Book Review | Amulet of Elusion by Katie Lynn Johnson

**Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Title: Amulet of Elusion

Author: Katie Lynn Johnson

Series: The Lost Amulet Chronicles #1

Genres: Fantasy

Publication/Year: CreateSpace • 2013

Page Numbers: 380

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 Rating: ★★★★★

Quote(s) I Like:
"With a shrug he told her, 'Take the money or don't, Meredith, but I'm not buying what you're selling.'" - Caleb

"'I'll do whatever it takes to keep my friends and our cargo.' Sam squeezed the trigger and a loud crack rang out across the water." - Sam

"If you let your guard down for an instant, you are bound to fail." - Ivy

"Alexa, listen to me. You have to shoot to kill. you don't have to feel guilty about it; they would do exactly the same to you." - Caleb

"And Julio, if you threaten Alexa again, I reserve the right to throw you overboard. Understood?" - Caleb

"You threatened him with a gun. If that isn't overreacting then what is?" - Alexa

My Thoughts:
Amulet of Elusion is great ya fantasy novel. I was totally impressed with how Katie Lynn Johnson went about writing this. It was a fun read with a lot of action and enough romance. The world building was outstanding! I absolutely loved the world from start to finish. The character development was great too. Each character had their own personality that bought the story to life.

Alexa Costa, the protagonist, is a feisty 17 year old living with Ivy Delgado (her guardian) in Alvair. Alexa grew up sheltered because of her past life in San Lucero. Now that she is turning 18 years old she is allowed to beyond the city limits of Alvair and go to San Lucero. Her entire life she spent days learning about Triads, Amulets and how to sparr. She used to think it was all useless until she was captured by the governor of San Lucero and then Alvairians came to rescue her. War broke out between the two cities.

Alexa's best friend Novella Harris is an extremely outgoing young lady. I loved her spunky attitude, especially when it came to reading and learning history. Alexa has a "beau" named Caleb Whitman. The forbidden romance that brews between the two of them is lovely. I admire how Caleb even took Sam, a 15 year old, under his wing to "train" him.

Ivy was an amazing guardian. I think she should have told Alexa the truth about her family and life, but the fact that she prepared her throughout the years was great.

The fight between the queen and king against Alexa was stunning. How the king died was hilarious, but the ending is such a cliff hanger!!!!!!!!! Why!?

Overall, this book was awesome and the sneak peak of Amulet of Power definitely has me interested in what happens next!

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