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Esme's Wish

(Esme Series #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  319 reviews
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something mo
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 30th 2017 by Odyssey Books
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Veronica ⭐️
Esme’s Wish is the debut novel and first in a series by Australian author Elizabeth Foster.

Esme’s mother had disappeared seven years ago, thought to have been lost at sea. Her father is now remarrying but Esme doesn’t believe the ‘lost at sea’ claim and while her father is away on his honeymoon she plans to do some investigating of her own.
While searching for clues about her mother’s disappearance Esme finds a doctor’s note about her mother’s headaches, delusions and talk of other worlds. Was he
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am going to review this as a children's book and give it four stars for being very nicely written with some good ideas, a bit of adventure, a classically evil bad guy and teenagers who are smarter than the adults.

I enjoyed the characters and the magic, especially the dragons. I always love a good dragon story but felt that the author wasted hers a little, basically just using them as a means of transport. Maybe in the next book she will let them be more significant.

Actually the next book will
Seven years prior, Esme’s mother had vanished, presumed lost at sea. Now her father was remarrying, and fifteen-year-old Esme’s heart fought against it. She didn’t like Penelope and her family – her dominance of her father, and herself made her squirm. But her father had moved on – if only Esme could as well.

When her father left for his honeymoon, Esme decided to continue her quest to find out what had happened to her mother. Ariane had been a beautiful spirit, and Esme missed her fiercely. She
C.G. Drews
This was such a lovely and delightful fantasy. I truly use the word delightful because that!! just sums up my feelings so well. It felt like old style YA; younger characters, focused on friendships, the good ol' trope of searching for missing parents, the whimsy and wonder of a wholesome magic system, and portals to other worlds! It also is set on an Island by the sea so that just made me personally happy because I adore the sea.

The story follows Esme as she refuses to give up on her missing mot
This is a middle grade book that is the first book in the Esme Series, and I am reading this book for Believathon II to fill the Poacher's Pocket Inn. The main character of this book is fifteen-year-old Esme Silver. The book is mainly about her uncovering secrets about her mother's disappears. I think this book is a good middle grade fantasy book, and I think young adults and adults will like it to. I picked it up because it said great for Harry Potter fans, but personal I do not think this book ...more
Dash fan
4☆ An Engrossing, Middle grade magical fantasy, I thoroughly enjoyed.

Esme’s Wish is the first book in a new middle grade magical fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story starts at a wedding.
Esme’s father Aaron, and his bride, Penelope have just gotten married despite Esme being completely against it.

You see Ariane is Esme's Biological Mother and she has been pronounced as mysteriously Lost at Sea.
Ariane vanished when Esme was eight, they told her that her mother had drowned, even though she
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Esme's Wish is a debut book and first in the Esme Series trilogy written by an Australian author, Elizabeth Foster. This fantasy work has based on an underwater city named Aeolia. A fifteen-year-old Esme felt something unusual at this father's second marriage. She tried to express herself but ignored by everyone. Esme lost her mother when she was little. No one knows the details of her disappearance. People assumed that she lost her mind, and Esme's father hide the truth from her.

But somehow Es
chloe ♡
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing tale about friendship, dragons and a beautiful world with big oceans and small islands. At first I thought Esme's Wish was a contemporary, and not a fantasy (remind me to check out the Goodreads summary before reading a book). I thought Ariane really went mad and that this was a book about mental health.

The author's writing is beautiful. She made me fall in love with a world I was totally unfamiliar with - Esperance. I looked up the word "Esperance" and oh my goodness it's so
Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Esme's Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster is a book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is a delightful and beautifully fanciful with magic and love. A young girl looks for her mother and is whisked into a alternative world with stores that have the craziest and most amazing things. It is a heart warming story of love between a mother and daughter. It's perfect for middle grade kids up to teens. ...more
Carolyn Denman
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya
Fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is heartbroken when her dad remarries, seven years after her mother, Ariane, has gone missing. While the newly-weds are away on their honeymoon, Esme realises that this is her last opportunity to delve into the mystery of her mother’s disappearance before she is forced to ‘put it all behind her’ and move on. She quickly uncovers a series of clues that had been kept from her as a young child, which lead her to a journey to a parallel world.
The world she discovers has
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars

Reading this for a group read was probably the only reason that I kept reading until the end. My initial reaction was that this was more of a children's book than for young adults. "Esmee" as the name is pronounced is a very young 15, sheltered and living at a lighthouse in what appears to be a very small town.

