Friday, May 20, 2011

Review of The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

Title: The Emerald Talisman

Series: Talisman
The Emerald TalismanAuthor: Brenda Pandos
Release date: 24th of March 2010
Published by: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Reading level: FICTION – YA, Paranormal
Pages: 280 in Paperback
Source:, Kindle for PC

Summary from Goodreads:

To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.

I really liked this book! The Emerald Talisman is the first book in YA Talisman series. Since I was reading it on Kindle for PC, and had some troubles with my computer, I couldn’t read it as quickly as I wanted to. When I finally got these problems fixed, reading went quickly.

Regarding the plot:

I liked the plot! It wasn’t something extraordinary new, but there were twists and turns, which I really enjoyed. One of them was the talisman itself, even though the secret of the title was revealed towards the end of the book. I liked what the talisman could do and now I’m looking really forward to see the characteristics of other talismans in the coming books.

Both beginning and the end of the book captivated me. I liked how the author was starting with the dialog between Julie and her friends about what kind of superpowers they would like to have. It was really good and fun start for the YA paranormal novel. It caught with lot of questions – which paranormal aspects will I meet in this book; what can Julie do with her ability?

It got interesting when Julie has her first meeting with Nicholas. (By the way, I love that name!). After the scene in the forest I wasn’t still sure who exactly Nicholas is and I was curious to find out who he was.

I enjoyed that the author introduced Phil, especially the discussion what Phil and Julie had on the beach before Phil was changed.

The end of the book also laid down a lot of expectations the next book. Who is Alora and what does she want from Nicholas? Who is the mysterious cat actually and what is her purpose in the book? Why is Julie so important ad what is her role actually and why would she need to save Nicholas?

It was a very good starting book for the series. You got the overview of the characters, little bit about who they are and a picture of what kind of paranormal activities you can expect from the coming books.

Regarding the characters:

I liked Julie. She was sweet and feisty. Her relationship with Nicholas was genuinely sweet in my opinion and I loved that their relationship was written in a quite slow pace, the author did not rush into making them couple. Nicholas was adorable – sweet guy with some remorse and bitterness. One thing left me confused about Nicholas – did he love Julie’s mom as he is falling in love with Julie. That disturbed me little, because I didn’t get the clear picture about that.

The weakest link in characters so far was Phil. I enjoyed Phil’s character when Julie and Phil were friends. After the change Phil lost its character credibility – I think his personality was not described fully, he seemed little empty to me. I also found it weird that Julie suddenly felt so attracted to him – there was something missing there. It did not seem believable to me. Still I liked Phil and was surprised that he was dismissed from the book quite quickly. I liked that he was little naughty and I would have enjoyed his character some more.

I also loved Julie’s dad and brother and I’m hoping that we will see more to both of them in the coming books.

Regarding the cover:

I have seen the covers of The Emerald Talisman and The Sapphire Talisman and I loved the design. These are beautiful!


I would definitely recommend Brenda Pandos’ book The Emerald Talsiman to everybody who loves Paranormal YA books. Can’t wait to start the next book. It’s on my Kindle already!

4 stars out of 5.


  1. I love the Talisman series! If you enjoyed The Emerald Talisman, you'll certainly love The Saphire Talisman!

  2. Hi Lisa, I'm sure I will.
    Thanks for coming by!