2010 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it it was amazing
The Sapphire Talisman was an enticing and compelling follow up to The Emerald Talisman. Brenda's flow of writing has developed since the first book. Her artistic potential and storytelling skills succeeded in formulating a wondrous continuation. The unexpected plot twists and defined characters helped me once again get lost in Brenda's creativity. This time around, Nicholas and Julia switched roles. Instead of Nicholas protecting her, Julia turned into a feisty and courageous young lady. In the ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
Dec 01, 2010 Once Upon a Twilight rated it really liked it
We begin here where The Emerald Talisman left off. Brenda made this one a roller coaster ride from the beginning to the end. As a sequel I think it did a great job following the 1st book. It continues to give us a story that has not been written before in the Vampire world. The characters are well written. Honestly my favorite character is one of the supporting character. I still enjoy the main characters but the way Brenda writes this supporting character you just have to love him.

Nicholas sho
Lisa Sanchez
Dec 22, 2010 Lisa Sanchez rated it really liked it
The Sapphire Talisman, by Brenda Pandos was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The sequel to The Emerald Talisman, TST started with a bang and ended on the same note.

Several surprises are revealed throughout, so I'm going to keep my review short and sweet to avoid spoiling anything. Brenda Pandos has a delightful YA voice, and did a fabulous job capturing the ins and outs of a high school girl with extra sensory powers and a half vamp boyfriend. The relationships between Julia and her friends were bel
Laura Kreitzer
Dec 08, 2010 Laura Kreitzer rated it it was amazing
The thought of her locked up in the science lab all weekend seemed funny.—Julia in The Sapphire Talisman by Brenda Pandos.

The Sapphire Talisman is book two in the Talisman Series and what a breath of fresh air it is! Pandos moves forward instead of back when it comes to her writing style. It’s obvious she’s matured and grown along with her main character, Julia. In this book we see the relationship between Julia and Nicholas grow, which was needed after their quick love story in The Emerald Tali
Dec 18, 2010 Nana rated it really liked it
My General Rating: 3.5


If you thought the story’s over, think again … The Sapphire Talisman brings in a new chapter in the story of Julia and her adored torment, the mysterious half vampire; Nicholas. The presentation begins where its predecessor ends: The Emerald Talisman. Julia and Nicholas try to recover from the occurred situations while their relationship explored new areas, however, with few time gone by they see themselves involved in a new conflict, p
May 17, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves YA, Vampires, and Paranormal stuffs!
Recommended to Kate by: Brenda Pandos
Shelves: 2011
Reader beware, this may have a "spoilery" hint or two!

When delving into the works of a “New To Me” author and series, I try to avoid any spoilery reviews or excerpts that may share too much information about what is to come. It’s this habit that helps to keep me intrigued and eager to find out what happens next! Needless to say, I was in for a few surprises with The Sapphire Talisman by Brenda Pandos!

One such surprise occurred when it was finally revealed to me why there are “Team Phil” badges f
Aug 04, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
This one of those great Kindle published books. Give them a try , they compete well with the big publisher series and a fraction of the cost. I have really enjoyed the first two and can't wait for the third!

This book continues the story of Nicolas and Julia. It brings back characters thought lost in the first book which added an interesting amount of tension. I also like that we know more about everyone's past especially the ""cat, as I always found her an interesting little tidbit.

Not too long
Jan 28, 2015 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I really love the story even though so much bad happens. The flow and energy of the book keeps me reading. I stayed up until 4am to finish and got about 100 pages into the third one.
I love that although it is vampires it feels different. Julia has the ability to feel peoples emotions which can hurt in her turn but I think also really cool gift to have. I really liked Julia's grandmother as well. It brought a little light to the story.
I wanted to see more of Nicholas's dad.
Stacy Sabala
Sep 30, 2014 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Book Review-The Sapphire Talisman by Brenda Pandos

Julia is in possession of the talisman for protection. The coven was destroyed, so she and Nicholas have received a reprieve. They have had time to get to know one another better. However, Julia is afraid of the information she withheld from Nicholas. She knows it will blow up in her face eventually.
She talks him into taking her to LA when he goes. While there she meets Henry and sees Nicholas’ father. Their love for each other continues to grow
Sarita Lopez
Mar 02, 2014 Sarita Lopez rated it really liked it
Book one of the Talisman series, the Emerald Talisman, was an easy, fast-pasted read. The characters develop quickly and are all easy to relate to. But once I was finished with book one, I couldn't get my hands on book 2, The Sapphire Talisman, fast enough. Luckily, I already had it; and it did NOT disappoint.

