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Title: ESME’S WISH
Author: Elizabeth Foster
Pub. Date: October 30, 2017
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD
“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.
I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and now live in Sydney. Apart from writing and reading, which take up most of my time, I love walking, travelling and playing piano (badly).
As a child, I was called Dizzy Lizzy – which I regarded as an insult all my life, until I started writing! Now, daydreaming is a central part of what I do. My favourite childhood books included the Chronicles of Narnia and Enid Blyton’s adventure stories. I was such an avid reader that my godfather gave me the complete works of Shakespeare when I was ten. (Still haven’t read them all…) My reading tastes nowadays are eclectic, ranging from classic authors such as Jane Austen, to the works of modern YA writers, including J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Melina Marchetta and Maggie Stiefvater.
I love movies almost as much as books. Dreamlike films – such as the works of Hayao Miyazaki – hugely appeal to me, as do any clever psychological films and TV series which revolve around female characters, such as Buffy and Veronica Mars.
I used to enjoy writing as a child, but then I grew up and was sadly waylaid by more serious pursuits. Reading to my own kids reminded me of how much I missed getting lost in other worlds, and once I started writing again, I couldn’t stop. I am also fascinated with people’s motivations and personalities, and now I get to explore them on the page. I am a member of the SCBWI, the CBCA, and a reviewer for CBCA’s Reading Time.
Review: I loved Esme and her determination, she was brave and kind and I just loved her. Daniel and Lillian were excellent supporting characters, they were funny and we’ll written with more depth than supporting characters usually get. I also liked that the villain had a backstory and it helped to make him more than your average evil-for-no-reason bad guy.
P.S. As a cat lover may I say Reuben was my favorite character?
I loved the two worlds and how beautiful and whimsical Esperance was. I love dragons so that was another bonus for me! There were a whole lot of magical creatures and the gifts some of the people of Esperance had were very interesting. (I think my favorite was the songspells) I just loved the world building and Miss Foster described everything vividly. There’s also a book map in the beginning which is a plus for me.
The middle is slightly slow paced as Esme puts together pieces and tries to find out what happened to Ariane but I was able to stick to it with no problems.
This would probably be considered YA since Esme is fifteen but this book was refreshingly clean (bonus points!) so a middle grader could read this without worrying about inappropriate content and profanity. Overall I really enjoyed Esme’s Wish and if you haven’t read then you should definitely give it a try!
I’m ready for book two! Ding ding!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Recommendation: For fantasy lovers and bookdragons of all ages!
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
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