The Emerald Talisman

The Emerald Talisman

by Brenda Pandos

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ISBN-13: 9780982903308
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Brenda Pandos is a web-designer who lives in California with her husband and two energetic children. Shortly after the birth of her second son, Brenda's oldest was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder that turned her world upside-down. Her life became round the clock feedings with a newborn and a daily stream of tutors working to help her son. She craved a meaningful escape.

The main concepts of THE EMERALD TALISMAN came to her in the wee hours of the morning as she reminisced the good old days when she lived with her best friend in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As a young girl, Brenda was a hopeless romantic, constantly lost in a fantasy world in her backyard of knights on white horses, mermaids and evil villains. As a teen, shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Interview with a Vampire intrigued her. With the encouragement of a friend after writing one chapter, she continued on to complete her first manuscript.

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Emerald Talisman 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 166 reviews.
monsterofbooks More than 1 year ago
Where do I begin??? I'm now adding this book to my all-time favorites. I simply loved it, read it in less then a day. Why do I adore it so much? I don't know. I think Twilight might have met it's match. I'm surprised there's not more publicity about this book. I can definitely see this book being quickly optioned for film rights. Not one part of the story did I find uninteresting. It was fast paced and the writing was beautifully done. It was clear, easy imagery with well brought out emotions. Also guess what, the author has never written much before this. Can you believe that?? I find her work very well written, not amerturish. The characters were well developed and like-able. Especially Julia, I really connected with her. I found many similarities between her and me, and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. Her thoughts were really strong and well written, making her a realistic character. She wasn't annoying. A lot of the situations she got into and her actions were very understandable. If a guy hadn't visited, when he said he would, I'd be pissed off as well. I was actually wondering through the first half of the book where Nicholas was. I found the author did a great job of creating and writing about her. Brenda Pandos definitely connected with her inner teenager. Nicholas and Phil were the sexiest characters of the novel. Sadly one of them get's down-casted, by the other. The plot was simple and very obvious. Both boys trying to fight over the girls affection. One good and the other bad. Which then leaves the readers in a conflicted situation cause you can't help but love both. Though you can probably guess who wins her heart in the end. Nicholas was protective in a sweet-sort-of-way, and his reasoning was very sincere. But like all other paranormal YA boys, he is a bit of a stalker. I was seriously waiting, throughout the novel, for Julia to ask if he watches her while she sleeps. I think I just finally realized that most paranormal YA boys do that, why not Nicholas as well. Phil was the nice kid turned bad boy in the book. At times I really felt my heart drawn to him. What I thought... could of been more improved was Julia's power. I felt that it wasn't really brought to the readers attention enough. I wanted to know more, and maybe in the sequel we will learn more about her gift. Overall this book will definitely be on the top 5 of 2010. I loved it and I'm so excited for it's sequel, The Sapphire Talisman to come out. I will be anxiously awaking it release date. If you haven't read this book yet then I highly recommend that you do.
Twilightsdance More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad Brenda found my blog, and emailed me about reading her book. Its great when a Author can bring something fresh and new in the Vampire world to print. Brenda writes so you have no idea what time it is because you are in the story walking besides Julia the whole time. The main characters Julia and Nicholas are just great together, takes you back to that 1st love again. When I was finishing I was saying to my self, this cant be it. I hope she is continuing this story. I need to read more of Julia and Nicholas. I would love to read in future installments the story behind the Emerald Talisman itself, also what will Nicholas do when he figures out Julia omitted some important information from him. Will they be able to keep their relationship going or will Nicholas go back to the way it was in the beginning. I wont give anything else away. Make sure you pick up your copy today! The next book will be The Sapphire Talisman. I also have a Interview with Brenda on my blog Review link: http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/2010/06/emerald-talisman-book-review.htmlhttp://www.onceuponatwilight.com/2010/06/emerald-talisman-book-review.html
LisaCA707 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those awesome books that grabbed my attention from the very beginning! Julia, the main character, can sense emotions, so when she finds herself alone in a forest at night and suddenly senses savage blood lust, you can imagine the stone cold fear that consumes her! When some major life (or death) choices were thrown in Julia's path, I found myself having a hard time deciding which I would choose! The realistic way in which Brenda handled that choice is commendable. Rarely do authors allow their characters to consider two such different paths in life! Brenda's take on Vampires is refreshing and exciting. I can't wait for the sequel to come out! This is a must read! Also, follow Brenda on Twitter! She's a sweetie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once the story got started I enjoyed it, but I was half-way through the book by then. Started slow with a lot or repetition. Skimmed a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad. Great for teens. I hope the author grows in the next books.
gbubookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Emerald Talisman had a pretty good story line. It kept you intrigued through most of the first half of the book. The mystery really built up well at the beginning. And when the secrets were revealed they were actually somewhat surprising. There wasn't too much foreshadowing or hinting that made everything obvious and predictable. It was a good story but just lacked in execution. This book lacked pizzazz and overall excitement. I was quite bored at times. When the climax came, it was very anti-climatic and not very long. I found Pandos writing style to be sort of awkward. That's the best I can describe it. The sentences were structured oddly and words were used in places where I thought better words could have been used. I found it distracting and the editor inside me wanted to reword all these sentences. The main character, Julia, was not easy relatable. I found her somewhat annoying and petty. Finally, the conclusion drug out way too long. And there was really no purpose for it because there is a sequel to the book. The things that did need wrapped up could have been said out more quickly. Overall, The Emerald Talisman was boring and had an awkward writing style that lacked flow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omgzeers! This book... was amazing! Normaly i dispise vampire romance novels but this was unique. Something about the authors word choice sucked me in and captivated me till the end. And may i just say, Nicholas... PURE HOTTNESS INFUSED WITH BOTH SIN AND LOVE! I admire that the author included very little languedge making it a gerat read for 12 and up. I litterally finished this book in less than two days and im telling you READ! YULL LOVE IT! I DID!
katkid More than 1 year ago
After reading the other reviews I was surprised to discover just how terrible this book was. The only reason I continued to read it was that I had a headache and couldn't do much else and certainly wasn't in the mood to read an actual decent book. The main character came off as silly and needy. Many major plot points such as the main character's romantic feelings were cheesy and unbelievable. Every new page revealed yet another predictable cliche and as for the writing itself- descriptive paragraphs were repetitive, boring, and easily skipped. Brenda Pandos, the author, clearly wrote with a thesaurus as the vocabulary was unbalance (the majority at a fifth grade reading level with a handful of words at an actual high school level). Overall, while some elements were not horrible, the author's lack of ingenuity, truly annoying main character, redundancy, and use of cliche made the book horrible. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 star - very disappointed after reading rave reviews. The rave reviews were probably friends & family. Very boring, the main character was shallow, after meeting the young man that saved her she falls in love with him and cannot live without him. No explanations of story line, story inserts that have no meaning or move the story line, the story drags for 2/3 than some action with a tiny bit of the what the story is about than after the action back to the rambling. Cannot recommend this book. Glad it was free if i paid for it I'd be upset. Will be deleting from my library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was dumped within the first couple chapters. It didn't make sense & was poorly written. Good thing it was free but it was a total waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on the gushing reviews about how great this story was. Huh? Better than "Twilight"-- NOOOOO. The main character is poorly developed and extremely needy. She is instantly "in love" with a complete stranger. One chance meeting and her expectations are that of a girlfriend....what? Come on. Then she has strong sensual feelings for Phil? Please. I cannot recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, to be honest, I am not a teen. I do enjoy many of the young adult books. (This book is much better than the first of the "Twilight" series which I personally could not stomach. I did not even try to read any of the others in that series.) Although the main character is somewhat of a drama queen. She is not overwhelmingly so - she is a normal teenager. I have never given a five star review on any nook book. This one is not quite there, but is closer to five than four. Give this series a chance. You most likely will not be disappointed. I have purchased the rest of the series.
MS_RML More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and went ahead and got the two following books to read.
cruznfl More than 1 year ago
The concept of the novel is good, but it is a tedious read. Probably good for teenage girls but not adults.
killianmcrae on LibraryThing 5 months ago
** spoiler alert ** Disclosure: I read until the 32% mark on this book before giving it up, so the below is based on a partial read. Also, I might preface by saying perhaps this just wasn't for me. Based on the blurb for this book, I was expecting a little more action, or at least a character-driven story of introspection. Having gotten nearly one-third through the book, however, I was left disappointed. The plot moved along at a snail's pace, and the only character who had significant page time to the point I stopped, Julia (who is also the narrator) didn't lack clarity of character at all. At sixteen, one doesn't expect the heroine to have such a well-defined set of likes and dislikes, will-dos and don'ts. So when Nicholas enters the story, it's perplexing Julia's own inability to discern his potential suitability in her life. Unlike other reviewers, I don't think her falling totally in pre-love with him based on their short encounter is all that far-fetched. Julia is sixteen, and Nicholas came to her rescue when her life was in danger. It sounds to me like average teen girl rationales. What is annoying, however, is reading Julia's constant flip flop and waffling on what she thinks of Nicholas. And, also, even though we see through Julia's voice in this, I didn't get the chemistry between them. I've had the opportunity to speak personally with Pandos several times, and I know she is an elegant, mature, well-educated and kind-hearted person, so I don't intend this next statement to reflect her personally. The writing was amateurish and clunky. The narrative lacked. I kept asking myself why I needed all the microscopic details of each move Julia made, or all her inner dialog, which was repetitive and sometimes a 180 degree turn without provocation in a narrow passage. I don't necessarily agree with the common mantra of writers, "show don't tell," but nevertheless there was way too much telling and not nearly enough showing. With first book, I think all writers (myself included) are still honing tone, style, and timing. Over all, I think Pandos has potential to become a better writer, but this work came across to me as a well-written first draft that could have been better served being previewed by a few more pairs of discerning eyes.
