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Legacy (Legacy #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  981 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
When her widowed father dumps 16-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow students se ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published December 20th 2011)
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Dec 15, 2011 Amber rated it liked it
Legacy left me utterly neutral. I'm not clinging to my seat hoping for more but I'm not unhappy that I read this story. I was pretty excited to read this story for the paranormal element and I love stories steeped in rich character histories. In that aspect, this story did not disappoint but I felt it hard to connect with the characters and the story was really choppy at parts which definitely hindered my reading experience.

When I pick up a novel, I want to fall in love with the person telling m
Oct 10, 2011 Katy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know a one is pretty harsh, but in my defense, I wanted to like this book. But I can honestly say that I just didn't. I read about half the book and then skimmed the rest of it because those who have read it rated it really well so I was hoping it would change my mind. It didn't.

I felt this book was very poorly written. I broke my rant up into sections because for someone who didn't thoroughly finish the book, I already have a lot to say about it. Overall, I felt it had a 1) cliche and faulty
Ravenous Biblioworm

Don't let the summary fool you. It's sounds all sorts of cool but the delivery was horrible, bad - worst than horrible. So bad, I really really wanted to hurt someone. Like all the characters in the book and I rooted for "The Darkness" to win. I'll be blunt here. This is the worst book I have read this year. Yes, the premise is more interesting than others but in writing respects, it is the worst.

Let's start with plot. There was a plot to the story only the focus of the story ran eve
M. Bianca
Dec 26, 2014 M. Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally got to read this book. And it was...
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Love it! <3
Via Love
Oct 11, 2011 Via Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a high rating rewarded to such a worthy book. This is the best book that I've read in a long time. It's rare that I find a good book these days, and I really lucked up when I received this one in the Galley Grab newsletter. Now of course, I didn't just jump into this right away, because that just wouldn't be me. No, I had to read the Goodreads reviews first. From the few reviews that I found, I discovered that there weren't really many fans of this book. Personally, I didn't see the problem ...more
Legacy is the kind of book that is usually totally me. Charming, quaint and mysterious atmosphere and boarding school setting with it's hidden secrets but sadly it just wasn't enough. The writing was okay, but it didn't quite have that spark that gives it the right flow. It felt either to rushed or to slow moving and while the characters were interesting enough I felt no connection to them or their situation.
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
More reviews can be found at my blog: Nomalicious Reads

I was really excited to get my hands on Legacy, so I was really happy when I recieved the eARC via Net Galley!

I think that this is going to be a tough review to write, because although I really enjoyed Legacy, some parts in the book made me rage something chronic!

I'm partial to anything with a witchy tale and magic involved, so as soon as I read the synopsis and saw the intriguing cover, I fell in love.

Katy is our typical heroine, she's thro
Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

Legacy takes us into the life of Katy Ainsworth. Katy upon opening to the story mentions through certain key decisions made by her father what would eventually lead him to ship her off to boarding school. It is there she discovers who she truly is. Along with her heritage. Its a heritage that involves a deep ground battle against the Darkness. A Force that ultimately might have its hand in killing her mother.

Katy teams up wit
Dec 20, 2011 Jude rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ummm.... how to review this book?... hmmm... well, the summary was interesting but once you start reading it, it turns out to be a Fail.

Not so much that I didn't like it, but there were a few situations that were just instant turn-off. Example: Katy - the main character - arrives to a new school, nobody talks to her and basically they want to steer clear from her, and she just lets it be. But then there's the King of the Jerks, meet Peter. who treats her like crap and actually, ACTUALLY SHOVES H
Feb 11, 2013 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly only picked this book up because my library just got it and the girl on the cover looks like Ginny Weasley. I was so disappointed in it, though.

For one, the 'girl goes to a boarding school, finds (forbidden) love and has a bad relationship with her parent or parents' has been done. Over and over and over again. Some fairly famous ones include the Evernight series by Claudia Gray (i think), the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins, or the Immortal series by Gillian Shields. Neither of wh
Jan 08, 2012 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
There are not alot of books that I have to force myself to finish. Usually I make sure I am going to like something before I start reading it. Unfortunately this turned out to be one of those books. I absolutely loved the first ten chapters. I liked the main female character and the premise seemed good. However the romance between her and her crush was just...let's just say that I didn't feel it. Most romances make me weak in the knees and giddy while this one just left me feeling rather...blah. ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading YA books. This book I liked because it had a lot of historical points. The twist the author had on witches and darkness was something I hadn't read before. I connected well with the characters and she made them very convincing and believable.
My favorite part of the book without spoiling it was learning about the witches that died. The author took the time to really give you an incite into the past but didn't take away from the story line.
Katy moved to Ainsworth School learning t
Jun 11, 2014 Kailey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a waste of great writing talent! This book is difficult to rate. The writing is superb! It hooked me on the third page, and I just HAD to know what that "Fog" was all about. The story is excellently written, and I just loved all the interesting and various characters. I can't even say enough about how incredible these characters are! This book has it all- plot, character development, pacing, and writing style. BUT... Ah yes, there is a BIG BUT...

The magic was too much like witchcraft. Creep
Books about magical girls coming into their powers clutter bookstore shelves these days. They’re about as common as novels about falling in love with vampires.

So what makes Molly Cochran’s Legacy series special? Perhaps the fact that witches are encouraged to hone their powers but not to use them on the general populace. The witchcraft in these books center on people who are all too aware of the dangers the cowen (that’s the non-magical public) have posed to their kind in the past and are deter
A moderately well realized world with an interesting villain. However, it has enough flaws that it is only slightly above "ok" in my estimation. I like the world well enough that I'll probably check out the second book, but I don't feel compelled to seek it out immediately.
Lucy Ibn al-Rashid

I was actually enjoying this book a great deal in the beginning, but then the things that drew me in turned predictable or just not what I was expecting and the story just lost most of its appeal.

