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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
One night, Jess Ballard wakes up from a horrible dream, only to find her alcoholic mother dead. Weeks later, she temporarily moves in with her estranged Aunt Karen, who tries her best to make her niece feel welcome. A strange visit to her grandfather in the nursing home makes Jess feel even more curious and uneasy about her family’s past. As she starts college, she befriends the pretty but neat, neurotic Tia, and life in college appears to be normal. It seems like she could finally move on – until she meets the mysterious Evan.
Spirit Legacy (The Gateway Trilogy, Book 1) by E.E. Holmes is a fascinating paranormal thriller. Her Goth style aside, Jess is easy to root for, ‘a nice kid who happens to dress a little differently’ according to her Aunt Karen. She’s smart and bravely perseveres after her mother’s tragic death. I have a soft spot for Tia, whom I feel complements Jess’ persona well. There were some slow build-up moments in the story as Holmes introduces the characters and lets readers get to know their lives. That said, these only make you wonder what frightening surprises and secrets are waiting to be discovered.
In a nutshell, Spirit Legacy is undeniably engaging. The well-constructed, unpredictable plot and the clear narrative would tempt any reader to finish this book in one sitting. Holmes writes absorbingly well and, as a paranormal fan, I’m truly entertained. Despite leaning more towards the YA demographic, adult readers who are fans of the genre should not overlook this series.