A #WyrdAndWonder Book Review | “Esme’s Wish” (Esme’s Series Trilogy: Book One) by Elizabeth Foster

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Acquired Book By: I first heard from Odyssey Books late last year, however, the timing of accepting their review request for “The Monster Apprentice” wasn’t the best timing for me due to my health and my migraines. As I was setting to mind what I wanted to do for Wyrd And Wonder this year, I decided to reach out to the publisher to see if I could schedule guest author features and perhaps finally accept the chance to read and review “The Monster Apprentice”. I was thankful I could put together a mixture of guest features (guest posts and interviews) as well as two reviews for this Indie publisher in New Zealand. This marks my second book review and I am humbled in joy for the conversations and the stories I’ve discovered this 3rd Year of Wyrd And Wonder through Odyssey Books!

I received a complimentary copy of “Esme’s Wish” direct from the author Elizabeth Foster and the publisher Odyssey Books in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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What truly attracted me to read “Esme’s Wish”:

I was caught up in the essence of where this novel could take me as a reader – I love poetic stories which seek to give us something wonderful from their stories. I have been enjoying my journey back into Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction – however, most of the stories I enjoy the most from those branches of literature are within the Speculative realms. Writers who are writing #SpecLit for these readers are truly tapping into a beautiful vision of how Science Fiction and/or Fantasy can be imagined – whilst giving us layered stories in which to feel we’ve lived elsewhere for a short spell outside our own living experiences.

I knew this was going to become an emotional read for me – the heart of the story, even before reading it is a daughter’s search for her Mum; in different ways in how a daughter can look for her Mum whilst dealing with the realities of having this chasm of ambiguous loss between what Esme remembers from the past and where she currently finds herself in the future. Esme doesn’t remember exactly what became of her Mum – only that she knows others treat her mother’s absence as if she died and despite the tragedy of that moment, they’ve chosen to move on. Yet for Esme how can you move on when you cannot reconcile the past?

This story I felt would be an entry into how Urban Fantasy can feel wonderfully grounded in a contemporary lifestyle and yet, have small touches of the fantastical slowly take over the scope and depth of where the story can take the reader. This gentle hand in guiding us forward into the Esme’s Series is what I loved more about Foster’s writing style. She gives you such a firm grounding of place and setting – of allowing us to better understand her characters and then, she takes us on this wild adventure we simply are better for having experienced. This is why I wanted to read Esme’s Wish and this is why I am wicked thankful it became a part of my #WyrdAndWonder journey this 3rd Year!

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Two things I was attempting to do differently this year is to participate more in the #WyrdAndWonder Challenge (wherein I could take photos and share them on #bookTwitter) but I also wanted to create posts outside reviews & guest features. As the month wore on I realised the few times I was able to respond to the challenge prompts and the vlog video I had made featuring my #bookmail for #WyrdAndWonder might be all I would be able to contribute this year. I am most proud about how this turnt out as I have only released a handful of these so far overall!

I put together a short teaser of a #booktube #vlog #unboxing video which I shared on Twitter. I had a most delightful time answering one of the #WyrdAndWonder challenge prompts which was “The Best Things Come in Threes”.

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A #WyrdAndWonder Book Review | “Esme’s Wish” (Esme’s Series Trilogy: Book One) by Elizabeth FosterEsme's Wish
by Elizabeth Foster
Source: Direct from Author

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions 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 more 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 more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.

Genres: Dragon Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Mythological Fantasy, Portal Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Places to find the book:

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ISBN: 978-1925652246

Published by Odyssey Books

on 30th October, 2017

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 252

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Published by: Odyssey Books (@OdysseyBooks)

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Esme’s Series (trilogy):

Esme’s Wish (book one)

Esme’s Gift (book two)

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Available Formats: Trade Paperback and Ebook

Converse via: #EsmesWish, #YALit, #YAFantasy
as well as #YoungAdult; #IndieAuthor, #IndieFantasy and #WyrdAndWonder

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This story received my award for Best Middle Grade Fantasy.

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About Elizabeth Foster

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 cafés, indulging her love of both words and coffee.

