Review of the Emerson’s Attic series: “Blue Velvet” and “Smoke and Mirrors”

Emerson’s Attic series: Blue Velvet & Smoke and Mirrors
By Kathleen A. Davise a 2e a 1
Published by Jemerson Press
122 / 140 pages

I was asked to review these books by a promoter who was doing a ‘review tour’ for the series. I was very excited when I got the email. This is my first time accepting an invitation to review a new book. I decided to review both books together because they have things in common and they both were easy to read.

Emerson McBride is a 14-year-old girl who lives in an old Victorian house somewhere in America. Both books are about how Emerson travels back in time where she meets some of her ancestors. But she doesn’t know they are her family until she goes back to her own time. In the first book she meets family on her father’s side, and in the second it’s her mother’s side.

In both books, Emerson takes the place of somebody else in the past. She doesn’t take over that person’s body. She and the person exchange places in time. Emerson doesn’t know this in the first book, but somehow knows it in the second book. In the first book she goes back in time alone to a late 19th century English manor owned by a wealthy family. In the second she goes with her friend Sarah to a mid-20th century traveling circus.

I like Emerson because she is determined and loyal. For example, when she followed the kidnappers in the first book she was determined to catch them and get Genevieve back home. She is also daring. In the second book when she was riding a circus horse, she tried to do a trick that she had seen in a 21th century circus.

I also really like Hannah who only appears in the second book. Hannah is deaf, but her other senses are much sharper than usual. She is the only one in both of the books that realizes that Emerson has taken the place of the person in the past. I like Hannah because she has challenges, like being deaf, which she doesn’t allow to get in her way. She is also smart and friendly.

I should say that the stories do have a few gaps. For example, in the second book Emerson tells Sarah that when they go back in time, the people they take the place of, travel forward in time. However, nothing explains how Emerson knows that. The books also do not explain what happens to the people who go forward in time. I think maybe Ms. Davis should think about writing a story that fills in these gaps.

Over all, I really enjoyed both books and think girls ages 9-13 will also like them.


3 thoughts on “Review of the Emerson’s Attic series: “Blue Velvet” and “Smoke and Mirrors”

  1. Hi Phoebe, I just wanted to drop by and thank you for reviewing my first two books in the Emerson’s Attic series. First, let me say “Phoebe” is one of my favorite names!!!! I have an ancestor whose name was Phoebe Chatterton…is that cool or what. And, your site is wonderful!!!! Wow, what a commitment and excellent service you give authors. Anyway, I do appreciate the time and attention you gave my books and your comments are valid and taken very seriously. Regarding the exchange of places by the time travelers, Emerson figured that out because no one notices when she or Sarah are gone…not family or friends. I tried to show that in the first book when she returned home for a short period of time and thought everything was okay until she was swept back again. This is an excellent point for me to address further in future books. I have been asked, by other readers, about the exchange character who goes into Emerson’s world. Although I feel future travel is well-covered these days, because I have had several questions about it I will address this in future books as well. Again, thank you for your review and best wishes for success in all you do.

  2. Very cool that this is an invited review!!

    This series is new to me–but it sounds wonderful–definitely worth reading.

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