Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

 by Cayla Kluver
Book #1 Legacy Series
Harlequin Teen
Young Adult
Publication Date:
June 28, 2011
Source: Netgalley

In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father’s choice of suitor fills her with despair.
When the palace guard captures an intruder—a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom’s greatest enemy—Alera is alarmed…and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands. In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won’t be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom. 

I'm a huge fan of beautiful covers. So every time I see one, I fell in love with it and the only thing I can think about is to read it. This happened to me with Legacy. A gorgeous cover and amazing synopsis. Later, I found out that the author wrote this book when she was really young. (Fifteen years old I think) and that surprised me a lot. 

But the book didn't surprise me at all.  At the beginning it looked really good, specially the preface, when we met the story about all the kidnapped baby boys, and that only one stayed missing forever. (Of course, the baby boy appears later in the story, that was obvious… but I liked this part a lot… It was really mysterious and dark!) But the story starts to fade away, and I found myself skipping pages and pages, something I hate to do. 

Sometimes when you start reading a good book, it swallows you. And what I want to say is that you can't stop reading until you finish it. This wasn't the case of "Legacy". This book instead of make me read, it pulled me back every time I tried to open it. I'm not saying the book is a bad book. The story was good, the main idea was awesome, but the development of it (In my opinion) was not so good, like a very slow zig zag with non-well defined characters. 

The characters were not credible, too childish, and sometimes boring… specially the main character, Alera, who I didn't like. There was nothing about her that make me like her… I didn't see anything! Narian was supposed to be the bad and good-looking guy, but his character needed also a lot of development. The only one I really enjoyed was London, but he disappears for a while and he doesn't show up until almost the end of the book.

Like I said before, I wanted to like this book, so that is why I continue reading it, even though I wasn't enjoying it at all. But maybe this book wasn't my type at all. 

It was Ok.


  1. Aw, I'm sad that you didn't like this book better. I really enjoyed Legacy when I read the original self-published version, and I was hoping the new edited version would be better. Are you going to read the next book in the series?

  2. I'm reading this book now and I actually am enjoying it. But I know what you mean. Nothing is a surprise to me. I know exactly where this story is going. Alera is also pissing me off a lot. It is also very long, I think the book would get a lot more positive reviews if it wasn't so long and if not everything was described it excruciating detail!


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