Title: The Emerald Talisman
Author: Brenda Pandos
Paperback: 282 pages
Published: March 24, 2010
Reading Level: YA
My Copy: Around the World Tours
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 wicked hearts
Blurb from Amazon.com:
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.
My quick wicked thoughts...a refreshing new take on vampires and vampire slayers.
Why I was tempted to read this...Well the blurb reeled me in, always looking for a new vampire book!
Cover thoughts...it's pretty cool, not exactly how I imagined the necklace in my mind tho.
Romance Meter...Well of course! Julia and Nicholas hit is off right from the beginning and the romance started bubbling.
Character and Plot...Julia has a talent, she is an empath meaning she can feel others emotions. When a risky walk home after her car breaks down leads her to meeting Nicholas and him saving her from some "thing" in the woods, she starts asking more questions to find out what she is actually up against. This story rocks along very easily and is pretty hard to put down, the plot flows nicely and the characters are engaging. PLUS you have evil vampire vs good, you know that is always fun!
The Ending...The ending was good...left me wanting more and dying to know questions that were left unanswered, hopefully there will be a sequel in the works!