Legacy

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An “exciting and well-written tale of contemporary witchcraft and romance” that will “please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller” (Publishers Weekly).

When her widowed father dumps sixteen-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all ...

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Overview

An “exciting and well-written tale of contemporary witchcraft and romance” that will “please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller” (Publishers Weekly).

When her widowed father dumps sixteen-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow students seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves—and the town itself—from destruction.
Legacy is a compelling tale that is as believable as it is magical, and the irresistible romance continues in Poison, its sequel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her YA debut, bestselling adult author Cochran (the Forever King trilogy) presents an exciting and well-written tale of contemporary witchcraft and romance, first in a planned series. When Katy’s negligent medievalist father sends the troubled 16-year-old off to prep school in her late mother’s hometown of Whitfield, Mass., “a village straight out of Nathaniel Hawthorne,” Katy expects the worst. And she finds it, discovering that her reputedly insane mother had tried to murder a baby named Eric and then killed herself. Katy is treated hostilely by the locals, many of whom, she learns, are witches whose ancestors fled to Whitfield during the Salem witch trials. A perennial outsider, Katy feels like she’s finally come home, and she isn’t shocked to find out that she, too, is a witch, nor that, along with the severely disabled Eric’s handsome older brother, Peter, she is at the center of a centuries-old conspiracy to bring the Darkness back to our world. Combining spectacular magic with a complex plot and believable (if somewhat stereotypical) characters, this tale should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller. Ages 14–up. (Dec.)¦
From the Publisher
"Cochran’s first book for teens will satisfy readers hungry for a little paranormal excitement and romance in a post-Twilight world...a quick, entertaining read."—Kirkus

"In her YA debut, bestselling adult author Cochran (the Forever King trilogy) presents an exciting and well-written tale of contemporary witchcraft and romance...should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller"—Publishers Weekly

“The well conceived history and culture of Katy’s magical world make this first title unique … The teasing epilogue promises a sequel, and readers will be ready for it.”—Booklist

"The unsettling and unique plot details and well-drawn secondary characters make this novel stand out from others in the genre." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
Our narrator, sixteen year-old Katy Jessevar's mother died when she was young and now she faces the fact that her father is sending her off to boarding school in Whitefield, Massachusetts. She is being sent there because her mother's family—the Ainsworth's—built the school and she will be going there for free. Katy knows there is something different about her but it is not until she starts working at a local restaurant owned by Hattie that she begins to discover her powers. Hattie helps her open up to the witch side of her. When Katy picks up a picture, her powers allow her to see and experience another time and place. When she looks down at her hands, she sees someone else's and she hears the thoughts of this person as she put the finishing touches on the gift she was making. Suddenly there were flames exploding all around her, she screamed, and wakes up in Peter's arms. Peter, who in the beginning did not like Katy, soon forms a bond with her that is unshakable. Katy has never met any of her mother's side of the family but her aunt and grandmother come to the school hoping to make a connection. Katy has been starved for family attention and readily accepts them. She soon learns her mother was a witch, this area is witch central, and she is indeed a witch. She hosts certain powers, but not the typical witchy spells and incantations. Despite these powers Katy and her relatives are powerless to fight the Darkness that is coming. This story has the witch angle but then includes the very strong physical attraction story between Peter and Katy. The magic and witches are a little upstaged by the relationships making the story not as satisfying as it might have been. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette
Kirkus Reviews
It isn't until 16-year-old Katy Jessavar is shipped off to boarding school 1,500 miles from home that she finally discovers "who--and what--" she really is. At Ainsworth Preparatory School, nestled in the mysterious, fog-shrouded heart of Whitfield, Mass., Katy--or, rather, Serenity Katherine Ainsworth--comes face to face with the legacy of the mother she never knew and the powers that have always resided within her. Descended from a long line of great witches, Katy must learn to harness her mystical powers in order to battle the Darkness that threatens the town and the people she's grown to love. Cochran's first book for teens will satisfy readers hungry for a little paranormal excitement and romance in a post-Twilight world. The novel isn't without its shortcomings, though. Readers will likely suffer whiplash adjusting to Katy and Peter's inexplicably sudden shift from icy exchanges to passionate declarations of love, and for a girl who never knew her own mother, there is far too little exploration of Katy's relationship with her newly found maternal relatives. That said, there is enough suspense and witchcraft to keep readers turning the pages. Add a little romance and a few journeys to the spirit world, and the novel makes for a quick, entertaining read. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—From the moment Katy Jessevar, 16, arrives unwillingly at her Massachusetts boarding school, sent there by her father, everyone recognizes her and calls her by another name—Ainsworth—the school's name. Her classmates instantly dislike her, especially cute Peter. Katy learns that her ancestors founded the school and that they were one of the most powerful witch families in town, and that many of the students are descended from these original witches. Her mother was an oracle who saw visions of an evil Darkness. When Katy was six, her mother went crazy and tried to kill Peter's little brother Eric before killing herself. Eric survived but suffered brain damage. Katy discovers that she's inherited magical powers as well. She falls for Peter but he says that they can never be together, and Katy can't understand why. She also starts having a recurring nightmare in which Peter is being tortured. The witch families in town believe that the Darkness is coming after they begin to see harbingers in the form of dead birds and sinkholes. Can Katy prevent the Darkness from destroying them all? The unsettling and unique plot details and well-drawn secondary characters make this novel stand out from others in the genre. The relationships among the characters grow and change as the story progresses, and the conflict among the witch families is believable, as is Katy's strained relationship with her father and his manipulative girlfriend.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442417397
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Series: Legacy Series
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Molly Cochran is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including Legacy, Poison, and Seduction. Her first novel, Grandmaster with Warren Murphy, was a New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award Winner. She also authored the international bestseller The Forever King with Warren Murphy. She lives with her family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Legacy
ONE

