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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.
Technically speaking, the book was well written. There were no obvious typos, grammatical errors, or misplaced punctuation. The text read fluidly and cleanly and I felt engaged by the plot and characters.
There was, however, one thing that made this a 4 star read rather than a 5 star. The plot was cliché. Teen sees dead people? Been done. Crazy teen sees dead people? Also been done. A Goth character that meets a ghost and doesn’t realize he is one? Again, been done. It was all very familiar. I wasn’t wowed by any particular part of the story because the plot was the same as hundreds of other books in the genre just like it. There were no surprising twists or big revelations.
Does that mean I didn’t enjoy the story? No. I did enjoy the story. I liked the characters (mostly), the writing/voice of the book—and sure, the plot was cliché, but I was still entertained.
Overall, I liked the book a lot despite its flaws. If you like teen ghost stories or paranormal mysteries, you’ll probably like it too. I’d recommend you give it a read. Although it wasn’t new or surprising, I look forward to seeing how this story continues further along in the series—who knows, maybe there are surprises in store.
Strange things happening at an increasing rate makes it harder to put Spirit Legacy down. Ghosts, Durupinen, "Teigh Anonn," off to England for a couple of years to get trained? On to book two of The Gateway Trilogy to find out what happens next!