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The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,831 Ratings  ·  405 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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Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Medium
Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Series, Book 1
By: C. J. Archer
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
This was a great mystery, ghost story, romance, and more! Our gal of the story is a medium in a time when mediums were everywhere and they finding out they were frauds. But our gal is real. As a teen, with only her older sister, they make a living helping people. One day a handsome man comes as a warning, a demon has be set free due to something her sister said while holding a cursed necklace. Of course
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
May 23, 2013 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
Well, apparently ghosts are corporeal.


Read for Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge - you guessed it, Ghost category

Series: Yea. And this one is a bit of a cliffhanger. As in no real HEA action. Forwarned is forearmed. I wish I had paid enough attention. But enough of that.

darn firefly

Sexy times: Not a one

Plan on reading more by the author: hmmmm

Emily is, again, you guessed it, medium. She can talk to ghosts and she spends her time entertaining society ladies with seances and helping ghosts cross over
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
3 stars ⭐⭐⭐

I’m not too sure my feelings on this book, it wasn’t terrible but it didn’t blow me away either.
The writing was good and I enjoyed the characters.
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
May 21, 2013 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
Dec 29, 2012 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
Evelyn Medina
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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
“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?
N.N. Light
I loved this book so much, I didn't want it to end! Engrossing, well-written story with fleshed out characters. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars
Sep 08, 2012 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
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
Mar 23, 2014 added it
Shelves: free

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
Ornella (Nyx)
Sep 23, 2012 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
Leona (readingwithleona)
I requested The  Medium  purely on what I hoped the story contents would hold, and I totally blame the synopsis for my imagination running wild. I am a serious sucker for ghosts, and necromancers and I guess it all stemmed from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series lol.

I've never listened to a Gemma Dawson narration since I am still a newbie to the audiobook world, but I can't help but shout it from the rooftops that she seriously did an amazing job with The Medium . Right off the bat I was
Sep 25, 2016 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
Kurt Chambers
Jun 07, 2016 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
Elizabeth Olson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015, sf-fantasy
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.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A combination of an victorian novel mixed with paranormal and a love between Emily (a medium) and Jacob (a ghost). By accident Celia and Emily let loose a demon when they have a seance. It seems that it has lossened with and amulet and a spell. Jacob job is to help Emily cast the demon back in to the underworld. It is an entertaining book. The timelines are well put down only the characters and Londen in 1882/3 is not well portraited to my taste.
Carly Compass
Rather a sleepy little story.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book suffers from what I always fear in my own writing - a great idea that isn't quite fleshed out enough. I loved the concept of this book, but I felt like it needed more.. more description, more time for the development of the story and, especially, more time for evolution of the romance. This story feels rushed, which is a shame because the ideas were so good!

I think a good editor or even just a reader could have helped the author with suggestions that would have helped so much!
Oct 29, 2013 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 18, 2013 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
Valentina Markasović
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 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 14, 2012 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
Anita Moll
"Stop being so.... male!"

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The writing is ok... but the characters and dialogues are abysmal.... they really are, the lack any real meaning or depth, and I have now idea how I stuck with it so long. The mystery isn't even that interesting, I was hoping for a good book about Victorian Era paranormal investigation, but I was seriously disappointed.

If you're used to good books and enjoy victorian era paranormal investigation, chuck this, and try the lockwood and co series by Jonathan Stroud, much
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
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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.

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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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