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Dark Legacy (Legacy #1)

2.87  ·  Rating Details ·  536 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
“Die!” scream her nightmares. The voice is her sister’s, the compulsion stronger than any ordinary dream.

Maddie Temple can’t go through this again. Her twin has been in a coma for the last ten years. Their psychic link was severed. At least, that’s what she thought.

But there’s a lot Maddie doesn’t know—about the 200-year-old curse on her family, about the shadowy group tha
Paperback, 307 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Love Spell (first published July 23rd 2009)
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Sep 03, 2009 Susan added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I probably shouldn't have marked this one 'read' because this was a did not finish for me. I started the book and read one confusing chapter after another. I finally just gave up. I hope someone else had better luck with this one. I'm just upset I spent money on it.
Amy C
Sep 17, 2009 Amy C rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Born with an extraordinary psychic link to each other, twin sisters Sarah and Maddie discover a secret piece of paper when they were little girls hinting at a legacy. But mom, in her state of denial, disposes of the paper and swears the two girls to forget what they read, it's just a silly myth. Eventually the two sisters grow into teenagers who despise each other. For Sarah seemed evil and on a path of destruction, where as Maddie was all that was good. Then one night a tragic car accident kill ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Sep 18, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it

This book was sent to me by Dorchester as well (yes a string of books from them here lately). I had mentioned my interest in anything like the Shomi line, and this has some science fiction, paranormal and romance elements in it, which seemed to be in the same kind of vein.

The Premise: Maddie Temple is a promising young ER doctor who for the past three months has gone from being well-liked to unreliable and flagged for psychiatric screenings at work. The pr
Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
Although Dark Legacy's spine lists this as a paranormal romance, I think that including Gothic wouldn't be amiss. There is a certain tenseness to the novel, not quite anticipation, but close to it, as Maddie fights to fit the pieces of a centuries old puzzle together to have a future. As Maddie draws closer to the answer as to why (or what) caused her twin, Sarah, to slowly go mad and cast a dark shadow over the family, the plot only seemed to get more twisted.

And twisted this story becomes as M
Jan 11, 2010 Sabrina rated it it was ok
As many who've read this book have mentioned, this book defies being placed into one genre or another. There is suspense, romance, sci-fi and paranormal elements to this complex story. It's not a traditional romance. If you are looking for something different that is very light on the romance then you might want to check this out.

Although the story takes off right from the start, it was hard for me to get pulled into this book because I just couldn't buy that there was ever anything between Madd
Feb 20, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you love paranormal romances with a shocking twist, you'll love Dark Legacy. Ten years ago, Maddie's father died in a car accident, while her twin ended up in a coma. Now in the present, she realizes her sister's alive and the link connects them leads to a shocking truth of their dark legacy of psychic connections, when good over evil wins with the light over darkness and love conquers hate. They battle their fears and connect again to find their greatest demons in dreams and in real life. A ...more
May 13, 2011 Becomingme rated it really liked it
I was amazingly surprised at this dark tale of anger, love and finally redemption. Dark Legacy tells story of two twins with psychic abilities, and the chance to use their gift for either good or evil a fight to free themselves from those who want control over them, their ability to influence peoples minds though thoughts and dreams. The Temple twins had their connection was severed early on, as Sara went into a coma while in their teens. Maddie went on with her life, tried to be happy, and into ...more
May 11, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it
First of all, the whole "DIE!" thing got old (and annoying) in about two seconds. Second, I agree with another reviewer in that Jarred was a horrible character - his motivation made absolutely no sense. I didn't care about any of the characters whatsoever. What a boring read, I am SO glad that it was free for my kindle and that I didn't waste money on it.
May 18, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
I read this on Kindle, it was a freebie promotion.

There is A LOT going on in this book. It took me a little to get in to, but part of that was probably because I didn't have time and was reading 1/2 hour here and 1/2 hour there, once I could sit down and just read, it seemed to flow better.

This is a mix of suspense, paranormal, romance, action, thriller -- evil vs. good, reality vs. fantasy, truth vs. lies, dream world vs real world . . . As I was reading, I thought this would make for a good ac
I'm stretching the truth by marking this as "read". Unless read means, "barely made it through 6 confusing chapters" then, okay. I read it.

Maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance but there was just so much going on in such a short amount of space that it was information overload. I'm pretty sure my brain shut down at one point in an act of self-preservation.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jun 08, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it did not like it

In all fairness, I'm not sure I should write a review on this book, since I didn't finish it. However, I feel like I must warn people who might be thinking of buying it. The premise sounded really good: girl tortured psychically by her comatose twin, as a relationship brews with the handsome doctor determined to keep her sane. Throw in some covert agencies, mind control, and bam! Awesome story, right? Wrong.

First of all, we're dealing with so many bouncing POV's, it's hard to keep straight
Jun 20, 2011 Heidi rated it did not like it
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Jun 29, 2011 #artdamnit Reads rated it it was ok
Dark Legacy by Anna DeStephano on the other hand was pretty disappointing (Barnes and Noble what are you doing to me!? your free fridays of late are epic fails!) I went for it because BN sold it as “if you liked the movie Inception then you’ll love this book” yea, major lie. The book focuses on twins who have psychic powers and one twin is insane and is being corrupted by the government and being turned into a weapon. A weapon that could kill people via their dreams….

It had potential but it just
Jul 01, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: nook-book
This was an "okay" read. It started off with a bang and the suspense/intrigue was high. BUT, the romance aspect was totally unbelievable and not at all necessary to the story. In fact, I ended up really disliking Jarrod, the love interested of the "good" twin, Maddie. He was overbearing, rude & uncontrolled, all in the name of love! And some of the physical scenes were not believable to me. (I'm not referring to the sex scenes. They were...well...odd...)For instance, Maddie is being intervie ...more
Jul 19, 2011 nicole rated it did not like it
This book was a free friday download for my nook, otherwise, I would never have bought it. It's just not my genre and honestly the reviews were horrible for it. In fact, many of the reviews indicated that they didn't finish reading the book, which I did. I think the author has a great idea for the book, but there's just way too much going on. It gets quite confusing and honestly I got very annoyed by how the main characters reacting to those around them. I'm glad the book was free, I would not r ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Marti rated it did not like it
E-book--can't recall if it was a Free Friday selection. Parts of this weren't too bad, but I found it very repetitious, and even dull in some places. I can accept the idea that twins could be connected to each other's thoughts and be able to communicate without words. A lot is made of the trucker who drove into the car, killing the father, so I thought that he would be chased down and punished--but he isn't. There is a love story--and then there isn't--very confusing. Weird, and strangely constr ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, romance
I have to say that I considered putting this book down several times. The plot was good - twin sisters have a psychic link, one of the sisters is all but shattered in an accident that kills the girls' father, the other tries to forget that terrible night that stole her father and sister from her. The romance of one sister and her colleague and how both twins struggle to regain control of their souls and forgive each other was poignant.

The downside is that the book could be half the length it is
May 30, 2014 LAB marked it as have-read-2012  ·  review of another edition
I got Dark Legacy as a free download from B&N on my Nook -- not a book I would purchase ordinarily. Although I read the entire book, while doing so it was mental torture. The plot was riduculous. There were a few times that I thought about not finishing the book, but I kept reading, I guess I'm a glutton for punishment! To me it was as if I was driving by a car wreck, I don't want to look but I do and then I slow down to get a better view of the accident. That's Dark Legacy - a wreck!

I canno
Aug 06, 2011 Sillylittlefishey rated it did not like it
I got this book from the publisher through netgalley and I honestly think if I hadn't requested it, that I never would have finished it!! The storyline sounds interesting on the blurb, but it just didn't pan out. The beginning was confusing and once I understood what was going on, I found it to just be annoying and repetitive. I wanted to pull my hair out the entire time I was reading. The characters are weak and the story equally so. I'm amazed there is a sequel and you couldn't pay me enough m ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book is about a pair of twins that have the ability to see and feel each other's dreams and feelings. One is considered bad, the other good. One is put under a government testing learning how to use weapons. The other learns how to heal. But really they both arent bad. It is just what the testing has done and made one believe. Now they reunite after a 10 year separation and have to figure out if they can combine their powers to overcome the dark side "death". It overall is a pretty good boo ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Chamar rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It did have many point of views, so if you don't like that or you find that disruptive, this isn't for you. However, if you do like multiple POVs, you'll find the jumping back and forth between the characters contribute to the feeling of running out of time. I enjoy seeing what everyone is feeling and thinking, and it keeps me glued to the page to see what happens next from the upcoming character's point of view. The strange connection between Maddie and her tortured twin, w ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Thought provoking and addictive are just a few of the things that can be said about Dark Legacy. This spine tingling psychological suspense novel kept me glued to my seat. I had to discover what would happen to Maddie and Sarah.

