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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,073 ratings  ·  152 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
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Nov 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF page 231

(This review is based off the 231 pages that I read of this book, not the whole thing. Don’t take every word of this seriously, I don’t know what happens after that point)

To be honest, I’ve never liked witch books (excluding the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series). I wasn’t very surprised that I ended up hating this book. Yes, hating. And, that is very unusual for me to say, because I always try to find the positives in every book. I actually feel kind of bad for writing this review. I
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 08, 2011 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
Jul 31, 2012 rated it did not like it

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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
M. Bianca
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finally got to read this book. And it was...
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Love it! <3
Via Love
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Lucy Qhuay

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
Branwen *of House Targaryen*
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
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.
Jul 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
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!^^
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
When I read the summary of the book I was like "Cool!" but then I started reading. What happened to Katy having to hide her abilities her entire life? What was with the completely rushed timeline? You might as well have broken into song, and ended the book, oh wait, you did. I was trying to see how everything pieced together but was disappointed to see that the book was a rush job, Katy had incomplete character traits and how she learned everything right off the bat is ridiculous. If I could foc ...more
Christiana Reads
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book but it was so hard for me to focus on any positive traits when there was so much happening.
The dialogue as well as the characters felt immature and I couldn’t force myself to care about them. The events happening felt forced and rushed in some parts, to the point where I was confused about the way we managed to get from one place to another.
I don’t know if this series gets better but this first book was clearly not for me.
Valia Lind
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5....I really struggled with this book. It was everything I wanted, but it just didn't work for me the way I would've liked it to.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

This was a pleasantly fun read and I greatly enjoyed the characters and the storyline, murr! There’s a little something for everyone in this first installment of Cochran’s Legacy series. Whether you are a fan of magic, mystery/suspense, budding teen romance, or YA in general, this is definitely a book worth checking out. =^.^=

Katy is one of those types of characters who you come to admire as the story progresses. She’s initially insecure about her
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts

Cover: This cover is one of my favorites, the color scheme. The fog in the upper right corner and Peter and Katy coming down the stairs, dunno put I think it depicts a scene.

Book: I saw this earlier in the year , added it to read and forgot totally about it. In a Simon Shuster galley grab [what’s that ?info galley grab] it felt familiar . Downloaded and forgot it again. Time past and there were only 12 hours left to read it, I challenged myself and read it nonstop with small breaks in
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
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
Emma (BelleBooks)
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Firstly, massive thank you to the S&S Galley Grab for drawing my attention to this book. I had never heard about Legacy before, after reading the blurb I decided to go ahead and download the ARC. I ended up reading this book in one day.

Legacy has been getting some mixed reviews from what I've seen so far, but honestly I really enjoyed this book.
The story itself follows 16 year old Katy whose father and step-mother ship her off to an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. While Katy firs
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
In this book, Serenity Katherine Ainsworth, who goes by “Katy Jessevar,” is sent to Ainsworth Preparatory School in Whitfield, Massachusetts after her father moved to New York when he got a job there. When Katy starts the new school, she meets Peter Shaw at the library. He instantly knows that she is an Ainsworth and dislikes her. Every new student at Ainsworth School gets invited to have lunch at Hattie’s Kitchen, where she finds a book that belongs to Peter. Hattie asks Katy to return it to hi ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Legacy! It was such a magical and action packed story. Ever since The Secret Circle television show was cancelled, there’s been a giant witch-shaped gap in my life. I’ve been craving a wonderfully witchy novel that captured some of those same elements from the show. After reading various YA witch stories, Legacy was the perfect fit! I absolutely adored the novel and I cannot wait to read the sequel. I was contacted for the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for the sequel, Poiso ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
After my brief hiatus from paranomal fiction, I jumped right back in with LEGACY by Molly Cochran, which I found on the last GalleyGrab email. (Speaking of which, doesn't it feel like a six billion month wait between the GalleyGrab's these days? I'm on my last title, and I'm feeling totally deprived!!!)

Anyways, starting with plot, as (almost) always. Legacy is the story of witchcraft, evil, and a history of hidden family madness, to sum things up in a single thought. Katy, formally known as Sere
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
My Urban Fantasies
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: legacy
Review originally posted on My Urban Fantasies

Katy Jessevar no longer fits in her father's new life. Her proof? Katy is being sent to a boarding school, Ainsworth Preparatory School, 1,500 miles away from where her father and his girlfriend live. I don't know about you, but in my opinion that's a major clue. Katy also has trouble fitting into her new life. Finding out she's a witch and living in a town full of witches is the easy part. Katy has always been able to move objects with her mind, now
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aka Dev Stryker

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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