Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Amelia Maylock series by Jason (Jay) Ellis

Book Blurb
Had the old hag made a mistake? This couldn't be what Amelia was supposed to meet here, could it? Why would she send Amelia to fight such a - whatever it was - without warning her first? Amelia didn't have time to worry any longer as the creature took another giant step forward, looming closer and lowering its huge head towards her, revealing its bright white eyes, sitting in slits in the skull. The light from the orbs at the side of the room glistened off of the black bone but it couldn't make the creature look anything other than terrifying. Hidden in the amethyst is the second book in the Amelia Maylock series.
In the first in the series Amelia Maylock the 12 year awakening Amelia finds out she is a witch.  And that her arch nemesis is her own twin sister.  Her evil twin however has had many a year honing her skill, whilst Amelia is new to interdimensional travel as well as to being a witch.

My review
In the second book Amelia is trained by the old hag and others to better her self in battle.  An impossible task is set for her in finding the second stone in a series of nine.  If these stones should fall into the hands of her twin all hope is lost.

I love the fact that these books have appeal to young and old.  Maylock has spunk and guts and is pitched into situations where wiser more experienced men and woman would fear to tread.  She however does not have much of a choice. 

While being a witch she is also still a human girl at the beginning of puberty.  Jay Ellis, the author does a great job in not only building the character of Amelia as a witch but also the Amelia a adolescent girl.

Lucy, Amelia's older sister in the earth realm also grows in the second book in the series and her love interest is used to enable Amelia the time to battle evil.  But as Amelia and the readers are aware, not all is as it seems.  The new girl at school?  Friend or foe?  The man on the corner?

I love this series and will definitely recommend it to the younger range of YA readers.  Although at the age of 38 I have to confess that I really enjoy the series and can not wait to start on the next book in the adventure

My rating
I give this a four star rating….. Buy it for your children and read it in secret. In which it will get a four and a half star rating.

Author interview

My question:
With 3 boys, what made you decide to write a series about girls?
His answer:
Well Amelia Maylock book 1 was finished just before my eldest was born so there isn’t a link or reason for it, really.  I just had an idea and went with it.  And Amelia had many different names before I settled on it.  I knew she was adventurous to begin with, that was the key.  A lot of the magical elements were added in later as the story progressed.
My question:
What is next for Amelia?
His answer:
Books 1 – 4 have been published already in the series.  I said I will write 9 books but that may or may not change.
My question:
What is the absolute wildest thing you have ever done?
His answer:
Hmm, wildest thing….. I’m not very wild.  Ha ha!  To be honest I am the quiet type. 
My question:
Tell us something about you we would probably not know?
His answer:
Aam…. I am studying for a degree at the moment -  varying subjects from science to psychology and neurology as well.
My question:
Anything else you want to share with us?
His answer:
This was asked but not answered.  But hint-hint, go look at Jay’s photos on his page.  Their might be a small Amelia in the house one of these days, or Armand, I’m not sure I don’t get these pics even if they are in 3D.

So in short.  If nothing convinces you this was a good read, listen to me beg Jay to allow me to review the next two books in the series!!!!!

Oh and some other trivia for you.  It is Jay's birthday the 9th November.  Go pester him and wish him good luck.  Better still buy a book of his by way of giving him a gift.....

Have fun or behave.  Which ever.

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