Tuesday, 12 August 2014

REVIEW: The Blue Amaryllis by Sonia De Leon

The Blue Amaryllis by Sonia De Leon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Purchase: Amazon US / Amazon UK


**This is a suggestive romance and contains no explicit sex scenes**

Upon the death of her mother, 26 year old Leia York is left bereft and grief stricken. An old college professor extends her an invitation to join him in one of the most beautiful, yet most dangerous, places on earth – the Amazon rainforest. She embarks on an impulsive journey, hoping to forget the sadness of her life in Chicago.

Shortly after arriving in the village, Leia is among those chosen to go on a quest that is vital to the survival of the natives. The six week quest is fraught with danger, adventure, and unexpectedly: love. A love which is strictly forbidden. Will Leia respect an indigenous law that prevents her from pursuing the only love she has ever known?

The Blue Amaryllis is a unique story that blends romance and adventure, while exploring the very real ecological issues threatening the Amazon rainforest and tribes within. It is a story of a proud people whose unique way of life faces extinction, and the passionate love that develops between one of their own and an outsider.
My Leia and Tanun:

* 4.5 STARS * Review:

"This story seeks to shed light on a way of life no longer lived in many parts of the earth; a way of life that is being threatened even today. And what is life without a little bit of love?"
This book shows us that true love knows no boundaries.

It shows us that it is more than worth it to slowly discover what true passion is.

And most importantly, this book shows us how to find joy and hapiness in the simplest everyday things.

The Blue Amaryllis is beautifully crafted story following life-changing adventure of young woman who finds her true self in the middle of Amazon rainforest. I was truly impressed with this debut novel and I am glad I could experience Leia's and Tanun's beautiful journey alongside them!

When it comes to romance in the books, I like it unconventional. I like it unique and original. Modern woman falling for native man while discovering greatness of simple life among Amazon tribes definitely fits this criteria. I was fascinated by the premise from early pages and my love for this book and characters only grew as the story progressed.

But what kind of romance story it would be without a dose of complications? In Matis tribe, mating between native person and outsider is strictly forbidden. It was bittersweet to watch Leia struggling with her feelings towards Tanun. What will prevail? Selfish love when Leia can have Tanun all for herself? Or selfless love when Tanun can stay with his people where he is needed the most?

Tanun was such an untraditional character, yet I couldn't help but fall head over heels in love with him. He won me over with his kindness. I was mesmerized by his playful persona. His generosity and honesty astounded me. Tanun is definitely kind of character I will always remember and this book is worth of reading just so you can meet him.

And one last observation. Even though this book has some signs of so called insta-love, it never bothered me. It wasn't some juvenile irrational crush and events that Leia had to go through, immediatelly and irrevocably changed her, making her quick connection to Tanun quite believable in my eyes. So do not hesitate to give this book a chance!

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Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

Lucia is 29 years old passionate reader and reviewer who enjoys talking about all bookish things. Currently she lives in Prague, works in business industry and dreams of starting her own publishing company. Her weakness? She can never say no to cake, coffee or good novel.