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Emerald Talisman was definitely a great read, but I couldn¿t help but to feel a bit disappointed by the end. I do have to say that Brenda Pandos¿s writing is great and just got better as the book came to a close.The story starts off with suspense and it never ends! Julia is attacked by a vampire, obviously an evil one, and she¿s utterly confused as to how someone was able to save her. I actually really loved Julia, she was sweet and knew how to get herself into some bad situations, but just as easily get herself out. I liked that she used her brain and wasn¿t a total weakling. She can also read minds and hear what people are thinking, which I think is awesome, but she wished it would go away!We also meet a boy named Nicholas and Julia doesn¿t know why, but she has a connection with him and can¿t seem to drop it. Nicholas also might have answers to her mother¿s disappearance, which doesn¿t help her situation. We also meet Phil, the new kid at school and he seems interested in Julia and she thinks that maybe she¿s found a way to rid her feelings for Nicholas.I could not choose between these boys. They both have charm, in their own ways, and they were kind of a guilty pleasure for me. I mean who doesn¿t like to read about hot vampire boys? ;)Of course, things always get out of control and Pandos knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats. I just wanted to keep reading to find out how it was all going to play out ¿ which is a bit suprising, by the way.I was disappointed that all I got out of the entire novel were questions GALORE in my head. Only a few were answered and I just felt that there could¿ve have been a few answered with just a few details more. To me, there were too many things being brought up and then immediately put on the back-burner.But, with that said I don¿t want potential readers to get discouraged and not read this book. I definitely believe it is a must read and I hope you guys will pick it up! I am really looking forward to reading The Sapphire Talisman, book 2 of the Talisman series, to get my questions answered!
ssalach21 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm confident that most, if not all fans of vampire YA literature will enjoy this book. Brenda puts a great spin on the typical vampire and it makes for quite the interesting read. It grabs you right from the beginning and it keeps you enthalled throughout the entire thing. Julia Parker is your typical high school student, except she isn't. She has the ability to sense feelings. Nick Kendrick is just a hot guy who saves her life... except hes not! We go on an exciting ride as the two get to know each other and certain situations arise. I enjoyed every aspect, but at one point I did feel like the feelings Julia had for Nick were somewhat rushed and maybe not all to true. As the book goes on and more interaction between the two ensues my opinion changes but I just couldn't help but feel like when she first "fell in love" with him she didn't even know him. By the end though I completely forgot about how that bothered me because I loved the way everything came together and how the story ended.Brenda has created a great story that will keep readers eager to know what happens next!The Sapphire Talisman is definitely added to my must have list and I can't wait until December so that I can fall in love with this story all over again.
monsterofbooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Where do I begin??? I'm now adding this book to my all-time favorites. I simply loved it, read it in less then a day. Why do I adore it so much? I don't know. I think Twilight might have met it's match. I'm surprised there's not more publicity about this book. I can definitely see this book being quickly optioned for film rights. Not one part of the story did I find uninteresting. It was fast paced and the writing was beautifully done. It was clear, easy imagery with well brought out emotions. Also guess what, the author has never written much before this. Can you believe that?? I find her work very well written, not amerturish.The characters were well developed and like-able. Especially Julia, I really connected with her. I found many similarities between her and me, and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. Her thoughts were really strong and well written, making her a realistic character. She wasn't annoying. A lot of the situations she got into and her actions were very understandable. If a guy hadn't visited, when he said he would, I'd be pissed off as well. I was actually wondering through the first half of the book where Nicholas was. I found the author did a great job of creating and writing about her. Brenda Pandos definitely connected with her inner teenager.Nicholas and Phil were the sexiest characters of the novel. Sadly one of them get's down-casted, by the other. The plot was simple and very obvious. Both boys trying to fight over the girls affection. One good and the other bad. Which then leaves the readers in a conflicted situation cause you can't help but love both. Though you can probably guess who wins her heart in the end. Nicholas was protective in a sweet-sort-of-way, and his reasoning was very sincere. But like all other paranormal YA boys, he is a bit of a stalker. I was seriously waiting, throughout the novel, for Julia to ask if he watches her while she sleeps. I think I just finally realized that most paranormal YA boys do that, why not Nicholas as well. Phil was the nice kid turned bad boy in the book. At times I really felt my heart drawn to him.What I thought... could of been more improved was Julia's power. I felt that it wasn't really brought to the readers attention enough. I wanted to know more, and maybe in the sequel we will learn more about her gift.Overall this book will definitely be on the top 5 of 2010. I loved it and I'm so excited for it's sequel, The Sapphire Talisman to come out. I will be anxiously awaking it release date. If you haven't read this book yet then I highly recommend that you do.
