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A Dark Inheritance

(Unicorne Files #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  122 reviews
From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Chris d'Lacey comes a brand-new action-adventure series!

When Michael Malone discovers his supernatural ability to alter reality, he is recruited by an organization dedicated to investigating strange and paranormal phenomena. He joins in hopes of finding his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier. Michael's first task is
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Scholastic Press (first published May 5th 2014)
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jv poore
Three interminable years ago Michael’s father left for a business trip, never to be heard from again. That dilemma, however; is not the strangest quandary in Michael’s life. Since his father’s disappearance, he has become aware of seemingly small, random but wacky occurrences. Being a logical kid, he was able to theorize and dismiss these happenings…..almost. Now, the incidents happen all too often, and there is truly no explanation. Assuming that the oddities and his father’s vanishing are rela ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was an impulse checkout from the library. I've been doing audiobooks while I do stuff at home. Audiobooks allow me to get some reading in and have time for completing tasks that would seem very lonely or boring if I wasn't reading as I did them. The story sounded interesting on the blurb. This was pretty good. An interesting idea, although after finishing the book, I don't feel that much more informed about the situation. It ends with a lot of questions unresolved. It's an interesting mix o ...more
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Quick & Dirty: A slightly confusing but unique first novel that captured my interest without really connecting to me.

Opening Sentence: It was the day Mom took the coast road to school.

The Review:

Michael’s family is pushing themselves through the grief of the loss of his father. When they take an alternate route to school the next day to escape a flood, he saves a dog that was seemingly about to commit suicide off a cliff. Michael exhibits a rush of superhu
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Audience: Middle Grade
Format: Audiobook/Library Copy

It was the day Mom took the coast road to school.
- first sentence

Michael discovered his unusual ability quite by accident when he saved a dog wandering near the edge of a cliff. He isn't sure exactly what happened, but somehow he moved across the field in the blink of an eye. Soon afterward, he met Amadeus Klimt, head of the UNICORNE Society (UNexplained Incidents, Cryptic Occurrences, Relative Nontemporal Events) and Chantelle who also works f
Vincent Ripley
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When Michael saves a dog in a clifftop rescue is the opening line to the synopsis on the back of the book. You may be forgiven for thinking that this book sounds unappealing and pass this one by, but you would be sadly mistaken....

This is a cracking book by Chris D'Lacey. It has been about two years since his last published book. He has since moved house and county which has perhaps had some influence on his latest book. This is the first b
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Michael Malone is going to school just like any other day except his mom is driving an alternate route to escape a flooded street so he and his sister, Josie won't be late for school. However they are stopped in traffic when Michael knows that a dog is going to commit suicide by jumping off the cliff. Knowing this he runs out of the car and teleports to the top of the cliff where the dog is. He saves the dog but at first doesn't understand or know how he got to the top of the cliff. This is not ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Michael and his mother and sister are struggling to get by in the wake of Michael's father's disappearance. When Michael exhibits superhuman powers while rescuing a dog that is about to jump over a windswept cliff, he comes to the attention of several different people. The most eerie are Amadeus Klimt and his French sidekick Chantelle. Also, by a weird coincidence, Freya, a girl from school is said to have been the owner of the dog, Trace, but she isn't. The dog has been following her and is dis ...more
AJ Perez
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book A Dark Inheritnce by Chris D Lacy starts off with the main character Michel Malone going to school. For him it is just a normal day but he doesn't know that when he gets stopped at the bridge that everything will change. While driving to school he gets stopped at the bridge. The reason is because a dog is on it about to jump. With Michels Unknown powers he saves the dog. He soon figures out that the dog be longs to a classmate of his. Little does he known that she died in a car accident ...more
A dark Inheritance was a really unsuspecting book,this book is about a boy who finds out he inherited his fathers ability after he long goes missing.He then get involved with this organization named UNICORN which was involved with his dad.Michael the main character has to solve these supernatural mystery to get closer to his dad,In this book has to figure out why the dog was on the cliff,who the dog belonged too,and why Freya was involved even tho it was not her dog.The book has a lot of twist a ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Michael Malone is just trying to get to school when he encounters a dog in distress. Little does he realize that meeting will change his life. In more ways than one. Michael possesses a power that can alter reality itself, a power that has come to the attention of secret groups like UNICORNE. He might delve deeper into the mystery of his father's disappearance, but first, he has to figure out what's up with that dog . . .

