Ê Legacy ↠´ Download by Æ Cayla Kluver

Ê Legacy ↠´ Download by Æ Cayla Kluver I ll admit it, when I was fourteen my writing sucked and when I read it over I cringe in embarrassment And this book produced the same reaction After reading this book I understand how awesome editors are and damn, did this book need it.
I love me some description, beautiful, lyrical stuff that ll make you turn green in fits of raging jealousy but shit, man, when they fail, oh boy do they fail Frick, if I wanted to read paragraphs and paragraphs of technical descriptions about the color of someone s dress, their facial features, their place in royal lineage, the rooms, and freaking everything like that in some boring, dry prose, I d read a freaking textbook I don t know how I survived this book I skimmed through the whole thing a lot As soon as I started reading a description my eyeballs just raced over the words like I was having a brand being burned on my ass, but even then I could not escape its evil clutches It felt like my brain was leaking out through my face and I had the biggest headache you could ever imagine In fact, I was so FED up and annoyed with it that it s turned me into a description hating machine I want to go into my manuscript and rip out every description I can find because ugh, I don t want to even CONTEMPLATE the possibility of it turning into such an eyesore of epic proportions like this book has.
The only reason I persevered and forced myself to read this thing was because I liked one character The only who was decent and had any semblance of depth London Landon I m going to call him that because London draws up giant mental images of Big Ben and it just sounds strange Landon fits the whole soldier in a royal setting thing I have going on Anyway, he s sarcastic, cautious, and just a teensy bit damaged.
Alera is a whiny, selfish, immature bitch and I hate her God If I had to hear her complaining about how much she has to choose a husband for the kingdom I think I would have smacked her in the face She does the dumbest things and she treats other people like such a jerk bag when they didn t deserve it I really hated how she ratted out one of the characters when she should have just ASKED them about it first She totally should not have been forgiven I wouldn t UGH.
Steldor was such a cardboard cutout, it was plain to see that the author was intending him to be the DISLIKEABLE character but it s pretty bad if you end up liking himthan the real person of the love triangle He s the obnoxious, pretentious, and self absorbed suitor she s supposed to marry but he s a lottolerable than Alera is, at any day of the freaking week He can be generally nice unlike her and witty despite his childish behavior and I really hated the heavy handed way the author showed him bullying someone just to drive it home that he s someone we re not supposed to like.
Narian Ugh I hate him too Everything about him is YUCK I swear, every time he came into the scene I thought he was a condescending, pompous jerk who thought himself too good for the place The way he talks, acts, and what not is just annoying to the max I see no special attraction to his character and why he d want to put with such a bratty princess like Alera But then they both have superiority complexes so maybe they re perfect for each other Damn, I hope he gets shot in the face with his own poison darts When he ran off at the end, I was so excited.
This book needed a shit tonediting Especially with those unnecessary scenes that did nothing for the story, like the whole deal with Alera s sister being sick or pretending to be sick Plus all that description this book could have been a HUNDRED PAGES SHORTER, maybe two hundred, but any amount of cutting would have made this a lot better.
Whoever supposedly helped her edit beta this book were terrible critiquers Maybe if I was a twelve year old without a nowcritical view of writing, I would have enjoyed this But for me, at my age, this book makes me want to rip it up into a million shreds.
The premise of this book is so awesome Props to whoever wrote it And the cover is gorgeous Shame There are very faint glimmers of talent and potential but this is so few and far in between I m sure with a lot, lotpractice the author could be a good writer.
First let me just say wow I am in love with this book and with Cayla s beautiful writing Cayla wrote this book when she was only 14 years old I know, can you believe it I am so impressed with the storyline, it kept me at the edge of my seat I loved the descriptive details which helped me imagine the life of Princess Alera I enjoyed most of the characters, with the exception of one, Steldor, which was her father s choice for suitor, he was an arrogant son of a gun I don t want to say a lot about the story since I want everyone to experience it for themselves Legacy is a mix of King Arthur and Romeo and Juliet in a way I honestly will say it s now on my top five favorite books with Twilight and The Hunger Games The ending left me wantingand I can t wait to continue the story with book 2, Allegiance So, as you can all see I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it to everyone.
Could not get through this one needed a lotediting.