Lies, threats, disappearances, romantic encounters. I love the reappearance of a very unexpected person and the changes that take place within him (or her) self. The twists and turns that
Jun 03, 2011 Shari rated it really liked it
Ahhh *sigh* can't believe have to wait til November for the next book....I want to see how it ends!!!!! Great book. This is a thrilling, delicious, delightful and fun vampire series that will consume you as soon as you sink your teeth in!
Dec 09, 2015 Rhyann rated it it was amazing
The follow on to The Emerald Talisman, it was just as amazing! I loved every minute just like the last book and anyone who understands how to really get into a story will love it!
The romance between Nicholas and Julia is breath taking and the story behind it all is just as amazing. Nicholas is just beyond cool and I really like his car. Just saying. Anyway I loved this book, and the twists and turns just keep revving up as you get further and further into the story. All you have to do is read an
Jul 06, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVED this book!!! I loved the character development and it got a lot better in the second book. Love Nicholas!! I hope there is another one on the way...need to check it out now!
Kristie Cook
Jun 18, 2011 Kristie Cook rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one and can't wait for the final book.
Kristi-The Book Faery
Mar 18, 2011 Kristi-The Book Faery rated it really liked it
It was a nice light read that I enjoyed. Review to come
Haley Keller
May 20, 2013 Haley Keller rated it it was amazing
Sequels usually get a bad reputation, but I honestly liked this one even more than the first in the series. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but I think it had a lot to do with the plot. I found this book a lot more suspenseful, and I was more invested in what was happening to the characters. I also grew a lot more attached to the characters in this book. While I liked both Julia and Nicholas in the first book, I grew to love them even more in this one. Their relationship was the same for me. ...more
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Jan 14, 2011 Page (One Book At A Time) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I wasn't really invested in The Emerald Talisman. It was good, but felt like it had been done before. I picked up this one with no real idea if it could be better than the first. I'm happy to say that it was!
I liked Julia a lot more in this installment. She's risking more both for Nicholas and her friends and family. I understand the secrecy and sneaking out, but I could tell how heavy in weighted on her lying to her dad all the time. I enjoyed her bantering with Scarlett. I think they try to pl
Jan 11, 2011 LeNore rated it really liked it
This was better written than the first book. There was no initial choppiness or discordance. My middle school students who are fans of Urban Fantasy will love this book. I am happy to be able to give it to them because the male characters, when they are good, treat women respectfully. I hate that so many of YA fantasy books have male characters that are awful and emotionally abusive to their female counterparts while the author writes how attractive this quality is. Blah! These books are written ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
I love the Talisman series. Brenda brings a fresh new look to vampire mythology. I liked how Julia was relatable. I think everyone could find something inside themselves that they would also find in Julia. The suspense during the novels just kept me wanting to read and it almost hurt to put the books down. I like Nicholas character he was sweet and protective, something that I like in guy characters.
The action is both novels were awesome! The fights scenes were easy to visualize and I found mys
Jul 20, 2011 Zareen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
That ending... <3

I'll start at the beginning, though. The Sapphire Talisman picks up right around where The Emerald Talisman ended, so if you haven't read TET yet, what are you waiting for?! Quit staring at my review and go pick it up. :P

Everything was going just fine for Julia and Nicholas...and then the vampires returned. A shocking secret about Nicholas's past is revealed, and his relationship with Julia dramatically starts going downhill. Luckily for Julia, she has a few surprise friends
Anna  Tee (The Bursting Bookshelf)
After enjoying the first book of the series as much as I did, I began the second I could. All I can say is wow, that was even better than the first! Character-wise, I found myself enjoying this book even more than the first. Julia seemed more well rounded this time, focusing on herself as well as the well being of her friends and family. She also was able to shift her sights from Nicholas to others when things went darkly. I greatly enjoyed the secondary characters, they were all unique in their ...more
NightlyReading Heather
Dec 16, 2011 NightlyReading Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I must start off by saying that I HEART PHIL!!! I was not so sure about him in book one, but now, I am so hoping that Julia will end up with him!

This story picks up with Nick out fighting ordinary crime like some super hero. He leaves the thieves tied up and tips off the police. This is all just while he is waiting for the vampires to start another attack. Julia’s aunt has her baby, a little girl! Her and Nick’s relationship is going along great until one night, Julia sees Enigma and finds out t
Dec 31, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
The Sapphire Talisman was a fabulous sequel to this paranormal tale. In The Emerald Talisman we are introduced to Julia and her brush-ins with the paranormal. The Sapphire Talisman takes this up a bit and we get to see how Julia is dealing with the changes in her life. She is getting more comfortable with Nicholas as they try to have the most normal relationship they can under their less-than-normal circumstances.

Pretty soon things drastically change and Julia is faced with evil again as her fri
Jan 01, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
Before I start in on the book, I want to start with the cover. GORGEOUS! A breathtaking shade of blue dominates, and the talisman is just beautiful. I’m not as keen on the back cover, which I’m guessing is supposed to be a representation of Alora, but that’s OK. It’s the front cover that often will draw me into a book. Or at least pique my interest to something I hadn’t before seen. And the front cover truly is gorgeous.

The story itself was good, but not as good as The Emerald Talisman. The good
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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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