However, if you like dragons, which I do, and magic, which I do, then this is a fun book with lots of mystery and adventure and a good strong finish.
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Esme's Wish is a beautiful, vivid fantasy novel of one girl's journey into a magical world to find out what happened to her mother who had suddenly disappeared. The portrayal of magic in this book is enchanting and the descriptions made the fantasy world come to life. This is a story of adventure and friendship that takes place in a magical world.

The book moves kind of slowly, but that aspect didn't bother me. The layers o
D.M. Cameron
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually didn't read this. My good friend's 13 year old daughter did, and as you can see, she has given it five stars. Here is what she had to say - "Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster is an exciting book because it is unpredictable. It twists and turns and you never know what is going to happen next. Because of this, I didn't want to put it down. I always wanted to find out what would happen. The other thing I liked about it was the believability of the characters. I felt like I really got to kn ...more
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This is a fantastical ocean adventure sweeping readers into the depths of far away, magical places.

Esme's mother vanished when she was eight years old. Lost at sea and never found, they say, everyone has moved on it seems and accepted the unfortunate event, except Esme. Here it is, seven years later, the day of her father's wedding to Penelope, and she is the only soul at the ceremony who speaks her mind against it. Of course, who is to listen to a 15-year-old girl when there has been prejudice
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Wondering what this story is about? Here's a recent review by Compass Book Ratings.

'The author paints a real world. In the theater of my mind, I could see the wonder of this land, feel the cool touch of the water on my toes, and hear the sweet song of the Sirens. Although a little sad at first, it was easy to become submerged in this story. The author, Elizabeth Foster, hails from Australia and obviously has a passion for words. Her creative word building has produced a story that's a wonderful
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted the ebook, Esme's Wish from the author in exchange for a honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative book about a girl aged 15, Esme, whom swims into another world to find out what happened to her Mum that disappeared some years ago (thought drowned by some). This was actually triggered when Esme's Dad remarried, which is actually the introduction and beginning of the book.

In this book you will discover, a fantasy world of dragons, Sygians and we also discover that Esme has
I love this novel, and honestly I am going to read it whenever I find myself sad and anxious about my place in the world - this novel took me to an amazing place and filled me with so much joy. I'd forgotten exactly what it felt like to be young - when I used to wish the mermaids would take me away, and something about this wonderful story took me right back to when imagination and dreams were real. ...more
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May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

Esme’s Wish is first in the series really sets its level of creativeness and inventiveness that blurb promises. Book is Middle Grade fantasy that can also enjoyed by YA readers. It was about lust for power vs love and doing a right thing for greater good and mainly about daughter-mother love with a struggle of teenage girl in finding
Nadia King
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sydney-sider, Elizabeth Foster charms readers with her delightful tale of magical fantasy in Esme’s Wish.

Esme’s Wish is the first in a fantasy trilogy for readers 10+.

The story is centred around fifteen-year-old Esme’s search for her missing mother, Ariane. Everyone but Esme has given up on finding Ariane who went missing at sea. Seven years on, Esme’s Dad has decided to remarry a horrid woman called Penelope. While her dad and Penelope are honeymooning, Esme makes a last ditch to find her mothe
Bookish Selkie
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esme’s Wish is a fantastic middle-grade fantasy. Since the day her mother was presumed lost at sea, Esme has never given up hope that her mother is alive. On a visit to the island where her mother was last seen, Esme accidentally swims through a portal. A magical world called Esperance awaits her. As Esme explores, she makes friends and retraces her mother’s steps. When an ominous danger threatens, Esme realizes that her search for her mother may be linked to saving Esperance.

The story begins w
Bibliophile Cat
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 3-star

- The cover is so pretty! It reminds me of a mellow summer, fresh, cool breezes and the sea. :)

- This is a portal fantasy!!!!! Which is, like, my favorite thing ever going all the way back to Through the Looking Glass (aka, one of my favorite books!!).

