Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy Review

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Title: Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy
Author: Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: October, 19, 2008
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 384
Source: Author

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.
Amanda is the only girl in a legacy of demon hunters, two families destined to fight the dark forces in the world. She's consistently trying to prove to herself and to others that she is every bit a part of her family's history as her brother, but it almost seems to bring her further from that. But the forces of darkness are always there, and Amanda seems to be fighting both inside and out, and as much as she wants to fight and be someone, she's got a lot to live up to. Some of what the Wynter and Chelsea families need to live up to is hidden in lies and mystery, and those mysteries are potentially and probably very dangerous.

Some people are born to be writers. Author Becca Ritchie, wrote Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy when she was just 14 years old. Cohesive, action-packed and with a touch of romance that defies the norm of YA fiction (read: this is NOT insta-love), Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is a little bit of everything that makes the paranormal genre great. The full cast of characters complemented one another well, and each had specific character traits that set them apart from one another. Most of all though, each action had an equal and worthy reaction. If that doesn't equate to what a book should be, then colour me crazy.

The best part of the book was the background and history of the Wynter and Chelsea families. The younger generation of the demon hunting families which included Amanda, Jack, Dustin and Trevor was dynamic and engaging. Jack was a bit of a force to be reckoned with for me. He had a definite mean streak, and his emotions were so off-kilter that it kept the story moving, even when the battles lulled. Amanda, though I desperately wanted her to be a badass in Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy, fell a bit flat for me though, to be honest. Her internal monologues were a bit taxing, and while her power was awesome and really heightened her potential with Dustin, she whined a lot. I get why she did, but I wish she would be less talk and more action, if that makes sense. Either way, the non-stop plot made up for it.

All in all, Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy was a great supernatural read that kept me hooked from page one to the very end. I give it a very strong 4 out of 5, and I recommend it to all YA fans, especially those who enjoy paranormal stories. It's especially great for those fans of shows like Supernatural because, hey, we can never get enough hunters, right?

I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


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  1. Wow! This sounds amazing. I'll definitely add this one on my TBR list. Thanks for the great review! :)

  2. Wow! That sounds so great! I haven't seen this one anywhere. I'll have to read it. Great review.


  3. I can never imagine writing a book at 14 years of age! Wow!
    I have never read a book with demon hunters, so I will be adding this to my wishlist.
    Thanks for the review!

  4. 14 years old. My gosh.
    The only problems I have with this book are the cover and title. They aren't bad in and of themselves, but I assumed the book was a contemp from the cover and the title. I think it's better for marketing when you can easily peg the genre of a book.

  5. 14??? I was uh... uh... being 14 I guess at that age. Congrats!

    I think I'm curious enough and with this review, I think I need to add this book to the wishlist.

  6. She wrote this when she was only 14 years old? And the book would be great for fans of Supernatural?!? OMG! I have gotta get my hands on a copy of this ASAP!
    Thanks for the great review Melissa! Have a great weekend!

  7. I love to hear when someone at the age of fourteen uses his or her gift and succeeds. I love the premise of this book too, and would definitely be interested in reading it myself. My only hesitation would be Amanda being whiny. I strongly dislike whiny girls, but your comment about the plot making up for it gives me hope. Great review!

  8. Sounds amazing and I never would have thought by the cover that this was supernatural. I'll be looking for it.

  9. When I think at what I was doing at 14, lol. It's amazing to think she wrote this at that age...

  10. Wow! The author is so young! That's amazing! Sounds like a good read too! :)

  11. I do like SPN, and demonhunting. Sounds nice, and I especially like that legacy bit

  12. I love books about demons/demon hunters! This sounds great - can't believe the author wrote it at just fourteen! Thanks for the review :).

  13. Hooray for non-insta love! :D
    This book sounds awesome; I hadn't heard of it before, but now I'm definitely going to have to check it out!

  14. I agree, we need more hunters. ;) I love paranormal stories and this one sounds great. I haven't heard lots about it, but I'm adding it to the list.

  15. I've seen some reviews for this one recently and am now really interested! It sounds like it's really good!

  16. Wonderful review! This one sounds great, demon hunters are always fun ;)

  17. I'm impressed. Wrote it when she was 14? Cool! This sounds like a fun book. I love the cover. I'm putting it on my wishlist. Fab review!

  18. It really does sound good. The cover doesn't seem to really convey the story the synopsis does. I wouldn't have picked this book up just from the cover.

  19. This sounds really good! Awesome review :)

  20. I'm buying! The plot is great and different paranormal kinds. Thanks for the highlight!

  21. I had to come check out your review for this after reading your comment on my blog. It seems we both had the same issues with the book, but still enjoyed it. I'm blown away that Becca wrote this when she was only 14. That's astounding! Once I have a lull in my reading pile (it feels like that will never happen) I plan on picking up the sequel. Great review!

  22. This sounds like something I would love. Great review! I’m adding it to my huge list of must reads :)

  23. AM I the only one is doesn't care for the change of the spelling of the word. I have noticed a lot of books doing this lately.


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