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The Mackenzie Legacy

(The Athena Effect #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  42 reviews
As their story continues, Calvin and Caledonia find themselves madly in love, on the run, and nearly out of money. When Cal stumbles upon a way to cash in on Cali’s powers, their life on the road becomes a life of leisure. Despite the easy money and newfound luxury, Caledonia’s conscience begins to trouble her.

A disturbing warning only serves to confirm her misgivings, mak
ebook, 200 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Derrolyn Anderson (first published January 1st 2012)
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♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of sweet romance and The Athena Effect
You can read this review and more on my blog:

I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

When a series has a romance at the center of it I always dread reading the next books because the author seems to feel the need to have the couple torn away from each other or fighting all of the time. I don't know if this counts as a spoiler, but the author didn't fall back on that over used plot line in this story once. The two Cals (I still adore the fact that they have the sa
♥ Sarah
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 – 4 stars

*The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

**Note: I read this book within a couple of hours – beware of the highly addicting qualities in this book. Make sure you give yourself enough free time to read this, because once you start, you won’t want to stop.

The sequel picks up from where The Athena Effect left off; Cal and Callie are on the road and on the run. They direct their travels to Callie’s childhood home in the middle of nowhere
Darth J
Review originally posted on My Bookshelf is Ready.

♪ Those fingers in my hair
That sly come-hither stare... ♪

Cali returns in this sequel to The Athena Effect. Her powers of persuasion via manipulation of auric fields are growing.

♪ That strips my conscience bare... ♪

She discovers that not only was the Athena Effect not real, but her powers are genetic instead of lab grown. It appears that an old house on her parents' property wasn't the only thing she's inherited.

♪ It's witchcraft ♪

With the revela
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)

Goodreads Summary

As their story continues, Calvin and Caledonia find themselves madly in love, on the run, and nearly out of money. When Cal stumbles upon a way to cash in on Cali’s powers, their life on the road becomes a life of leisure. Despite the easy money and newfound luxury, Caledonia’s conscience begins to trouble her.

A disturbing warning only serves to confirm her misgivings, making her question her purpose in life. Finally, a shocking discovery about the true nature of her powers poi
Rachmi Febrianty
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The MacKenzie Legacy contains of two stories, Cali & Cal and Layla & Michael. It takes place right after The Athena Effect. Cali and Cal are on the run from Professor Reed into Cali's cabin which will belong to her when she's 18. In order to save their money, they took the journey in a very tight budget they mostly spent the night in a tent. I love the way Cal described how good Cali is with all of camping and hiking things. I can see that she's in her element, things that she
Brenda A
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thank-you, favorites
Once again, I am immensely satsified. The Mackenzie Legacy picks up where The Athena Effect left off, with Cal squared happily together after Cali escaped the evil scientist.

I would like to draw attention again to all the characters. Cal and Cali both have a level of ferocity that I find totally acceptable, given the reasons. Cal's insecurities regarding Cali are not unfounded, and his actions were easily traced to these worries. Cali's entire focus is on helping others and finding a family for
Sherre Copeland
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequel-lust
When Derrolyn contacted me to request a review, I was ecstatic. I mean, I had JUST finished checking out her goodreads page looking for her latest installment into her Athena Effect series. The series follows a girl Caledonia, nicknamed Cali (also sometimes nicknamed Cal but it becomes too confusing so we'll stick to Cali) and her boyfriend Calvin, nicknamed Cal (see what I mean about confusing) as they try to survive in a world where people want to use Cali for her aura reading powers while the ...more
Zoe and the Edge
I was excited to start reading this.
But then I remembered the young love.
I didn't like the blatant preachiness of how it's wrong to rig a race and just other little sermons hidden in the text.

It was easier to be angry with his father than admit how much he missed his gentle kind mother, and all of his rebellious behavior could be traced back to that sad fact.

The author is just very deliberate and sometimes it annoys me. I think it's especially because I recently read a book about a heroine cont
The Mackenzie Legacy is the sequel to The Athena Effect and another five star book in my opinion. I flew through this story, I could not put it down. I liked how the story was told not just about Caledonia and Calvin but also Layla and Michael. Although Caledonia and Calvin are my favorites.