WOW This book was amazing I loved everything about it, the characters were well developed, the storyline was intriguing, the romance was great, descriptions of surroundings were wonderful It was the perfect book for me I love fairy tales and fantasy books and this just became my favorite I am trying to think were to begin it was all so good,and I don t want to give anything away Princess Alera of Hytanica Kingdom is coming of age to marry Her father is ready to relinquish his title to whom ever Alera marries However who ever Alera chooses to marry must be approved by her father, and their is thus far only one man that he feels can take his place, Steldor Steldor is handsome and full of chivalry but he is also full of himself and rightly so Steldor is amazing he is the best of the best Best Knight, best in his class,he is charming, all the women adore him, and he drives Alera crazy with his arrogance Then enters Narian a handsome and mysteries young man He has arrived from a rival kingdom, many questions are raised about him, is he a threat, why is he their, what does he want On top of all of this there are secrets of ancient origins that threaten to tear Hytanica apart and bring her to war This book is a wonderful romantic, intriguing, adventures, mysterious gem of a book.
I loved Alera, she was the perfect 17 year old, she was strong, witty, knew what she wanted but wasn t sure how to get it I liked this aspect of Alera, to often books of this kind the lead woman character is so strong and things just happen because they can With Alera we see her coming of age and trying to over come some of her immaturity, and naivety Her father is king and she shows him the respect he deserves, even when she doesn t want too At times this frustrated me, but if I looked at it from a 17 year old living in her time period, it was very real her emotions and reactions I really appreciated that Ms Kluver kept Alera true to who she was Alera wasn t wimpy she stood up to her father and others, but she was respectful of protocol,and her kingdom Steldor is gorgeous and swoon worthy, and utterly irritating Yet at the same time he does try to be good to Alera and win her over so I do have respect for the guy I developed a love hate relationship with Steldor Narian is handsome to but not quite as much as Steldor He is smart and witty full of chivalry and good to Alera Another of my favorite characters was London, he is Alera s bodyguard and he is tuff, sensitive, and just amazing with Alera, he was one of my favorites There are many other wonderful characters in this story that I will save for you to explore The ending of this book was just unbelievable, I am in aw, I don t even know what to say, with out giving to much a way I am still shaking my head and have re read the ending over a few times already wow As you can tell I really loved and enjoyed this book If you haven t read it go get it I can hardly wait for book two and three, please hurry and release them Clean languageClean romanceAudio version fun to listen to Still my favorite ever series D I ll admit it, when I was fourteen my writing sucked and when I read it over I cringe in embarrassment And this book produced the same reaction After reading this book I understand how awesome editors are and damn, did this book need it.
I love me some description, beautiful, lyrical stuff that ll make you turn green in fits of raging jealousy but shit, man, when they fail, oh boy do they fail Frick, if I wanted to read paragraphs and paragraphs of technical descriptions about the color of someone s dress, their facial features, their place in royal lineage, the rooms, and freaking everything like that in some boring, dry prose, I d read a freaking textbook I don t know how I survived this book I skimmed through the whole thing a lot As soon as I started reading a description my eyeballs just raced over the words like I was having a brand being burned on my ass, but even then I could not escape its evil clutches It felt like my brain was leaking out through my face and I had the biggest headache you could ever imagine In fact, I was so FED up and annoyed with it that it s turned me into a description hating machine I want to go into my manuscript and rip out every description I can find because ugh, I don t want to even CONTEMPLATE the possibility of it turning into such an eyesore of epic proportions like this book has.
The only reason I persevered and forced myself to read this thing was because I liked one character The only who was decent and had any semblance of depth London Landon I m going to call him that because London draws up giant mental images of Big Ben and it just sounds strange Landon fits the whole soldier in a royal setting thing I have going on Anyway, he s sarcastic, cautious, and just a teensy bit damaged.
Alera is a whiny, selfish, immature bitch and I hate her God If I had to hear her complaining about how much she has to choose a husband for the kingdom I think I would have smacked her in the face She does the dumbest things and she treats other people like such a jerk bag when they didn t deserve it I really hated how she ratted out one of the characters when she should have just ASKED them about it first She totally should not have been forgiven I wouldn t UGH.
Steldor was such a cardboard cutout, it was plain to see that the author was intending him to be the DISLIKEABLE character but it s pretty bad if you end up liking himthan the real person of the love triangle He s the obnoxious, pretentious, and self absorbed suitor she s supposed to marry but he s a lottolerable than Alera is, at any day of the freaking week He can be generally nice unlike her and witty despite his childish behavior and I really hated the heavy handed way the author showed him bullying someone just to drive it home that he s someone we re not supposed to like.
Narian Ugh I hate him too Everything about him is YUCK I swear, every time he came into the scene I thought he was a condescending, pompous jerk who thought himself too good for the place The way he talks, acts, and what not is just annoying to the max I see no special attraction to his character and why he d want to put with such a bratty princess like Alera But then they both have superiority complexes so maybe they re perfect for each other Damn, I hope he gets shot in the face with his own poison darts When he ran off at the end, I was so excited.
