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Essence

(The Essence Chronicles #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  86 reviews
When Abbey Shader is summoned to Ethra, a land where human qualities roam free in flesh known as Essences, her life and the universe as she knows it splits open before her.
With the expansive secrets of humanity at her fingertips, Abbey’s strength of will and heart are put to a test no amount of time or meticulous study could have prepared her for.
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Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published June 22nd 2018
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Chiara
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 5-stars
It’s safe to say that Essence quickly became one of my favorite summer reads! It is the story of Abbey, an ordinary teenage girl whose world is made up of her mom and her inseparable friends. But when a peculiar brooch transports her Ethra, a land where human qualities are called Essences and roam free in flesh that only she can see, Abbey learns that she is far from ordinary and that her world is much more complicated than she thinks. Torn between the desire to be reunited with her family and the dra ...more
Becky
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Hayley! 😁

This was a surprising read for me! I was approached by Hayley on Instagram to read Essence, it had such an interesting concept I decided to give it a go and I don’t regret it! The synopsis may have originally drawn me in but the plot, characters and writing kept me reading 💖

”Age equates to experience,” he says “Experience is knowledge. Knowledge is intellig/>
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Kayleigh
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essence follows Abbey, an average teenager stuck in choosing what she wants to do with her life, wishing there was something else.

When she finds a strange, beautiful brooch in her bedroom she’s unsure of where it came from and when she picks it up, she finds herself transported from the comfort and familiarity of Earth into the unbelievable world of Ethra where human qualities known as ‘Essences’ roam free in their own human form.
Things become more strange when she realises that she
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Chelsea
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so so much to Hailey for sending me this incredible story 🖤

It was so interesting! I would never have thought of plot like this one. The character were all so brilliant. I loved Belvinder and Zac! Abby was a great, strong character & I love it when a female lead is allowed to be afraid. Badass comes in all different forms 🖤

The only reason it didn’t get a 5/5 is (probably because of my own cluelessness) because I didn’t always understand all the explanations a
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Shannon (discoverelysian)
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review]



— ❝ There’s no point in dwelling on the things we can’t change. And even less point blaming ourselves for them.  ❞


Human qualities, like arrogance, honesty, and optimism, roam free in flesh in a place called Ethra. Abbey Shader is a girl with no plans of what she wants to be in the future. Suddenly her whole life changed and she found herself tangled in a world where impossible things exists and thi
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Soraia Ferreira
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Carol
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ESSENCE (The Essence Chronicles #1)


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💬: When Abbey Shader is summoned to Ethra, a land where human qualities roam free in flesh known as Essences, her life and the universe as she knows it splits open before her.With the expansive secrets of humanity at her fingertips, Abbey’s strength of will and heart are put to a test no amount of time or meticulous study could have prepared her for. Left to decide between the comfort of the familiar and the pote
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Tory Leigh
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it


“It takes faith to believe there’s no purpose to things, just as it takes faith to believe there is.”
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First off, I would like to thank the author of this novel, Hayley Gabrielle for sending me a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Essence follows the story of Abbey Shader, an eighteen-year-old girl from Melbourne, Australia who honestly has no idea what she wants to do with her life (relatable.) Somehow, she is summoned to Ethra, a land other than the Earth we know
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Alexandra Nae
(You can also find this review on my blog!)

The author gave me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review! The synopsis was intriguing, and the story was just enough to keep me on my toes.

The writing
The writing style was okay for me. There were some parts that did not entice me enough, but there were also scenes and lines that made me think about humanity and the world, and I really liked that. 

The characters
The characters were really interesting, especially the Essences. The author trul/>The/>The
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Airah Mary
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essence is the first book in the “The Essence Chronicles”.
When I read the synopsis of this book I really find it interesting.
“Human qualities roam free in flesh known as Essences”
Essence of Arrogance
Essence of Honesty
Essence of Optimism
Essence of Pessimism
Essence of Good
Essence of Evil

If you’ve watched Disney’s Inside Out you’ll meet Happy, Sad, Angry, Disgust and Fear. They act and only feel what they are supposed to be. That’s w
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Melanie
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essence by Hayley Gabrielle is a unique fantasy book set in a world adjacent to our own.

