**spoiler alert** A brilliant overall series that I highly recommend!
AWOL: AWOL is the prequel novella to Ellery A. Kane’s Legacy series told entirely**spoiler alert** A brilliant overall series that I highly recommend!
AWOL: AWOL is the prequel novella to Ellery A. Kane’s Legacy series told entirely through the eyes of Quin McAllister and is an absolutely brilliant quick read that will make fans of the trilogy fall in love with Quin all over again.
Long before he met Lex Knightly, Quin McAllister made the desperate choice to flee the Guardian Force and escape the clutches of General Ryker. Setting out on his own, Quin searches for the Resistance group he’s only heard rumours of in the hopes of finding a safe haven and escaping the past that continues to haunt him.
Having recently finished the final book in the Legacy series, I couldn’t pass up the chance to follow Quin in AWOL and I love him even more after reading this novella—and I didn’t think that was possible!
AWOL was an absolutely delightful novella. Quick and easy to read, AWOL really allowed you to get to know Quin like never before and see how just confused and conflicted he is. It was fast paced, endlessly well written and also very cute. Ever wanted to know how Quin ended up with Artos as this faithful hound? Or what Quin thought when he first met Lex? Well, if you have, AWOL is the perfect chance to find out as Ellery A. Kane weaves some really endearing moments into Quins short tale.
Told over a number of weeks and months, AWOL is an addictive look into the heart and mind of an anti-hero who you can’t help but adore. Perfect for long standing fans of the series or those looking to give it a go, AWOL is a must if you want to see Quin like never before!
LEGACY: Legacy by Ellery A. Kane was a well paced and well thought out novel that surprised me with it's exciting storyline and tangible characters. Set in an alternate future where drugs can alter your emotions and military forces control society to an extent, Legacy was a wonderful debut!
Following eighteen year old Alexandra "Lex" Knightly, Legacy is set in the alternate future of 2041 where society is a shadow of it's former self and pharmaceutical companies produce drugs that suppress fear and uncertainty, working together with military forces known as Guardians to create super soldiers incapable of feeling fear and disobeying orders. As the daughter of the forensic psychiatrist who first came up with the emotion altering drug known as Emovere, Lex finds herself entering the deserted city of San Francisco to meet up with a group known as the Resistance in order to potentially take down the Guardians and bring to light the truth about Emovere and its devastating side affects.
Heading into Legacy, I wasn't completely sure what I should expect. The description sounded promising, but if I'm honest the cover didn't go a long way to fuelling my imagination. Still I was hopeful. And I'm thrilled to say Legacy encompasses the saying that you shouldn't judge a book by it's over. Ellery A. Kane's debut novel was a very exciting story that has obviously been very well thought out and constructed.
I quite liked Lex as the main character and have to commend Kane on writing a heroine easy to like and follow. Lex takes on a hard task when she risks entering San Fransisco to find the Resistance and even though she is untrained and afraid, she faces her fears knowing that she has the potential to save lives.
All the characters we meet throughout the story compliment the plot line beautifully. I enjoyed seeing Lex make friends with some ex-Guardians and see Kane explore the damages harsh childhoods and painful pasts have had on the individuals treated with Emovere.
I was very satisfied with Lex and her relationship with Quin McAllister, the tough and fractured former Guardian who helps her throughout the story and quickly wins her heart. While admittedly I felt Lex and Quin "fell in love" too soon, I did believe their feelings and their romance. By the end of the book it was no surprising at all that they felt so deeply about each other after all they had been through but I would have liked a slower process of them getting there. Quin had some very real demons he needed to face and I appreciated Ellery A. Kane forcing him to face hard truths and growth requirements in Lecacy.
My only issue with this story is that I would have liked to explore the world within Legacy just a little bit more. I'm very intrigued to see exactly how society got to be the way it is in 2041 and can only hope Kane expands on this some more should she write a sequel and continue on with the series.
Legacy concludes very well, with Lex and her friends taking on powerful individuals to bring to light the truth about what is going on, and in saying that Legacy could very easily be a stand alone novel. And yet, despite how well it concludes, I do hope Ellery A. Kane writes a sequel as I wouldn't mind the chance to see and learn a bit more about this world and about these characters.
PROPHECY: Prophecy is the second book in the Legacy trilogy by Ellery A. Kane and takes readers on another suspenseful, mysterious and riveting journey that will leave you guessing until the very end.
Life for Lex Knightly has changed a lot since the events of the first book Legacy. More than a year has passed since Lex, Quin and their friends managed to help disable the Guardian Force and restore their fragile world to some sense of normalcy. Yet, their world begins unravelling once again when Quin's recently paroled father, George McAllister is arrested and charged with the murder of his new wife Shelley. Torn between supporting Quin and her own doubts about George's innocence, Lex finds herself struggling. As their relationship frays, Lex and Quin drift apart, but when old enemies resurface with dangerous new motives, things take on a whole new level of danger when it becomes clear that those in power still pose a threat to not only the happiness of Lex and those she loves, but their very lives......
Prophecy kicks off more than a year after the last book, and I was surprised to see how much has changed. Ellery A. Kane has a lot of tricks up her sleeve as Prophecy mainly focuses around Quin's father and his court trial, but also manages to make you question what else is going on with the bigger corporations and companies now that most emotion altering drugs have been banned from San Francisco.