This was a lot of fun. Michael has one of my favorite types of powers: the
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had A Dark Inheritance on my bookshelf for a while after buying the trilogy and decided to read as I haven't been reading muxh recently and thought a relatively short, junior fiction novel would help.

I really enjoyed it. There were times when you needed to concentrate as some of the theories and explanations were complicated but once you got into the author's way of thinking, the plot flowed and made sense. On saying that, I am unsure how many younger readers would understand and be able to fo
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to this book, and the best part by far was the extremely talented and expressive Jim Dale-esque reader. Had I just been reading this book myself, I don't think I would have finished it. The premise and plot were creative and clever, but the story meandered the way that books in a series sometimes do -- like the author knew he had to slow things down in order to have enough material for more books. That makes me crazy. The author definitely has a gift for imagery and beautiful phrasing ...more
Hannah Belyea
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Michael has no clue that, by saving a dog from leaping off a cliff on the way to school, he is drawing in a secret organization known as UNICORNE that hopes to use his ability to warp reality to figure out a mystery involving a murder, a mysterious girl in his class, and the truth behind his father's disappearance. D-Lacey will entertain fans of mystery and the supernatural with this adequate trip into the strange and surreal. Can Michael find a way to hide his new powers and mission from his fa ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I loved this! It was fast-paced, gripping, and unique in its depiction and use of fantasy creatures. The characters were well written and felt real and solid. I loved Michael and even his sister was well done and she wasn't a big part of the book. There were some beautiful quoteworthy bits too, and it was amazing to find these in a fast-paced, more action based book. They didn't bog it down and they fit really well where they were. I adored Trace and Freya and I hope they are both in
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am still processing this book. It's well written, a very different premise, with interesting characters. The ending was a complete surprise. I liked it. I'm going to look for the second book in the series to see where the series is going.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, fiction
I enjoyed this book and would probably read another but I think the author needs to indicate more readily when the dimension is flipping. I did have some issue with that. may use this flipping around a bit too much - every time the MC gets in trouble. Hence the rating.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
One of those 'more for the kids than for me' books. It's sort of confusing as to what, exactly is the main problem here, but there's some action, some mystery, and enough of a cliffhanger to drive readers to the next book.
Will Pinkston
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m honestly not quite sure how to feel about this book. Part of it’s probably my dislike for the person who read the audiobook I listened to, so I’ll probably have to reread this one myself sometime. Still, it’s good enough that I’m already on hold for the next one in the series.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A simple, yet engaging younger adult novel about a teen who discovers he has mysterious powers after he saves a dog. Lots of mystery, some teen emotion, and enough interest to want to continue the series.
Linda Klinedinst
I really love this book....It is a Middle Grade Fantasy type story. The Ending will make you cry - the very last chapter.

I give this Book 5/5 Stars.

I highly recommend this book.

Happy Reading :)
Neil McGee
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
High-five, I enjoyed
Elizabeth Gold
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aditya Kannan
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tragic but highly gripping. I loved the twists and turns.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice book with a very catching story. I found that once I started reading I could not put the book down.
dylan king
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great one of the best books ever.
Samantha Glass
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another bedtime book with the kiddo who enjoyed it so much he wished we had book 2 ready at hand. That’s a bonus.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A lovely story! Very engaging and full of mystery.
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
I didn't liked the story. Too dark for age group.
Tangeree Gillette
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like YA fiction in general and this story had a lot of promise, however it felt a bit disjointed in some parts, I am not sure if I will read #2
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
i really liked the plot and the characters! I can't wait to read the sequel!!!! :)))
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