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Esme's Gift

(Esme Series #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water's mercy.

In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift – the power to observe the past – and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.

In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esp
Paperback, 266 pages
Published November 30th 2019 by Odyssey Books
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This is a middle grade book. It is the 2nd book in the Esme Series. I have to say I liked this one better then the first one, but I still did not love it. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (*)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Esme's Gift takes up Esme's story from where we left off in book one. It was a real pleasure to return to Aeolia and meet up with old friends and new ones as well. Plus there were dragons! Lots of them with real characters and even the hatching of a baby one. I always enjoy a good dragon story.

In this second book Esme is searching for a cure for her mother's sickness and it develops into a quest for all the separate ingredients which are needed to make up a potion. There are many exciting moment
Fifteen-year-old Esme Silver’s shock was great when she saw the condition her beloved father was in. She also felt the menace and vindictiveness of her father’s new wife and her sister. Esme had been away for some time – now she knew her father didn’t believe her, and she was in danger of being institutionalized if she remained, so with a heavy heart she returned to the magical world she’d just arrived from – Aeolia.

Her good friends, Daniel and Lillian helped Esme enroll in her new school, which
C.G. Drews
I dove into this one straight after reading Esme's Wish, and it was like being immediately engulfed back in a world of soft whimsy and wonder. This time we have MAGIC SCHOOL and if you crave stories with friendship groups and interesting side characters, magical creatures, mysteries to solve, and elixrs to make -- this one is for you.

The sequel takes off directly after book one ends. Esme comes back to her world to convince her father of Aeolia's existence and her mother's magical coma, but of c
Dash fan
4☆ An Enchanting and Endearing YA Fantasy Read.

Esme’s Gift is the second book in the series and I think it best read in order as there is backstory that carries through where book 1 left off.

I don't want to go into too much detail about the plot incase you haven't yet read the first book, I don't want to give anything away!

Esme is back in Aeolia searching for answers and a cure to help her mum.

She also learns more about her special gift and how to Control her Magical Ability and use it to her ad
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ellen Read
Recommended to paulinereidbookreviewer by: Ellen Read
Book Review by Pauline Reid 🌊 Esme's Gift by Elizabeth Foster
What This Book Is About
This is a continuation of book 1 (Esme's Wish). Esme's Gift is about a fifteen year old girl, Esme, who has found her mother and her mother is alive, but in a trance, her gift has been tampered with. We are now in Pierpont where Esme has found out that she is about to start college along with other friends. This is of another world where Esme's school mates all have a gift, which some have trouble controlling. T
Erika Sarutobi
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely much better than the first book and the story is much sturdier too. The issue of things being solved conveniently is still present but not as much as before as well as the characters being there but not speaking. New characters are introduced and the prospect of romance being in the next book thrills me. One thing I can’t forgive in this book is how stupid Mare was in dealing with Esme and the water.

The beginning of the book starts with Esme going back to Picton and I loved the suspen
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esme's Gift was the perfect followup to the first novel! I had to go back and skim to remember what happened but book 2 also summarized a tiny bit to help us along.

There was so much wonderful magic in this book. My favorites were all the ghosts, the baby dragon sneezing sparks, Kendra, and the reunion at the end. It was so fast paced.

I almost wonder if there will be a book 3, I wonder what happened to Seth.

I just love the characters and the writing style and the editing, it's a perfect middle gr
Veronica ⭐️
Esme’s Gift carries straight on from Esme’s Wish. Esme returns home to try and convince her father to return to Aeolia with her. Fearing for her mental health he makes an appointment with a psychiatrist. Esme flees to Aeolia in a last bid effort to save her mother.

I really enjoyed Esme’s Wish and the second book in the trilogy didn’t disappoint.
Esme joins again with friends, Lillian and Daniel, on a dangerous quest to find the rare ingredients for an elix
Amie's Book Reviews
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ESME'S GIFT is the perfect book to sit, and read right now. You can immerse yourself in the unforgettable world of. Esperance.

