Thursday, 9 August 2012

Legacy of Lies & Don't Tell , by Elizabeth Chandler

Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell (Dark Secrets, #1-2)
Published (first published August 4th 2009)
1847388728 (ISBN13: 9781847388728)
original title
Dark Secrets 1 : Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell
Two girls haunted by the past...and destined to relive it
In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes.
In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all...and maybe Lauren is next.

 My Review
Usually I hate reading a book where there is more than one story within its pages, but I actually found the two different stories rather grasping, if not a little simplistic. You could easily tell and define that the book was aimed at a certain age group because of its very simple manner and because there seemed to be nothing overly complicated to it that would mean you would not understand the novel. The stories though similar, were both different as well and I admit that I enjoyed them both. The books makes you consider the possibilites of an afterlife, of karma and reincarnation. It makes you wonder if there is more than meets the eyes to the world that we live in today and that if there is, how much of it are we missing. I like the way the characters were developed within this book as they were much more approachable than say the other novel that I finished today. Megans story was probably my favorite because it seemed to have a hounding of history to it but also because it seemed to remind me of another that I have read but for the life of me can not remember what it was. However, it was Laurens story which seemed to have the most mystery to it because your automatically made to assume that the murderer was this one person but instead it was not. The two stories are therefore contradicting to each other and yet similar at the same time which is probably why they do actually work well together as one novel.

Story one does very much go over the possibilities of reincarnation and needing to reach a level of karma that would put that ease to past. I vlove the way that the story flowed in this book and the very fact that you are left thinking all sorts of things. The characters are well defined especially the grandmother. She comes across as someone very outspoken and brought up to a high standard, someone who does not believe in any of the modern traits that we all seem to speak off. In many respects this did make her come across as someone quite scary but also annoying and iritabely frustrating because your automatically wanting to scream at her to get of her high horse. The story though is very simplistic and it made me wonder what would have become of it were it to be made into its own individual novel, and of course, were it to be expanded on. for me there felt like there was still a lot of moving space there for things to elaborate and that perhaps more of an adventure could have twisted out from it. After all there was the whole past romance meets present romance, but how did this actually come to be. The second story with lauren was just an almost perfect remdition of an adult murder mystery novel. The whole plan of not knowing what was actually occuring was all there but you never actually got to find out who it was that was the main suspect until nearer the end. The author clearly has a lot of talent for writing this sort of mysterious filled novels that really get your mind revolving.

What I like about the two novels though is that they do not go around the basis of the cliche when it comes to the young adult world. I admit I like my vampires and fairies and all my other fantasy creatures, but eventually I do actually like to read something a little more different shall we say and this is exactly what she offers. She has taken something that we perhaps more commonly see in an adults book and twisted it into something a little less complex that a teenager would enjoy. It makes it therefore the sort of book you would be happy to sit and read and not put down. Yes it was simple but I suppose because the two books are placed into one, it needed to be simple otherwise you would become confused with the two stories and which one was about what. The whole story line though is something that you could imagine sitting and watching on the television in that you could see them becoming a drama series. And who knows, its quite very possible that perhaps one day it will, after all look at tracy beaker?

other than the fact that the book was simple with very little sort of maturity to it, I enjoyed the books and was actually struggling to find any flaws to it other than the fact that it was a little too simple for my somewhat maturish mind. the books were good andf I would happily read them again, even if it was just to get a break from the fantasy world of other creatures. a wonderful write and a wonderful author.

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