This book needed a shit tonediting Especially with those unnecessary scenes that did nothing for the story, like the whole deal with Alera s sister being sick or pretending to be sick Plus all that description this book could have been a HUNDRED PAGES SHORTER, maybe two hundred, but any amount of cutting would have made this a lot better.
Whoever supposedly helped her edit beta this book were terrible critiquers Maybe if I was a twelve year old without a nowcritical view of writing, I would have enjoyed this But for me, at my age, this book makes me want to rip it up into a million shreds.
The premise of this book is so awesome Props to whoever wrote it And the cover is gorgeous Shame There are very faint glimmers of talent and potential but this is so few and far in between I m sure with a lot, lotpractice the author could be a good writer.
First let me just say wow I am in love with this book and with Cayla s beautiful writing Cayla wrote this book when she was only 14 years old I know, can you believe it I am so impressed with the storyline, it kept me at the edge of my seat I loved the descriptive details which helped me imagine the life of Princess Alera I enjoyed most of the characters, with the exception of one, Steldor, which was her father s choice for suitor, he was an arrogant son of a gun I don t want to say a lot about the story since I want everyone to experience it for themselves Legacy is a mix of King Arthur and Romeo and Juliet in a way I honestly will say it s now on my top five favorite books with Twilight and The Hunger Games The ending left me wantingand I can t wait to continue the story with book 2, Allegiance So, as you can all see I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it to everyone.
Could not get through this one needed a lotediting.
WOW This book was amazing I loved everything about it, the characters were well developed, the storyline was intriguing, the romance was great, descriptions of surroundings were wonderful It was the perfect book for me I love fairy tales and fantasy books and this just became my favorite I am trying to think were to begin it was all so good,and I don t want to give anything away Princess Alera of Hytanica Kingdom is coming of age to marry Her father is ready to relinquish his title to whom ever Alera marries However who ever Alera chooses to marry must be approved by her father, and their is thus far only one man that he feels can take his place, Steldor Steldor is handsome and full of chivalry but he is also full of himself and rightly so Steldor is amazing he is the best of the best Best Knight, best in his class,he is charming, all the women adore him, and he drives Alera crazy with his arrogance Then enters Narian a handsome and mysteries young man He has arrived from a rival kingdom, many questions are raised about him, is he a threat, why is he their, what does he want On top of all of this there are secrets of ancient origins that threaten to tear Hytanica apart and bring her to war This book is a wonderful romantic, intriguing, adventures, mysterious gem of a book.
I loved Alera, she was the perfect 17 year old, she was strong, witty, knew what she wanted but wasn t sure how to get it I liked this aspect of Alera, to often books of this kind the lead woman character is so strong and things just happen because they can With Alera we see her coming of age and trying to over come some of her immaturity, and naivety Her father is king and she shows him the respect he deserves, even when she doesn t want too At times this frustrated me, but if I looked at it from a 17 year old living in her time period, it was very real her emotions and reactions I really appreciated that Ms Kluver kept Alera true to who she was Alera wasn t wimpy she stood up to her father and others, but she was respectful of protocol,and her kingdom Steldor is gorgeous and swoon worthy, and utterly irritating Yet at the same time he does try to be good to Alera and win her over so I do have respect for the guy I developed a love hate relationship with Steldor Narian is handsome to but not quite as much as Steldor He is smart and witty full of chivalry and good to Alera Another of my favorite characters was London, he is Alera s bodyguard and he is tuff, sensitive, and just amazing with Alera, he was one of my favorites There are many other wonderful characters in this story that I will save for you to explore The ending of this book was just unbelievable, I am in aw, I don t even know what to say, with out giving to much a way I am still shaking my head and have re read the ending over a few times already wow As you can tell I really loved and enjoyed this book If you haven t read it go get it I can hardly wait for book two and three, please hurry and release them Clean languageClean romanceAudio version fun to listen to Still my favorite ever series D I really should have seen it coming After reading for about 150 pages with the nagging thought of Jeez, it s like a teenager wrote this Surprise A teenager did write it Cayla Kluver evidently wrote Legacy when she was 14 15 and it shows Don t get me wrong, she would have been a wildly talented and creative 14 year old, but that doesn t mean we need to publish it The world she creates is inconsistent and patchy, but its scale is large and there are certain plotpoints that aren t bad at all, even if the details and the characters fail Alera is the eldest princess of Hytanica, a deeply misogynistic land where the King only has two daughters, so obviously whoever marries Alera will be the next king The time setting appears to be kind of pseudo Rennaissance era, where Christianity is the only religion and the monarchy presides over a relatively small country Hytanica s other defining feature besides the belief that women are weak and useless, I mean is fear of its mysterious neighbor, Cokyri Hytanica should have been demolished sixteen years prior in a war with Cokyri, but the enemy mysteriously withdrew from their advantage after kidnapping and then leaving the corpses of nearly fifty Hytanican male babies at the gates the day they left Only one child s body was never recovered so I think we can all guess what s coming with this little tidbit Everyone seems to know this much about the war, but that s about the extent of Alera s knowledge beyond wildly feminine things like embroidery, dancing, and household management But that s all politics that Alera has obviously never been interested in before, or else she might know even a single fact about all that Instead, Alera s biggest problem is that her eighteenth birthday is, traditionally, when the princess is supposed to marry and her only real option or the only real option her father is gunning for is Steldor, who resembles Gaston from Disney s Beauty and the Beast After Alera blunders along for a while, doing things like turning in her best friend trusted guard for knowing a wee bit too much about Cokyri than he lets on after a Cokyrian prisoner goes missing, we eventually get to the point where another Cokyrian named Narian is captured but no It s actually the missing Hytanican child, son to nobles, who grew up to be Alera s romantic counterpart, though obviously he cannot be trusted and Dad s still pushing for Steldor and what s what you say A war might begin unless Narian is returned to them because he s the key to a prophesy for bringing about the downfall of Hytanica Mm hmm.