- The descriptions were so vivid, I could picture everything perfectly.

- The beginning of the book drew me in but I kind of started losing interest after Esme went through the portal? Which is odd because as I said, I love portal fanta
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Esme’s Wish is a delightful fantasy that captures the beauty of a watery, magical world, the trust of true friendship, and the strength of one girl’s loyalty to her mother.

Esme longs to discover what happened to her mother, who disappeared several years ago. Everyone else, including her father, have moved on, but for Esme, the unanswered questions plague her. Until, in her search, she finds herself magically transported to the world of Aeolia. There she discovers that her mother had an extra li
Marie McLean
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fifteen-year-old Esme’s mother disappeared at sea seven years ago and it seems she is the only one who is unable to move on. Her sense of hopelessness is amplified in the opening scene, with her father marring Penelope - a woman for whom she has developed a mutual dislike.

While her father is on honeymoon, Esme decides this is her last chance to investigate her mother’s disappearance, believing that others are covering up what really happened to her all those years ago.

She travels to the family’
Pocket Full of Pages
We would just like to say a very big thank you to the author of ‘Esme’s Wish’, Elizabeth Foster! Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us, offering us both the chance to receive a signed copy of her extraordinary novel along with two gorgeous bookmarks which we absolutely adore! We couldn’t wait to dive into this novel!

‘Esme’s Wish’ is the tale of a fifteen year old teenage girl, Esme Silver, who has witnessed the unbreakable boundary of which her father has crossed when choosing to rema
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her mother has gone missing and her father just remarried. Is seven years too long to still grasp onto the hope that Ariane will return? Or should Esme move on too and just accept that her mother met her fate and will never come home?

Esme’s Wish is a story of emotion, questions, and adventure. What begins as a mental breakdown with Esme coming to reason that everyone is likely right about her mom, then takes a sudden turn and launches her into a world lined with the hope that maybe, just maybe,
Brydie Wright
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Esme's Wish starts like any other realistic YA fiction: - with a troubled teen in the real-world, railing at the powerlessness of her plight in the world of adults. There is clearly an element of mystery from the outset, with the strange disappearance of her mother but no immediate indication of any supernatural elements... Drawn in by a well-paced and relatable realism, the narrative takes a turn (unexpected, for me) towards fantasy but even so, it remains accessible. Esme finds herself in a re ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jenny Glover
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Esme’s Wish is a coming-of-age tale of a misfit who refuses to accept a 'truth' she’s told she has to believe and move on. Her rebellion sparks an adventure interwoven with mystery, magic, and astonishing self-discovery.
Elizabeth Foster’s characters ‒ human and otherwise ‒ are well-drawn, solidly real in their family tensions and peer struggles; so real that one particular character always conjured up the image of a young teen I used to know, who would have relished being cast in such a tale.
Jinghay (these.blank.pages)
Magic, mystery and dragons. Need I say more?! 🤩

This book was an absolute pleasure to read. Elizabeth Foster practically transported me to the world of Esperance with her beautifully descriptive writing and the suspense around Esme's mother KILLED me. I was so desperate to find out where her mother had gone (after disappearing for 7 years)!

Esme was such a strong and endearing character, and I can't wait to see what she'll do next in the sequel (Esme's gift). Not to mention, the cliffhanger itself
Megan Higginson
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book should come with a warning: DO NOT start reading before going to sleep when you have to get up early for work.

I found this book unputdownable (Not a word but the only way I can describe it). I loved the way Elizabeth paints a picture of everything in this new world that Esme finds herself in, to the clues to solve the mystery of Esme's mother's disappearance. I enjoyed how Elisabeth shows how Esme's wounds of the past and present effect how she treats people, including her new friends
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Elizabeth lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is hard at work on the third and final novel in the Esme series. Much of her inspiration comes from nature, especially the ocean. Her series, for kids aged 10–14, has been well-received by readers around the world. Esme's Wish was honoured with a Purple Dragonfly award, an award which recognizes excellence in children's literature. Esme’s Gift, the s ...more

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