Saturday, November 19, 2011

Legacy by Molly Cochran

Legacy by Molly Cochran
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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 studens seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother commited suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction. -

Let me start by saying I've read lots of stories about witches.  I've also read many, many stories set in a boarding school.  There's something about a boarding school that I just love.  Perhaps it's because it is so different from my own school experience growing up that I'm just really fascinated by it.  Whatever the reason, I love boarding school stories.  I've read several that pairs the boarding school and witches elements together, as this one does.  So, you would think this would be old to me.  Not so!

The author did a fantastic job bringing something completely new to both the boarding school thing, and the witches.  I've never seen almost an entire town be all witches practically.  But this one was.  It was really interseting reading about the ancestry of these people, their connection to the infamous Salem witches, and how they've settled into life here in this small town.

Katy was such an interesting character.  She knows she's special for the very beginning, but it was great seeing her learn even more about her heritage, her mother and those secrets, and some family she didn't realize she had.  Yes, she does have a love interest, and I really loved him!  I am looking forward to seeing how this part of the story develops, as I know there has to be more to come.

There were times that I felt the story was a bit darker than those I've typically read, but I actually kind of liked that.  It was unique, and lent a gravity to the events and a suspense to them that I really loved.  I think this will be a really successful series.

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