Seriously, guys, I think the publishing world has only done Kluver a disservice by publishing this work Legacy could have been something excellent had she spent a fewyears living revising As I understand it, Legacy was originally self published and now Harlequin Teen is picking it up, but apparently, they didn t want to waste money on an editor or Kluver had enough pull to be able to reject every rational change It feels like no work was done on this manuscript to help Kluver patch up the inconsistencies or guide her to add some depth to her characters even if she couldn t create characters that you don t want to punch in the face Repeatedly Alera is boring and rather slow on the uptake a painful example of a heroine that we re supposed to like just because we re told to, without any reasons She s not very smart and she has no hobbies, wit, sparkle, or emotional depth She makes poor decisions, going along with whatever others propose, and seems to have lived her entire life without an ounce of curiosity prior to now else how can we explain her total lack of knowledge of her own country s history or its conflict with Cokyri Steldor comes off as self absorbed and cruel, but Kluver wants you to think he sthan that, and so she tosses in enough contradictory behavior which only succeeds in making him look bi polar Though I will say that while the ending of the novel moved in obvious directions, for Steldor and Alera, I didn t expect Kluver to let things go so far Narian s appeal rests in his mystery, which is relatively maintained by his mostly mute state The only semi likeable character in the entire book is London, Alera s bodyguard who was once a prisoner of the Cokyrians and I think I only liked him because he seemed like a bit of an ass, but a slightly likable ass with honor and a brain aka the only character in the book that seemed to possess an ounce of intelligence At first, one wonders if Alera is supposed to fall for him, as he s not so very much older and Kluver has difficulty in differentiating the affection one feels for a romantic interest versus a father figure, but no, we re just supposed to question his motives and then all too conveniently bring him back when his expertise is needed The most annoying figure of all, however, is a young bodyguard whose behavior would easily have earned him a beheading after one or two scenes, and yet he was peristently judged a decent figure to protect the princess Personally, I would have been delighted if London killed them all in a post traumatic stress fit.
I know this might seem harsh, but I m really disappointed in the general group of adults who didn t do enough to help Kluver develop this manuscriptand instead pushed it out in this state, as there s the potential for semi decent fantasy romance YA in all this mess, but it s just not ready There s a lot of description of clothing that s supposed to pass as interesting detail, so it s not like Kluver didn t try where she could, but this is a highly disappointing novel and I can t even hope that Kluver will get better, as attention like this to work at such a young age could only stunt her growth by suggesting she doesn t need to work harder at her craft Readers, if all you re looking for is to be impressed by a 14 year old s writing, then go ahead and check out Legacy or get a job as a high school English teacher and hunt down the nerds who scribble in their notebooks all day , but if you re looking for good historical YA, treat Legacy like the scene of a terrible accident Keep moving along, folks, there s nothing to see here.
Please note that I received an advanced egalley of this novel courtesy of NetGalley for the purpose of review.
Legacy follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life Her father is determined for her to marry by the age of eighteen so he can step down and Alera can rule along side her husband The problem is the only male in the kingdom who seems suitable for Alera, by her father s standards, is the unbearable and egotistical Steldor Meanwhile, there is still a great deal of tension between Alera s kingdom, Hytancia, and the nearby kingdom of Cokryi The last act Cokryi took against Hytancia was to steal a bunch of babies and leave their dead bodies at the front gates, except one baby was unaccounted for Cokryi had stopped the battle against Hytancia abruptly and none have ever stepped foot in Alera s kingdom since But the tension and distrust between both kingdoms grow as Narian, the mysterious boy who had been captured by Alera s guards, is discovered to be the unaccounted for baby and now Alera finds herself developing feelings for him A love that may be the downfall to her kingdom.
