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Title: Amulet of Eluison
Author: Katie Lynn Johnson
Publication Date: June 12, 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Why?: Fantasy books are one of my favorite genres to read, because they lend so much room to incredible world building and character development. Throw in some adventure, mystery, myths and legends becoming real, an a centuries old power struggle? This book sounds like it has all the right pieces to make an incredible book!
Expectations: I've never read anything by Katie before, but I still have pretty high expectations for this book. Writing a good fantasy can't be easy, and it has to be able to hold my attention pretty well in order for me to enjoy it. Given the synopsis, I think this book will be able to meet my high standards, and I'm really excited about that.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is very dark. The blues and the blacks don't leave any room for pops of color, but I do love the way the title stands out and how the people are just silhouettes. It doesn't give anything away, and it lets the reader establish their own picture of the characters. I don't know if I would pick this book up based solely on the cover, but I don't think I would pass it over either.