Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Review: Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy by Becca Ritchie

Title: Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy
Author: Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Outskirts Press (self-pubbed)
Paperback, 377 pages
Date Published: October 18, 2008
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
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.
Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is one of those stories that are jam-packed with everything a reader could possibly want. There’s do-or-die action, some mystery involving a legacy and some odd tattoos, unique characters with powers, followed by an interesting plot, and even a little romance thrown in. Becca Ritchie’s take on the paranormal is refreshing. The legacy involving these two families – the Wynter’s and the Chelsea’s – is complex and shrouded in lies. The youngest generation of both families don’t even understand their place in all of it. They think they do, but slowly, we realize they don’t.

Jack and Amanda Chelsea, with Dustin and Trevor Wynter, make up this group of rowdy young adults who yearn for a fight. Amanda is the main character of the story and while initially she’s very easy to like and understand, she can be a bit melodramatic; and for all her complaining about being considered weak, she doesn’t do much to disprove it. I was hoping for some huge show of her badassery, but it never happened. I did enjoy seeing how her empathic powers tied in closely to Dustin’s telepathy though.

Jack, Dustin, and Trevor are so different from one another and that’s a good thing, but most of the time, I could not stand Jack. He’s controlling and selfish and very destructive. He has very few, if any, redeeming qualities. On the plus side, Trevor is a riot. And Dustin’s a good guy for the most part. The slow reveal about the legacy is well done too. Each tidbit of information is punctuated with a killer action scene. And the romance feels very authentic and isn’t instant. I wanted to scream at Amanda that ‘the hot boy wants you, even if he won’t admit it!’ because she was not seeing it.

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is a thrill ride from first page to last. Ritchie’s storytelling is very well paced and while not all of the characters are all that desirous, their downfalls lend to the story. The book is self-published, so there are some grammatical issues, but it didn’t really take anything away from the story. My biggest problem was Amanda’s somewhat repetitive internal speech monologues at the ends of each chapter. Aside from that, the book was more than I had imagined and each small reveal left me eager for more. I’m so ready to pick up the sequel now.

Opening lines: Our family legacy is very simple. We hunt, kill, and destroy. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: “Fu-“ I tried again, but Dustin put his hand over my mouth.

“I think she was going to say something nice to me this time,” Trevor bantered. “Like funny Trevor or fun in the sun.”     ~ pg. 268
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Khadija said...

I just finished this one and I have to say the only thing that really got on my nerves was how the characters interacted with eachother, at times it seemed a bit forced. Other than that though i agree that it was packed full of action right up until the last page :)

Elie said...

I thought it was pretty good too. Becca wrote this book when she was 14-pretty great huh. I read the sequel, got a digital copy for only $5. Great review.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I just finished this, and I'm posting my review tomorrow. I thought it was actually really good! I had a few problems with Amanda's internal dialogue, too, but that was really the only issue I had :)

Fab honest review, Nikki!

Bere said...

I love books packed with action. I had never heard about this one before until now. And it does sound quite interesting. I might just have to check it out soon. Fantastic review, Nikki. Thank you! =]

The book girl said...

I love your favorite line:) This looks like a pretty interesting book-- I'll have to check it out soon! Thanks for the review!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

14?! She was only 14? That's insane! I'm happy I had the chance to read it though because it really was a fresh take on a common topic. I'll be picking up the next one very soon.

Candace said...

Funny how I keep seeing reviews of this one now. I hadn't ever heard of it before though. I'm glad it ended up being mostly good! I think just knowing the author was only 14 when she wrote it would make me want to pick it up.

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Looks like something I want to check out--thanks for the heads up on this one, Nikki!

Brianne said...

I've never heard of this book until a little while ago but there are a lot of reviews being posted for it! So strange! I'll have to look into it.
Lovely review, it was a pleasure reading it. :)

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

I haven;t heard of this one, but it sounds good.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

~The Book Pixie said...

This is the first I've heard of this book but it sounds like it's worth reading. :D


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