I was provided a free ebook copy of this novel by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Like the book I last blogged about, this is a YA novel. This one is a fantasy set in a period similar to the 1900s, where horses are the primary mode of transport, and technology doesn't yet exist.
Alexa's parents and sister were killed in a fire when she was a child and she's been raised by Ivy, her (very young) guardian.
The story begins just before Alexa's 18th birthday, when her life will change dramatically, because she finds out her destiny has been prophesied and she is the only one who can save her kingdom.
Although this is a fantasy world, it is set in an island chain and has a heavy latin/Spanish influence. I found that aspect of the author's choice interesting.
This book has some of the elements of a great fantasy novel. There are amulets that grant specific powers to the possessor, and there is conflict. The writing style was simpler than many of the YA novels I've read, and would be easily understood by younger teens. The content is also suitable for younger teens.
The biggest issue for me was how quickly the romance between Alexa and Caleb progessed. I found that a bit unbelievable.
I liked this one - it was okay. But I didn't love it.
What is the last book you felt that way about?
Alexa Costa has a life-altering secret…only she doesn’t know it yet.
by law to the kingdom of Alvair until the age of eighteen, Alexa Costa
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.
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