Review: The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect #2) by Derrolyn Anderson

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Genre: YA Romance, Fantasy

Format: e-book

Available at: Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords

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 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 received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

When a series has a romance at the center of it I always dread reading the next books because the author seems to feel the need to have the couple torn away from each other or fighting all of the time. I don’t know if this counts as a spoiler, but the author didn’t fall back on that over used plot line in this story once. The two Cals (I still adore the fact that they have the same nickname) Had some problems in this book, like any couple would, but they worked through them. There were times when Cal would get scared and think that Cali was too good for him, but Cali always set his mind at ease about it and those moments never lasted too long. They talked through things and didn’t breakup every time there was a bump in the road. THANKFULLY!

I’m not going to spend much more time talking about the two Cals because even though they were just as cute as the last book, this story focused more on Cali, Layla, and their powers than anything else. That’s not to say that there wasn’t romance, because there was, but  when the characters are already in love instead of falling in love I always want the romance to  be dialed down or else it can feel over done. In my opinion, the author hit just the right mixture between  the “Awwwww that was so cute!” moments and actual progression of the plot.

Speaking of the plot, If you’re thinking that this book won’t be as interesting as the first because it focuses on Cal and Cali’s relationship less, don’t worry! The author knows how to write a great story! There were a few twist that threw me for a loop , and once again I never found myself rushing through the pages to get to the good part. The character developement was very well done. We get to know Layla and Michael more in this book.They could be annoying at times, but I still liked them because they felt authentic. Layla was spoiled and manipulative, but she was raised by a maniac so her feeling like she needed to manipulate in order to get what she needed made perfect sense. She also had moments where she was so sweet, thoughtful, and childlike.  Both she and Michael were starved for affection, and knew almost nothing about the real world. They were a lot like Cali was in the first book, but at least she had her parents. While they were growing up, they only had each other.  Michael, was more difficult to like than his sister, Layla. I wanted to smack him up side the head a few times, but I really did understand where he was coming from and managed to like him towards the end.

My only complaint about this book would be that I felt like Cal didn’t really have as much of a voice in this time. I would have liked to hear from him  more, and I also felt like the only time I did get to be inside his head was when he was thinking about Cali. In the next books hopefully  he’ll get some moments to shine. I love it when Cali takes charge and helps others, and I want to get to know Cal as well as I’ve gotten to know her. He’s at his best when he’s thinking about her though!  That’s not really a strong complaint though. ;)

I JUST WANT MORE CAL!!

This sequel did not disappoint! I hope the author finishes the next book soon! I can’t wait!

This book is clean. Because of some mentions of sex, slight profanity, and a few “fade to black” love scenes, I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.

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