I had been pretty excited to read this novel The book sounded as if it would offer a wonderful plot and rich characters but after a few chapters I found myself completely bored with the story I started skimming through pages then skipping ahead because I honestly could not get into it The main character, Alera, spends soooo much time talking about frivolous and superficial stuff Constantly describing what she was wearing, what her sister, Miranna, was wearing, how wealthy she was, how her hair was done etc She also spends a great deal whining Her sister, Miranna, is just as annoying She is younger and I do know how bothersome younger siblings can be but Alera and her sister were just too boring to care about I can understand that Alera and her sister were raised very sheltered and there are many restrictions on women in the kingdom but I just didn t see anything really interesting about either girls.
Steldor was probably one of the well written characters He is extremely arrogant, driven, and a total play boy He never tries to pretend what he isn t He is also very clever and cunning Steldor was one of the characters that really shined in the novel even though he was most of the time, a total jerk But I respect him for the fact that he never tried to convince anyone was anything else than what he is London, Alera s bodyguard, is also one of the only good characters in the book He is agile, sexy, and mysterious He also has a good sense of humor He isn t afraid to be honest with Alera, even if it means hurting her feelings.
The characters really were never well developed Alera never changes nor does her sister They also make INCREDIBLY stupid decisions I had no respect for Alera The plot was drawn out slowly but, in truth, was pretty much nonexistent The novel consists of a constant mass of descriptions for every little thing and Alera whining she would have no choice but to marry Steldor I never understood what Narian saw in her Steldor, I figured, just wanted to marry her because he wants to be king but what either man sees in her eludes me There was never any real chemistry between Alera and Narian or Alera and Steldor Steldor never seemed to be attracted to her.
The descriptions in the novel are endless Descriptions of what people were wearing, what everyone was eating, how the kingdom looked I enjoy reading descriptions You can t write a novel without it but there s a difference between just enough and too much In Legacy, the descriptions were WAY too much creating a yawn fest most of the time Legacy failed to leave a good impression on me The dialogue is forced The characters are clich and stereotypical The plot is lack luster Maybe the fact that the novel was written by a fourteen year old has something to do with it, not sure But then again, Christopher Paolini s Inheritance Chronicles was wonderful and he started them when he was a teenager.
There are twobooks in the trilogy, and in case you want to give the book a try for yourself, check out the author s site at I Noticed His Eyes They Were Blue, Sharp And Intense Despite The Youthful Glows Of His Suntanned Face, His Eyes Were Cold And Unfriendly, Suggesting He Had Great Experience In The World And Was Now Expecting The WorstIn Her Seventeenth Year, Princess Alera Of Hytanica Faces One Duty To Marry The Man Who Will Be King But Her Father S Choice Of Suitor Fills Her With DespairWhen The Palace Guard Captures An Intruder A Boy Her Age With Steel Blue Eyes, Hailing From Her Kingdom S Greatest Enemy Alera Is Alarmed And Intrigued But She Could Not Have Guessed That Their Clandestine Meetings Would Unveil The Dark Legacy Shadowing Both Their LandsIn This Mystical World Of Court Conspiracies And Blood Magic, Loyalties Will Be Tested Courage Won T Be Enough And As The Battle Begins For Everything Alera Holds Dear, Love May Be The Downfall Of A Kingdom Konu ancak bu kadar sa malanabilirdi Y ld z n bir tanesi London i in digeride Narian i in nk kitap boyunca Alerayi yolas m geldi.
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.
comSeventeen years ago, a bloody war waged by the Kingdom of Cokyri on the Hytanicans ended abruptly when the Cokyri stole away forty nine newborn malesand only returned the bodies of forty eight Hytanica has managed to rebuild from the war, but the anger felt towards the warriors of the mountains not to mention anxiety that the war could resume at any time has never completely ceased Alera, crowned princess of Hytanica, now celebrates her seventeenth birthday, and must prepare to wed in exactly one year In a land where men hold complete dominion over women, Alera may not take her father s place as ruler, but must seek a husband who will fulfill the role as king Unfortunately, no suitor matches her father s strict qualifications aside from Lord Steldor, the egotistical son of the Captain of the Guard whose very breathing manages to annoy Alera All of this grows less important to Alera once the Cokyrians manage to infiltrate the palace, and word is whispered that there is a traitor among the Elite Guard Even Alera s beloved bodyguard begins behaving strangely, and Alera finds herself having to make a difficult choice Her budding interest in the political affairs of her kingdom come to head when another Cokyrian, a young man named Narian, is captured, and Alera finds herself probing him for information that she, as a woman, is not allowed to know As she grows closer with Narian, who was raised in a society where woman often hold power over men, Alera learns that she is capable of much she would never have imaginedeven of finding love But the intriguing circumstances surrounding Narian s life will throw everything into jeopardy, for Alera as well as for the entire kingdom of Hytanica This brilliant story by a young new author captured my heart, and I am eager to read the tale s conclusion in the following book.
