Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ameca J and the Legacy of Menindus: Review

Ameca J and the Legacy of Menindus
Publisher: Storyteller Publishing
Series: Ameca J Chronicles #1
Pages: 384


The Legacy of Menindus...

Teenage life seems vastly unfair to fourteen year old Ameca or Ameca J, as she prefers to be called always being pressured by her Dad to watch out for her stupid and annoying ten year old sister, Fraya. But when the girls are mysteriously transported by The Spirit to a dangerously different world populated by medieval Men, noble Elves, magnificent Dragons, and savage creatures, Ameca's whole perspective has to change and change quickly if they are to escape the clutches of an evil entity known as the Scelestus, who wants them for the magical powers they did not even know they possessed.

Their stressed out and overworked father, Paul is summoned by The Spirit to join his daughters in the mythical land of Mythrania, where he learns that they are the One, the Flame and the Flower . They are the heirs to the legendary High Magi, Menindus, who foretold of their coming to save this world and their own...But this is no fairytale; the dark entity known as the Scelestus has a plan to harness the power of the universe and to completely dominate all life......

Can Ameca and her family stop the Scelestus, and prevent a catastrophe that would see the enslavement of countless worlds, as well as the destruction of their own...?

My Thoughts:

Ameca J, her annoying little sister Fraya, and their father Paul, all get sucked into a completely other world. This world is very different than theirs, full of magic, dragons, elves, werethralls, and all kinds of creepy and evil beasts. They find things out about themselves that they would never think possible. They are heirs to a man they have never heard of, in a land they have never heard of, and they have magical powers! That seems like it would be a total shock, I would think I was going crazy or that I was in some sort of unbelievable dream! They want to go home but cannot until, and unless, they are able to stop the dark Scelestus from overpowering this world and theirs. But will they be able to accomplish this? And more importantly, will they make it out with their lives? You'll have to read it to find out!

This book is full of fantasy, adventure, and twists and turns. I think that children on the younger side of YA would really enjoy this book because they will be able to relate to the characters better due to their age. In the beginning I felt that Ameca was selfish and really mean to her your sister Fraya who I thought was actually a sweetheart. So I basically thought that Ameca was a little brat. She seemed to grow as a person throughout the story and I began to find myself liking her more and more as the story went on. There are scenes that are full of battles and fighting but I didn't find it to be disturbing or too graphic (unless you have a very sensitive reader on your hands). So if you think this sounds like a book you or your kids would like, I say give it a try!

Author Talk:

Paul Xavier Jones is a Welsh writer living in the Swansea Valley with his wife and two daughters. Xavier is his pen name, based on an old nickname.

Paul is and always has been an avid sci-fi and fantasy fan, graduating from Marvel and DC comic book superheroes to the realms of Middle Earth and Cimmeria. Authors who have influenced Paul's thinking and writing are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Boroughs, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and more recently, Andy McNab.

His own work is Epic Fantasy (the Ameca J Chronicles) and the Science Fiction Thriller (Boundary Limit).

He also has the same birthday as me! January 7th! The day all the awesome people were born!*wink*

Author's Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4979731.Paul_Xavier_Jones
Author's Website: http://www.paulxavierjones.co.uk/
Buy a copy of this book: http://www.amazon.com/Ameca-Legacy-Menindus-Xavier-Jones/dp/0984725466/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354084698&sr=8-1&keywords=ameca+j+and+the+legacy+of+menindus

* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  1. Leigh Ann, what a great and very fair, book review. Thanks for visiting my site and inviting me to yours, which is pretty awesome!

  2. What a great and honest review! I've never heard of this book before, but there are plenty I haven't heard of. Would you say this is a MG book? Or is it YA? It sounds like Ameca J is a bit childish, but a lot of teens are childish.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me to yours.


    1. I would say it would be more enjoyable for ages like 9-12. But older kids may enjoy it as well. I'm not sure what age it is targeted at.

  3. Glad to hear that Ameca grows as a character. This sounds like a great book with a lot to offer. Thanks for the introduction. :)

  4. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the review. :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! :)

  5. Hey, what a great review, this sounds like a great read. Fantasy, Adventure and Magic are all in my territory ;) I would love it if you could follow and comment on my blog as well, keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you! I am heading on over to your blog now! :)


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