Review: Legacy by Kate Kaynak

Filed in 2 1/2 Stars , featured , Kate Kaynak , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on January 4, 2012 @ 8:00 am 8 comments

Format read: paperback copy provided by author
Release Date: 28 January 2011
Series: Book #3 in the Ganzfield series
Number of pages: 280 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Book Depository


Maddie has more problems than the average seventeen-year-old:
A psychotic killer with superpowers wants her dead.

A serious medical issue makes a “normal” life impossible for her.

And she’s about to be introduced to Trevor’s grandparents.

Guess which one freaks her out the most? The Ganzfield series continues in this third instalment.

My Thoughts: Kate Kaynak blew me away with Minder and I became an enthusiastic fan of the series. I enjoyed the first 2 books a lot, but Legacy left me disappointed. I was expecting as much thrill, action and excitement as I was led to expect due to the previous stories, but sadly Legacy failed in that resort. If I have to find a similar reading experience I would say it reminded me of New Moon by Stephenie Meyer in the fact that Legacy was mostly the inner gushing of Maddie and how much she is in love with Trevor and how they are each other’s soulmates. I love Maddie and Trevor together, they are great, and Trevor is swoonworthy:

“Maddie”, his voice became serious, “I’m going to spend the rest of my life with you. And as much as I want both of our families to give us their blessings, in the end, the only person’s opinion that truly matters to me is yours.”

And yes, they really share an incredibly harmonious relationship, but I found the constant repetitions grating on my nerves.

The world Kate Kaynak created for the series is fascinating, the different talents people have and how they learn to use them is amazing. But not much happens in Legacy, the  big face off with Isaiah the Nemesis of the previous books takes place less than 50 pages before the end of the 280 pages (and lasts about 15 pages). It didn’t feel as climactic as I thought the huge fight with the mega villain would. It was over before it began, so Kate Kaynak didn’t have me worked up, and all my nails remained intact.

Verdict: I was sad that after the great thrill the previous books were Legacy fell short, but I hope it fulfilled its role of “filling story” and that Accused, book #4 in the series will be back with the usual thrill and action, I’m looking forward to some nail biting action!

I give Legacy 2.5 stars!

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • aurian January 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hi Stella, sorry you are disappointed by this one. Never heard of this series, and it always strikes me as ridiculous when 16 or 17 year old girls think they will spend their whole lives together with the boy they have fallen for. So not for my wishlist.

    • Stella January 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Well that’s one of the reasons I was disappointed, because in the previous 2 books, Maddie the YA heroine acted so mature, but here her teenager gushing got on my nerves..

  • blodeuedd January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    If you liked the other books then i do hope this was just a filler :/

    • Stella January 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Blodeuedd, I hope so too as the first 2 books were really good 🙂 Why are there filler books in a series? :-/

  • Mary Kirkland January 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the review. I hadn’t heard of this book before now.

    • Stella January 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      The first book is truly fantastic Mary: action packed, original, breathtakingly thrilling. I loved it!! That’s why I feel doubly left down with this 3rd book. Maybe if the 2 previous ones were only mediocre I wouldn’t be so disappointed.

  • Tamsyn January 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This is a new author to me. Not sure if I should check it out though based on the review. I think I’ll wait for the review on book #4.

    • Stella January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Tamsyn, the 1st book was awesome, the second still very good, so I hope that it will swing back with Book 4. You should try the 1st Minder, and bear in mind that I’m praising despite this series being YA (which I don’t usually like at all).

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