Review – The Mackenzie Legacy by Derrolyn Anderson

Title: The Mackenzie Legacy
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Series: The Athena Effect #2
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Published: April 4th 2013

Read my review of The Athena Effect HERE

Book Description

As their story continues, Calvin and Caledonia find themselves madly in love, on the run, and nearly out of money. When Cal stumbles upon a way to cash in on Cali’s powers, their life on the road becomes a life of leisure. Despite the easy money and newfound luxury, Caledonia’s conscience begins to trouble her.

A disturbing warning only serves to confirm her misgivings, making her question her purpose in life. Finally, a shocking discovery about the true nature of her powers points the way forward, sending the two Cals on a dangerous rescue mission.

Caledonia tries her best to right the wrongs of the past, but will she only end up provoking new and even more dangerous enemies?

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My Review

The Mackenzie Legacy continues directly after the end of The Athena Effect with both Cali and Cal on the run with the few possessions that the bike can carry. They spend a lot of time camping in the wilderness to save whatever money they have. When Cal comes up with the plan to use Cali’s powers, I was a little disappointed in him. He couldn’t see past the money to see how it was affecting Cali. But deep down I know that Cal is only doing what he thinks is best and he is still deeply in love with Cali.

Cali is still the shy girl that she was from the first book except now she has Cal. She likes to keep him happy and goes along with anything that he wants. When some new twists are unearthed, Cali decides that it is time to face the problems that she is running from to set things back on track. They are both still amazing characters and have the usual floors that people have and that is why they are believable characters. Sometimes it is hard to see that the things you want are affecting those who matter to you.

Again, Derrolyn has done a beautiful job at telling this story. The Mackenzie Legacy follows Cal and Cali but we also touch in with some other characters as well. It is a fast paced sequel with plenty of twists and turns. The second half of the book picked up in the action department and I found it hard to pull myself away from the building plot. The characters face dangerous people on multiple occasions and have to form plans to get themselves out of it. The effects of what the Athena research did was a pleasant surprise that I didn’t see coming but it enables Cali to become closer with other people. I didn’t think that it was as emotionally charged as the first book but overall I still enjoyed it! The Epilogue had me on the edge of my seat and I am excited to see what Derrolyn has in store for us with the Caledonian Inheritance.

I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Derrolyn Anderson is a visual artist and writer of fiction. The creator of the four part "Marina's Tales" series and the YA romance, "The Athena Effect", she's currently hard at work on her next book, "The Mackenzie Legacy".

You can find Derrolyn online at:


  1. Sounds good! I love books that can surprise me and keep me on edge towards the end. Hope you enjoy the next installment!

  2. I haven't read this , but I love how it focuses on new characters, and yet you see ones from previous book as well. So glad you are enjoying this one!

  3. I'm sure I will!! Can't wait to see what happens!

  4. You're welcome Derrolyn! And the new covers do look great!

  5. Some things are finally slotting into place and it has been an interesting ride so far. Looking forward to the new twists from the Epilogue....

  6. Glad the storytelling was good and you enjoyed

  7. I did enjoy it and I am really looking forward to the direction the series will go now!

  8. Jenea WhittingtonMay 23, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I don't think I have seen this series before. It does sound good though. Great review.

  9. Hey Naomi!

    Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!

    I make all my own covers, and I really wasn't happy with my first attempts at this series, so I finally re-worked them. I just put all new covers up on my Goodreads page here :

    They're pretty basic, but I think it's a major improvement. I hope you all agree :)
    (I hope to have books #3 & #4 out this fall.)

    Thanks again!


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