amandalina on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Twilight meets Blade; that¿s how one might describe this book. But of course it is much, much more. Teenage girl with a special gift, mysterious boy, and scary vampires: all are themes that may sound familiar, yet the author still manages to create a unique and absorbing book, complete with an intriguing and original story for the explanation of vampires. A snap decision to walk home through the woods, and suddenly Julia¿s life is changed forever. This includes her introduction to Nicholas, who seems determined to protect her, and the revelation that vampires do exist. Now her world has changed, as well as her role in it, thanks to a prediction from the local psychic. While I liked Julia, I did feel that her attachment to Nicholas was rather sudden, and at one point her reaction to his behavior seemed a little dramatic, but perhaps not entirely out of character for a 16 year old in her situation. However, I did enjoy the development of their relationship and their interactions, even as a part of me couldn't help but be interested by her interactions with Phil. Overall, this was a compelling, action-packed book that kept me flipping pages. Definitely a promising start to a series; I am looking forward to seeing where the story will lead, and especially to learning more about Julia¿s connection to vampires, not to mention learn more about Enigma. This is absolutely a book that fans of Twilight will love. If you are looking for a vampire story with something new to offer, give this book a try. *I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.
book_worm127 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Emerald Talisman was an interesting take on vampires, though not completely original. There were quite a few things that I thought were quite parallel to Twilight, though I suppose that's a hard comparison to avoid in vampire books nowadays. I guess that it helps that I liked Twilight too.Julia was a very interesting main character. She had the gift of empathy, which means that she can sense the feelings of those around her. I've never read a book where the main character had that ability, so it was very interesting learning about it. Nicholas was the main love interest, and made things interesting. He showed up, saved her life, then was rude and cold toward her. His secret isn't what you're thinking, but it's interesting.The vampires in the story are there, but they aren't the main attraction. They have some stereotypical features, and then some not so stereotypical features, which kept the book fresh. The imagery in this book is gorgeous. I always knew what things and people looked like, and I could easily see most of it in my mind.I felt that Julia's friends weren't very well developed, and could have had a larger role. We are introduced to about five friends in the first scenes, but then they are barely in the rest. This made for confusion when they had a reappearance. Another thing that annoyed me was how fast Julia had feelings for Nicholas. I did like how she realized that she was being ridiculous though.Overall I thought that this book was very enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
JenniferLane on LibraryThing 5 months ago
¿Likeable Heroine Battles Vampires¿I¿ve chatted with friendly author Brenda Pandos online and I¿ve wanted to read her Talisman series for quite some time. When I won The Sapphire Talisman on a Goodreads giveaway, it was my cue to bump up the series on my to-be-read list! The Emerald Talisman is the first book, featuring Julia, a sixteen year-old blonde living in northern California. Her life is rather normal except for the unexplained death of her mother when Julia was young. Julia reportedly witnessed the event but doesn¿t remember what happened.Her normal life shifts into the paranormal when a strong young man rescues her from peril. Nicholas seems so calming and warm that Julia falls into despair when he doesn¿t return her calls. At one point Nicholas is downright cold to her and at others he simply avoids her, though she can still feel his longing for her. Talk about mixed signals! Luckily Julia meets a kind boy named Phil, who just moved into town. It seems like their friendship might help her deal with the loss of Nicholas in her life. However, Phil gets attacked, which sets into motion a threatening vampire triangle with Nicholas, Phil, and Julia¿-will Julia survive?I really like Julia. Her special ability to read others¿ emotions has likely advanced her thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond her years. I wonder if losing her mother at a young age is what made her sensitivity to others blossom. When Julia faces dangerous situations, she comes across as being brave without appearing idiotic. I also enjoyed her relationships with her brother and father. It¿s nice to see a brother who might lightly tease her but isn¿t such an antagonist like in many other stories. And her father seems to be striving to be a good parent despite his grief and absence due to work travel.I think the writing improves as the story progresses. There are too many high school friends to keep track of in the beginning, and it takes a while to get into the story. I'm glad we find out what happened with Julia's mother, and I'm curious to meet Nicholas' father. I give The Emerald Talisman 3.5 stars. I¿m really looking forward to The Sapphire Talisman, where I hope we learn more about Nicholas and about the talisman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well writtan and done beautifully, the thing i found wrong with it was the fact that the character Nicholas didn't heve many charactoristics. But otherwise it was a really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know about the bad reviews. But I really liked this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a new author for me, but i enjoyed this enough that I quickly bought the rest of the series. Engaging caracters and good plot.