The Essence

The Essence Danger dread mystery and romance Booklist continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy as Charlie s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies At the luminous conclusion of The Ple

Danger, dread, mystery, and romance Booklist continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared The evil queen s Essence is fused to C Danger, dread, mystery, and romance Booklist continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared The evil queen s Essence is fused to Charlie s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.Charlie is not weak, but she s being pushed to the brink In addition to suppressing the ever present influence of Sabara, she s busy being queen and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset she is faced with the ultimate betrayal And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

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The Essence

  1. Kimberly has been in love with love since the first grade, when she would make boyfriends hold her hand during recess whether they wanted to or not In high school, she discovered romance novels and she s been hooked ever since She is the author of the award winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED her first book in The Men Of West Beach series She s also co written the soon to be released picture books about a girl who loves science Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections These days, she spends entirely too much time ordering stuff off the Internet, binge watching Netflix, and holding hands with a guy who doesn t have to be forced her husband.Note I m the worst about checking my emailI apologize if I never got back to you If you need to reach me, try the Ask me a question option below , or email me at kim at kimberlyderting dot com

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  1. They get on the train They get off the train They get on a horse They get off the horse They get on the boat They get off the boat They arrive at the castle They leave the castle They get back on the boat They get back on the horse They get back on the train Somebody tries to kill her repeatedly, but they re not very good Nothing else happens.Seriously I really wanted to enjoy this one, since I liked The Pledge, but I just couldn t do it The romance was lacking, there was too much travelling wit [...]

  2. If you need some kind of proof that having an inexperienced eighteen year old girl as a QUEEN with yet another eighteen year old girl as The Commander of The Armed Forces is such a badBADidea then read The Essence, it s proof enough.

  3. Three Stars A good middle book, but not much plot advancement.Charlie is struggling to come to terms with her new duties as Queen of Ludania She tires of everyone, even her best friends, referring to her as Your Majesty She longs sometimes for the return to the simplicity of her old life Yet, she has risen to the occasion and taken a firm hold on the throne With her rein, she intends to bring peace, prosperity and equality to her kingdom No longer are the citizens divided by class and language C [...]

  4. The cover is so gorgeousI can t wait to read The Essence but 2013 such a long wait I hope they change the date.

  5. This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic NerdMY THOUGHTSThis book was very different than the first book I didn t like this as much as the first book, but this is still a very great read Charlie is now Queen of Ludania, after defeating Sabara, but Sabara isn t dead Sabara is living inside Charlie s mind and Charlie has to fight her for control Not only is it hard for her to fight Sabara and kept it a secret Apparently, some of her people are very unhappy with her erasing the class sy [...]

  6. an advance copy of this book was provided by Simon and Schuster through THIS REVIEW WILL ONLY MAKE SENSE IF YOU VE READ The PledgeI vaguely remember reading the first book The Pledge I looked back on what I said about it and my memory was jogged about how I didn t love it or hate it I liked it enough to read the second one I wish I didn t I found myself screaming at this book all day It s a shame that I had to bring in the new year reading this, it was exhausting.The first book ended with Charli [...]

  7. All right Again, just like The Pledge, The Essence started off slow and a little frustrating It took me a while to finish this one, but I did keep going albeit slowly because I really did want to see how it ended Charlie really pissed me off a few times, to be honest, and I felt like screaming at her too many times to count throughout this book I mean, all she kept doing was digging a bigger hole for herself every few chapters The ending may have made me scream like a banshee, read chapter 19 an [...]

  8. I definitely didn t like this one as much as I liked the first book This one felt like it didn t need to be it s own book, and that it could have been combined with the final book Ultimately, that made this one feel a little dragged out than it needed to be That said, it did have it s good moments, and I liked it overall.

  9. As anyone who has read my review of The Pledge knows, I was not a big fan I had absolutely no intention of reading the sequel, but such are the joys of the Sadie Hawkins feature Blythe wanted me to read this, so here we are On the plus side, I didn t dislike The Essence the way I did The Pledge, largely due to the decrease in romance, but I still don t think this series is particularly impressive.One part of The Essence is super cool, and that is Charlie s relationship to the queen she displaced [...]

  10. 2 StarsOne word to describe The Essence would be BORING or maybe ANNOYING Book 2 picks up where book 1, The Pledge left off Note, if you haven t read book 1, I would suggest NOT reading this review I remember liking The Pledge until the ending When I found out Sabara was stuck in Carlaina Charlie in The Pledge I was 100% grossed out, regardless I still liked the characters and decided to continue with book 2, The Essence.I don t even know if there is a summary to The Essence, I would just say it [...]

  11. Warning This review contains spoilers for The PledgeAnd the streak of sequels that outshine their predecessors continues This time the streak is continued with, obviously, The Essence, sequel to The Pledge which, while I enjoyed overall, left me with mixed feelings However, despite The Pledge leaving me with mixed feelings, I went into The Essence with high expectations after the conclusion of The Pledge, and I am thrilled to say that most if not all of those high expectations were met by the ti [...]

  12. Picking up a few months after The Pledge, we find that Charlie I mean, Queen Charlaina has settled in quite nicely into her new life, her transition from Charlie, the Vendor s daughter to Queen Charlaina going smoothly except for a few tiny bumps But, is the road to a happy kingdom smooth Or does a certain Queen and her past catch up with Charlie Starting, for a change, with the negativesCharlie had yet to become Queen Charlaina de Heyse I ve seen zero character development throughout this entir [...]

