Sunday, March 23, 2014

Amulet of Elusion by Katie Lynn Johnson

Title:  Amulet of Elusion
Series:  The Lost Amulet Chronicles #1
Author:  Katie Lynn Johnson
Published:  December 2013 by CreateSpace
Length:  380pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Alexa Costa has a life-altering secret…only she doesn’t know it yet.

Confined by law to the kingdom of Alvair until the age of eighteen, Alexa has lived a sheltered existence under the watchful eye of her sword-wielding guardian, Ivy. Her love interest, Caleb Whitman, is exactly the opposite. A merchant sailor and seeker of rare artifacts, Caleb has lived a life of adventure in nearby San Lucero, the long-time rival of Alvair.

After her eighteenth birthday, Alexa’s quiet existence becomes tumultuous, and she realizes she does not need to seek to find adventure. Myths become real, legend becomes fact, and Alexa discovers that she possesses rare abilities which make her a target for both sides in a centuries-old struggle for power. She must use every resource available to her—including her talents with the supernatural Amulets—to help her friends, rekindle her romance with Caleb, and save her island home from destruction.

My Review:

With this novel Johnson takes the YA fantasy genre and develops a one of a kind story that sparks your emotions and keeps you intrigued. Although this novel was well written and descriptive on a visual scale I found the storyline itself a bit difficult to get into. The story was all there but was presented in a manner that I found to be somewhat superficial at times. I was rarely fully in the story. That said, the further into the story I got the more I enjoyed it. It was definitely a unique read.

The main character in this novel was fairly well developed. You get to know her on multiple levels, really getting in with her. The majority of the rest of the cast had quite skeletal development. They were there to fill out the novel and fulfil certain roles but little else.

Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable, fluffy read that was written for all levels of readers.

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