Miss Emily Chambers is a seventeen-year-old girl of questionable paternity and background who has the fortunate...and sometimes unfortunate ability to speak with the dead simply by summoning them from the Waiting Area. She and her sister Celia have made it their business to conduct seances for those who would like to say their final words to loved ones beyond the grave. Her sister accidentally releases something dangerous during one of the seances and a handsome ghost named Jacob Beaufort is assigned to help her locate what was released and get rid of it. That is the basic premise, but there is so much more to this tale than a simple story of ghosts and spirit mediums.
I loved the characters in this story. Emily Chambers is a real go getter with a strong sense of right and wrong. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty when involved in protecting her loved ones and although danger is present she faces it head on. Jacob Beaufort is an interesting, brooding character who may have been spoiled while living, but has certainly learned the value of a person regardless of class and social standing despite his title as Lord. As their relationship develops you can't help but wonder how a high class spirit and a working class, living woman could possibly have a future together.
The plot twists concerning Emily's background and Jacob's death are exciting and very well developed with just the right amount of foreshadowing, orchestration and merciless teasing. The imagery and detail to the era itself is adept at pulling the reader in and making one feel as if they were present in London during the late 1800's. I found the dialogue to be fun, witty, fast paced and wholly entertaining, keeping the story flowing and adding to the development of all characters involved. The tension between Emily and Jacob is palpable. I haven't enjoyed a romantic journey like theirs since reading the Twilight series. They are simply perfect together on so many imperfect planes you can't help but root for the impossible and plead with the characters to somehow make it so.
I loved the unique wording Archer used when describing buildings, scenes and people. One character in particular was said to have a face that stuck out so far it looked as if her maker had teased and coaxed her chin and nose forward. I paraphrased that and no doubt butchered it, but that's just one example of how delightful Archer's prose are throughout the entire series.
I loved this YA, paranormal romance. Pretty darn sure you will too.
The Medium is available for immediate download for all major devices including kindle and nook, and guess what...IT'S FREE!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah. I did a happy dance too.
If you would like more information on The Medium Trilogy and other fantastic books by C. J. Archer please visit her website at www.cjarcher.com
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