The Medium (Emily Chambers, Spirit Medium) by C. J. Archer


My Thoughts:

There were soooooooo many reviews I had to go through for the ‘From the current reviews’ section below. Wow.

Well this was an unexpected Gem of a find. I loved the historical setting for this book and it was easy to read despite being set in a dated time. There have been some complaints that the writing style was too modern for the setting but I, along with many others, disagree. The writing style is right for today’s readers, we all remember how hard going reading Shakespeare was back in school, so why would we want to read a book written in old English now? No, I think C. J. Archer does it perfectly, we are able to appreciate a historical setting without having to struggle our way around words. Historical London, Demons, ghosts, mediums, there’s a lot of good things about this book.

Loved the characters, particularly the recently deceased Mr. Wiggam and the lovely and very much alive, George. Mr Wiggam’s ghost was thoroughly entertaining, even though he was a little bit of a headache for our main female protagonist Emily Chambers. He did draw out a few chuckles from myself, he was definitely what I imagined a pompous, stubborn ghost to be. George on the other hand is a very lovely and sweet English gentleman with an expertise for demonology, which is handy considering a demon is released accidentally by Emily and her sister. George seems like the ideal man for Emily but unfortunately Emily’s heart lies elsewhere. However George is not deterred and is happy enough to be Emily’s friend as they try to get rid of the demon, creating a rather interesting and humorous love triangle.

Emily, I felt very sorry for. She’s in a difficult position not only due to her supernatural gifts but due to her parentage as well. On top of that her problems seem to pile up around her as the story goes on, and she has to deal with her feelings towards a rather attractive and charming ghost who has been sent to help her out. She is only a young woman with emotions at the end of the day, we can all relate to Miss Chambers.

Jacob, our main male protagonist and the attractive and charming ghost as mentioned above. Is a little bit of an enigma to say the least. He’s not a normal ghost as he doesn’t seem to remember how he died. There are parts in this story where you’re jumping up and down and hoping he is in a coma and not actually dead. Despite being a ghost he is rather witty at times, but he does have all the makings for a tortured soul and sometimes he has a little bit of a temper. A temper you don’t want to be on the wrong side of as he can pick up objects and move them. However, Jacob’s heart is in the right place and he seems to have good intentions for the most part. You can’t help but gravitate towards his mysterious, can I say bad-boy? persona. A nicely done male lead if I do say so myself.

So why shouldn’t you read this book? Well there aren’t any reasons not to. The Medium is book one of the trilogy and it’s a free ebook! Yay! It does have a cliffhanger ending, so I’ll warn you, if you really, really, really hate cliffhangers then think about it for five minutes, and then read this book. C. J. Archer is a talented writer and has many other books out there, so if this book doesn’t grip your interests then definitely take the time to look at her other works.

Now this is the last from my part, I say well done C. J. Archer, we would like some more now please!

From the current reviews:

The Good: ‘interesting’, ‘fantastic’, ‘vivid’, ‘brilliant’, ‘fascinating’, ‘great writer’, ‘unique’, ‘no swearing’, ‘well detailed, interesting, well drawn and likeable characters’, ‘pretty funny and witty at times’, ‘compelling’, ‘enjoyable’, ‘action scenes were truly page-turners’, ‘well written’, ‘ told in a fun and light manner’, ‘captivating start to a trilogy’, ‘intriguing’, ‘easy reading’, ‘compelling’, ‘very entertaining’, ‘fabulous’, ‘ plot thickened nicely’, ‘nice blend of mystery’, ‘good mix of action and romance, a really great freebie’, ‘George is a cute character. But Jacob is swoony. Emily agrees with me.’ ‘This is a must read for romance readers who love a good adventure’, ‘nice historical paranormal fiction’, ‘good writing’, ‘This story is crafted with little surprises.’

The Bad: ‘it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t good either’, ‘slow’, ‘had great potential but I lost all interest’, ‘relationship develops too fast’, ‘dialogue felt too modern in places’, ‘cliffhanger ending’, ‘book fell victim to plot tidiness demons’, ‘boring’, ‘hated how it dropped off at the end’, ‘it just didn’t pull me in’.

The Darn Right Ugly: ‘If I’d realized this was a teen romance, I wouldn’t have bought it.’ ‘The ending SUCKED!’, ‘I was not impressed’.

The Unicorns: ‘worth a great deal more than $0.00’, ‘Couldn’t put it down! Draws you in immediately & doesn’t let you go’, ‘Reading this book is like eating your favourite dessert. The first bite is like you have found heaven and you know you will enjoy the rest of it because its your favourite, it’s the best damn cake out there so indulge, go ahead and eat it!’

UK Kindle/Amazon Rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 Stars)

Goodreads Rating: 3.6 stars (3.7 Stars)

Release Date: June 2012

Pages: 260

Age Range:  13+

Contains: Mild violence

Genres: Paranormal Romance & Historical Fiction

About the book: 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 several months ago. 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.

Where to Buy?

Amazon: Kindle Ed Free, Paperback £7.95

Kobo: E books: Book 1 Free, Book 2 & 3 £2.99, All three £5.99.

About the Author:

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 with her historical romances.  Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines on two continents including Take A Break, Woman’s Day and That’s Life.

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.  She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript which she went on to self-publish under the title Honor Bound.

C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

Find out more and/or contact the author….

Disclaimer:  The reviews and opinions above are either from public sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.


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