It picks up where The Athena Effect left off. Caledonia and Calvin are on the run since her escape from the mad scientist Professor Reed. With little money and danger lurking everywhere they sleep in a tent o
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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*This review will contain spoilers for The Athena Effect (book 1 in the series)!*

The Mackenzie Legacy picks up where it's predecessor left us. Calvin and Cali are on the run. Cali is turning eighteen soon, but in the meantime, she is in hiding from the man responsible for the death of her parents.

Calvin and Cali are enjoying their time on the run; they're in love, together, and the world is at their fingertips. Unfortunately, their money stash is
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal stories.
Recommended to Schokominza by: Derrolyn Anderson
“The two Cals had been thrown together by fate, united by curiosity, and forced to run by circumstances, but now they were bound together by pure true love.”

1. Sentence: “Calvin woke with a start, reaching out to find her missing.”

When I started blogging last year I decided to accept review copies from authors as well. Back then, "The Athena Effect" was the second book I received in exchange for an honest review. Even though I had to mention  a few points of criticism, I very much enjoyed rea
Jennifer Showalter -  MAMA Bookasaurus
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I was squeezing my head in my hands. Sooooo close. I wished Anderson had had one more run through with an editor. It squeaked out a four, but barely. There were a good number of typos, misspellings, missed matched details and the book seemed too focused on one aspect of the storyline. Her first book was phenomenal. Outstanding. Home Run. This second installment unfortunately had a bad case of Middle Book Syndrome. Otherwise known
Reviewed on: Lili Lost in a Book

Calvin leaned back on his pillows, watching [Caledonia's] magical eyes dart back and forth as she mastered the keyboard, assimilating information faster than he ever imagined possible. He smiled wryly, thinking that the day he was beaten up in the cemetery was probably the luckiest day of his life. ~The Mackenzie Legacy

Oh man, what an adventure! This is what I love about Derrolyn's writing: there is always something exciting and action-y going on! Oh! And let's no
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
This review was posted first on my blog at Donnie Darko Girl.

Rating 4.5 / 5

*Possible spoilers if you haven't read book one, but I tried to keep any out* :)

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you've followed my reviews, you know how much I absolutely adored The Athena Effect. I love this one just as much! Cal and Caledonia are two of my favorite characters ever. Cal's past as a "bad boy" and the changes he's made in his life for Caledonia's love makes him appeali
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Mackenzie Legacy continues directly after the end of The Athena Effect with both Cali and Cal on the run with the few possessions that the bike can carry. They spend a lot of time camping in the wilderness to save whatever money they have. When Cal comes up with the plan to use Cali’s powers, I was a little disappointed in him. He couldn’t see past the money to see how it was affecting Cali. But deep down I know that Cal is only doing what he thinks is best and he is still deeply in love wit ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
So I literally finished this book ten minutes ago, and it was an easy and fun read. It started of pretty good, though the big chunk in the middle was centered all around Caledonia and Calvin, wich grew a little bland after some time. Throughout the story, I found myself liking Layla and Caledonia lesser and lesser. I had really liked Layla in the first book (The Athena Effect), though in this one she was a little to bubbly for my taste. Caledonia had her moments, but most of the time she was too ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fiction, 2013
"The Mackenzie Legacy" is the second book in the Athena Effect series by Derrolyn Anderson. This book picks up right where the last one left off with two of our main characters, Caledonia and Calvin, on the run from the evil doctor that wanted to do all sorts of horrible testing on Cali due to her special powers. Anderson does a good job of recapping the events of the first book, just in case you are a little bit rusty on the storyline, but the recap doesn't really feel repetitive at all. That b ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Picking up where The Athena Effect left off, the second book in the series continues the story of Cali and Cal. On the run and trying to lay low until Cali's 18th birthday, they have to find a way to survive on their own.

Cali, true to form, is her sweet self, innocent, and a bit less naive than in the first book. She had lived such a sheltered life before meeting Cal and having her world flipped around that she sometimes struggles with the reality of the world. She also struggles with the guilt
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic sequel to The Athena Effect! It had been a few years since I read the first book of this series, but I had no problem diving back into the world Anderson as crafted. Much like her series, "Marina Tales", Athena Effect remains strong throughout, rather than lagging as some sequels do. While I enjoyed Cal and Cali's adventures across the Pacific Northwest and Nevada, I really wanted to know what was happening with the twins this time around.
The Mackenzie Legacy is packed with even more
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Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book picks up where the Athena Effect left off and what a sordid story it is. The two Cals are so in love and are scared of losing one another but are on the run and in need of safety. They only have a few months to Cali’s eighteenth birthday so they are on the run. Meantime, Layla and her brother are with Max scheming just for someone other than Teddy.

