Friday, June 26, 2015

Review - Legacy


Title: Legacy (Legacy #1)
Author: Ellery A. Kane
Page Count: 254
Format: Paperback
Published: 09/05/2014
Publisher: Balboa Press

I received this book in exchange for an honest* review.


How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours. 

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Legacy is the first in a trilogy but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. - From Goodreads

My Thoughts/Review

I received this book last year from the author in exchange for an honest review. I posted this review on Goodreads a long time ago but recently the very sweet Ellery A. Kane asked me if I wanted to review the second in the series and I jumped on the chance. Then I got to thinking that I needed to add the review to my blog and after rereading the this book I wanted to make my review better, longer. So here we go!

This book sounded so good just from the description (we could control our emotions?! Heck yeah sign me up!) and sometimes I'm let down by that. This wasn't one of those times. This book was fantastic, the characters seemed tangible and the plot was really flushed out well. 

This story follows the young Alexandra nicknamed Lex, it's set in the future; 2041. The society we know is long gone, replaced by pharmaceutical companies who produce drugs that control how you feel. Lex just happens to be the daughter of the forensic psychiatrist who invented the drug. Things get going quickly and soon Lex finds herself helping the group: The Resistance, to show everyone the drugs aren't a good thing and hopefully take down the military group known as the Guardians.

This is an amazing debut novel, it's so good it doesn't even feel like a debut. The writing is simple and easy to follow, the characters are wonderfully written and the plot is pretty awesome.

I enjoyed Lex as the main character she is strong and very likable. Even though she is so scared to embark of this rebellion with the Resistance she goes ahead, knowing it could save lives. If that's not a good person I don't know what is.

There is some sweet romance in this book that I really enjoyed. I really like that Kane made Quin real, he wasn't perfect by any means but he was still so freaking wonderful that you can't help but fall for him.  

I also really enjoyed the rest of the cast, in some books, I feel the side characters are just there to be there and they don't feel real at all. Not the case here, they all of their own realness about them.

This book does have very short chapters but I actually liked that. I'm the kind of person who tells myself that I will stop after one more chapter, but when they are this short I just keeping reading thinking to myself just one more and before I knew it, the book was over.

Favorite Quotes

1) “Quin put his hand on my knee, sending a flutter through me as if he had softly blown on the dandelion pieces of my heart.” 

2) “Is he always like this?” 
“If by this, you mean moody, but strikingly handsome, then yes. Unfortunately, he is.” 

3) "The first time that I killed someone, it wasn't at all like I had imagined. It was a quick and as effortless as snipping a string. I squeezed the trigger, and the man fell back."

*All my reviews are my own thoughts and feelings.