Blog Tour – Audio Book Review: The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

Title: The Emerald Talisman (Audio Book)
Author: Brenda Pandos  
Narrator: Mary Morgan
Published: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Released: September 20, 2012
Website: http://www.brendapandos.com/

Book Summary:


You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide.
If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students’ emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.
When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she’s devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it’ll require Nicholas’ life.  

The Emerald Talisman had been on my to read list for a couple of years now.  It’s a long list of hundreds of books I want to read but never find the time.  Thankfully Brenda recently released the book as an audio and I was able to sign up for the blog tour.
I’m a huge audio book fan.  I listen to them often and usually the audio books I listen to are ones that have been on my to read list for too long and end up being books I really enjoy.  The Emerald Talisman was no exception.  I’m grateful I finally got around to this one.
First off this book is clean.  Most of the paranormal young adult novel I’ve read recently are far from clean but this one didn’t have anything really objectionable in it and I could listen to it with my kids around without worrying about it.  The main character came across as very naive and childlike to me.  I am not sure if my view of her would have been different if I read the book or if I got this impression due to the narrator.  
I didn’t read the book summary before starting this one so I really didn’t know what to expect.  Julia’s instant obsession with Nicholas was a little much for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at her thought process but it also reminded me of what it was like to be young, in love and unsure of yourself.  I liked how the story and mystery unfolded slowly throughout the book.  I am not a fan of book summaries so I usually don’t read them because they give too much away.  Not having read the book summary I honestly didn’t know what Nicholas was until I was a good way into the book.  I think it was much better to read it not knowing and wondering.  
Hopefully the rest of the series will make an appearance on audio soon.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book
Content: Clean
Source: Audio Download from Author

Author Brenda Pandos:  


Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.


Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblue and Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.

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