  13. I really enjoyed this I m not compleetly obsessed but it was a ncie fun read The last 25% was actually pretty great.Is it wrong that I m liking Sabara and I know she s the villain here but I just really like her She s very determined and than a little crazy I Kinda like her than Charlie I enjoyed book 1 than this book but I ll probably still finish the series as it was an enjoyable read.

  14. I m not sure whether I actually want to READ this or not, since I thought The Pledge would ve been amazing as a standalone novel Oh well, I dunno I ll probably give it a shot anyway.

  15. I can t believe I have to wait a year for this book If Charlie and Max aren t together when it s all over I ll be very disappointed.

  16. Before I read this I re read The Pledge and honestly I didn t like it as much as I remembered The books are quite short, but the cliffhanger in the first book was good enough to get me to buy this one and to carry on with the series I did like this one I mean there was a little going on and kept you interested but I didn t get the rush of excitement or that connection with the book I don t overly love the characters I have had a complete turn around with this book as I remembered loving The Ple [...]

  17. You know it s bad when you get halfway thru and find yourself asking, Can t we be done, like, now In this second book in the The Pledge series, Charlie is now queen But she s not queen by herself the queen who tried to take over her body is IN her body, with her So the entire book is Charlie whining by day about how lousy she is at queening and how TIRED and BORED she is, and by night she has internal arguments with the ex queen inside of her As the ex queen gets stronger and stronger and is try [...]

  18. The GoodSabara I love the internal struggle Charlie has with Sabara Sabara s past is wildly interesting, but I wish there was focus on her I am hoping the final book will give insight into the evil queen s past.The terrorists Equality seems all well and good to most people, but every time huge changes happen in a government you are going to have at least a small group of people who don t want change and like things the way they are The presence of terrorists in the book fighting against what m [...]

  19. Well well, what can i say, a second bookah i hope this book is better than the first, its not like the first was particularly bad it just wasn t particularly GOOD either, and it defiantly wasn t amazing, unlike the cover which i WUV Ok things i would like OR THAT I WOULD NOT LIKE to see in this book are Charlie has to GROW A PAIR and start making me believe in her as a person and a queen DO NOT KILL ANGELINA, no this is not the hunger games, no sweet little sisters have to die please Max, bloody [...]

  20. The sequel was okay It didnt pull me in right away and i was a bit confused about what was going on for the first part as i had forgotten the events of the last book, so it took me a while to get into it.Charlie is now queen but has the spirit of the old queen imprisoned in her body The is quite a hard situation for her and i felt sorry for her She seemed or less the same to me in this book as the last one with no particular character development Max unfortunately who i did really like before w [...]

  21. Liked this but not as much as the first book, The Pledge There was still that air of mystery that I enjoyed and the pacing is still on point, but I felt it was still disjointed There was a bit of the previous queen s back story which I enjoyed but I still didn t understand why she really wanted to stay Was it truly for her love or was it for for a selfish reason I found both Charlie and Sabarra s thoughts to be jarring and misplaced Especially at the end Charlie changing or was that always ins [...]

  22. This took me a while to read And while I enjoyed it, I guess, it took me a while to read therefore it didn t feel as good as it could have been Again, the world building could have been done much better Also, there was not enough Max in there at all, and too much Niko Though considering Niko and Sabara s relationship it makes sense Overall, the plot was interesting While I liked Charlie, there were moments were I couldn t help but roll my eyes I totally wanted Max and Charlie action Or at least [...]

  23. Wamp wamp.The first book was okay, I m in the middle of the third one and it is so far also okay This oneip it You won t miss much Find some spoilers Or don t.Issues I hate books where teenagers are all of a sudden in power Not even going to try some sort of regency Maybe not let her change things she s clueless about for a bit Charlie is never queenly or smart, she s basically a pouty idiot the whole book And who makes their BFF the head of the army with zero experience Brooklyn worked with the [...]

  24. Originally posted on my blog libraryladyhylary Check it out for reviews Now that she is settling into her newfound role as the queen of Ludania, Charlie is struggling to cope with unrest in her troubled kingdom The caste system that used to strictly divide the country by language has been abolished, and Charlie, Max and Brooklynn are trying to ensure that the transition to equality goes smoothly Unfortunately, not everyone in Ludania is thrilled about what Charlie has done Threats against the q [...]

  25. I really enjoyed the first book in Kimberly Derting s dystopian fantasy series and I ve been looking forward to reading The Essence for a year now I have to admit that it s been so long since I ve read The Pledge that I was a little hazy on the finer details of what happened in the story, I knew I d enjoyed it and I remembered the main plot but I had trouble remembering who all of the minor characters were and was a little worried that was going to reduce my enjoyment of the next book That is on [...]

  26. So after hatingThe Pledgeso much, I for some sick twisted reason, decided to read the next book in the seriesThe Essence This book is divided into 3 parts Part one was total filler and I hated it as much as it s predecessor Part two I found tolerable, but by part three, I was actually even a bit intrigued However, it was one of the most predicable stories I have read in awhile If you look at my status updates, you see several predictions I made as I was reading and I had I didn t comment on and [...]

  27. A copy was provided for review purposes The Essence by Kimberly Derting was just as amazing as her first novel in the series, if not a bit better We follow along the main character Charlie as she encounters even greater journeys in her life Charlie is now the highly regarded queen of Ludania, as she has defeated the evil queen before her, Sabara Charlie knows that even though she has defeated the evil queen, Sabara still resides in her as she has a strong connection with Charlie through the esse [...]

  28. I really liked this book I like how she wanted to save all her people and she thought about them before she though about getting herself to safety I really like how the one guys saved her and convinced the train to leave I love how she solves the mystery and defeats the queen inside her.

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