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my review of esme’s wish:

I still remember how I felt when America Ferrera’s character realised her father had moved on with a new wife and life in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Although I read this series via my local library, I couldn’t wait to see it when it released in theaters. It was that emotional recognition I saw in Esme. Her father (for whichever reason) has chosen to move past the loss of his wife and has changed course right in the middle of her teenage years. The loss for Esme I do not believe can be measured because a daughter never quite lets go of her Mum. Even the depth of her sorrow could be seen as she visited her Mum’s grave and the poetic intonations of how Foster set the scene was a humbling look into the inter-personal world of a teenager whose still in the full grip of sorrow for someone she’s lost.

We are privy to Esme’s private thoughts – about her life, the absence of her Mum and the ways in which her life has altered since the day her mother didn’t come home. Foster gives us reasons to rally behind Esme – from the girl’s attempts to keep portions of her mother alive by keeping her trinkets and personal effects in her room to how she tries to em-better herself in ways she believes would not just honour her Mum’s teachings but have her mother proud of the person she’s becoming. Her father on the other hand is fully ready to shift forward – away from the life Esme remembers and this brought me back to The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. There are certain parents who emotionally distance themselves from their children – it might not even be a conscience choice but one where they feel pressured to endure. They simply have a hard time transitioning through hard adversities which align on their path and they make the unfortunate choice of deflecting their emotions and their close connections to those who remind them of what they are attempting to forget. Right or wrong, it is one of their coping mechanisms and it drives a wedge between those who love them most. I felt Foster showed this well – from how her father was both present and absent whilst interacting with Esme and how her own resolve to discover the truths of her life she felt were erased from her knowledge is what emboldened her to undertake the Quest her heart was motivating her to begin. This in of itself roots you into the novel – as who doesn’t want to follow Esme as she tries to find out the impossible?

When wildlife can be inserted into a story I generally am full of smiles because of how much I love being connected to the natural world round me. Thereby when the sea eagle had such a strong presence and influence in Esme’s world – I took notice. This is the second novel I’ve read during #WyrdAndWonder whose mentioned the sea eagle and it was delightful having the chance to see it again – in full flight and in a cheeky manner of interacting with Esme in a way which you could shake off as coincidence but would you?

What truly started to irk me is the lack of thought and the impulsive choices which were effecting Esme’s directly by the actions of both her step-Mum Penelope and her step-Aunt Mavis. The two odious women were sisters and were a force of chaos for Esme as she tried to keep her sanity in tact by continuing to find ways to give new meaning and life to her Mum’s memory. These two simply wanted to rub out her Mum’s memories whenever they could and I truly wondered about how cold and callous a person has to be to effectively think they are more important than a girl’s Mum of whom is now lost to the daughter?

As Foster starts to pull us closer into her Fantasy – where the ordinary bits of this world start to fall into the fantastical – she does it with a measure of grace for being artfully intuitive to Esme. The girl is awash in grief and although she doesn’t dissolve completely in a state of unrest – she has the added burdens of being charged into a new family environment which psychologically is causing its own kind of harm. I appreciated how we started to ‘shed’ the tether this part of Esme’s world had on her as we re-shift forward into where the fantastical starts to intercept with her path. It was here as we gently make those changes in perspective we see how Foster is guiding us towards understanding more about the history of Esme’s Mum’s life and the women of her family as well. There is a strong sense of lineage and familial ties leading us backwards in time as if we are unravelling her living histories bit by bit and gaining empathy and compassion for her family as we do.

Esme lived in an archipelago – a series of islands wherein the ocean was not just her closest comfort but it was also the lifeblood of this area. I’ve been drawn to stories set round these locales in the past and I personally love reading about the ocean and/or the mountains (as both are of equal delight) whenever I am visually being taken elsewhere in a story – however, this world has a hidden veil to it. Where you can feel the truth of what is here but you cannot yet see it for yourself. It hides in the shadows of what people are saying and what they are holding back from disclosing – or to put it in a more contemporary way, it is almost as if Esme’s great-grandmother Lucinda, her Mum Ariane and Esme herself are part of a community of whom see a different part of reality. Either that, or they are not of this world at all and are trying to blend in wherein they simply have to find courage to be themselves.

I could personally relate to Esme’s fears about drowning when she was in the tidepool – as I’ve experienced that myself twice – both in the ocean and in a lake. One involved a spooked horse and the other was getting lost in a rip current which tried to take me out to sea. This is where the story turns into a lovely Portal Fantasy – where we first start to see Esme’s regular world exchange itself for a full viewing of Esperance. A city set in a world which is innately enchanted and yet it holds many secrets of its own – for me, the beauty of her first discovery is how wickedly oceanic this world is situated!

