Black Amaranth by Sasha Hibbs

Black Amaranth

bySasha Hibbs

Kobo ebook | August 26, 2013

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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.

14+ for brief language and adult situations

Title:Black AmaranthFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 26, 2013Publisher:Evernight TeenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771305231

ISBN - 13:9781771305235

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic 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.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A literary world you may have seen before but missed dearly “I received a free copy of the book from the author/publisher for my honest opinion. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own” At first glance, I was intrigued. The synopsis was enticing and the cover interesting. I really enjoyed the grainy look of the cover as apposed to the shiny one of other books of this genre. In my mind the grainy look of the cover foretold of a book, a story full of grit. The only thing from the cover that I could have done without was the font. I felt like it may have taken away from the beauty of the presentation. As for what you all really care about, the story itself I really, really, really, REALLY liked it. It was different and yet I felt like it may have come from the same universe of other Young Adult Books that I hold dear to my heart. Once again, there are a lot of ‘I knew it’ moments and I really wanted to smack the main character Ally a couple of times but overall I really liked her character and enjoyed the story and its progression. Now I am all for the strong, feisty female leads but I found something endearing in Ally’s humanity and weakness even if she herself is not human. Her mistakes were real and though as a reader you might see them coming and find yourself angry at that please remember, as a young adult reader we see the signs while the character herself has been sheltered and takes things at face value. Now I’ll admit that all was not perfect while reading this book. The beginning sounds really interesting in the synopsis and even has moments of Oh Mah Gawd but it was a bit on the slow side.... to read the full review please visit
Date published: 2014-03-17