Author: Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: October 19th 2008
Publisher: Outskirts Press
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Four hundred years ago a creature descended upon the Earth. The supernatural hunted innocent lives wanting blood and vengeance. Two families, the Wynters and the Chelseas, knew of the darkness that reigned over the world. For thousands of years they hunted and killed to protect those who knew nothing of the dangers.
Amanda Chelsea vies to be a part of the Wynter Chelsea legacy, constantly craving the thrill of a lifetime that her older brother, Jack, and the two Wynter boys experience. At seventeen, Amanda’s passion to fight is overwhelming, and she cannot come to grips with why the boys are protecting her. Abilities are cast upon the new generation of Wynters and Chelseas, only in hopes of guiding them to vanquish the impenetrable creature. Even as Amanda Chelsea receives the power of empathy, feeling other people’s emotions, it brings more harm than a vital potency. Through the turmoil in New Jersey, Dustin Wynter is the only one able to relate to Amanda with a similar gift. As Jack’s rage boils over the edge, Dustin must put the pieces back together and hold the legacy up with a shaking arm and a quirky brother by his side.
When the world couldn’t seem to become anymore dangerous, both parents of each family go missing. Now with no choice but to bring Amanda along, she finally is able to fight without hassle, but is it worth it? Is the disappearance of the ones she loved a price that she has to pay for her dream to join the legacy? Traveling across the United States, the four young adults must confront their hidden emotions and ultimate reason for living.
Wynter Chelsea is a novel about finding truth in oneself and truth in the world amid the darkness that follows. Readers of the young adult genre will connect with Amanda’s coming of age story, where life seems to be at the tip of her fingers but she can’t hold on to it. Wynter Chelsea has a spark of comedy with Trevor Wynter and love with the bubbling young romance of Amanda and Dustin. With a strong sense of love, loss, and sacrifice, Wynter Chelsea connects the sentiment of the reader to the page. When the reader closes the novel, their heart will surely be left within the lines. -Goodreads
The world Becca Ritchie created in Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is filled with action, suspense, paranormal creatures, and a little bit of romance. She wrote this book when she was just fourteen, and I have to say, she did a pretty amazing job with it!
The characters are well thought out and written. The heroine, Amanda, is very interesting. She wants to be a demon hunter like the rest of the people in her family, but they won’t let her fight. All her family wants to do is keep her locked away, safe and tight. I really felt her frustration at this, and at being left in the dark about so many family secrets. Sometimes I was frustrated with her because she made so many rash choices and bad decisions. My favorite character would have to be Dustin. You could tell her really cared about Amanda, but she was so naive to his feelings. He was such a sweetheart. I love him! Trevor was very funny, and Jack was the typical big brother. (Whenever I would picture Jack and Dustin in my head, I would think of the two brothers from the show Supernatural, Sam and Dean Winchester. It made for a yummy visual!)
The storyline was interesting and well written. I loved getting to know all the characters, and reading about their ‘gifts’ and their demon hunting situations. (There was never a dull moment for the Wynter and Chelsea families!) I really, really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m looking forward to checking out the second book in the series to see what happens next!
Thank you to Becca Ritchie, for contacting me to review your awesome book. I really enjoyed it!