Book Nerd Guest Vlog
My publishing career began at an early age, when I started making homemade coloring books with sheets of blank paper and a stapler, and then went door-to-door to sell them. Unfortunately, my neighbors had limited disposable income for such frivolous purchases, so I was forced to seek my fortunes elsewhere.
I first fell in love with writing (giving up my childhood dreams of being a Veterinarian, and then my later aspirations of "lady trucker") when I signed up for Journalism as my 7th grade elective. It was supposed to an easy A, but it soon became my passion. I moved on to be Copy Editor of the high school yearbook so that I could correct other people's writing mistakes and fill in when they missed their deadlines (and, hey, it was high school...deadlines were frequently missed!).
I still live in the Pacific Northwest, which is the ideal place to be writing anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. I live with my husband and our three beautiful (and often mouthy) children, who serve as an endless source of inspiration for my writing.
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.
It is quite evident that there are more at stake in The Essence. In the first book, The Pledge, she’s trying to protect her sister. Now, she’s trying to protect a whole country. The target on her has gotten bigger and danger seems to be following at a closer distance. Charlaina is struggling with her newly found power but develops it delicately and logically.
Kimberly’s writing style is unbelievably wonderful. She knows exactly what to write to have readers stop at certain phrases and resonate at how magnificent her wordings are. The twists and turns in this book is more complex but just as enjoyable as in The Pledge. Max doesn’t have a prominent presence this time around but when he appears on the page, Kimberly sure knows how to squeeze every bit of his goodness. The ending wrapped it up perfectly while building the basis for the third. The Essence is a remarkable addition to the series that furthers the plot and develops its unforgettable characters.
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