Sunday, July 6, 2014

Black Amaranth by Sasha Hibbs

Title:  Black Amaranth
Series:  Vulcan Legacies #1
Author:  Sasha Hibbs
Published:  Aug 16/13 by Evernight Teens
Length:  216pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA paranormal fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Eighteen-year-old Ally Watson arrives home from high school graduation, more than a little annoyed that her Uncle Argyle—Ally’s legal guardian and only surviving relative—didn’t even bother showing up. But instead of berating him for his forgetfulness, Ally finds him in a life-or-death battle with a monster. Argyle manages to kill the creature, and gives Ally a parcel containing a destiny she never knew existed.

Ally, along with her best friends Michael, Jessica, and David, hurry to Georgia to uncover the truth of Uncle Argyle’s secrets, and the meaning of the mysterious marks that Ally bears. Are the marks related to the blacksmith mythology of her ancestors? Who are these heavenly warriors who show up in the oddest of places? And will an ancient gypsy curse destroy the very things Ally fights to save?

Black Amaranth: a simple flower, a symbol with an ancient legacy, a conduit for prophecy…while faith and hope are essential to the journey, Ally soon discovers that love is the most powerful force of all.

My Review:

What a unique story. Hibbs combines many different myths and legends about the supernatural into one uniquely captivating tale. This novel is enjoyably fast paced. Hibbs catches and keeps your attention throughout. She develops her world in vivid colour & surround sound. You can’t help but picture it all.

This novel is very strongly YA oriented with a definite message of redemption and right vs wrong. All of the events are geared to make the characters seem their age, which is a brilliant deviation from what we see happening as of late. The characters themselves are also quite well developed. They are unique, both individually and as a group. They are also realistically developed to drawn you in to their world without questioning their every move or decision.

Overall, this was a well-developed, captivating YA tale that would be fun for readers of all ages who enjoy the genre.

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