You can barely make out what is flying in the sky on the cover art for Esme’s Wish – however, those are dragons and there are dragons in this world! I felt the artwork on the cover is such a critical one to have because it not only gives you a wonderful glimpse into what Esme’s about to find for herself but it gives you a visual clue about how this world is a wondrous discovery for ourselves. Just the fact the dragons are free and flying wherever they wish to go warmed my own heart!

It was here in this unexpected place where Esme was finding herself and uncovering a portion of her Mum’s life which was hidden from her all these years. It speaks to how secrets kept from our loved ones do more harm than good – especially when you take into account how Esme’s current living situation reminds me dearly of Cinderella – though instead of a just a cruel-hearted step-Mum to contend with she has an equally dire step-Aunt to give her enough grief to ensure she leaves the nest earlier than later. Seeing Esme start to relax and ease back into her bones whilst spending time with Miranda and her daughter was a burst of unexpected joy because more than anything – you simply want Esme to feel a bit more comfortable and free; to where she can express herself without judgement and feel less lost.

Esperance is a city in the world Aeolia – which is a clustering of islands similar to where Esme lives herself on her side of the world. Foster delves into Mythological Fantasy roots inside Aeolia – where the Gods of the Greeks have had a profound effect on those who live here inasmuch as the fact our world and theirs are similarly spinning together but there is a Quantum Physics angle to this wherein you have to look further than our plane of existence to understand Aeolia. I loved the Science behind the world – how Foster tucked in these overlays as if they were meant to be referred to offhandedly rather than it feeling like it was part of an upper level class at University. The world itself didn’t feel hard to conceptionalise because Foster took us through the world in the footsteps of Esme – as she walked in Esperance, as did we and what she understood, we learnt in tandem with her as things became explained. This became a critical reason why reading Esme’s Wish was such a happy delight for me – the more you walk into Aeolia the more you desire to see, understand and discover!

You almost forget how organically the dragons fit inside Aeolia – as they have a freedom of life here which isn’t oft observed. They also have the tendency to forget how close they live to others – as there was a scene involving swimming and a fish diving dragon! I could almost feel the rush of water from the dragon as it dove as expertly as a pelican!

And, from there – right when we’re getting comfortable as if we were on a holiday from our own lives, we start to see there is an undercurrent of alarm threading into Aeolia. As not everything is as it would appear – there is a serenity about life here but that serenity has a sharper edge to root out where there are dangers here which not everyone wants to shine a light on. It is through serendipity that Esme and her new friends Lillian (Miranda’s daughter) and Daniel stumble across a new phenom of this world whilst at the same time, Esme chooses to see if she can sleuth out new information about her Mum and what might have become of her as even these people who have embraced her time in Aeolia do not have answers at the ready to share with her even now.

As Esme took up the chase to find her Mum – following clues she had left behind in ways that seemed quite ordinary on the outset turnt into a journey a daughter could undertake to find a Mum she thought she had lost. She learnt about her through the memories of her Mum’s friends here in Esperance but it was also what her Mum had done whilst she was here which interested me and Esme alike; how she grew her artistry and artistic style and contributed to the art world. She left impressions which were still cast and felt throughout Esperance – pieces of her were still able to be found and shined such a bright light.

Whilst she was aching to find more on her route into the past, Esme was also finding she had a purpose here in Aeolia. She was emerging onto her own path whilst still reconciling the past – it was through her journey here you could see reflections of what everyone has to go through in their lives – about how coming into your own reckoning of self is a journey that has many layers inside it. I appreciated the gentleness of easing into this period of growth for Esme but also of seeing the world she was choosing to learn more about whilst she went through this process. Especially since for most of the story the dragons were at a firm distance – constant and closeby but never too close and too visible. Until we reached the last quarter of the novel and they were as close as a hedgerow to a house. I even loved how Foster described them – she used a term of endearment for the dragons I haven’t heard of before and it made me smile. The kind of smile that gives you a giddy feeling of joy for finding something that makes you glow with happiness.

There are riders of dragons in this world, too. Their known as Rangers – I personally wanted to get to know what it was like to be in their positions – to have that kind of relationship with the dragons and what their lives must be like – which is why I’m hopeful in the sequel Esme’s Gift perhaps this part of the world might be explained a bit more in detail. Either that, or perhaps there is a third installment wherein we can learn more about dragons and Rangers? Honestly – I could re-visit Aeolia for a very long time and multiple installments would be wicked brilliant!

