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Esme's Wish By Elizabeth Foster Esme s Wish 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 actio
  • Title: Esme's Wish
  • Author: Elizabeth Foster
  • ISBN: 9781925652246
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • Esme's Wish By Elizabeth Foster 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 co 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 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 Esme discovers about her mother, the she questions whether she really knew her at all This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.
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    About "Elizabeth Foster"

    1. Elizabeth Foster

      Elizabeth Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago, when reading to her own kids reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds Once she started writing, she never looked back She s at her happiest when immersed in stories, plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters Elizabeth lives in Sydney, where she can be found scribbling in caf s, indulging her love of both words and coffee.Her first novel, Esme s Wish, a fantasy mystery for younger teens is out now

    502 thoughts on “Esme's Wish”

    1. I am going to review this as a children s book and give it four stars for being very nicely written with some good ideas, a bit of adventure, a classically evil bad guy and teenagers who are smarter than the adults I enjoyed the characters and the magic, especially the dragons I always love a good dragon story but felt that the author wasted hers a little, basically just using them as a means of transport Maybe in the next book she will let them be significant.Actually the next book will be int [...]


    2. Seven years prior, Esme s mother had vanished, presumed lost at sea Now her father was remarrying, and fifteen year old Esme s heart fought against it She didn t like Penelope and her family her dominance of her father, and herself made her squirm But her father had moved on if only Esme could as well When her father left for his honeymoon, Esme decided to continue her quest to find out what had happened to her mother Ariane had been a beautiful spirit, and Esme missed her fiercely She caught th [...]


    3. This is an amazing tale about friendship, dragons and a beautiful world with big oceans and small islands At first I thought Esme s Wish was a contemporary, and not a fantasy remind me to check out the summary before reading a book I thought Ariane really went mad and that this was a book about mental health.The author s writing is beautiful She made me fall in love with a world I was totally unfamiliar with Esperance I looked up the word Esperance and oh my goodness it s so beautiful I want the [...]


    4. 3 stars Reading this for a group read was probably the only reason that I kept reading until the end My initial reaction was that this was of a children s book than for young adults Esmee as the name is pronounced is a very young 15, sheltered and living at a lighthouse in what appears to be a very small town However, if you like dragons, which I do, and magic, which I do, then this is a fun book with lots of mystery and adventure and a good strong finish.


    5. Fifteen year old Esme Silver is heartbroken when her dad remarries, seven years after her mother, Ariane, has gone missing While the newly weds are away on their honeymoon, Esme realises that this is her last opportunity to delve into the mystery of her mother s disappearance before she is forced to put it all behind her and move on She quickly uncovers a series of clues that had been kept from her as a young child, which lead her to a journey to a parallel world.The world she discovers has ever [...]


    6. Hello readers Here s some excerpts from a five star review Esme s Wish received from Readers Favorite.Esme s Wish is a captivating, excellently written novel Author Elizabeth Foster did a great job of keeping me reading as I followed Esme s journey to investigate the disappearance of her mother, a brilliant painter This colorful, well constructed tale is as much detective story as fantasy and deftly blends both elements into a page turning plot that hooks the reader in I was fascinated by the cr [...]


    7. I love this novel, and honestly I am going to read it whenever I find myself sad and anxious about my place in the world this novel took me to an amazing place and filled me with so much joy I d forgotten exactly what it felt like to be young when I used to wish the mermaids would take me away, and something about this wonderful story took me right back to when imagination and dreams were real.


    8. I actually didn t read this My good friend s 13 year old daughter did, and as you can see, she has given it five stars Here is what she had to say Esme s Wish by Elizabeth Foster is an exciting book because it is unpredictable It twists and turns and you never know what is going to happen next Because of this, I didn t want to put it down I always wanted to find out what would happen The other thing I liked about it was the believability of the characters I felt like I really got to know them An [...]


    9. Esme s Wish starts like any other realistic YA fiction with a troubled teen in the real world, railing at the powerlessness of her plight in the world of adults There is clearly an element of mystery from the outset, with the strange disappearance of her mother but no immediate indication of any supernatural elements Drawn in by a well paced and relatable realism, the narrative takes a turn unexpected, for me towards fantasy but even so, it remains accessible Esme finds herself in a recognisably [...]


