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Book Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Legacy was written by a 16-year-old! Cayla is now 19, but she wrote this novel when she was in high school. That is seriously impressive!!

Random: Although the cover is cute, I’m completely thrown off by it after reading the book. The girl looks like she’s from a completely different time period, and the dress is completely off from what Alera describes herself wearing. Oh well…

Title & Author: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Genre: YA- Princesses

Release Date: Jun2 28, 2011

Series: First in a planned trilogy

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

How I Got the Book: e-ARC

Description:

“Duty-bound to wed her father’s choice in successor to the throne, Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates—a marriage to the arrogant and hot-tempered suitor, Steldor. When a mysterious boy from enemy Cokyri appears bearing secrets and an entirely different view of what’s appropriate behavior for a young lady, Alera learns that her private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom.

When Narian’s shocking past comes to light, Alera finds herself in a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, facing an uncertain future with dwindling options—and must learn to decide between right and wrong all alone.”

Long but Good

Legacy clocks in at whopping 496 pages. This is a bit longer than the average YA novel, but there were many things to enjoy within the book and I managed to read through it quickly.

Although it is extremely impressive that Legacy was written when Cayla Kluver was only 16, there are times when I could sort of tell. Some passages included high-level vocabulary words that didn’t seem to fit with the flow of the book, and the phrasing came off a bit stilted at times. The story involves royalty and politics, so I can understand the formality part a bit more.

Here are two examples:

Unable to abide my obduracy, Miranna took control…

…The crowd on the hillside voiced their opinions as vociferously as ever.”

Although these word choices took away from the story at times, overall it was easily overlooked.

Kluver’s story-telling skills are definitely showcased in this book, as she delicately weaves the tale of Alera and the decisions she must make between duty and independence. I cheered Alera on through all her hardships and, although I became frustrated with her lack of courage and assertiveness, I hope to see growth in Aleria in the next book.

Romance with a Twist?

As far as the romance goes in this book- I’m at a total loss for guessing how things could turn out. I mean, I have an idea, but I’m wondering if Kluver’s going to surprise us all. At this point, I envision that Alera won’t really “choose” someone until the last book. That’s just my guess though.

At the end of Legacy, I was seriously on the edge of my bed (I was reading at night), frantically flying through pages to see what would happen to Alera and her confused heart. As you probably guessed, by the end of the novel more questions are raised than answered.

I’m dying to find out what happens next, but sadly I don’t think the next book, Allegiance, has a set release date yet. (I’ll keep you posted if I find anything out).

Overall

Legacy is a great debut novel by a teen author. I was impressed with Kluver’s work and think that her books and writing will only improve over time. Despite some sluggish plot points along the way, I thought Legacy had a great story at its core that held everything together. I’m dying to find out what happens in Allegiance and think I’ll have a much better feel for where the story’s really going after the second installment in the series.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://skyink.net Jinny (SkyInk.net)

    I agree with the word choicing part. It seems like she plucked them out of a thesaurus. While there’s normally nothing wrong with that, it happened often enough that I really started noticing.

    I also agree with the cover — it seems like they picked something pretty and knew would look nice on the bookshelf, but not necessarily relevant to the story :(

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I think you’re so right- the cover really is gorgeous but so… off. Also, I keep thinking I’ve seen that girl on the cover somewhere! haha

  • http://profiles.google.com/washington.phillips Linda Phillips

    I almost picked this one up yesterday. Now I wish I had. Great review!

  • Melissa Hayden

    So impressive to be so talented so young. Sounds like this author has a promising future. :) Thanks for the great review.

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