Another reviewer onsaid something about this book that made a lot of sense to me that if the author hadn t been 16 that she wouldn t have gotten nearly as much attention as she already has I have to agree with that the book is ok but other than that I sort of don t see what all the fuss is about The story follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life She is told that she must choose a husband before she turns 18, but unfortunately the only suitor her father will really allow is the egotistical Steldor Meanwhile there s still tensions between her kingdom the nearby Cokryi kingdom, especially since their last act against her people was to steal a bunch of babies leave their dead bodies at the front gates Only one baby was unaccounted for The tensions seem to increase as the mysterious Narian was caught discovered to be the unaccounted for baby Really truthfully, I just couldn t get into this book Initially I d liked the first few chapters but after a while the book s charm just seemed to dissipate I couldn t really get to really liking Alera she spends a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing then whining about it I understand that she s hindered by how she was raised the restrictions of how the kingdom views women, but she just seems really annoying to me I certainly can t understand why two guys are chasing after her, although I m assuming that Steldor s affection isbecause he wants to be king There s really no chemistry between her either guy, to be honest The book drags on on so much that after a while I could feel my eyes begin to glaze over And then there s the descriptions Endless descriptions of what people were wearing, what they were eating I was willing to put up with it because I do like some description, but the descriptions would take a good chunk of the book I finally lost my patience when I was treated to an overly detailed description of a tiara that the character had worn earlier in the novel Rather than just say that she d worn it earlier, we re given another description of it A description that took up an entire paragraph After a while the descriptions just become irritating I really wanted to like this book, really I did As it was, the book seemed to beof a chore to slog through than anything else Maybe others may like it, but offhand this book just doesn t appeal to me The book is ok but overall it just didn t seem to stand out to me like Paolini s Eragon series did Kluver just doesn t have what it takes at this point in time to carry off such a long weighty novel In a year or so after she getsused to writing, but right now Less would have been farwith this novel ARC provided byvine

Legacy follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life Her father is determined for her to marry by the age of eighteen so he can step down and Alera can rule along side her husband The problem is the only male in the kingdom who seems suitable for Alera, by her father s standards, is the unbearable and egotistical Steldor Meanwhile, there is still a great deal of tension between Alera s kingdom, Hytancia, and the nearby kingdom of Cokryi The last act Cokryi took against Hytancia was to steal a bunch of babies and leave their dead bodies at the front gates, except one baby was unaccounted for Cokryi had stopped the battle against Hytancia abruptly and none have ever stepped foot in Alera s kingdom since But the tension and distrust between both kingdoms grow as Narian, the mysterious boy who had been captured by Alera s guards, is discovered to be the unaccounted for baby and now Alera finds herself developing feelings for him A love that may be the downfall to her kingdom.
I had been pretty excited to read this novel The book sounded as if it would offer a wonderful plot and rich characters but after a few chapters I found myself completely bored with the story I started skimming through pages then skipping ahead because I honestly could not get into it The main character, Alera, spends soooo much time talking about frivolous and superficial stuff Constantly describing what she was wearing, what her sister, Miranna, was wearing, how wealthy she was, how her hair was done etc She also spends a great deal whining Her sister, Miranna, is just as annoying She is younger and I do know how bothersome younger siblings can be but Alera and her sister were just too boring to care about I can understand that Alera and her sister were raised very sheltered and there are many restrictions on women in the kingdom but I just didn t see anything really interesting about either girls.
Steldor was probably one of the well written characters He is extremely arrogant, driven, and a total play boy He never tries to pretend what he isn t He is also very clever and cunning Steldor was one of the characters that really shined in the novel even though he was most of the time, a total jerk But I respect him for the fact that he never tried to convince anyone was anything else than what he is London, Alera s bodyguard, is also one of the only good characters in the book He is agile, sexy, and mysterious He also has a good sense of humor He isn t afraid to be honest with Alera, even if it means hurting her feelings.
The characters really were never well developed Alera never changes nor does her sister They also make INCREDIBLY stupid decisions I had no respect for Alera The plot was drawn out slowly but, in truth, was pretty much nonexistent The novel consists of a constant mass of descriptions for every little thing and Alera whining she would have no choice but to marry Steldor I never understood what Narian saw in her Steldor, I figured, just wanted to marry her because he wants to be king but what either man sees in her eludes me There was never any real chemistry between Alera and Narian or Alera and Steldor Steldor never seemed to be attracted to her.
