Birthright (Legacy, #1) by Jessica Ruddick

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Birthright (Legacy, #1)Birthright by Jessica Ruddick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About a year ago on her sixteenth birthday Ava Parks was let in on the secret of who and what she really was, a seeker. Ava’s job would be to find pure white souls for the Grim Reaper to take to possibly become angels. Just like her mother Ava is able to see the auras of those around her but only those of people near her own age which meant that Ava was forced to name young teenagers to be marked for death which is not something she was dealing with well.

When Ava meets Cole Fowler she immediately knows she does not want to give up his name but Cole’s aura is a glowing white even from the tough background he comes from. As the two grow closer though Ave comes up with a plan to try to get around being forced to sentence others to death. If the plan works out then Ava just may be able to live with being a seeker.

Birthright is the first book in the Legacy series by Jessica Ruddick. I found the concept of being forced to name those that would be killed an intriguing one. Who really would be alright with knowing that simply because you told their name this person’s life would end even if it wasn’t at your own doing? And not only does Ava have to name the next person for the reaper but it has to be the really good people that she needs to find.

The story also has a developing relationship between Ava and Cole. Cole was a very intriguing character to get to know when you find out all about what he’d been through and how he’s lived but to still be so good. The action the pair go through kept the pages turning as you await finding out if Ava’s plan may or may not work and if she can save Cole.

Overall, nice start to this series and I would definitely be interested in continuing to read after the cliffhanger ending of the first book.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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