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Spirit Legacy (The Gateway Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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If you have read my reviews before you know that I usually love to add at least one or two quotes, so you can hear what the writing's like from the author's own mouth, but my husband and I listened to this one on audio book as part of our nightly routine soooo it's a no go for the quotes BUT....We both agreed that it was a 4, which is rare. The narrator on the other hand was a little hard to get into so we were split on that (he has to be at least a little difficult or else he doesn't feel like he's helping). Anyway... The writing was easy/laid back like she's talking to an old friend. The world building was ok but the character development was pretty great and the miniscule love story was sweet (and almost too brief for those that like a little R with their PN read). All in all it was very good and the only real problem was that book#2 is not out in audio book yet so we're going to have to read it the old fashioned way (YAY for me but the hubs likes a bit of variety in his listening experience....oh well...check out this book if you're into PNR or just PN with a hint of R, or if you're in the market for a quick/easily digested/ slightly cliffy read.
The protagonist is a delightful character on the budding edge of discovering who she is and her purpose in the world. Magical premises are deftly introduced to a suitably begrudging participant. The timing is impeccable. I'm not normally a lover of first person storytelling due to its inherent limitations, but my resistance was overcome in the first few pages.
Kudos on the dialogue, too. Each person has a distinct voice that matches their personality. You never get confused on who's talking and it makes for a snappier exchange of information and emotional responses.
If you like a paranormal theme set in an ultra normal setting--this time a college campus--then this'll be right up your alley. It's YA so don't expect psychological depth and deep insights into human nature. Still, it's a satisfying Sunday afternoon read and one that I recommend to readers of this genre.
As an aside - and yes I'm going to use this comparison, but I promise it's to make a point - in Harry Potter, what piqued my interest enough to keep me reading through book 7, wasn't just the plot. It was learning and growing with Harry. Every new discovery made this classic book even more magical. E.E. Holmes has done something quite similar. Every turn of the page is like a new discovery, as we learn what is happening to the main character, Jess Ballard. It's not until the very end of the book that we learn what she is, and what she can do with her power.
I'm enthralled, and so excited for book 2. I have a feeling it's going to be just as good as the first. Now we know what Jess really is, and get to see her truly learn what she is capable of.
Jess Ballard is artistic and somewhat of a tough loner who is used to a no-frills life. She has scary dreams she doesn’t understand. Her mother’s death occurs in the prologue and the first chapter begins with unanswered questions about the death, but Jess is forced to move on and adjust to her new settings; a new life calling home an upscale Boston residence with an unfamiliar aunt and uncle, and starting her freshman year at St. Matthews College.
At school, Jess makes friends easily and meets handsome, smart and athletic Evan Corbett. With this flicker of romantic interest, I was hooked. Holmes brings us into the story so effortlessly that when the first apparition appears to Jess, I almost forgot I was reading a paranormal story.
Through a series of turns, Jess realizes ghosts are not only attracted to her, but are seeking her out. Plagued by questions she can’t find answers to, Jess enlists the help of a campus parapsychology professor and that’s when the spooky things really begin to happen! Jess comes to learn of the heritage passed through her deceased mother’s bloodline. She is a Durupinen—A keeper of the doors that separate the worlds of the living and the dead. It is her calling to open the doors and help those trapped souls to whatever lay on the other side.