DNF Review: Amulet of Elusion by Katie Lynn Johnson

Posted March 22, 2014 by Sophia

The Lost Amulet Chronicles #1
Katie Lynn Johnson
Publication Date: June 12, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

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.

Updated review copy provided by author for review

I promised myself to wait until 1/3 of the book. I know I generally wait until 50%, but that’s just the max I’ll wait. But for this particular book, I didn’t make it. More like ¼ instead. Why? Here’s my biggest reason:

It felt like a utopian. A completely perfect world. The characters seemed too perfect. Everyone seemed happy. Caleb and Alexa’s relationship blossoming to romance felt totally out of place. It was more of a puppeteer forcing the two together than letting it naturally happen, or maybe it was just the way it was written.

Amulet of Elusion made everything seem so happy and sunshiny, which isn’t exactly bad considering the weather this year. The majority of us certainly need some rays of sunshine to remain optimistic about Spring.

Speaking of utopians and making things all happy and sunshiny, it just made everything slowww. And I stress extremely slow that over a few days I fell a little behind on my reading schedule just to avoid the book (I did have to read Knight Assassin eventually. Consider it my excuse, and it’s very valid). The prologue did start out great though. But after that? It went down the drain.

The first sentence in chapter one chased all my hopes about the book away. “It was a beautiful day…”

Um, no. No no no no.

I mean, if I had all the time in the world, I may start grasping at some strings. But life is short, I have other books to get to, I have homework and midterms slapping me in the face, and YOLO. Therefore, I have to move on when I’m bored and tired of waiting, which I did for a good quarter of the book.

I will have to give props to the author on good world building – it’s vividly written and you can clearly see what’s happening in your mind, but it does seem to have a few weak spots. It also has an interesting storyline, or so I thought.

But the cover is pretty. Elusion is just hard on the eyes though. It’s easy to mistaken the E as an upside down L.

2 Owls

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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