The characters have come a long way since the last book and I was thrilled to see how much they've changed. Emotions and feelings are tested in this book as loyalties and the strength of the love Lex and Quin share are repeatedly put to the test. Kane manages to make her characters, most importantly Lex, face a lot of truths and not everyone manage to come out unaffected.
Well written and well paced, Prophecy was an enjoyable read that made me feel for Lex and many of the other characters. Old faces blend with new and Kane manages to keep you on your toes as well as questioning Quin's dads innocence yourself. Yet in true Kane style, we soon learn that not everything is as it seems and I'm personally really excited to discover what implications our discoveries in Prophecy have in the third and final book Revelation!
REVELATION: Revelation is the third and final novel in the Legacy Trilogy by Ellery A. Kane, concluding what has been an easy and enjoyable dystopian style series in wonderful fashion.
Lex Knightly has been to hell and back trying to expose Zenigenic for the deceptive company it is. Alongside her father and a close group of friends, Lex has lost loved ones and friends, and is determined to help uncover any evidence that might prove Zenigenic and its founder Xander Steele are up to no good as they prepare to release a new wonder drug. It’s been months since Lex saw Quin, but when an attempt on Steele’s life puts Quin in the spotlight, Lex soon finds herself in the middle of things once again. On the run for her life but still hoping to fulfil her mother’s legacy, Lex and her friends prepare to make one final stand against Zenigenic that will either see them finally win, or be lost forever……
This series has been one I’ve very much enjoyed reading. I can’t fault any of the books—they’re just good solid entertainment. Ellery A. Kane has created a vivid future world where drugs capable of manipulating your emotions are all the rage and cause dangerous side effects to those using them. As the daughter of the scientist behind the creation of many of these drugs, our main character Lex has been on a mission to help right the wrongs of her remorseful mother throughout the series, with danger, romance and plenty of twists never far behind. Ellery A. Kane has managed to pack a lot into three books with the storyline continually developing and changing during the trilogy.
Revelation begins a few months after the second book Prophecy ended, with Lex missing Quin but still hoping to help prove his father’s innocence. In Revelation motives are questioned and deceptions revealed with readers finally learning some long awaited truths. All the characters I’ve enjoyed seeing join Lex are back; Quin (obviously!), Edison, Elana, Max, Mr Van Sant, Artos, Lex’s Dad….even Emma, Sting and Carrie return with a place amongst the story.
I’ve enjoyed following Lex throughout the trilogy and feel she has been a strong protagonist. I loved her relationship with Quin and am glad to see that Ellery A. Kane finally gives her characters a lot of resolution, even if their futures are left uncertain but hopeful.
Fast paced and perfect for fans of the Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons, Revelation concludes Ellery A. Kane’s debut series and leaves this reader superbly satisfied with how everything ended! ...more
Learning to Live is the second novel in Annie Cosby’s Hearts Out of Water series and is another well told and highly enjoyable romantic tale set for the most part in the beautiful land of Ireland and filled with wonderful adventure, sweet moments and unexpected discovery.
Learning to Live takes place almost a year after the first novel, Learning to Swim finished and sees Cora still struggling to reconcile the decision she made at the end of the summer the year before. Scared and reeling by the truth she’d just learnt, Cora made the decision to run--breaking her own heart and Rory’s in the process. Life has gone on, but Cora still can’t forget the boy she fell in love with and still yearns for. Especially when his brother Aiden turns up on her doorstep, having learnt about his and Rory’s true heritage and desperately begs Cora to accompany him to Ireland to finally tell Rory the truth. Dashing off on a spur of the moment trip with Aiden and her best friend Rosie, Cora hopes to get back the love she lost before…..but will Rory forgive her, especially when he learns the truth? Or has Cora lost him forever?
Backing up a great first novel isn’t always easy, but Learning to Live is even more magical than its predecessor! Set in exquisite Ireland, and exploring both sides of the country, Learning to Live explores just how much the characters have grown and continues to build Annie Cosby’s selkie mythology stone by stone with lovely results.
After the summer she spent in Oyster Beach, Cora made a choice she deeply regrets; letting go of the boy she loved. Learning to Live sees Cora fly across the continent alongside her best friend and Rory’s brother to tell him the truth and hopefully win him back. Personally, I was really impressed by the growth of the characters in this second book. Though there’s nothing wrong with it (at all!) Cora and Rory seemed a little bit like a superficial summer romance in the first book (though I loved them!) but in Learning to Live, I saw a lot more substance to their relationship.
Perhaps it’s because they’ve had time to grow up, but in Learning to Live, Cora and Rory seemed older and wiser and their choices stronger. I also felt Cosby did a great job building their relationship up to forgiveness. All wasn’t instantly forgiven; Cora had to really work to redeem herself in Rory’s eyes. Cora had to face the fears she had while she, Rory, Aiden and Rosie travelled Ireland in the hopes of finding Seamus O’Leary and finding the missing sealskins.
Unlike Learning to Swim which was set in one coastal town, I loved the sense of adventure and fun searching Ireland brought to Learning to Live. Annie Cosby keeps her characters guessing and trying different avenues in the hopes of tracking down the missing man. Aiden’s growing desperation also made for an added mystery as you as the reader wondered what he was hiding.
Swift to read and easy to enjoy, Learning to Live ends in what I’m coming to learn is an Annie Cosby specialty; a cliffhanger. Sweet and romantic at times, Learning to Live weaves elements of magic, romance, friendship and adventure beautifully and leaves me very exciting to read the third and final novel, Learning to Love as soon as it’s released! ...more