Friday, December 16, 2011

Legacy - Cayla Kluver

Ella is back with her latest YA review - Legacy, by Cayla Kluver.

"I'll be honest, I picked up this book cause it has a cool cover. It also appealed because princesses in medieval-style realms were some of my first forays into the fantasy genre as a kid. I got hooked pretty quickly, though. It was clearly a first novel (the whole thing is written in quasi-almost-Hollywood-medieval speech, full of obnoxious thou's,  shant's and twas's,  but you only really pick up on it at first, while the author is hitting her stride) but it was still pretty captivating. The story is told by Alera, a princess who will be married on her next birthday. Whoever marries her will be king, and her father has pretty good idea who he wants. Of course, Alera loathes him (stay with me, it was a decent book). Where it gets interesting is that Alera's kingdom has an ancient enemy that they just finished a war with. 49 baby boys were kidnapped, and only 48 bodies where left to be found. Smack in the middle of Alera's marriage drama, baby 49 comes home, all grown up, raised by the enemy. Why did they take him? Why is he back? Why is he so cute? All questions Alera struggles with. Casual read, not earth-shattering, but definitely a sign to check in with Kluver as she gets more sophisticated as an author. I liked it!" Read an excerpt of Legacy.

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As always Ella, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm so glad to have you on board as the resident teen blogger and can't wait to hear about your reads in 2012!

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