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I was also an average, invisible girl in my school days. But Emaline spends very little time in self-pity. She helps her mother, takes care of her baby brother, and the difficulties of their life really don't affect her attitude. I do wonder a little what happened to that milk she went to the store for, but what happens to Emaline totally eclipses the errand.
Micah was my favorite character, since we have a hard-of-hearing daughter who signs. I also appreciated the window into Secular Humanist philosophy, just enough so that real-life teenagers should say, "Hey, that's what we're learning everywhere, every day... "
I hope there's another book in this series already, because this one was mostly introduction and setup. Not that nothing exciting happens, because it sure does, but I need to get busy and read more.
The heroine, Emaline is a likable character, though we don't get to delve too deep into her psyche in this book, I do hope that we get to learn more about her, because her "self" is there, waiting to be shared. Emaline is a typical just-turned teenager with perhaps a bit too much responsibility and freedom, which lead to the situation at the lead of the book.
The story itself is well thought-out and kept my interest the entire time. The obeah are just as, but no more, evil than you would expect for a book written for the tween set. The plot advanced nicely and I liked the fact that this book was not trying to be HP, it had it's own set of why's and how's. My only complaint would be that I really wanted more detail. I wanted a better description of the Abby, of feelings, of relations. The who was taken care of, I desired more of the what, when, where, and how, but this will come with more writing, and I do expect to see more from this author.
This book was written for children so, since I am blessed with a 9 year old who reads at the seventh grade level and who loves the Harry Potter series, I let her read it too. She tells me that she loved it, could not put it down. She really liked the fact that the book was faith-based and is waiting not-so-patiently for the next one. She is a bit like me that way.
“Emaline’s Gift” takes place in modern day Washington DC. Emaline is a 13 year old girl just trying to beat the boredom during summer vacation. Her whole life, however, is thrown upside down when a young man with mysterious abilities rescues her from a gang of psychotic teenagers. The young man, Anthony, is a Magi, one descended from the same Magi who visited Jesus as a child. The attacking teenagers are with the obeah, those with similar powers to the Magi’s, but fighting for the other side. Emaline suddenly finds herself in the middle of a battle between God and Satan, and the choice of who she will follow will determine her entire fate.
Brad Francis is a very good writer. “Emaline’s Gift” is written in the same style as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, appropriate for children without being too tame. He describes the Magi and Obeah’s personalities and abilities vividly, and no two characters are the same. The action is intense, and the stakes are always high. What I found most impressive, though, is how Brad managed to keep the focus on God at all times. Even when the Magi are in a firefight (literally) with the Obeah, he makes sure the reader understands that their powers are not of their own doing- they’re gifts from God. The Magi will constantly stop and pray to strengthen their actions, seek God’s will, and… well, pretty much everything they do revolves around prayer.Read more ›
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The author is in my writers group, and I picked up the book during a promotion. He stated that he wanted to write exciting fantasy adventures for his daughters like Harry Potter... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by GramiJeaux
Excellent read with characters I hope will continue in further books as this strong Christian series develops. Urge u to sample it as that's all it will take to 'hook' you!Published on December 1, 2013 by LLane
I was excited when I heard about this book. Something that is fiction but yet is Christian based. Starting off the first chapter left me in fits of laughter and keeping me on my... Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Ashley
This is a must-read book. It's the beginning of a series, and we find we empathize with Emaline. She gets thrown into this battle between good and evil. Who will win? Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by rmweatherford1s
I received this book in exchange for an honest review...and I couldn't be more honest than this!
I so much enjoy reading Brad Francis' books because I know that I will... Read more
this story is a truly awe inspiring book, the story of a war as old as time. And a fight for the life of a young girl. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by lillia
Emaline's Gift by Brad Francis has good writing and an interesting plot. If not for the issues and believability in the story, I would have enjoyed reading it more. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Nikole
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