Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Legacy

Legacy by Cayla Kluver
Published by Harlequin Teen
$9.99 (US paperback)
496 pages

What it's about:
I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst.

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 and 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.

My Thoughts:
Okay just so everyone knows because this was a little confusing for me, but Legacy has been published three times now. Once back in 2008, then in hardcover in 2009, and now it is being published again in 2011. All of them have different covers but is the same book. This also means that you can find it in used bookstores or really cheap online. I got mine for $1 on in the used section. This being said, I'll move onto the actual review.

I am a sucker for princess stories. I've always wanted to be a princess so when I saw that this was about a princess named Alera, I knew I had to read it. It didn't disappoint me.
While the book is pretty slow, I found myself enjoying every page of it. And there are a lot of pages. My copy has 444 pages. I kept thinking that I figured out the twist to the story, and I never did. I'm normally really good at figuring out what is going to happen, but Kluver did not go with the normal twists. I'm glad that all my ideas on what I thought was going to happen didn't actually happen.

I loved most of the characters and connected with them. After finishing the book, I feel like I am personally involved with the characters and have a big need to find out what happens next. By the end of the book I found myself going "gahh!!! It can't end this way!!!" and I'm dying to read the next book.

What also blows my mind about this book and I kept it in mind the whole time I was reading the book, is that Cayla Kluver was only 15 when this book was published for the first time. The book is so grown up with her writing and did not feel like it was written by someone so young. I won't lie, it made me love the book even more.

My rating: 9/10


  1. Huh. I wondered why it sounded familiar. But, like you, I do enjoy a good princess story so I think I'll have to reread it!
    Thanks for the review,
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  2. I'm confused by this cover. From what I've heard, the story is supposed take place in a Medieval-type setting... not 1930s New York.

  3. Yeah, I agree with anonymous, what's with the cover? Oh well, I still have it on my TBR list.


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