I gave this book 3.5/5 stars.

Abbey Shader is about to graduate and has no foreseeable direction for her future, that is until she is transported to a different world and told that she is to take the place of the last Melder in order to keep balance in both our world and this strange new one. Though disbelieving of the entire experience, Abbey is forced to see the truth to the world of Ethra as she journeys
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Reem
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I surprisingly really enjoyed reading this book, despite the very slow pace. My curiosity got the best of me and I found myself flying through the pages to see what will happen next.

The world, Ethra was enchanting and the characters were really likeable. I loved the aspect of the Essences, they were practically my favourite thing about the book. They reminded me a lot of the characters from the movie Inside Out, but of course there were huge differences.

I just wished there was a bigger plot. The endi
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Alex
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essence is a wonderfully told story. The dynamics between the characters were intresting and realistic. I rooted for them and felt their hope and anguish deeply. The plot was unique and pulled me in quickly. I needed to know this world inside and out. I needed to know how Abbey would choose. My only complaint about this story was that it was over to fast.
Cait - GoodeyReads
3.5 stars

BLOG || INSTA

AN INTERESTING CONCEPT.

This was interesting! I didn’t know quite what I would be getting into when I started this book. The author reached out and asked if I would like to review a copy and upon checking out Goodreads I accepted the offer because it did sound up my alley!

Do y’all remember the movie, Inside Out? With all of the girl’s emotions portrayed as actual creatures/people? THIS WAS THE BOOK FORM. The further I read and t/>AN
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Leo
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm telling you that the answers you're looking for won't be found by confining foreign truths to familiar moulds. The truth is much greater than anything you could possibly expect.


*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Actual rating: 1.5✮

When I first heard about this book I didn't know what to expect, the plot sounded like your typical YA novel but the setting had me intrigued: Essence follows the journey of Abbey Shader, an ordinary, science lover 18 year old who's trying/>Actual
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Madhu MaBookYard -
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Chiara & Virginia (tangledinstories)
“Experience is knowledge, yeah, but intelligence isn’t a result of knowledge. Intelligence is how you act upon what you know.”
—Essence by Hayley Gabrielle.

[🇮🇹Italian review down below⬇]

This ebook was kindly given to us from the author in exchange of an honest review.

The first thing I noticed reading this book is that the author’s style is fresh and sparkling, totally in line with the story and really easy to keep up with.
The MC, Abbey, is trying to
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Lisa (littlemeadowreads)
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.5/5 stars

First of all, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. Thank you so much to the author for the opportunity of reading this book. Always when I sent a book, I am afraid I will not enjoy it. I want my reviews to honest and a true summary of my feelings and thoughts during the reading experience, but I am also scared that I might hurt someone’s feelings. Fortunately for me, I enjoyed Essence – a lot! This book gave me butterflies in my stomach when I was reading it
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Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl)
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Initial Thoughts: This was a cute book that I wish I hadn't kept putting away for newer releases. The good thing about the book is that no matter how long I waited before picking it up again, I wasn't extra lost and that was nice. It was a simple read. Fun and interesting.

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Essence by Hayley Gabrielle
Rating: 3-3.5/5

I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest book review. Overall, it was a really cute book and I see on GR that there’s a sort of prequel (???) th
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Kaye
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Essence was a refreshing story in the fantasy genre leaning towards the mysteries of human emotions and characteristics, and its relation to the soul mixing up science and, as I interpret it, religion. There was this one scene that felt like a metaphor for Jesus' sacrifice to save humanity from the consequences of sin/evil deeds. If the author did it on purpose or was just coincidence, that I don't know. What I know was that, the concept of the story definitely pulled me in and got me swiping th ...more
Heather
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks
I wasn't sure what to expect from this read, but from reading the summary I knew it was right up my alley! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Essence and am excited to read the rest of the books in the series.