Currently, our entire world is on 'pause.' The Coronavirus dubbed Covid19 has caused a worldwide phenomenon called "Social Distancing.' Health authorities all over the planet are asking (or demanding) people stay home to avoid catching and/or spreading the virus. The one good thing that has happened because of Covid19, is that we now have the time to read those books tha
4.5 stars

Although this is a fantasy book with dragons and other fantastical creatures/monsters, the focus of this story is more on Esme and her search for the ingredients fo a possible cure for her mother. And it does not disappoint in that respect. After the restoration of the pearl to the city (first book), Esme's friends and classmates start to discover their gifts, which all play different roles in this episode. We also find out more about Esme's Gift (which is the same as her mother's) and
Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)

A HUGE thanks to Elizabeth Foster for sending me a review ecopy of the second book of this wonderful trilogy!

I am so exhausted so a full review will come later but for now you’ll have to be content with me screaming at you all how much I love this series, and how I loved the sequel even more!


Bring on book 3!


I already loved Esme's Wish, and we all know sequels have a terrible reputation; The Middle Book Syndrome. Well, I can safely and gladly say this
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Esme's Gift

Esme’s mother lies in a coma. The only way to wake her is to make a magical elixir, but using it comes with a high cost. If it isn’t mixed correctly, Esme may lose her mother forever. Esme must master her gift to look back in time to save her mother. She must find all the ingredients as she races against the clock. But gifts are running wild now that the balance of Esperance has been restored. And there’s a new boy in town that brings
Mawson Bear
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
'A parade of craft cruised the lagoon: gilt-edged ferries and gondolas in jewel-like colours - dazzling blues, crimsons, emerald greens. Sea dragons looped above the rooftops, twisting their sinuous forms ... . Esme's Gift Ch. 3.'

Oh dear, our world is not in its finest shape right now, is it. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be elsewhere. Fortunately, I have to hand Esme's Gift, the sequel to Esme's Wish, and I can plunge once more into another world and see again the towers of the city of Esperance
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Esme's Gift continues Esme's wish after she decides to resurface to her village and ask her father to accompany her to Aolia.

As Esme struggles through her relationship with her father , school and getting remedy for her mom , Esme's Gift continues to shine the importance of friendship.

I read Esme's wish through Booksirens because it promised dragons , Atlantis-like-cities , mermaids , sirens + worldbuilding with unique abilities.

I dove into the book without much expectations and except for a fe
Vicki Antipodean Bookclub
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Huge thanks to @elizabethfoster_ for sending me the second novel in the Esme trilogy. I read Esme’s Wish at the end of 2018 and have been wanting to return to Aeolia and the city of Esperance ever since. Fifteen-year-old Esme is trying to master her newfound Gift, the ability to focus on the past through contact with water. Now living in Esperance, she starts at Pierspont college together with a class of other teens whose uncontrolled Gifts are also starting to emerge often with disastrously com ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here's an excerpt from a review by Readers' Favorite.

Esme's Gift explores a grittier, darker, and at times more beautiful Aeolia. Elizabeth Foster's strong world-building cultivates a story that's even more mysterious and layered than Esme's first swim into Aeolia. While a thriller element is woven into the fantasy plot in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat at times, where the book really stands out is in the characters.

Upping the action a bit from the first book, Esme, Daniel, and Lill
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. I love how strong Esme is and how loyal her friends are. All the magical characters and creatures are very intriguing.
The characters are well-developed and their emotions are easy to feel.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
It is a great story for young adults as well as adult readers.
Simoné Eloff
ARC received via BookSirens in exchange for my honest review.

This is a bit of a difficult review. As the second book in the Esme Series, the expectation for Esme's Gift is that it would ramp up what the first book laid the foundation for, and while it did so in some ways, it fell short in others.

On the plus side, I could see definite growth for Esme and the side characters, and this installment felt less of a midpoint between middle grade and YA fiction than the first one, with both feet now pla
Andd Becker
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Two of the trilogy sends 15-year-old Esme to a land of enchantment, where she uses her unique Gift and embarks on a quest. The author's lyrical writing meshes with the fantasy theme. Events move fast, and the dialogue is brisk. The book has a satisfying ending.