From the first sentence, the reader is dragged into the confused and somewhat broken minds of a set of twin sisters who have inherited the gift of psychic empathy. After one of the siblings slips into a coma a
Debbie Heaton
Sep 01, 2011 Debbie Heaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her sister's voice screamed in her dreams, "Die!" Maddie Temple couldn't keep doing this night after night. Her twin sister had spent the past ten years in a coma, her condition severing their psychic connection. Or had it?

But what Maddie doesn't know is that a 200-year-old curse haunts her family. And she doesn't know about the shadowy group with plans to exploit the Temple twins' powers for personal gain. She doesn't even know about her feelings for the pushy psychiatrist that keeps offering h
Sep 08, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay... first let me start by saying it took me almost a month to finish this book. Not because I am a slow reader or because I was busy, but because I kept putting it down to try and find something more interesting to read. How was this book awful you ask. Well let me tell you... first, the characters were absolutely flat and uninteresting. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING I have ever read, I have been able to get attached to at least one character in some small way. Not so with this book. I di ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Jessi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I'm not sure how I'm going to trudge through the rest of this book. My Kindle says I am 30% through and I'm already sick of it. I got it because I thought the idea for the story was intriguing, but at this point I think I'm wasting my time. It's a creative idea, but suffers from poor execution. The point of view shifts around so much that it's hard to figure out which character I'm with. The characters themselves are flat. I don't care about any of them and none of them are even likabl ...more
The UHQ Nasanta
2.5 - 3 stars

I was rather pleasantly surprised by this despite the low ratings. While it was by no means the best book I had ever read, I found it rather intriguing and fascinating. It was a paranormal romance with a strong suspense-thriller component - or was it the other way around? As a thriller, therefore, it was kind of dark and spooky, especially since I was reading in the dark. The nature of Maddie and Sarah's abilities made the whole experience of reading almost surreal and confusing, bu
Benjamin Sobieck
Oct 13, 2011 Benjamin Sobieck rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers just starting out on paranormal fiction
This seems more suited for readers who just graduated from YA Paranormal. Not my cup of tea. The set-up went from sounding cool (twin sisters with a psychic link - one of whom is comatose and being experimented upon) and wound up cliched.

Maybe I'm the wrong reader for this genre (I usually stick to crime), but I've read my fair share of paranormal. For an example of a better use of the sisters-connected-by-psychic-link, check out "The Remains" by Vincent Zandri. I read that one before reading "D
Jan 24, 2012 Mindy rated it it was amazing

In Book One, Dark Legacy, you dive into Maddie Temple’s spiraling madness as she hunts for the twin sister whose misfiring psychic gifts have come close to destroying Maddie’s world before. Only this time, Maddie’s own psychic gifts are growing beyond her control and her dreams are becoming more and more volatile. Sarah is taking over more and more of Maddie’s sleeping and waking world.

But who is controlling Sarah? The doctors who are supposed to be caring for her in a long-term mental
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi

Beware of spoilers

Maddie and Sarah Temple are twins with a special psychic connection. They are able to read people’s thoughts and know what they’re thinking and what’s going on around them. Maddie learned how to block this ability at a young age, but Sarah learned to use it and manipulate people to do what she wanted them to.

When they were young they found an old paper that spoke of “the Temple Legacy” that came from a relative from the witch trial
Brenda Reinicke
Apr 27, 2012 Brenda Reinicke rated it it was ok
This was a Free Friday book for my Nook. It is not my style, but it was a fine book to read at the gym. I can't read super-serious books at the gym. They make me run slower. This one was entertaining, a touch of sci-fi for me, and a sort of fun storyline. I found it hard to read, confusing, but I think that was intentional, and I just had to patiently wade through it until answers were presented, assuming that they would be presented. I guess they were. I am not sure I would recommend it, but it ...more
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