As I reached into this world to see where it would take me, I was left with a reverence for loyalty, determination and the courage of how if you remain pure in your pursuit of something you’re seeking a resolution you are not expecting could become your future blessing. It is a world crafted by the Gods of Greek lore – of a world far removed from its own origins but not too far removed to where their traditions are still intact. It is a world on the brink of being found – if for the first time in a way that befits its own legacy. In essence, if you pull back the layers of the story where Esme fits into the timeline, you’ll find Aeolia has something remarkable to share with you.

Content Note:

Whilst I was enjoying the fantastical visuals Foster etched into her story the only bits which I felt were a bit harder to chew on were the ones which involved bones. I’ll let it lie there for now – but as you’re reading the story, you’ll understand. That and the fact I’ve learnt one creature in Fantasy I’d rather not meet again are Stygians! They’re simply a bit much for me – though I give credit to Foster for making these portions of the story realistically bent towards where you not only feel the danger as it is about to eclipse but you feel as if you’ve survived the experience, too!

on the fantastical writing styling of elizabeth foster:

I have been attracted to wordsmiths for most of my readerly life – especially the ones who have a bit of poetic delivery in how they tell their stories. For me, I found Foster’s voice within Esme’s Wish refreshing because of how it arched through a narrative which is realistically set in a world similar to our own and delivers you into the heartache of a young girl who aches for information about her long lost mother. Foster has found a way to emotionally bridge the gap of absence from Esme’s mother to Esme herself now in the present by etching out how a mother can still be a paramount influence on her daughter’s life even if she isn’t physically with her anymore. You immediately connect with Esme because of how Foster wrote her introduction to her life – there is an immediate emotional pull which gives you a buoyancy into her story.

Foster has this enveloping effect on her readers – she tucks you into her story as if you’ve already been living inside it, gently encouraging you into new pages and giving you reasons to stay hugged into the fantastical journey you’re about to discover. What I loved most though is how the Fantasy bits of her story were simply there in the background of Esme’s story, giving you beautiful glimpses of how reality and Fantasy are not wholly separate entities but can become a merger of a living experience. She also set this story with the backdrop of a lighthouse and his keeper (Esme’s father) and I have been charmed by lighthouses and their histories for years. There was always something a bit magical about them – how they served sentry over the seas, helped guide sailors to port and were a beacon of hope which might feel lost in the ruts and undercurrents of life.

Foster has this way of using words and visual imagery I personally love to find – how she chooses to use her style of descriptive narrative to articulate not only an emotion or an action but a sense of what is happening within Esme’s sphere is wicked brilliant. For instance, she can take a seemingly normal storm on approach and turn it into a interesting metaphoric shift in perspective about how clouds can behave like certain animals who are having a bit of a dust-up of their own. It is these kinds of visuals and exploratory nudges which re-illuminate this world as your reading. You cannot help but feel hugged by a master storycrafter.

I loved the Epistolary touches within the narrative – how letters, journals and other bits of personal memorabilia played a strong role in the context of the story. I felt this hugged us even closer to the journey Esme was taking but also to the critical observation of how leaving things behind which can be read and found are part of our healing process after a devastating loss.

I was truly mesmorised by how Foster knitted together the continuity of the story – how start to finish you are not wont for more of anything except for more installments in the series. She has the instincts of how to tell a well-thought out story with surprises for the reader along the route to the final chapter wherein reading this novel is a joy of its own. This is a Fantasy world I loved living inside because of how endearing the story became to me – you find yourself wanting to befriend Esme and truly be the third friend of hers on Aeolia. From the visual representation of the locales within the world to the immersive afterglow you have of this oceanic topography – you fully live within the folds of this novel. It is a place you will want to dream about as you await more of the series to be published. It is a wicked good Fantasy for all of us who want to go elsewhere through the portal Foster provides for us because even though everything isn’t benign in this world – we have a trusted storyteller to guide us through it. And, that dear hearts makes all the difference in the end!