    10. Esme s Wish is a delightful fantasy that captures the beauty of a watery, magical world, the trust of true friendship, and the strength of one girl s loyalty to her mother Esme longs to discover what happened to her mother, who disappeared several years ago Everyone else, including her father, have moved on, but for Esme, the unanswered questions plague her Until, in her search, she finds herself magically transported to the world of Aeolia There she discovers that her mother had an extra life f [...]


    11. Esme s Wish is a coming of age tale of a misfit who refuses to accept a truth she s told she has to believe and move on Her rebellion sparks an adventure interwoven with mystery, magic, and astonishing self discovery.Elizabeth Foster s characters human and otherwise are well drawn, solidly real in their family tensions and peer struggles so real that one particular character always conjured up the image of a young teen I used to know, who would have relished being cast in such a tale But there a [...]


    12. Fifteen year old Esme s mother disappeared at sea seven years ago and it seems she is the only one who is unable to move on Her sense of hopelessness is amplified in the opening scene, with her father marring Penelope a woman for whom she has developed a mutual dislike While her father is on honeymoon, Esme decides this is her last chance to investigate her mother s disappearance, believing that others are covering up what really happened to her all those years ago.She travels to the family s hu [...]


    13. This book is amazing, a beautiful tale of a girl and her quest to find her mother It hooked me right to the start loved the beginning of the book with the entertaining wedding situation The incredible language just washes over you and adds to the magical atmosphere I m not a big fantasy fan but I still loved this book because of it s intriguing mystery.I d recommend it to anyone, from 13 years old to anyone who doesn t mind a little magic I couldn t put it down.


    14. This book should come with a warning DO NOT start reading before going to sleep when you have to get up early for work I found this book unputdownable Not a word but the only way I can describe it I loved the way Elizabeth paints a picture of everything in this new world that Esme finds herself in, to the clues to solve the mystery of Esme s mother s disappearance I enjoyed how Elisabeth shows how Esme s wounds of the past and present effect how she treats people, including her new friends, with [...]


    15. This is a delightful Middle Grade story, it has mysterious, intrigue, and dragons Ya have a whole world that you get introduce to and the perfect amount of mystery that you almost fill like a sleuth as you not only discover the new world you have this mysterious disappearance of Esme s mom Join Esme as she discovers all about her mom and where she been.


    16. Esme has never been able to give up hope that her mother is alive It has been seven years since she disappeared, and even her father moved on But Esme is determined to discover her mother s secrets in order to discover where she went Esme gets much than she wished for when she splashes into another world full of dragons, magic, and breathable water Esme s Wish is a cute fantasy story for young teens and pre teens Unlike most YA fantasy, Esme s wish is not focused on a romance or even about a wa [...]


    17. Loved it Delightful story, lovely fantasy elements, spunky heroine and a great supporting cast human, animal and other worldly My first read on my brand new Kindle, bit addicted to the dictionary, working on my vocab.


    18. I have always been a sucker for a good book cover So as soon as I saw this book s cover, I was enchanted There is something which pulls at me It depicts Aeolia perfectly And when I read the blurb, Esme s protest at her father s wedding make me perk up with interest.The starting was intriguing with the aforementioned incident It totally had my interest and then it slowed down a bit for the next few pages till Esme enters Aeolia Oh my, what a world The world is an absolute delight I was literally [...]


    19. This is a great fantasy story with lots of depth As the cover illustrator, I got to read it before it s published and I had to finish the whole book The story had a good pacing and plot which kept me curious Best of all, the world described by Elizabeth is vivid and magical I believe a lot of care and imagination has been put in to create this world There are many surprises, a lot to discover and explore I d like to invite everyone to join Esme as she heads towards Aeolia


    20. Having had the pleasure of reading thousands of fantasy and science fiction over the years I was provided an advanced reading of this novel for review I like to see the flow of the storytelling, the realisation of the fantasy aspects and whether I became emotionally invested in the main protagonist I was not disappointed Beginning with a dramatic flourish, the story flows effortlessly in a fantasy world of surprising depth reflecting a natural creativity from its author The main character was no [...]


