“College-bound Lexi Adams leads no ordinary life. Premonitions dictate her every move compelling her to rescue strangers day and night. After years of self-sacrifice, she decides to ignore one, but innocent people die. So, when the next premonition depicts her own death, Lexi has a decision to make.
Except more complications arise when a series of strange illnesses and murders devastate her small town, and co-worker Jessica Nelson insists Lexi can help. According to Jessica, everyone is born with an inner energy called Essence. Only a select few, Amethysts, can control Essence and heal people. Jessica claims to be an Amethyst and asks Lexi to join her and a group of her friends as they track the murderers.
Lexi considers helping them only to find out that not only do Jessica’s friends have a hidden agenda, but they also harbor extraordinary abilities. Even more unsettling, they have connections with the Ray-pacs – the sadistic killers who are preying on human Essence. Ultimately, Lexi must decide if life, not death, equals salvation. And if so, is she willing to make sacrifices and join her friends in eradicating the Ray-pacs?” -synopsis from Goodreads.com
I am beyond excited to share with you this literary gem (pun intended). As a reader on a budget, free books on Kindle keep me sane, however, the quality of said books is usually not comparable to published books. That being said, Heather Bowhay’s writing is exceptional. She avoids redundancy and uses colorful words, and I noticed one, maybe two, obvious errors.
Wonderful writing aside, Amethyst still shines. While there’s not a whole lot of character development (I believe most of that happens in book 2), I think each character is so thoughtfully crafted both physically and emotionally. Lexi, the protagonist, was especially easy for me to relate to as we share many similar personality traits and interests. As I was reading some reviews on Amethyst, I discovered that some readers were frustrated with Lexi’s indecisiveness. In Amethyst, Lexi faces some life-altering decisions, and as a college student, I can relate to the difficulty of making such important decisions (granted hers are more dire).
If you’re like me and are a sucker for a good love triangle, then Amethyst is perfect. Jason and Ash are both wickedly handsome and have pleasantly abrasive (is this even a thing?) personalities. I also really enjoyed the concept of essence and the secret roles that Amethysts and Guardians play in society. Bowhay ends the novel with a reveal of what Lexi is that will leave you reeling with questions of what (and who) the future holds for her.
I loved this book. It was great. However, I will warn you that the beginning is slow and takes a while to pick up. I encourage you all to be patient because Amethyst is a rewarding read once you get through the first few chapters. If you couldn’t guess already, I will most definitely be reading the next two books in this series and posting reviews on them!
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