Spirit Legacy

The Gateway Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
Series: The Gateway Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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"The Gateway is open…."

These cryptic words wake college student Jess Ballard from a terrifying dream into an even more terrifying reality. Jess' life has never been what anyone would call easy; doing damage control in the wake of your nomadic, alcoholic mother doesn't exactly make for a storybook childhood. But now her world has fallen apart just when it should be coming together: her mother gone - dead under mysterious circumstances; her life uprooted to stay with estranged relatives she's never met; and there's something odd about some of the people she's been meeting at school:

They're dead.

Aided by Tia, her neurotic roommate, and Dr. David Pierce, a ghost-hunting professor, Jess must unravel the mystery behind her hauntings. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more danger shadows her every move. An ancient secret, long-buried, is about to claw its way to the surface, and nothing can prepare Jess for one terrifying truth: her encounters with the world of the dead are only just beginning.

©2013 E.E. Holmes (P)2015 E.E. Holmes
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Loved it!!!!

It started off with a mystery right away. It never slows!!!! I was mainly into romance novels but I'm definitely interested in this genre!!!

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Not the Book's Fault

I bought this book after seeing an ad comparing it to the Outlander and All Souls series. So my expectation was this would be a well researched fantasy novel supported by actual historical detail sufficient to make you almost believe the fantasy. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. This book is a straight out fantasy with no detail to lend even a hint of believability. And it should be properly labeled. It wasn't even classified as YA, much less teen or preteen which seems a much better fit. It certainly wasn't geared towards adults.

I realize this is the first book in a trilogy so the overarching plot line can't be revealed in too much detail. But there were gapping holes in the story that had to explained in order for the first book to make sense. And they weren't. Nor were many of the primary character's actions remotely plausible.

All of this said, it was not an enjoyable reading experience. But I don't blame the author as much as her publisher. Their promotion of this book set the bar far too high. If not for the ad I would have remained blissfully unaware of this book. It isn't a book I would ever selected if I had done a little research instead of relying on ad. And I know better than that. So it is my fault too.

But I think the author and the publisher would have been much better served if they marketed this to a younger fantasy market. Not people who enjoy well researched historical fiction with a little fantasy and romance on the side.

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light reading

I think this series is meant fort teens? kind of juvenile but I'll probably read the other 2 books too.

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...no comparison.

Purchased this on a whim. Fell for, "If you love "Outlander or Discovery of Witches" you'll love this book....uh, no. No comparison...false advertisement.

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Can hardly wait ...

For the next one. Great read without all the unnecessary fillers so many books seemed filled with to prolong the story. Very fun, interesting and emotional given the lives of the main characters.

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Wonderful Surprise

This book pulls you in from the first chapter. I don't want to give anything away.... so, I'm not going to. I can't wait for the the other books to come out on audible.

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Young Adult

The ending of the book seemed anticlimactic, but maybe that is just because it is young adult. I generally don’t read young adult fiction, but since i started it. The ending especially, not to spoil it seemed right on par for young adult.

The main character is late teen, but old enough to have been making more adult decisions. There are somethings that happen that gets her aunt involved that I don’t think her college would have because of HIPPA, but those are just a minor annoyance.

The writing wasn’t bad. The main character was fairly well fleshed out, but some of the others seemed pretty stereotypical, hence the three star rating. You have the room mate side kick, typical. The mean girl across the hall. Typical. Although the typical rescue scene with her is inconsistent as it appears to be implied that she is also into jumping into bed with little excuse. I thought we were going to find out that was an act, and right after she is at it again. Sort of what???? The author needs to work on her consistency. Maybe she is trying to make a point about date rape. But that whole thing was too easily resolved by the college. Like I said, which I think would have been a more complex issue. But, young adult. Let’s not get realistic for the kiddies.

Ok story, but doubt that I will bother to read the next two. I can pretty much guess what happens. It would be an ok read for a teenager. I was reading more sophisticated things as a young adult, but early to mid teen, maybe.

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Really enjoyed.

This had a very good pace to it and kept my interest the entire way through! Hate waiting for the next!

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What an awesome ghost story!

Spirit Legacy
The Gateway Trilogy, Book 1
By: E. E. Holmes
Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
There is so many layers to this book! An orphan that starts to see ghosts when her mother dies. She moves to her aunt's house and then to a college dorm. There at the dorm she gets in trouble because she doesn't realize that the boy she talks about seeing is dead. It gets worse! Many twists and turns! Family secrets come to light. Very exciting! Going in my favorite file! Enjoyed it from the very beginning! Picked up book two!
Narration was terrific! Really added to the story!

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great!

i loved this book. Kept me hanging on every word right up until the end. moved smoothly and wrapped up all the characters in the end.

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  • gepocock
  • 07-30-19

More a teen novel

I read the glowing reviews and anticipated getting the whole series. I listened to the whole book and kept expecting it to pick up pace. It didn't.

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  • Ms Fiona Moriarty
  • 06-25-15

Great book

I love sci-fi & Fantasy books & I really enjoyed this book! Could have been a bit longer!

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  • Amy Leigh
  • 07-12-20

Good read

Enjoyed this trilogy, it's worth a read. The secret school was like an adults Hogwarts. The narrator was good as well with mainly good accents.

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  • Christine Bonner
  • 06-09-20

Spirit Legacy

This was a very enjoyable story. I didn’t want to put the book down and when it finished I wanted it to carry on. I am going to look for the books that follow this one now. A very good “read” if I can call it that. It kept me entertained and I didn’t want to put it down. Highly recommended.

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  • Avril
  • 05-22-20

good listen

loved the story but felt the end was rushed would have liked a bit more to close it well

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  • Gavin Sheedy
  • 05-05-20

Well thought out and well felt.

A story that holds water both in terms of plot and emotion. The narrator is also highly skilled. Recommended.

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  • Marion M.
  • 05-02-20

Book 1

I am happy to say I love it it’s up there with the books I will read again 😎

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  • Hayley
  • 09-22-17

Putting the Super back into Supernatural

i really loved listening to this fictional book, the reader/listener finds out every part of this new world at the same tima as the main character Jess from the unfortunate beginnings to what transpires as she attends a new school.
Each scene brilliantly explained with the right amount of humour and emotion, i can't wait to read the next in the trilogy...

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  • Claire
  • 06-07-17

Enjoyable listen

Wished the book was a bit longer as it felt very rushed towards the end.

BOOK TWO PLEASE

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  • Jeanette
  • 05-28-17

Couldn't put it down

I wasn't sure about the narrator to start but it didn't take long to get into the story and the narrator was easy to listen to and separated the characters well.

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  • Kt
  • 06-09-20

Fascinating

Couldn't wait to get back to the story to spend more time with main character.