[I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.]
Review: Essence by Hayley Gabrielle (her website)
Pages: 214 pages
My overall rating for this book: 4/5
The story and trigger warnings
The story follows Abbey Shader, a young adult with no clue what she wants to do with her life (hear, hear!). And one day, she finds a bracelet in her room and suddenly she is in Ethra. Another dimension where human qualities like Pride, Optimism and Pessimism (among others) embodied in human-like creatures called Essences. Abbey is chosen to be the new Melder in Ethra. What does that title imply? Who summoned her and why?
What did I like/dislike about the book?
I actually really liked this book. It was something comforting in knowing that Abbey doesn’t have her life together at all, and almost like a blessing she gets whisked away to another dimension. However, does she see it like a blessing? You need to read the book to find out!
Another fantastic thing about this book is that Abbey isn’t described as one of those “not like other girls”-kinda girl. It was refreshing!
I was basically sitting on nails for this entire read. It was beautifully written and the plot was great. It was thrilling to read the entire story, and you got just enough of information at the right times. It’s a mysterious read for sure! I can’t wait for the sequel, Luminessence, to be published!