    21. This review is part of a blog tour hosted by That Bookshelf Bitch You can find the full schedule on my blogSo I already mentioned why I wanted to pick this book up Basically, I m looking for my next favorite read and after reading the summary for this book I thought it would be interesting Plus, it s tagged fantasy and there s an enchanted world Plus, I remember being told there wasn t going to be romance, what could I ask for In this book we follow Esme Silver, who lost her mother when she was [...]


    22. This review is a part of a blog tour so be sure to visit my site to check it out to get bonus content and enter a giveaway Here is my spoiler free review of Esme s WishThe Writing One of the best things about Esme s Wish is the way it s written It is simply undeniable that Elizabeth Foster has a magical way with words as she weaves her story across the pages for the readers.Her vocabulary was quite strong and I simply loved her extensive use of comparisons throughout the book to portray the char [...]


    23. Esme s mother, Ariane, has been missing for several years Lost at sea, her tombstone indicates, but Esme believes otherwise The book opened with Esme objecting to her father Aaron s wedding with her stepmother Penelope, a bold move that just shows how much Esme believes that her mother is still out there, somewhere But this gesture earned looks of disappointment from the guests The people of Picton didn t like her mother and Esme, they stayed away from them and told their children to do the same [...]


    24. I m going to find out what happened to you, Mum, no matter what From the startling opening wedding scene of Esme s Wish to the highly satisfying conclusion, this novel aimed at younger readers is a fine read for those of any age who still yearn for wondrous worlds This older, ahem, vastly older reader, felt immersed in Aeolia s realm of blue water and orange dragons I enjoyed the pacing, the mystery, and also the perfect language which does not assume that younger readers will flinch from some l [...]


    25. This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.What a nice, cozy book to read at the start of my winter vacation Esme s Wish features enough popular elements girls with missing mothers, portals to secret magical lands, magic connected to water, special magical powers, a trio of friends, etc to feel familiar and cozy, but Foster somehow managed to combine them in a grabbing and interesting way Once the story really got rolling, I never got bored or experienced deja vu from other books I [...]


    26. Esme s Wish was totally a surprise for me Didn t know what to expect when I signed up for the tour, but I totally got a fun new fantasy I would like to say, It s labelled as YA but I think it s a little MG I could totally see preteen Brooke loving it That s not to say I didn t find it good, I did Just I see it being a bigger hit with a little bit of a younger crowd then they are pitching for You get what I m saying Lets just move on, haha.Lets focus a little on the world building, a huge part o [...]


    27. If you had one wish what would it be Esme Silver lost her mother 7 years ago and has just witnessed her father remarry a women she doesn t like at all She is not only upset at her father for remarrying but also upset that he wants to move on when she can t Her mother went missing 7 years ago for no apparent reason and it is this unknowing that draws Esme to a small cottage she has been told to avoid for the last 7 years after her father and his new wife depart on their honeymoon.Not only does Es [...]


    28. Esme s Wish is an impressive debut novel indeed Although I have long passed the YA demographic and fantasy is not a genre I am usually drawn to, I am a lover of a well written mystery and 15 year old Esme s quest to discover the truth about her artist mother s disappearance hooked me from the moment in which she feistily objects in the church at her father s second wedding.A likeable protagonist, rich and beautifully crafted language, a swiftly moving plot, the slowly unfolding supernatural elem [...]


    29. This is a fantastic new fantasy for upper middle grade readers or lower Y.A Fifteen year old Esme s father is re marrying, 7 years after her mother went missing, lost at sea Everyone else has moved on, but Esme cannot Is her mother truly dead and if so, what were the circumstances of her death Does her father know something that he s not telling her While Esme s father is on his honeymoon, Esme decides to investigate once and for all, and in doing so finds herself swept into the fantasy realm of [...]


    30. At the heart of this book, it s a story surrounding a daughters love and determination to find her mother when everyone else has moved on a story about the beginnings of new friendships and in a land where dragons and powers are the norm This story follows Esme s journey to the world of Aeolia in search for her missing mother There she meets Daniel and Lillian who help her navigate thru the city of Esperance with its mythical creatures and intrigue Elizabeth writing flows quickly I could easily [...]


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