Amethyst, a YA paranormal romance/fantasy (#1 Guardian series)

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
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. And when the next premonition depicts her own death, Lexi is faced with the decision of a lifetime. More
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About Heather Bowhay

I live in Washington with my husband, Dan, and two children, Dawson and Laci, and our three cats, Lyon, Maci, and Tyger. I graduated from Western with my teaching certificate and find that substitute teaching gives me the best balance: time for family, exercising, cooking, reading, writing, and of course time to guest teach in several different classrooms. Promoting a fun learning environment but without the lesson planning is awesome. "Amethyst" is my first novel in the Guardian series, followed by the sequel, "Linked," and the final book in the trilogy, "Dentelle." They are all available in ebook format.

Thank you to Randi, a complete stranger, who was the first to review Amethyst and who also rated it 5 stars!

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Review by: The Guilty Kitty on Dec. 23, 2013 :
*Written by Kara Pomeroy@TheGuiltyKitty*

Plot (5 Paws) -- `Amethyst' opens with an exciting scene that made me want to read more. I wasn't disappointed. Overall, this is a really good story, with some great paranormal ideas and some likeable characters with depth

When the protagonist, Lexi Adams, decides not to ignore the premonitions that plague her, her life starts to take a different course. First, she runs out in the middle of the night to save a girl from being attacked, and runs into some gnarly characters who we meet up with again at the end of the book. Soon after, following another premonition, Lexi meets Jason, who ends up as a love interest, but with an interesting twist.

But there's not just one potential love interest for Lexi, there's also the cocky, but sweet, Ash who has some secrets left unrevealed in this book that I'm assuming will show up in the next book of the series.

All this is going on while Lexi learns from a co-worker, Jessica, that she's an Amethyst, someone born with the ability to heal others. Jessica teaches Lexi how to use her powers.

The action culminates in an action heavy scene in the woods, which I won't spoil for you, but it has lots of intriguing paranormal activity.

Pace (4 Paws) -- The story started out fast and mostly kept a good pace.

Writing (4 Paws) -- Heather Bowhay created a world of characters I ended up caring about, and wanting to know what happens to them.

Cover (2 Paws) -- I would've liked to have seen people on the cover. While the name of the novel is Amethyst, and the crystals are mentioned, it seems like something else might have been used.

Characters (4 Paws) -- Lexi is a pretty well drawn character. Jason is mysterious and it's kind of heartbreaking when we find out what's going on with him at the end of the novel. Ash is likeable even though he's so cocky. I think we all might have a secret fantasy about someone like that in our life - at least for a short time. Jessica got a little annoying, but I was still glad she was around for Lexi.
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Review by: Brenda Franklin on Oct. 02, 2013 :
I picked this book up FREE on Amazon kindle. It’s the first in the series and has been with me for a few months before I finally got around to reading it, which didn't take me long at all to finish. The only things that got in my way from me trying to finish this book in one sitting was the fact that the human body requires a few things to survive, that and sleep. Sleep was very important.

After reading Amethyst I am looking forward to getting my hands on the second book, Linked.
Amethyst stars Alex ‘Lexi’ Adams who is in college alongside her best friend Ally, but you would think the only thing stressful in their life should be jobs and classes, but for Alex it’s her constant premonitions. She sees things that are about to occur giving her the choice to save a life. Now, after seeing her death, learning about people called Amethyst, and discovering a whole new world it seems life has taken a deadly turn and the future is far from predictable.

I love the fact that even though supernatural elements are spun into the whole story your character is still normal. She still has guy problems, great friends, jealous people, and emotional moments. I mean, it’s not all about a bigger plot to destroy the world when people with supernatural abilities are involved, just most of the time. Sometimes it’s really the small things that help to build and make a story wonderful. Like motorcycle rides with Ash. I loved them. It’s so simple, but I've always loved a nice ride on a bike. Also, when she uses a bat as a weapon, it was classic. Or how about when Alex helps to perform CPR or listens to Ash and his band rehearse. It was small things like this that I loved.

I think the concept was the next thing that was remarkable. I loved the connection between the Amethyst being the healer and then the thoughts behind Guardians. I will admit that during the explanation of the newly discovered Amethyst I had to slow down and read carefully. I found myself pausing to ensure I understood everything. It really was a lot to take in and I felt just like Alex, which I couldn't help but give a laugh at. I think Heather captured Alex’s reactions perfectly and I just loved that about her. She felt real. I felt like I was Alex!

Now this is the negative. What I think pushed me harder than anything else was the pace of the story. I wanted to know more about what was going on instead of getting all these little teases of information. I was boiling over with questions. I can be a very impatient person and I think it was beginning to drive me mad as by the sixty percent I still didn't have a grasp as to what the main plot was, other than Alex’s premonition of her death and me wondering when that was going to happen and who was going to help save her. Okay, that and the constant wonder of her relationship between Jason and Ash. I'm been a big fan of picking between two guys and by sixty percent I wanted both.

I give it a five out of five.

Heather, I must say that you created one heck of an interesting story that I’m so happy to have read. It's defiantly different from what i'm used to. I’m glad you have this book for free and that I took the time to read it. I look forward to reading Linked.
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Review by: rlpadilla on Aug. 02, 2013 :
I originally found this book on amazon.com because it was highly rated. It was a lot of fun to read. Some elements of plot were predictable, but there were enough twists and turns that I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the second one.
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Review by: Kassidy Fowler on Dec. 11, 2012 :
Really loved the storyline. I liked that Lexi, the main female character, was capable and competent. Already partway through book two, and I'm enjoying it to the max.
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Review by: Lucy Larson on Dec. 05, 2012 :
Loved the storyline and the characters. If you enjoy paranormal elements mixed with fantasy, and a love story to boot, then I highly recommend this book. I will be reading book two!
(review of free book)

Review by: Randi Schaefer on Oct. 16, 2012 :
Loved it
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