Nov 29, 2011

{Review} of Wynter Chelsea by Becca Michelle Ritchie

Wynter Chelsea: The LegacyWynter Chelsea: The Legacy by Becca Michelle Ritchie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Paranormal/Legend
RECEIVED: Review Request for Book Tour
AUTHORS BLOG: Becca Michelle Ritchie's Blog

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.

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is a young adult novel that tells an interesting tale about two families. I did really enjoy the beginning but as I went on it was very repetitive but I needed to know what would happen next.

Two families exists called the Wynter’s and Chelsea’s, they both pass down generation to generation a unique life of hunting harmful paranormal creatures.  But the legend of their family takes a twist when the latest generation having unusual abilities. I really got into the families legacy and felt it was the strongest pull in this novel.

Amanda is the only girl in the two families and treated as if she’s fragile which she despises. Her brother and their two best friends Dustin and Trevor are overprotective her and very good at hunting with their fathers. But when something goes wrong and their parents go missing the four young adults head off to track their parents and the being that has taken them.

My biggest issue with the story was the love-hate relationship between Amanda and Dustin, her best friend. They have been side by side helping each other deal with their gifts but I felt I was thrown back and forth and side to side with what their relationship is or suppose to be. With the addition of Amanda being on the whiny side, it was tough to keep up with. Overall I want them together, I like the chemistry and how Dustin seems to be the only person who understands her.

Trevor and Jack, are great counterparts for Dustin and Amanda. They add comedic aspect and seriousness to the story line that keeps what the novel is about on the right path.

Wynter Chelsea is a novel about discovering the truth and taking the right path. The darkness that surrounds them is strong but together that can fight back.  Amanda is the lead; she has a strong demeanor and determination to show she can as strong as the boys.  Overall is a great start with lots of information and interesting surprises that build through out the story.

This is a young adult fantasy novel that’s fits it the paranormal and mythology categories. Fans of Sharde Rochardson’s Watched and P.T. Michelle’s Brightest Kind of Darkness will enjoy this young adult novel.
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