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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.
There are normal girlfriend friendships and also unnecessary rivalry with mild slut shaming. Some romance with a mysterious unattainable boy (of course).
Overall, this is an ok book.
If I ever write a book I hope that Facebook decides to post it on random people's walls because you just can't buy that kind of exposure. That's how I found this book and I know I'm alone.
The first three sentences of the book felt a bit clumsy to me but I was quickly drawn in to the easy language style the author uses. There is nothing complicated or "high brow" about it - which I think is exactly what Ms Holmes intended. As she writes you know that she always has her target audience (young adults who "don't like to read") in mind. For example, there aren't any long descriptive passages or wordy conversations and the reader doesn't have to turn many pages before something new happens. Jess is a likeable teen, there are dorm room parties with plenty of alcohol and the characters aren't afraid to swear.
As many people have said - once I started the book - I couldn't put it down. Overall though - I preferred the first three quarters.
General (minor) Spoilers ahead.
After the death of her mother - Jess can see and hear ghosts. She goes to live with her sisters non-identical twin sister before going to college and moving into the dorm - sharing a room with a girl named Tia (who turns out to be very easily accepting of her new friends paranormal abilities). As luck would have it the college happens to have a class in Everything Paranormal and the man who teaches it has a host of paranormal investigator buddies (including a gypsy psychic). Jess comes to learn the reason for her abilities and the path which destiny has chosen for her.
I realized when I was halfway through the book that every time a new character is introduced I was examining them critically - looking for something which I assumed the book WOULD have - but strangely didnt. An antagonist. In other words - I was looking for the "bad guy". It is fairly rare (think about all the books you've read) to NOT have an antagonist for the "hero" to overcome. A person, an organisation, a zombie plague - even his or her own flaws - SOMETHING. Perhaps the antagonist will be introduced in the next book? I hope so - because it is only through adveristy in a novel that a character can develop and grow. Without it - the plot will eventually drift along into nothingness.
The second book has the opportunity to delve more deeply into the world in which Jess has been born. To flesh out the lore and rituals associated with it - to expand the fantasy aspects of the story into something which is detailed and believable. If this happens - and there is the introduction of a suitable antagonistic character or scenario - then it will certainly be worth a read.
Hopefully it will also be a bit longer :)
When Jess says she met a guy in the library who introduced himself using a dead guy's name why did things play out like that? They determine that she's not trying to play tricks, so they just assume she's crazy? Why don't they consider that library guy may have been playing a trick on her?
When Jess and Karen break Hannah out of a locked group home do they assume the police aren't going to look for her? I know it was important but there wasn't even a mention of being concerned about it.