ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

  • Title: Amulet of Wishes
  • Author: Rita A. Rubin
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Pages: 344 pages
  • Publication date: April 28, 2021

Thank you, Rita A. Rubin, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review!

Amulet of Wishes follows Derek, a boy with a haunting past and a promising future as he trains to become a Guardian. Guardians are to protect the land of Aloseria and everyone in it. However, when he learns of an amulet that can grant wishes when brought together, he takes off on a journey to bring back what was once taken from him.

I liked the characters throughout the book. They’re all flushed out and bring the story to life. My favorite is Aurelia. Even though she’s not a part of the main trio, her character arc is fun to follow. I enjoyed the plot twists, even though I saw a couple coming. I also loved the LGBTQIA+ representation in this book and how it was just present and not like a coming out story.

I enjoyed the worldbuilding and seeing all the different towns and elves (especially when it gets down to wood elves and earth elves). The fact that Guardians can turn into dragons is an interesting touch. And I’m a sucker for dragons; they’re some of my favorite creatures.

My only critique would be that some of the scenes could’ve had just one more round of editing to smooth them out. I found a few spots where the story repeated itself or felt off, and that would drag the pace a tad.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I’m excited to see what happens next in book two (Lady Night).

Score: 8.9/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.23/5

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