Monday, March 7, 2011

YA review: Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy

Four hundred years ago a creature descended upon the Earth. The supernatural hunted innocent lives wanting blood and vengeance. Two families, the Wynters and the Chelseas, knew of the darkness that reigned over the world. For thousands of years they hunted and killed to protect those who knew nothing of the dangers.

Amanda Chelsea vies to be a part of the Wynter Chelsea legacy, constantly craving the thrill of a lifetime that her older brother, Jack, and the two Wynter boys experience. At seventeen, Amanda’s passion to fight is overwhelming, and she cannot come to grips with why the boys are protecting her. Abilities are cast upon the new generation of Wynters and Chelseas, only in hopes of guiding them to vanquish the impenetrable creature. Even as Amanda Chelsea receives the power of empathy, feeling other people’s emotions, it brings more harm than a vital potency. Through the turmoil in New Jersey, Dustin Wynter is the only one able to relate to Amanda with a similar gift. As Jack’s rage boils over the edge, Dustin must put the pieces back together and hold the legacy up with a shaking arm and a quirky brother by his side.

When the world couldn’t seem to become anymore dangerous, both parents of each family go missing. Now with no choice but to bring Amanda along, she finally is able to fight without hassle, but is it worth it? Is the disappearance of the ones she loved a price that she has to pay for her dream to join the legacy? Traveling across the United States, the four young adults must confront their hidden emotions and ultimate reason for living.

Wynter Chelsea is a novel about finding truth in oneself and truth in the world amid the darkness that follows. Readers of the young adult genre will connect with Amanda’s coming of age story, where life seems to be at the tip of her fingers but she can’t hold on to it. Wynter Chelsea has a spark of comedy with Trevor Wynter and love with the bubbling young romance of Amanda and Dustin. With a strong sense of love, loss, and sacrifice, Wynter Chelsea connects the sentiment of the reader to the page. When the reader closes the novel, their heart will surely be left within the lines.(goodreads)

My thoughts...Welcome to an original world complete with paranormal creatures, magical powers, and magical legends.

In this first book in the series, we meet some interesting characters. First, we get to know the heroine Amanda. Initally, readers experience her frustration. She is treated by her family like a porcelian doll, incapable of making decisions, or defending herself. This causes her to make some decisions that seem irrational and wreckless. Amanda posseses the gift of empathy and she often finds helfself vulnerable in more ways than one.  Other characters that are central to the story are her brother and the two boys that live next door. Each character has the strengths and weaknesses, and they all show growth by the end of the first book.

Wynter Chelsea is full of action and excitement. These characters do not experience a dull moment. There is constant danger lurking around every corner and a mystery to solve. On a mission to find their missing parents, they discover secrets about themselves, their family, and their legacy. Readers can expect plenty of fighting, mysterious creatures, and some romantic interest.

At times, I did become a bit frustrated with the characters and some of the events seemed a bit to convient, but overall this did not take away from the story. I had a hard time putting the book down and I did not want to leave the world when I finished the story. Thankfully, book two, Wynter Chelsea: The Sublimity is already available for purchase!

For more information, visit Becca Ritchie at her official website. Follow this link to purchase a copy from your favorite bookseller.


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