Monday, June 17, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: THE MACKENZIE LEGACY by Derrolyn Anderson


THE MACKENZIE LEGACY 
(The Athena Effect, #2)
by DERROLYN ANDERSON

PUBLISHED: APRIL 4, 2013 by DERROLYN ANDERSON
GENRES: YA • Paranormal • Fantasy • Supernatural Abilities • On The Run • Mystery
SOURCE: E-Book ARC from Author

 TECHNICALLY 3.5 ROUNDED TO 4

OVERVIEW:
As their story continues, Calvin and Caledonia find themselves madly in love, on the run, and nearly out of money. When Cal stumbles upon a way to cash in on Cali’s powers, their life on the road becomes a life of leisure. Despite the easy money and newfound luxury, Caledonia’s conscience begins to trouble her. 

A disturbing warning only serves to confirm her misgivings, making her question her purpose in life. Finally, a shocking discovery about the true nature of her powers points the way forward, sending the two Cals on a dangerous rescue mission.

Caledonia tries her best to right the wrongs of the past, but will she only end up provoking new and even more dangerous enemies?

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I was squeezing my head in my hands. Sooooo close. I wished Anderson had had one more run through with an editor. It squeaked out a four, but barely. There were a good number of typos, misspellings, missed matched details and the book seemed too focused on one aspect of the storyline. Her first book was phenomenal. Outstanding. Home Run. This second installment unfortunately had a bad case of Middle Book Syndrome. Otherwise known as filler. Don't get me wrong, I still liked the book, or it wouldn't have gotten a four, but I felt Anderson could have put more depth and polish into this novel. It was almost there... but not quite.  


I was really irritated with Calvin in this book. Calvin seemed to be regressing in a big way and acted badly on the grounds that he was trying to provide for Cali. In reality he was caught up in bad habits that die hard. He was so self absorbed in this book that I wanted to pitch him big time.


This was a fun read, but the center stalled around a big speed bump that made the book loose a lot of speed. The plot thinned out around this bump, making what was once rich, dense and flavorful into a weak, flat and bland idea. The beginning and ends were much more enjoyable. I think Anderson got caught up in the one scenario and then kept going with it scene after scene. I think if an editor had run through it, they could have sharpened that section and made it more effective. (Derrolyn.. please don't hit me! These were just some constructive concerns... I love you and your work!! Hugs :) ) We had some surprises thrown our way that gave answers to some burning questions. I must say one answer had me hitting my husband saying "I knew it!".... needless to say he won't sit by me again when I'm reading. I think I left a bruise... sorry honey.


Cali had to learn to stand up for herself in this book... even if that meant standing up to Calvin. I was kind of shocked at how compliant she was for most of the book. It seemed like a big departure from her character in the first book. I kind of wanted to give her a whack for not putting her foot down earlier. She knew better. Their relationship seemed co dependant and unrealistic. They had huge issues. They didn't talk about the problems and insecurities but mated like rabbits instead. A BIG question I had was the birth control issue. That was not mentioned in the book AT ALL. As a YA book, that needed to be addressed. Michael was an idiot. Repeatedly. I wanted to put some sense into that thick head of his. Unfortunately, it took HUGE mistakes and the entire length of the book to do it. 


Though I was a little sad that Cali had become so much more comfortable with modern society, it was exciting to watch Layla and her perspective. Here was this girl who got out into the real world but only had certain knowledge. The gaps she had were less visible but much more substantial. Seeing where her learning curves were was fascinating. I felt irritated with her in the first book but gained some sympathy for her in the second. However, I felt somewhat disconnected from all the characters by the end. They seemed to have personality disorders. Cali was polar opposites of herself by the end of the book... to the point I found it disturbing. I wondered if she was going to really loose it. Why would that be happening? That's one of the many questions that I hope the third book will answer. 

We did get some interesting back story to the Cali's family that set up the third book nicely. I found that to be the most intriguing and captivating part of the book. I wished Anderson had given more air time to this part of the story. I eagerly await book three to find out what happens next. ENJOY!