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A Dark Inheritance (Unicorne Files #1)

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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, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Scholastic Press (first published May 5th 2014)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
Apr 26, 2014 Owen rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I could only get about halfway through this. I loved d'Lacey's Last Dragon Chronicles when I was younger, and I still plan on finishing it someday, but this book was so disappointing and I expected a lot more, especially from this author whom I trusted and is supposedly a NYT bestselling author. I have been trying to work on not having high expectations for books by authors I've never read because they almost always fall far below them, but I actually liked d'Lacey's writing. To be honest, this ...more
AJ Perez
Nov 13, 2015 AJ Perez 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
Vincent Ripley
Sep 10, 2014 Vincent Ripley 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 Susan 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 Ms. Yingling 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
Jenna Leigh
Jul 13, 2015 Jenna Leigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh. My. Good. Lord. This book was... wow. Besides wounding me emotionally, this was the best book I've read in a long. Freaking. Time. Too long. I already idolize Chris D'Lacey, and here is just more proof that this man is a wonderful author. If there were more than 5 stars to give, I totally would give this guy all of the stars. Anyway, just like the Last Dragon Chronicles, there's more dragons, "goth girls" as Chris would put it, and alternate. Freaking. Realities. (a.k.a. my favorite. Thing. ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Grayce rated it liked it
First, I would like to note that I found an uncorrected proof-not for sale edition of this book at a library booksale. There is a chance some minor things were changed in the final version.
This series is compared to X-Files by D'Lacey himself. While I never watched the show, this comparison describes it best. This is a fast paced book about Michael, whose dad went missing on a business trip. One day something strange happens to Michael, and his dads real co-workers come recruiting him. Informat
Oct 08, 2014 Rubyskyepi rated it really liked it
A Dark Inheritance is Book #1 in the UNICORNE Files series. Written by New York Times bestselling author Chris d’Lacey, this book grabbed me from the start with its head-scratching, engaging first few sentences:

“It was the day Mom took the coast road to school. The day I tried to save a suicidal husky. One day before I would begin to wonder if my father was still alive.”

Say what? I needed to keep reading to find out what was going on with Michael Malone – main character and alterer of reality. Y
On his way to school with his mother and younger sister Josie, Michael Malone sees a large dog pacing along the side of a treacherous cliff. Something compels him to leap from the car and save the dog. But that act of compassion brings him to the attention of a secret organization called Unicorne since it reveals certain gifts of which Michael has been unaware. Apparently, he can alter reality and read the specks in the eyes of others in order to determine if they are telling the truth. In excha ...more
D'Lacey's new book is a mishmash of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and suspense. Michael Malone discovers a crazy ability to alter his own reality on the day that he rescues a dog from a misty seaside cliff. The dog once belonged to a girl who was killed in a bike accident, but it regularly escapes to be near another girl, Freya, for some mysterious reason. And Michael is recruited by a creepy man who seems to know all about the three-years' old disappearance of Michael's father, to be a par ...more
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review: Michael’s going to school via a non-normal route when he senses the thoughts of a suicidal dog, and somehow manages to stop her going over a cliff. This brings him to the attention of UNICORNE, who say they can tell him what happened to his father, who disappeared. They set him on the task of finding out what the dog was doing on the cliff, and this leads him to a mystery involving a classmate, a dead girl, and his newly discovered powers.
I’ve heard great things about Chris D’Lacey’s oth
May 31, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5/5

Science fiction, mystery, paranormal activity, alternate realities, action/adventure. A Dark Inheritance by Chris d'Lacey has a little bit of everything!

Author d'Lacey drops the reader right in to the story without a lot of set-up, which I've always found to be a thrilling way to start a book. We, the reader, get to learn and discover along with the characters. So when teenager Michael is surprised by his own sudden appearan
Mrs. Kenyon
May 07, 2014 Mrs. Kenyon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-audiobooks
Michael Malone cannot control his urge to save a dog from jumping off a cliff, but after the fact he cannot explain why or how he was able to catch the dog. Especially since none of the police officers were able to get near it. He is told the dog belongs to one of his sick classmates, but when he inquires about the dog he begins to discover the truth. There seems to be a connection between this sick girl and an accident where another girl had been killed. If that is not enough, Michael is approa ...more
Jennifer Boyce
Apr 29, 2014 Jennifer Boyce rated it it was ok
This book has a seriously fascinating premise- young Michael, whose dad disappeared a little while back, can alter reality. Because of his remarkable talent, the same organization his dad worked for (kind of like a secret agent) wants his help to track down his dad and bring him back home. There is also some other mysterious stuff going on in the town with a new girl in school and a "suicidal" dog.

While this book did have the potential to be truly interesting, and an intense read, it fell a litt

A Dark Inheritance is about a young boy, Michael Malone, who discovers that he has the abillity to ‘time jump’ or alter reality. A secret organization, called UNICORNE, recruits him, and he soon discovers that his father had the power to alter reality and worked with UNICORNE, too. Michael’s father vanished 3 years previously. The first time Michael time jumps, he saves the life of a siberian husky named Trace ,who was about to jump off a cliff. As his first excursion for UNICORNE, he must uncov
Nov 11, 2015 Britt rated it liked it
Michael Malone's dad disappeared as if into thin air a few years ago. Since then, his family has been trying to cope. Then, one day, after Michael has an extraordinary experience, he finds out that his dad had the ability to manipulate the multiverse, and that Michael inherited the same ability. His father was part of a secret organization called UNICORNe, and that organization quickly recruits Michael as well.

