Title: Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy
By: Becca Mitchell Ritchie
Series Wynter Chelsea Book 1
Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 2008)
My Copy: Ebook provided by the author
About the book:
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.
The Wynter’s and Chelsea’s are a long line of hunters that protected the world from the danger lurking in the shadows. Although, this generation is very different from those before them. Amanda, Jack, Dustin, and Trevor are trying to live as normal a life as possible; for four young adults with special powers. Amanda leads readers through this story from her perspective. Being the only girl she has lived a life of abandonment when the boys were trained skills to carry out their legacies. It is a constant uphill battle trying to push herself into this family. Her one saving grace is Dustin, with his caring and compassionate heart, she can occasionally find peace in the friendship and understanding that they both share. When a turn of events results in her parents missing the four will find themselves on a mission, and Amanda will finally find herself being somewhat accepted as a part of this family. These kids will find that there is much more to their story than was ever imagined, and if they can survive this journey life will prove to never be the same. Ritchie offers an eventful and action packed read that will carry her readers attention. As a new author I was impressed by her awesomely creative story, but I must admit that I see some areas of with room for improvement. With a powerful story to this series; it is one well worth recommending.