The descriptions in the novel are endless Descriptions of what people were wearing, what everyone was eating, how the kingdom looked I enjoy reading descriptions You can t write a novel without it but there s a difference between just enough and too much In Legacy, the descriptions were WAY too much creating a yawn fest most of the time Legacy failed to leave a good impression on me The dialogue is forced The characters are clich and stereotypical The plot is lack luster Maybe the fact that the novel was written by a fourteen year old has something to do with it, not sure But then again, Christopher Paolini s Inheritance Chronicles was wonderful and he started them when he was a teenager.
There are twobooks in the trilogy, and in case you want to give the book a try for yourself, check out the author s site at I really should have seen it coming After reading for about 150 pages with the nagging thought of Jeez, it s like a teenager wrote this Surprise A teenager did write it Cayla Kluver evidently wrote Legacy when she was 14 15 and it shows Don t get me wrong, she would have been a wildly talented and creative 14 year old, but that doesn t mean we need to publish it The world she creates is inconsistent and patchy, but its scale is large and there are certain plotpoints that aren t bad at all, even if the details and the characters fail Alera is the eldest princess of Hytanica, a deeply misogynistic land where the King only has two daughters, so obviously whoever marries Alera will be the next king The time setting appears to be kind of pseudo Rennaissance era, where Christianity is the only religion and the monarchy presides over a relatively small country Hytanica s other defining feature besides the belief that women are weak and useless, I mean is fear of its mysterious neighbor, Cokyri Hytanica should have been demolished sixteen years prior in a war with Cokyri, but the enemy mysteriously withdrew from their advantage after kidnapping and then leaving the corpses of nearly fifty Hytanican male babies at the gates the day they left Only one child s body was never recovered so I think we can all guess what s coming with this little tidbit Everyone seems to know this much about the war, but that s about the extent of Alera s knowledge beyond wildly feminine things like embroidery, dancing, and household management But that s all politics that Alera has obviously never been interested in before, or else she might know even a single fact about all that Instead, Alera s biggest problem is that her eighteenth birthday is, traditionally, when the princess is supposed to marry and her only real option or the only real option her father is gunning for is Steldor, who resembles Gaston from Disney s Beauty and the Beast After Alera blunders along for a while, doing things like turning in her best friend trusted guard for knowing a wee bit too much about Cokyri than he lets on after a Cokyrian prisoner goes missing, we eventually get to the point where another Cokyrian named Narian is captured but no It s actually the missing Hytanican child, son to nobles, who grew up to be Alera s romantic counterpart, though obviously he cannot be trusted and Dad s still pushing for Steldor and what s what you say A war might begin unless Narian is returned to them because he s the key to a prophesy for bringing about the downfall of Hytanica Mm hmm.
Seriously, guys, I think the publishing world has only done Kluver a disservice by publishing this work Legacy could have been something excellent had she spent a fewyears living revising As I understand it, Legacy was originally self published and now Harlequin Teen is picking it up, but apparently, they didn t want to waste money on an editor or Kluver had enough pull to be able to reject every rational change It feels like no work was done on this manuscript to help Kluver patch up the inconsistencies or guide her to add some depth to her characters even if she couldn t create characters that you don t want to punch in the face Repeatedly Alera is boring and rather slow on the uptake a painful example of a heroine that we re supposed to like just because we re told to, without any reasons She s not very smart and she has no hobbies, wit, sparkle, or emotional depth She makes poor decisions, going along with whatever others propose, and seems to have lived her entire life without an ounce of curiosity prior to now else how can we explain her total lack of knowledge of her own country s history or its conflict with Cokyri Steldor comes off as self absorbed and cruel, but Kluver wants you to think he sthan that, and so she tosses in enough contradictory behavior which only succeeds in making him look bi polar Though I will say that while the ending of the novel moved in obvious directions, for Steldor and Alera, I didn t expect Kluver to let things go so far Narian s appeal rests in his mystery, which is relatively maintained by his mostly mute state The only semi likeable character in the entire book is London, Alera s bodyguard who was once a prisoner of the Cokyrians and I think I only liked him because he seemed like a bit of an ass, but a slightly likable ass with honor and a brain aka the only character in the book that seemed to possess an ounce of intelligence At first, one wonders if Alera is supposed to fall for him, as he s not so very much older and Kluver has difficulty in differentiating the affection one feels for a romantic interest versus a father figure, but no, we re just supposed to question his motives and then all too conveniently bring him back when his expertise is needed The most annoying figure of all, however, is a young bodyguard whose behavior would easily have earned him a beheading after one or two scenes, and yet he was peristently judged a decent figure to protect the princess Personally, I would have been delighted if London killed them all in a post traumatic stress fit.
