Amethyst is the first book of the Guardian series by Heather Bowhay, in the book we are introduced to Alexis, or Lexi as she is know to her friends. Alexis has a special ability where she can see events of people who are going to be in-danger, however she ends up finding people who have gifts and learns about them as well. In the process she also finds herself falling for two different guy’s, one of them who she has saved and the other who is just a normal guy.
The book is told completely from Alexis point of view, which works rather well in this case since it’s her gift that is the most important here. Heather Bowhay has made Alexis a bit different from her best friend Ally – who helps her out and is rather fashion conscious – Alexis isn’t, in fact Alexis is more of a bookworm who has a high vocabulary range which is rather refreshing to see. Given that this book is aimed for Young Adults there is nothing too intense in the book, the romance isn’t too full on and if anything it just seems more flirtatious chat than anything serious.
This is Heather Bowhay’s first novel release, although the second book called Linked is already out to buy. The story is rather nice, although when reading it there are a good few mistakes that should have been picked up rather quickly; in one of the first chapters Ally said ‘You’re and your’ one after the other, that should have been picked up rather fast and removed from the novel before it was released. The characters themselves however is something else, personally there was a lot of character’s in this book, you have the main character Alexis, then you have Ally and Ben (although Ben was more of a background character than anything else), we then had Jessica, Jason, Ash, Madison, Max and Laci. While this doesn’t sound like a lot of character’s, given the element of the book is supernatural, it’s a unique supernatural tone and nothing is truly explained about the gifts the group have until right at the end of the book.
Alexis was a rather good character, she was well read and just a decent character overall, there is nothing to dislike about her. Although she would swing from wanting to be part of the Amethyst’s to not in the space of a chapter, it was convincing considering she didn’t have that much knowledge in what was going on.
Jessica was a bit too bubbly and too bright in my opinion, there just seemed to be something a bit too much about her. Although I know there are people who are chirpy the majority of the time, Jessica was just brought about as being a bit over that – to an extent that I thought of her a bit as being like Pinkie Pie from the new My Little Pony series.
Jason is a good character, although he annoyed me with disappearing, I thought that Alexis had a bit of a cheek to talk considering that she would move away from people whenever she had a vision. On the whole though I thought Jason was nicely written, however near the end of the book I was wondering a bit about his character, perhaps this will be explained more in the next book.
Ash just irritated me, he seemed rather obnioxious when we are first introduced to him. Although over the time that we see him he’s not as bad and it’s rather flirtatious chat that is going on between himself and Alexis I just can’t warm up to him at all.
Ally seems rather well done as well, although it was interesting to read that Alexis is in the same college as her not because she wants to be, but because Ally always knows what she wants to do. I hope her character might be explored a bit more because she does seem to be rather interesting and she and Alexis have a good teamwork going on as well.
The final character that I can actually write about is Madison, although we don’t really get that much of a look to her, aside from her being really beautiful and a bit of a bitch as well. However since I don’t know what Madison’s circumstances are for her to behave in such a way I can’t really say anything overly negative about her, part from she does come across as being possessive and bitchy.
The over all book was really nice to read, it had a nice set of action and also some calm moments between friends in there as well, however the part I was most disappointed in was the ending, even though it’s a series the fact that the Amethyst’s and Guardian’s were only explained at the end of the book annoyed me, though I suppose it entices people to go and get the second book
Although there is mistakes in the book, some are easy to see and other’s not so much, it is a good book and it does have a nice, unique plot to go with it. Given that the book is free to get from Amazon Kindle there is no harm in checking it out if you like Young Adult, supernatural books with a dash of romance.