I thought the information surrounding 'the darkness' and the Ainsworth family was pretty promising at first, along with the 'heroine doesn't know her legacy' and the hate at first sight relationship between the heroine and the hotshot of the story thing, but to my regret, everything went downhill.

I did
I was sort of shocked to see at the very beginning that there were 46 chapters, oh, and an epilogue. And the book did seem to jump quickly from situation to situation at the end of each chapter. Peter hating Katy went pretty quickly to Peter loving Katy. Katy sassing and hating her dad makes a quick turn-around to forgiving him. But I enjoyed the story of Katy learning she comes from a long line of witches and has powers herself that need developing in order to combat the dark forces that are we ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Saniya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me who founds this plot very similar to Firespell by Chloe Neil + Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins or everyone else too?!
Still, gonna read it!^^
Jan 04, 2015 Diana-christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so funny! The main character Katy who is in high school is caught by her dad and his fiancee with her boyfriend in bed.
"The Land of the Dead. I'd called it right. This was my home now. I had no phone, no iPod, no TV, no stereo, no laptop. There was a radio in my room, but Dad was writing a book, so I was only allowed to play it at a sound level so low that I practically needed a stethoscope to hear it."

"I asked him if I could apply at the Starbucks down the street, but he'd only sn
Feb 13, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fine. It was an interesting story and I'll probably give the next one a shot if I find it at the library, but it wasn't anything stellar. Katy annoyed me a little and her relationship with Peter was just weird to me--first he hates her and then with no warning he's inexplicably drawn to her and head over heels for her? Meh. I needed to see a change happen over time, not a switch flip for no real reason. But it's certainly not the most annoying thing I've read in a book lately, so I ...more
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
This was one book I wanted to love. I thought it would be another boarding school witch romance novel, which I've thought of as good in general. However, due to a boring first 3/4, cliched love, a lack of worldbuilding, and a lot of missed opportunities, I just couldn't. The only redeeming things are the fairly original plotline, some of the characters, and the ending.

The first three quarters reads something like this:
Katy: I hate my dad. He sent me off to this weird school in a weird little
Mar 08, 2016 Lea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I don't even think I will finish this book.

So I decided to pick it up because I found it for a really good price on BookOutlet and the cover made it seem really interesting (even if I HATE covers with people on them... I'd rather just imagine what they look like), and I'm usually pretty good at giving books a shot even if they only have ok reviews on Goodreads... but this is the exception.

I have to admit the first 50 pages where kind of interesting, there is potential for a very good story build
Okay at first I didn't want to read this book because of some of the bad reviews I was seeing for it. And another reason was because I've never read anything that has to deal with witches, okay except this one book, but other than that, never. The prospect of reading this book didn't appeal to me, until I read the description and found out that it had a romantic plot to it. I was way in by that time. All the books I love reading have to do with romance and stuff. I've never read anything that di ...more
First off, I have to say that I do NOT understand why this book has been bashed so much in the reviews! Granted Molly Cochran is not JK Rowling, but neither is any other author on the planet. Cochran is, however, a good writer and she spins an excellent tale in Legacy! I should tell you that I do not believe a good story requires gore, extreme violence, sex, or nonsensical, teenage, gonna die without him/her quasi-sexual romance. If you, as a reader, require these elements to enjoy a story then ...more
To be honest, I thought this book was messy. Half-formed characters and concepts thrown together with abrupt changes and insufficient background beyond knowledge of YA cliches. Main character arrives at a boarding school that seems to encourage special talents, which she may or may not possess. She is not at all taken aback to discover that she does in fact possess them and is soon wielding power as if she's always known she's a witch. Katy is remarkably blase about the whole witchcraft angle, s ...more
Grace Fonseca
May 29, 2012 Grace Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid book that just really knows how to hook you and keeps you guessing with all kinds of twists that were somewhat unexpected.

It started off somewhat typical for me, girl goes to boarding school and is immediately not liked, but Katy’s personality won me over early on in the book. She is somewhat of an outsider when she arrives at Whitfield. Not to mention there is a fog when she gets there. Such a typical plot device in paranormal stories, but the author makes it work to the story’s adva
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick and Dirty: Legacy had surprising depth and character development that kept me interested until the end.

Opening Sentence: I was sixteen years old when I discovered exactly who—and what—I was.

The Review:

The novel starts with Katy arriving at her new boarding school after being uprooted from everything she knew after her dad gets married. If that isn’t troubling enough, she finds out that her mother’s family, who founded her new school, already has a reputa
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
2.5 out of 5

Legacy is sadly one of those books I wanted to like more than I actually liked in the end. Legacy can be, and very often is, dry, slightly boring and stilted in its execution. With so much of the novel reminiscent of other novels like the boarding school a la Harry Potter, Strange Angels, Vampire Academy, Hex Hall, etc., or the two love interests that have to be kept apart for someone's safety a la Twilight, The Clann or really almost every vampire young-adult novel ever, it is quite
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
Let me start by saying I've read lots of stories about witches. I've also read many, many stories set in a boarding school. There's something about a boarding school that I just love. Perhaps it's because it is so different from my own school experience growing up that I'm just really fascinated by it. Whatever the reason, I love boarding school stories. I've read several that pairs the boarding school and witches elements together, as this one does. So, you would think this would be old to me. ...more
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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Molly Cochran lived in Europe and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and the Sorbonne in France. She has written 26 books, including 12 ghosted novels, and the non-fiction bestseller, Dressing Thin, before her own first novel, Grandmaster, was a New York Times Bestseller.

Since then, she has written almost a dozen other suspense and fantasy thrillers,
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