On the discovery of new ‘words’ or ‘phrases’:

One reason I’ve loved reading stories from authors of different countries of my own is the ways in which I can see how language and linguistics is far more than regionally diverse as it is here in the states. For instance, when I first read British & Canadian Literature (as a book blogger) it took awhile to see how both countries have a fusion of British English but they each use it differently in some ways and merge together in others. I have been wanting to seek out more Australian Lit but have been a bit limited over the years. Especially as our libraries do not always have the stories themselves.

As I was reading Esme’s Wish – I was delighted in the new words I discovered as I read Esme’s story!

→ Fossick or fossicking – to take off in search of; we’d say ‘rummage round’

→ Windmilling – desperately swimming to the surface

→ Scrabbled – we’d have said ‘grasped’ or ‘reached towards’

→ Blinkered – we’d say ‘blinded’ or ‘clueless’ to explain limited understanding/sympathy

→ Short Shrift – we’d say ‘brush them off’ or ‘not give them attention’

I was fascinated by the changes in terms of phrase and how different words were interpreted into different responses. I’ve only highlighted a few to give you an impression of what you can find within the novel as you’re reading. For me, its a bounty of unlimited joy because I love learning how words and phrases can become bent into new ways to see the world whenever your reading outside of your native language. Even in English – if you read stories by American, Canadian, British and Australian authors like I have – you’re going to see nuanced differences and more stark differences in how we all approach using English as a language and as a method of crafting stories.

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#EnterTheFantastic: Seeking out the fantastical elements –

→ Time shifting and/or a form of dreamscaping (seeing things through your mind’s eye)

→ A tidepool serves as a portal

→ Enchanted bells

→ Sirens and other Mythological creatures and persons

→ Self-navigating boats

→ Individual Magical Gifts

→ Magical papery animals

→ Yes, there are dragons in this world!

This YA Fantasy is definitely an entry for Portal Fantasy – wherein you leave one world and exchange it for another through a particular portal which serves as the gateway between the worlds. I don’t often get to read Portal Fantasy and it was a wicked fantastic way of rounding out my reads this #WyrdAndWonder! Plus, too – I love stories set at sea – as last Wyrd And Wonder I was caught in the joy of reading Sea of Lost Souls (see also Review) by Emerald Dodge.

I loved how the magic in this world is individually specific – meaning, people here each have been given a different gift from each other – some share the same gift but all the gifts are uniquely fascinating! I was delighted whenever Foster introduced someone – lead, secondary or one of the background characters who showcased one of their gifts and gave us this magical interlude!! The interesting bit is how some of their gifts were artistic ones and others were more extraordinary – they truly ran the gambit of what could be magically created or magically plausible!

I was first introduced to enchanted animals made out of different textures of materials when I read The Magic Cup during our 1st Year of Wyrd And Wonder. Rather than paper, the materials used was glass and I never lost the wonderment of that kind of magic. Foster used a different kind of magic in her world but how she created these animals inside Esperance was a new wonderment of its own – especially as there is an enchantment of finding how some magic creates such wonderful beauty of out of the life it can create.

I had intended to chase after dragons this Wyrd And Wonder but time evaporated off the clock this year and I hadn’t been able to take up the chase as I had planned. Even the audiobooks I had borrowed at my regional library expired whilst I was succumbing to severe Spring allergy attacks. And, yet, right when I felt I had lost the chance to meet some dragons – Foster happily gave me a reason to keep the Hope alive in finding them! The dragons in this world are the ones I can love without fear and that says everything! Because at the heart of why I pursue #dragonfiction are to find new dragon societies where there is a beautiful balance of strength and power; shared friendship and a whole society of dragons awaiting me like there were in #LelandDragons – Foster gives us dragons which all of us want to know intimately well.

The ways in which she described them and allowed us to feel a pinch of that innocent wonderment about their presence was a beauty of its own. I am wicked grateful I discovered this series and cannot wait to unearth more insights as I continue to read a series which I felt was one of my #unputdownable reads for #WyrdAndWonder Year 3!

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This book review is courtesy of: Odyssey Books

I knew I wanted to end #WyrdAndWonder with a week full of Odyssey Books selections to showcase – I treated my readers & visitors alike with interviews with authors from this publisher (all of whom have convinced me I need to be reading their stories!) whilst I had the chance to read two of their novels “The Monster’s Apprentice” (selected by #TheWriteReads as the Review of the Day) and this novel “Esme’s Wish” rounds out my readerly experiences this Wyrd And Wonder – Year 3! And, what a fantastical one it was once I was able to focus on reading and letting the stories come alive!

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