For full enjoyment, YA readers can develop the habit of looking up definitions of words. They can become familiar with cenotaph, chimera, miasma, pangolin, and quoll. Insentient and vertiginous. Scylla and Charybdis.

I received an adva
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Prism Book Tours for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Esme's Gift is the second book in the Esme series. This book was so much fun, and I loved reading this. Getting lost in the parallel world of Aeolia was exciting and intriguing. I wanted to see how the series continued from Esme's Wish. It didn't disap
Bookish Selkie
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esme’s Gift is the sequel to Esme’s Wish, a delightful middle-grade fantasy series. Esme has been reunited with her mother at last, but her adventures in Esperance are far from over. Not only does she have to convince her father that Esperance exists and attend magic school, Esme must also go on a dangerous quest to help her mother wake up. This story has a little bit of everything, from magic school, friendship, to dragons!

Esme, Lillian, and Daniel come into their gifts and work together as th
Sarah Fairbairn
Esme’s Gift follows 16-year-old Esme as she and her friends travel around Aeolia tracking down ingredients for a magical elixir to try and save her mother. We see Esme’s gift (magical ability) develop further and she her learn to control it just in time. Esme and her friends all must use their varied gifts to figure out the correct ingredients for the elixir, collect them and outsmart the bad guy.

There was even more dragon riding in this the second book and who doesn’t love a story that involves
Shelley Nolan
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page I fell back into the wonderful world of Aeolia and was eagerly watching on as Esme fought to save her mother. The tiny details added depth to the story, like a school library on the pier that used old boats as shelves and the Winter Parade that helped bring the water city of Esperance to life in full technicolour. Filled with well rounded characters, it drew me in and left me wanting more. I loved Esme and her determination to do whatever it took to save her mother from a Gif ...more
Renee Mihulka
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-i-know
In this exciting sequel to Esme's Wish, Esme decides to return to Aeolia and leave her Dad to his fate. As she tries to fit into Aeolian life by going to school and mastering her own Gift she also sets off on a quest to find ingredients for an elixir that will help her mother Ariane wake from the trance she has fallen into. Her trusted friends Lillian and Daniel are, as always, beside her but we also meet some new friends with some pretty cool Gifts!
I really enjoyed this sequel, the story was we
Tara Higgins
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will not include the synopsis of the book considering most of the other reviews reiterate the GoodReads description.

The opportunity to read Esme’s Wish and Esme’s Gift one after another is something for which I am grateful! Esme’s Wish introduced Esme’s and us to magic while Esme’s Gift dove deep into the the magical world with deeper understanding of “gifts,” time travel, an evil scientist, sorcerers, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed more explanation and role of the dragons in this book and rea
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From dragons diving into volcaneos, Esme and her friends portalling out of art class and deep under water adventures, Esme’s gift is quite simply a thrilling and exciting read. I especially loved the magical venetian atmosphere of Esperance, which is expressed via vivid descriptions sprinkled throughout the story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys being taken away to a beautifully creative fantasy world coupled with an equally as creative magic system all backed up by a fascinating gang of cha ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was super fortunate to be able to read an advanced reader copy for the second book in this series. Esme's Gift took me for an absolutely amazing ride! I was so enthralled with the book, that on my way home from work, I actually missed my train stop! The world and character development is so well balanced and you are getting the full picture throughout! Even though this is a fantasy, the reactions are so realistic and well thought out! I highly recommend this series! Well done! ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Esme’s Gift is much more action packed than its successor, Esme’s Wish, but still doesn’t lose the enchanting feel. Fans of Harry Potter will love this book for its similar themes. More of the magical city of Esperance is described in detail and just makes you yearn to live there! The genuine friendship of the characters make this book a satisfying read, and hints at romance in the next book. The conclusion of the trilogy will be greatly anticipated!
I received an ARC from the author
Julian Barr
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book and couldn't put it down! It takes everything that was great about book 1 and makes it better. With a well developed whimisical world and heroes you can cheer for, this series has more than earned its place alongside Nevermoor. ...more
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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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