Essence follows a young woman named Abbey Shader as she is swept into a different realm, similar to our own. Abbey is definitely a likable character. She has some quirks, but I think that Hayley Gabrielle perfectly portrayed what it would be like if a normal girl woke up in a different world. I know/>
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Nad (wheresmybookboyfriend)
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essence follows a story of a girl called Abbey, whose world got turned upside down when she got swept away to a world called Ethra.

In Ethra, human qualities (both good and bad) roam free in flesh, in beings called the Essences. Ethra is connected to Earth, and the breath of these Essences will then mold humanity.

Abbey discovered that she was chosen to play a very important role in Ethra. She is a Melder, whose duty is to keep the balance of the good and bad essences.

With
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Julissa
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the fast pace of this read, it jumped right into the action. The writing style was brilliant, everthing flowed so smoothly. It was even poetic at times drawing me in further. The whole concept of the Essences is something I've never read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The world the author created was so magical. I was really impressed with how everything was practically painted for me through the authors writing. I especially appreciated all of the details, it made me fee
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Natt Okeeffe
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbb5
I was sent this book for reviewing. I didn’t know what to really expect and I went in blind. The main character is a very independent and sure about herself girl called Abbey Shader who lives a typical life with her divorced mother. One day unexpectedly she gets thrown into another work connected to Earth called Ethra where everything is different and there is magic. To control the word and have balance there are Essences ( Good, Evil, Optimism...). Together ok a long journey they help Abbey rea ...more
Sarah Ann
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of Essence from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, Hayley!

The book started off really slow but I really liked how everything was revealed. The world building in this was enchanting and there was such an interesting and unique concept of Essences which took up the form of human qualities of Good, Evil, Arrogance, Honesty, Optimism, and Pessimism. Each Essence was written so well and stuc
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Ariel Nicole
This was a fun, light-hearted read that kept me engaged throughout and intriged for the next one. I liked the parallels between Earth and its sister universe, Ethra, and the way the plot made subtle comments about humanity and society as a whole. I enjoyed the author's writing style, and think she has an amazing way of putting together words into beautifully written ideas, and I appreciate her thoughtfulness in each and every word. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I were younger (I ...more
Alex Pablico
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was beautifully unique and enchanting. This book was actually sent to me by Hayley Gabrielle for reviewing. I read the synopsis and I was very excited. It was a fresh story and different from today's civil war, futuristic, and monarchy themed stories. I really appreciate that Hayley Gabrielle put out a story which is truly fresh. I've encountered stories like these maybe when I was in high school (probably 7 years ago) but not quite like this. There is similarity in feel and mystical elemen ...more
Kiah McFarlane
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would give this book a 3.5 stars but I’m rounding up to 4 stars. I really enjoyed this book, the writing is simple and easy to read definitely at the teenage/young adult level. I loved the various characters and there were a quite few moments I found myself smiling while reading. Being from Melbourne myself it was entertaining to read a book with a protagonist from my area, there were quite a few cultural references that I enjoyed. I love to support local authors and I’m looking forward to rea ...more
Allie
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I want to thank the author for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was sooo good!!! I gave it 4 stars because the beginning was a little slow, but once things started to happen it was so interesting and I couldn't put it down.
I loved the concept of Essences and each one of them was written so well and really stayed true to their nature. The interactions between them were also hilarious and fun to read.
I should also mention Zac aka the perfect boy, please be real and ta
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SammmReads
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essence is an incredible fantasy story that dives into a world of separate essences. The essences need to remained balanced for the worlds to coexist properly. One day Abbey is swept into this other world and goes on a journey that will change her life forever.

This is an incredibly unique story. The characters are all so incredibly likable, well most of them, and well rounded. This book moves at a great pace, constantly keeping your attention, and keeps you wanting to know what will happen next
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