TRANSFIGURATION
I was sixteen years old when I discovered exactly who—and what—I was. Before then, I suppose I wasn’t much of anything, just a girl who’d somehow managed to spend most of my life in southern Florida without becoming blonde, athletic, or comfortable with boys.

I’d lived with my father, who did his level best to turn me into the biggest geek in Palm Beach. His main contribution to my discovering myself was to ditch me in a boarding school fifteen hundred miles from everything I knew. Thanks.

I brought my hands to my face and tried to warm them with my breath as I waited for the hired car that was to pick me up at Boston’s Logan Airport.

I was being sent away because my dad didn’t want me anymore.

That’s what he always did when he felt uncomfortable about something. He just stopped thinking about it. He’d done that with my mother after she died. And maybe before. By the time I was old enough to ask questions, he’d already banished her from his memory.

I’d only ever seen one picture of her. It was a sticky, worn photo that I saved from the trash after my dad had tried to throw it out. I reached for the photo in the front pocket of my purse. We had the same eyes. Strange eyes, everyone says, although I don’t think they’re so weird. I held the picture and waited for the familiar flood of feelings to wash over me. It was like I could feel everything she felt that day—how she was crazy in love with my father. And torn about leaving her family to be with him. And afraid of fire . . .

Beeep beep beeeeep. The blare of a horn tore me from my thoughts. Whitfield Airport Limo had arrived. Classy. I slouched into the backseat of the decades-old Crown Vic.

“You ever been to Whitfield before, Miss?”

“Huh?” I looked up to see the driver’s eyes in the rearview mirror. They were a piercing blue beneath wild, shaggy white brows. He looked as if he’d spent the past fifty years facing down nor’easters. “Whitfield,” he repeated. “Guess it’ll take a little getting used to, after New York City.”

“I’m not from New York,” I said glumly. “My father got a job there.”

The skin around the old man’s eyes crinkled into a kind smile. “So you’re heading out on your own, is it?”

I turned away. I wasn’t heading out on my own. I was being discarded. There was a difference.

“But you could look at it that way, couldn’t you?”

My head snapped up in irritation. “Excuse me?

“Whitfield may not seem like a very exciting place at first, but you’d be surprised at how much we’ve got going on here.” He winked.

Right, I thought. Whitfield, Massachusetts, the fun capital of the western hemisphere.

“Have you heard of Wonderland?” he asked.

“Yeah, I’ve heard of it.” Wonderland was only the biggest retail chain in the world. My dad’s loathsome girlfriend was their VP of Public Relations. I heard nothing but Wonderland at home.

“We’re going to be getting a new one in town,” he said as if I were a child and he was holding out a puppy.