I know this might seem harsh, but I m really disappointed in the general group of adults who didn t do enough to help Kluver develop this manuscriptand instead pushed it out in this state, as there s the potential for semi decent fantasy romance YA in all this mess, but it s just not ready There s a lot of description of clothing that s supposed to pass as interesting detail, so it s not like Kluver didn t try where she could, but this is a highly disappointing novel and I can t even hope that Kluver will get better, as attention like this to work at such a young age could only stunt her growth by suggesting she doesn t need to work harder at her craft Readers, if all you re looking for is to be impressed by a 14 year old s writing, then go ahead and check out Legacy or get a job as a high school English teacher and hunt down the nerds who scribble in their notebooks all day , but if you re looking for good historical YA, treat Legacy like the scene of a terrible accident Keep moving along, folks, there s nothing to see here.
Please note that I received an advanced egalley of this novel courtesy of NetGalley for the purpose of review.
Konu ancak bu kadar sa malanabilirdi Y ld z n bir tanesi London i in digeride Narian i in nk kitap boyunca Alerayi yolas m geldi.
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.
comSeventeen years ago, a bloody war waged by the Kingdom of Cokyri on the Hytanicans ended abruptly when the Cokyri stole away forty nine newborn malesand only returned the bodies of forty eight Hytanica has managed to rebuild from the war, but the anger felt towards the warriors of the mountains not to mention anxiety that the war could resume at any time has never completely ceased Alera, crowned princess of Hytanica, now celebrates her seventeenth birthday, and must prepare to wed in exactly one year In a land where men hold complete dominion over women, Alera may not take her father s place as ruler, but must seek a husband who will fulfill the role as king Unfortunately, no suitor matches her father s strict qualifications aside from Lord Steldor, the egotistical son of the Captain of the Guard whose very breathing manages to annoy Alera All of this grows less important to Alera once the Cokyrians manage to infiltrate the palace, and word is whispered that there is a traitor among the Elite Guard Even Alera s beloved bodyguard begins behaving strangely, and Alera finds herself having to make a difficult choice Her budding interest in the political affairs of her kingdom come to head when another Cokyrian, a young man named Narian, is captured, and Alera finds herself probing him for information that she, as a woman, is not allowed to know As she grows closer with Narian, who was raised in a society where woman often hold power over men, Alera learns that she is capable of much she would never have imaginedeven of finding love But the intriguing circumstances surrounding Narian s life will throw everything into jeopardy, for Alera as well as for the entire kingdom of Hytanica This brilliant story by a young new author captured my heart, and I am eager to read the tale s conclusion in the following book.
Another reviewer onsaid something about this book that made a lot of sense to me that if the author hadn t been 16 that she wouldn t have gotten nearly as much attention as she already has I have to agree with that the book is ok but other than that I sort of don t see what all the fuss is about The story follows Princess Alera as she goes about her daily life She is told that she must choose a husband before she turns 18, but unfortunately the only suitor her father will really allow is the egotistical Steldor Meanwhile there s still tensions between her kingdom the nearby Cokryi kingdom, especially since their last act against her people was to steal a bunch of babies leave their dead bodies at the front gates Only one baby was unaccounted for The tensions seem to increase as the mysterious Narian was caught discovered to be the unaccounted for baby Really truthfully, I just couldn t get into this book Initially I d liked the first few chapters but after a while the book s charm just seemed to dissipate I couldn t really get to really liking Alera she spends a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing then whining about it I understand that she s hindered by how she was raised the restrictions of how the kingdom views women, but she just seems really annoying to me I certainly can t understand why two guys are chasing after her, although I m assuming that Steldor s affection isbecause he wants to be king There s really no chemistry between her either guy, to be honest The book drags on on so much that after a while I could feel my eyes begin to glaze over And then there s the descriptions Endless descriptions of what people were wearing, what they were eating I was willing to put up with it because I do like some description, but the descriptions would take a good chunk of the book I finally lost my patience when I was treated to an overly detailed description of a tiara that the character had worn earlier in the novel Rather than just say that she d worn it earlier, we re given another description of it A description that took up an entire paragraph After a while the descriptions just become irritating I really wanted to like this book, really I did As it was, the book seemed to beof a chore to slog through than anything else Maybe others may like it, but offhand this book just doesn t appeal to me The book is ok but overall it just didn t seem to stand out to me like Paolini s Eragon series did Kluver just doesn t have what it takes at this point in time to carry off such a long weighty novel In a year or so after she getsused to writing, but right now Less would have been farwith this novel ARC provided byvine