Firstly, thank you to the author, H. R. Moore, and YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with a review copy of this book. Then, I want to say that I really, really liked this book and will definitely (at some point) continue on with the series. I waited too long to write this review to gush, so this will perhaps be a bit stale, but nevertheless, these are my thoughts on Legacy of the Mind by H. R. Moore, a New Adult Fantasy novel. (It is pretty much clean though, people seem to always think NA is sexual and not necessarily. I recommend this post by Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions.)
Next order of business is to address something that might put people off of the book. A commonly loathed trope: the love shape (no, it’s not a triangle, that would imply each loving someone else and besides there are more than three people in it). The love shape in this book works. It works because its realistic, no one is led on, there are no dramatic misunderstandings and any shift in the relationships happen for a realistic, justifiable and understandable reason, not just because some guy took his shirt off and the protagonist thought he was hotter or some other such nonsense. I also like certain parts about each of the love interests, although I do definitely have a favourite which remained the same from the beginning to the end of the novel.
Which brings me to my next point: this book gives a good perspective on how to deal with an emotionally abusive or toxic relationship. It does not deal with physical abuse, or even direct abuse, but it does deal with a relationship that is not good for either partner and has issues and flaws; it deals with the concept beautifully, again realistically and although things might move a little quickly afterwards (trying not to spoil anything here), it is overall a really good representation of dealing with something before it gets too big even if its not inherently obvious to outsiders that something is wrong.
Finishing up my talking about the characters, I really liked the friendship between Anita (the main character) and Cleo (her best friend). I’m always one for some good platonic relationships in a book. I also enjoyed the relationship Anita has with her Grandmother and her Trainer amongst other people in the complex and other friendships; I look forward to watching them develop as they add a lot of depth to the story as a whole.
Away from characters and on to the world: on this front, I was very deceived by the synopsis… but not in a bad way. I thought that when the synopsis talked about ‘Body Challenges’ etc. that it would be something like a beauty pageant etc. but that was very much not the case and I’m very happy about it: Body is more about athleticism than anything else.
The whole ‘body, mind, spirit’ thing along with the other fundamental rules of then world were very interesting and I look forward to exploring more of it in the future. At first, the book just throws you into the story and it takes awhile to figure out what things are and how the world works, but you do get their eventually and it isn’t too confusing.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this to lovers of clean NA Fantasy with intriguing worlds and quite a bit of romance… you should probably steer clear if you don’t like romance though, you won’t enjoy it as much! Overall I gave this book 4.5 stars and am very glad that I managed to get a hold of a copy.
Happy reading, Keira x.