“That’s a thrill,” I said. As if every podunk town in America didn’t have a Wonderland. Or a Kmart, Wal-Mart, or, more likely, all three.

He laughed. “I thought everybody loved Wonderland,” he said. “Least, that’s what their commercials tell us.”

“I’m not much of a shopper,” I said.

“And then, we’ve got the fog,” he went on cheerfully, undeterred by my obvious hostility toward his hometown.

“Fog?” I couldn’t believe he was telling me that watching fog counted as an activity, second only to shopping at discount department stores in terms of excitement.

“Our fog’s been in every edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not since 1929, when Mr. Ripley started writing it.”

He was looking at me expectantly in the rearview mirror, so I took the bait. “What’s so special about it?” I asked with a sigh.

“Depends on what you call special.” He chuckled. “But it’s unusual, that’s for sure. Only comes to one spot, in a place we call the Meadow, right in the middle of Old Town. It shows up eight times a year, like clockwork, and always in time for the first day of school. You’re going to Ainsworth School, aren’t you?”

I took the packet the school had sent me out of my jacket pocket. “Yes, Ainsworth,” I said, reading the return address.

“Forget the name?” He was grinning broadly.

“I guess,” I said, confused now. So he wasn’t joking. They really did watch the fog come in.

“The public schools are already open. But Ainsworth has a tradition. It waits for the fog.”

Perfect. I was entrusting my education to an institution that based its academic schedule, as well as its entertainment, on weather phenomena.

“We’re coming into Whitfield’s Old Town now,” the driver said.

Old was right. Whitfield was a village straight out of Nathaniel Hawthorne, with rows of meticulously maintained stone buildings and three-story frame houses with candles in the windows. The town square was lined with quaint-looking shops selling books and tools and kitchen wares; a combination candy store and café called Choco-Latte; two rustic-but-tasteful eateries; and a storefront with APOTHECARY written across the window.

“The town was founded in 1691 by colonists who’d had it with the Puritans,” he announced as if he were a tour guide. “Run off from Salem to the wild tidal waters here, off Whitfield Bay. If you squint, maybe you can see Shaw Island off to your right.”

“Er . . .” I interrupted. “Is the school nearby?”

“Coming right up to it,” he said. “By the way, that’s the Meadow.” He nodded toward the left.

I gasped out loud. Ripley had been right—it was one of the strangest things I’d ever seen, acres of vacant land blanketed by dense fog at least two feet deep, right in the middle of the village square.

“Why is it only in that one place?” I asked.

“If you figure that out, you’ll be the first,” he said, grinning. “Like I said, Whitfield’s more interesting than you might think.”

The car stopped in front of a grim-looking building with a discreet sign above the doorway reading, AINSWORTH PREPARATORY SCHOOL, FOUNDED 1691.

“I guess this is the place,” I said, as I got out of the car. The driver got my bag from the trunk. I tried to give him a tip, but he refused.

“Not from our own,” he said.

“Um, thanks,” I replied.

He tipped his hat. “Good luck to you, Miss Ainsworth,” he said as he got back in behind the wheel.

“I’m not—” I began, but he was already driving away.

Oh, well. It didn’t make any difference. Hell was hell. Whatever they called you there didn’t matter much. I picked up my bag and headed toward the doorway.

The wind was high, and smelled like the sea. September was only half over, but this far north, the air was already chilly. I pulled my jacket more tightly around me. It was the heaviest piece of clothing I’d ever owned, but on that blustery New England afternoon it was about as warm as a sheet of wax paper.

I stood there for a moment, blinking away tears as I took in the depressing façade of that dreary brick building. At that moment I felt more cold, lost, and alone than I ever had in my life.

“Welcome home,” I whispered before letting myself in.

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    Loved this book! Read it in 2 days. Molly Cochran has a fresh take on witches and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait to read the next one!

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    I really loved this book, kept me reading until it was over. I t

    I really loved this book, kept me reading until it was over. I think what kept me reading forward was trying to figure out why her mom had done so much damage to Peter's brother. In the end we do find out why and why she had burned herself as well. I'm just glad it ended well.

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    Decent read

    It was a pretty good book. The writing was good. The character Peter is just seems kinda cheesy. and The end of the book is kind of predictable, but it is still a good book.

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