Paranormal, Romance, Historical
Seventeen year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn't a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there's the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father's death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin of other respectable English ladies, Emily is as much a mystery as the dead boy assigned to her. Jacob Beaufort's spirit has been unable to crossover since his death. It might have something to do with the fact he was murdered. Or it might not. All he knows is, he has been assigned by the Otherworld's administrators to a girl named Emily. A girl who can see and touch him. A girl who released a shape-shifting demon into the mortal realm. Together they must send the demon back before it wreaks havoc on London. It should be a simple assignment, but they soon learn there's nothing simple when a live girl and a dead boy fall in love.
3 out of 5 (good)
The story revolves around Emily, a 17-year old medium, who lives with her sister in Victorian England. During a seance, her sister (who runs them) holds an amulet, chants some words she doesn't understand, and releases a shape-shifting demon. The story is about finding out who, why, how etc with a dash of impossible seeming romance thrown in. The interplay between the two male characters was amusing. The whole story is interesting and the descriptions are in-depth. I enjoyed this book but did find some of the 'holes' in the story a bit ridiculous - Emily's sister is the one who runs the whole seance show but she doesn't find it even slightly strange that an unknown peddler turns up instead of the usual one, sells her an amulet with a chant she doesn't understand and then wonders why something has happened when she used it?! This is the first of three. I might read the other two but not yet!
* Verified Purchase on Amazon - November 2012 *
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C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. Her first historical fantasy series, THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, has sold over 45,000 copies and garnered rave reviews. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband, two children and a mischievous black & white cat named Coco. Subscribe to C.J.'s newsletter to be notified when she releases a new book, as well as get access to exclusive content and subscriber-only giveaways. Join via her website:www.cjarcher.com