The good:

There is a LOT going on in this book. In a really interesting way. The autho
Jun 18, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
ARC/Fantasy: This was a children’s book and I understand I cannot compare it to an adult’s fantasy book. But I did have problems with it.

I really wished the whole UNICORNE was not in the book. It really wasn’t needed for the second half of the story. (I can’t help it. I like the Odd Thomas novels). I just thought it would have made a better children’s story if the hero learned his powers and solved the case by himself. UNICORNE really didn’t do anything. Michael would just report to them. Chant
Feb 25, 2014 Bayla rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
*Review of ARC*

Buzzwords: Paranormal, Ghosts, Death, Family, Secret Organizations, Mind powers, Multiverse

It was just an ordinary day – until it wasn’t. When Michael and his family are stopped on a bridge on the way to school, and he sees a dog about to jump, he rushes out to save it = and inadvertently alters reality. When a secret organization called UNICORNE approaches him about his new skill, Michael quickly gets sucked into investigating a murder, a haunting, and his father’s disappearance…
Action-adventure story about a teen who discovers he has the ability to alter reality--kind of like time-traveling over short distances. He is forcibly "recruited" to join UNICORNE by a shadowy guy, who tells him that his father, missing for years, was a Unicorne agent too. He gets involved by saving a dog's life, then discovers what happened to the dog's dead owner, a teen girl, and the story gets complicated with journalists who want to know the story behind the mysterious rescue, and a beauti ...more

A Dark Inheritance is the first novel in a new series by Chris d'Lacey, "The UNICORNE Files". This book revolves around Michael, a boy who finds he is able to travel briefly between alternate realities, especially in emergency situations. Michael is contacted by a secret agency, UNICORNE, that studies paranormal and unexplained phenomena. They are very interested in Michael's "abilities", but they also have information that Michael is totally unprepared for: his father, who mysteriously disappea

Mel Raschke
This engrossing, Book One of the Unicorne Files treats the reader with intriguing speculations such as time travel, mental telepathy, and ghosts. The thrust of the novel surrounds Michael, who discovers he can alter reality. A secret society UNICORNE, finds him, and we could not figure out how this happened. The person representing this group says he has information about Michael’s father. Michael's father disappeared several years ago. This man will give Michael information, if Michael will hel ...more
Alice Liu
Jan 18, 2014 Alice Liu rated it it was amazing
D'Lacey makes quantum physics look easy as he creates a multiverse through the thoughts and actions of Michael Malone, a boy who saves a dog and alters life as we know it. This book is part mystery and part SciFi thriller, but it is also firmly grounded in the every day life of an average boy...well, except for the parts where he alters reality. That's the beauty of A Dark Inheritance -- It is easy to relate to Michael. D'Lacey writes of the every day struggles (i.e. how to talk to a girl), amid ...more
Gem Routledge
Nov 24, 2014 Gem Routledge rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I admit, I was initially attracted to it because I loved the cover (ha!) and then the lovely people at Chicken House sent me a copy. Michael was a wonderful character, a typical young boy in many ways, yet totally unique in lots of others. The plot was interesting and I raced through it to find out what would happen next! The situation Michael finds himself in is increasingly perilous and he will need all his wits about him... I don't want to say anything to spoil ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Sonja rated it really liked it
Quite compelling and a bit unexpected. I was expecting fantasy, but found a paranormal mystery/thriller quite rooted in a realistic setting. The excitement comes from Michael Malone who is discovering quite a bit all at once - that he has the ability to manipulate time, that his father's disappearance may be more complicated than he thought, and that the walls between death and life may be shakier than you'd imagine. Many of the questions and few of the answers seem to flow from a mysterious org ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Desiree rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb on the back of this book I almost didn't read it. Using a Unicorn as a secret espionage agency seem far fetched to say the least. However, the story was an amusing blend of familial life, burgeoning mental powers, ghosts, and hidden surprises. Michael Malone is a teen struggling with the loss of his father and a physical condition he doesn't quite understand. His ability to manipulate time becomes apparent when he stops a dog from jumping off a cliff. This is a great ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
This is a fun, although a bit dark paranormal science fiction fantasy action adventure mystery story for kids in grades 4-8. Michael has discovered that he can alter reality and he becomes part of the paranormal secret detective agency that his father, unknown to others, had been part of until he disappeared three years ago. Michael tries to figure out his powers, solve a mystery and find out what happened to his father. Kids should enjoy this fast paced mystery. I received this book free to rev ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
From the author of The Last Dragon Chronicles comes a new middle grade fantasy series. Chris D'Lacey's Ufiles #1: A Dark Inheritance was published by Scholastic on June 1, 2014.

This new action-adventure series will appeal to a wide range of readers. Chris D'Lacey writes a captivating story of a boy who possesses an extraordinary, but dark talent, who is unexpectedly dragged into a chilling mystery. Don't be dissuaded by the book's use of the word "UNICORNE" as I originally was. I can assure you
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
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He was born in Valetta, Malta, but as a child moved first to Leicester and then to Bolton. After gaining a degree in biology from the University of York, he returned to Leicester and got a job at the University of Leicester in their Pre-Clinical Sciences department.
Originally his writing was confined to songs and he didn't turn to fiction until he was 32. His first piece of work was a 250,000 word
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