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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.

THE MEDIUM is the first book in the bestselling EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY.

Published: CJ Archer on Jul 25, 2012
ISBN: 9780987337221
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    A book worth every one of the 5 stars! I do not normally read period novels but I have now fallen in love. The author amerces you directly in the story with no pomp and circumstance allowing the story, characters, and descriptions to speak for themselves and carry you away with them. Not only does it have the normal love with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but mystery and faced paced action.The characters are believable and appropriate for the period and the author has captured the culture and attitudes of London in the 1880's. The story was fast paced but with enough meat to the writing that it flows smoothly. It also answers one of my long time questions about ghosts. How can ghosts move objects but not people?This has made my list of books read in one night (just because I couldn't bear to put it down).read more
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    Opening Paragraph TeaserWhoever said dead men don't tell lies had never met Barnaby Wiggam's ghost. The fat, bulbous-nosed spirit fading in and out beside me like a faulty gas lamp clearly thought he was dealing with a fool. I may only be seventeen but I'm not naïve. I know when someone is lying—being dead didn't alter the tell-tale signs. Mr. Wiggam didn't quite meet my eyes, or those of his widow and her guests—none of whom could see him anyway—and he fidgeted with his crisp white silk necktie as if it strangled him. It hadn't—he'd died of an apoplexy.Review Emily Chambers is a 17 year old medium living with her older sister after her mother has passed away. Emily doesn't know who her father is because he passed a way a whole year before she was born and no one else knows who her father is either. Emily and her sister make a living by holding seances because Emily can speak to the dead. She is very good at helping the dead move on from the waiting room where they go when they die. However not everyone wants to move on they decide to stay and haunt people as well but she does her best. Accidentally Emily and her sister Celia release a shape shifting demon into the moral world where it starts to kill to feed. A handsome ghost Jacob Beaufort show's up at her door, he was sent by the Otherworld's administrators to help Emily track down the Shape shifting demon before it can wreak havok on the city of London. The closer the pair get the more they find themselves falling in love. I won this book off of Librarythings in a giveaway and I'm very glad I did because it introduced me to C.J. Archer as a writer. I love Emily she's different but she uses it to her advantage, she's a strong character who takes matters into her own hands. I love the relationship between Emily and Jacob, they have such great chemistry plus it's kinda fitting that a medium would be in love with a ghost. I feel the characters are very well written you can easily connect with them. I really enjoyed the mystery aspects it kept me guessing and I love the twists and turns that go along with a good mystery. Their are a few humors spots that involve the Wiggams that had me giggling which I found refreshing. I had a hard time putting this one down, I even skipped going to the movies last night because I wanted to know what was going to happen, and I can't wait for the next one in the series. This book introduced me to C.J. Archer but I found her writing entertaining and captivating, and I will be checking out her other books because this one was so great.read more
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    A paranormal romance in a Victorian Setting. If you like Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Castle), you will like this book - while the author does not imitate Krentz's rather formulaic style, the period setting and focus on relationships works very well. Two single sisters are trying to make it in England, in a time where mediums are the craze and charlatans abound.' Single women must be careful to protect their reputations while crossing the private/public line and working for pay. Possibilities for romance do exist, but can they be fulfilled? I do not want to give any spoilers here, but I really enjoyed this book: the narrative flowed nicely, and in contrast to many self-published works it read well. If you like the genre, or know anyone who does, this book is highly recommended.read more
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    A book worth every one of the 5 stars! I do not normally read period novels but I have now fallen in love. The author amerces you directly in the story with no pomp and circumstance allowing the story, characters, and descriptions to speak for themselves and carry you away with them. Not only does it have the normal love with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but mystery and faced paced action.The characters are believable and appropriate for the period and the author has captured the culture and attitudes of London in the 1880's. The story was fast paced but with enough meat to the writing that it flows smoothly. It also answers one of my long time questions about ghosts. How can ghosts move objects but not people?This has made my list of books read in one night (just because I couldn't bear to put it down).
    Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
    Opening Paragraph TeaserWhoever said dead men don't tell lies had never met Barnaby Wiggam's ghost. The fat, bulbous-nosed spirit fading in and out beside me like a faulty gas lamp clearly thought he was dealing with a fool. I may only be seventeen but I'm not naïve. I know when someone is lying—being dead didn't alter the tell-tale signs. Mr. Wiggam didn't quite meet my eyes, or those of his widow and her guests—none of whom could see him anyway—and he fidgeted with his crisp white silk necktie as if it strangled him. It hadn't—he'd died of an apoplexy.Review Emily Chambers is a 17 year old medium living with her older sister after her mother has passed away. Emily doesn't know who her father is because he passed a way a whole year before she was born and no one else knows who her father is either. Emily and her sister make a living by holding seances because Emily can speak to the dead. She is very good at helping the dead move on from the waiting room where they go when they die. However not everyone wants to move on they decide to stay and haunt people as well but she does her best. Accidentally Emily and her sister Celia release a shape shifting demon into the moral world where it starts to kill to feed. A handsome ghost Jacob Beaufort show's up at her door, he was sent by the Otherworld's administrators to help Emily track down the Shape shifting demon before it can wreak havok on the city of London. The closer the pair get the more they find themselves falling in love. I won this book off of Librarythings in a giveaway and I'm very glad I did because it introduced me to C.J. Archer as a writer. I love Emily she's different but she uses it to her advantage, she's a strong character who takes matters into her own hands. I love the relationship between Emily and Jacob, they have such great chemistry plus it's kinda fitting that a medium would be in love with a ghost. I feel the characters are very well written you can easily connect with them. I really enjoyed the mystery aspects it kept me guessing and I love the twists and turns that go along with a good mystery. Their are a few humors spots that involve the Wiggams that had me giggling which I found refreshing. I had a hard time putting this one down, I even skipped going to the movies last night because I wanted to know what was going to happen, and I can't wait for the next one in the series. This book introduced me to C.J. Archer but I found her writing entertaining and captivating, and I will be checking out her other books because this one was so great.
    Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
    A paranormal romance in a Victorian Setting. If you like Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Castle), you will like this book - while the author does not imitate Krentz's rather formulaic style, the period setting and focus on relationships works very well. Two single sisters are trying to make it in England, in a time where mediums are the craze and charlatans abound.' Single women must be careful to protect their reputations while crossing the private/public line and working for pay. Possibilities for romance do exist, but can they be fulfilled? I do not want to give any spoilers here, but I really enjoyed this book: the narrative flowed nicely, and in contrast to many self-published works it read well. If you like the genre, or know anyone who does, this book is highly recommended.
    Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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