I feel for Cal. He feels that Cali will leave him when he is no longer needed to help her. His life after his mom has been one disappointment
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up right where the last one left off. Cali and Calvin are on the run from a crazy professor who wants to use Cali as his guinea pig. But since they're on the run and not really attending school, this book seems to not really have the young adult feel anymore. Which is perfectly okay because Cali is about eighteen in this book.

Do we remember Cali's ability to read emotions and make you feel certain emotions? Well, Calvin learns how to capitalize this ability which Cali tends to th
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
At 200 pages this wasn't a long book and I finished it pretty fast, it took me a couple of hours and I started at maybe 11pm and finished in the early hours of the morning. The Mackenzie was really good, I enjoyed the story and as always Derrolyn’s writing was flawless. When I say flawless I mean there were no sentences I had to go back and reread for them to make sense… her writing was easy to follow and the point of views weren’t confusing when switched about. Not to mention there was not one ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I finished TAE, I moved straight onto The Mackenzie Legacy! This one is just as unique and well-told as the first. The reader warms to the characters very quickly so you can't help but read on.

For some reason, I really love the whole "artificial different gene" thing in books (wow, my explanation is amazing...). I'm currently working on my own novel where a teenage girl finds out that she's been created in a lab, so I'm pretty hooked on the whole 'normal-person-finds-out-that-she's-ac
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This was a fast and entertaining YA read. It starts right after the first book ends, with Cal and Cali on the run towards Cali’s home. From there it branches out to include Layla and Michael, and their struggles. Things escalate quite quickly for all the characters, culminating in an ending that was a bit easy, but still relatively satisfying.

While Cal and Cali are both sweet characters, my favourite is Layla. She is much more complex than any of the others. She has been raised to intentionally
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book didn't wow me like the first one did. I still liked it however, I love the story build up Ms. Anderson creates, and the character's are fantastic.

Caledonia is a very strong character, she's brave while also being naive in a lot of things still. Her love for Calvin is fantastic, though there tended to be a time or two that it was a little sugar coated for my taste, but it didn't deter me from anything in the book, so it's relatively a minor thing that I just shrugged off and kept on go
The second installment with Cal and Cali, saw a few twists and turns. A few of the steps along the way rankled a little. I didn't appreciate the situation the two Cals found themselves.

I can see why the story progressed as it did, but it didn't detract from the bitter taste it left in its wake.

That aside, I enjoyed the development of Cal and Cali's relationship, the growing tenderness coupled with fierce protectiveness works well.

If you enjoyed book 1, pick this one up too, it takes you even fur
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a, fantasy
The Cals are back and they are awesome!

In this book, we get to learn more about the twins, Layla and Michael, and their troubles as they move from one prison to another. Cali is determined to help them, but has no idea where they are, or how to free them. Cal, in the meantime, is terrified of losing Cali, but has figured out how to use Cali's gift to gamble to make them money.

Once again, although the story is good, it is the characters that I find so intriguing about this book. I like how the au
Cheryl Duval
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down!! This story picks up where the first book, The Athena Effect, left off. Cal & Cal find an interesting way to earn some money so that they can head back to Caledonia's home as soon as she turns 18. Caledonia learned life changing secrets about her family history. Layla finds herself in some serious trouble while Michael is swept up in acting like a womanizing idiot. I am looking forward to reading the next book! This is a great read for ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book!! The transition between characters was smooth. There is emotion and drama I love the conflict Cal faces with gambling and using her abilities! I did however feel like I was reading a story, I would rather be there experiencing it. I think more minute details would help achieve this. With that being said I love this series I love this author I can't wait to read more!!!
A.G. Lindsay
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf, ya
Not as good as the first book, but still suspenseful and interesting. Both Cals continue to be too good to be true, but I did like the tying up of the ends still left loose from the first book.

As true for the first book, do not read the epilogue if you don't want to read further in the series because the way the book ends before that is satisfying and doesn't need a sequel.
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