Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Emerald Isle by Barbra Annino

Title: Emerald Isle
Author: Barbra Annino
Series: Book Four in the Stacy Justice Mystery Series
Published By: Thomas and Mercer (July 2, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
For most women, a twenty-ninth birthday might involve a day at the spa or dinner with friends. But Stacy Justice ? budding reporter and reluctant witch ? isn't like most women. Stacy's grandmother, Birdie, insists an Irish secret society known as the council will soon grant Stacy the role of Seeker of Justice. But terrible news interrupts the birthday ritual: the magic cauldron that supplies the world's food has vanished. The council decrees that if Stacy finds the cauldron, she?ll be appointed Seeker and her imprisoned mother will be freed. But a challenger for the role steps forward: Ethan, the grandson of spiteful council member Tallulah. If he finds the cauldron first, Stacy will never see her mother again. And if they both fail, the planet will perish. The fourth heart-pounding book in the Stacy Justice series, Emerald Isle sends the fiery-haired heroine on a whirlwind adventure across continents and generations, racing against time to save not just her mother but the whole world.

My Thoughts and Review:
I love this series, I have from the very first book and everything that made me fall in love with this series is still going strong in this fourth installment. Humor, mystery, a little romance and a whole lot of crazy antics, ghosts,  magic, and a cast full of loveable characters (oh Thor how I love thee!!), what more could a girl ask for?

Once again Stacy is in a little over her head and once again her grandma and great aunts are right in the thick of things with their mysterious ways, hints, crazy rituals and even crazier riddles. The Geraghty girls are a force to be reckoned with and when push comes to shove, they get the job done. 

I have also loved the Geraghty girls, they are so quirky and fun and not to mention mysterious. When I found out that parts of this book would be through Birdie’s eyes as well, I was thrilled, to be able to get some insight and background on one of the most mysterious Geraghty girls? Count me in!

This whole book had a different feel to it than the others, Stacy is really starting to accept who she is and she is really coming into her own. I have always loved how strong and brave she is but now there is a fierce determination there as well, her true self is really coming through and shinning. 

Thor is his wonderful comical self and I love him, the Geraghty girls are as fabulous as ever. Chance is as sweet as could be and even though he only has a tiny role in this one, he won me over even more with the part he did play.

So much happens, so much is revealed, and of course there is so much I can't tell you because it would ruin it all. 

I can't help but feel like this could be the end of the series, it gave off that vibe for me and I am really hoping that that isn't the case because, I would be heartbroken. I would miss everyone and I am not ready to say good bye. 

I don't usually quote books, mostly because those I read are ARC's and therefore it could change before the actual release but, once in a great while something will stand out to me and be so profound that I feel like I have to share it and this is one of those times.

“That it is important to be strong, courageous, and true to yourself, no matter what the rest of the world thinks. That the greatest mistakes in life are not the ones we make, but the ones that never get made because we are to afraid to try.”

That quote is just one of many reasons why I love this series so much.

*All opinions and thoughts are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review*


  1. I love that quote and it's so true. This series sounds like fun as well, i need to add it to my list!

  2. I haven't heard of this series, but it sounds fun and like something I would really enjoy. Thanks for the great review.

  3. Oh, this sounds so charming and lovely! And I love the quote you included - as a big fan of quotes, I think it gives me reason enough ot pick up the first book very soon.
    I went and researched Opal Fire and added it to my tbr.

  4. I haven't heard much about this series, but your review alone is very convincing! It sounds like a really delightful read, and I particularly like the sound of the Geraghty girls. Characters who are easy to invest in can make the world of difference between an enjoyable book and one that isn't. Really lovely review! :)

  5. Yay Maja, I hope you love it!!

    Thanks Sam too for stopping by!!

  6. This series sounds like a lot of fun! Thor's a comical guy, eh? Just what I like!

  7. Christy, Thor is her Great Dane and he is just awesome!

  8. I know you are a big fan of this series and I actually got the first book awhile back, but of course I still haven't reviewed it yet. I hope to get to it sometime. I didn't know there was already another book coming out, now I am really behind.

  9. Oh gosh Heidi, you need to try it soon!