By: Cara Bertrand
Publisher: Luminis Books
Publication Date: April 2014
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: March 29, 2014
Lainey Young is a girl who has experienced both the worst and the best in life...and she's only a teenager. Losing her parents in a car accident, an image that is burned into her memory banks forever even though she was not in the car at the time; Lainey was raised by a very loving godmother who became her true family. Her godmother is an artist and traveled all over the world, taking Lainey with her to experience the magic of the world and the happiness that's still out there.
Lainey had a rough time throughout her young life. She was constantly tested, poked, and prodded by doctors because she seemed to faint at the drop of a hat and no one could understand why. Truth is, Lainey knew why. She had a gift, or a curse depending on how you look at it; she could see death, whether already happened or soon to happen. Her migraines were hideous and the stress of seeing these things takes its toll.
On the advice of a family friend, Lainey is told about a boarding school; a place that will give her a solid location for a while and stop traveling the roads. Although her aunt is heartbroken, she understands that a base where Lainey does not have to constantly move might be just the ticket to good health, and when she is told about a mysterious 'Legacy' that Lainey has at this small, peaceful school called Northbrook Academy, Lainey is soon on her way into a strange situation she knows nothing about.
The school is fun. The roommate, Amy, is a kick, and school life basically grants Lainey the 'regular world' she's been missing - with the token hot guy working at the bookstore, as well as a jealous girl who seems to have a built-in dislike of the new, pretty girl. But, of course, nothing is easy. Northbrook Academy has a group, and not a small, private one. Included in this mysterious group are most of the staff as well as half of the entire student body. The group is called the Sententia, and it is for the physically gifted.
Although Lainey should be more than a little frightened by all this, it actually helps her to understand that her 'gift' of divining death is not as bad as she once thought it was. And she also finds acceptance. What she doesn't count on is the fact that her 'Legacy' may just be the biggest secret Northbrook Academy has ever had. And her acceptance soon turns into threats against her, as Lainey deals with her secret, and the thrills and chills of the series begins.
The characters are fun; the story is exciting; and the secrets that will be revealed will have readers following Lainey's path through the mysterious and frightening for a long time to come.
Quill says: This is a good start to what seems like a great new YA series!