The Tesla Legacy
THE TESLA LEGACY follows a precocious young scientist named Lucy Phelps whose fateful encounter in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel unlocks her dormant electrical powers. As Lucy struggles to understand her new abilities through scientific experimentation, she is thrust into a centuries old battle between rival alchemical societies.One side wants her help and the other wants her dead, but both believe she is the next step in human evolution. Unfortunately, carriers of the genetic mutation—including Nikola Tesla—have a greatly reduced life expectancy. Even if Lucy can outrun her enemies, she can’t outrun herself.

The Tesla Legacy Details

TitleThe Tesla Legacy
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The Tesla Legacy Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from BookSparks as part of their YA Winter Reading Challenge. This was my second book by K.K. Perez and I loved it. I had previously read her other book, Sweet Black Waves, and fell in love with it, so I was eager to read this one. I don’t typically read sci-fi so this was a bit out of comfort zone, but I still enjoyed it. I actually really liked the science aspects. It was very interesting and I liked how alchemy was also incorporated. I assume this is the first bo I received this book for free from BookSparks as part of their YA Winter Reading Challenge. This was my second book by K.K. Perez and I loved it. I had previously read her other book, Sweet Black Waves, and fell in love with it, so I was eager to read this one. I don’t typically read sci-fi so this was a bit out of comfort zone, but I still enjoyed it. I actually really liked the science aspects. It was very interesting and I liked how alchemy was also incorporated. I assume this is the first book in a series so a lot of the book was setup. It did take a bit for it all to come together but that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the sci-fi aspects if all the info just gets thrown at you, so I was appreciative of how it slowly came together. I loved the main character, Lucy. I liked how independent and critical she was. She doesn’t easily follow and believe what people tell her and is skeptical about the world she is discovering. I found that to be so refreshing. But that ending. Wow. K. K. Perez sure knows how to pull off plot twists. She did this in Sweet Black Waves too. She knows how to really get you at the end and make you crave the next book ASAP! Lastly, I have this habit when reading books of noting descriptions of libraries and this book had a magnificent description of one on page 195-196. It was at the center of the house and had spiral staircases. #LibraryGoalsOverall, this was an intriguing sci-fi novel that is a great start to a new series.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Yayee! ARC received - this sounds so interesting! I love anything even remotely related to the life and times of Nikola Tesla so this book sounds like it will be right up my alley! Thank you Macmillan-Tor/Forge, I am so excited to get to this!
  • Laura Lam
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this. Starring a girl interested in all things science and tired of her parents treating her like something breakable. When she discovers a secret about Tesla, everything changes. Smart and clever!
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    Okay no clue why but I thought this was a stand alone so if you're under that impression, the ending HEAVILY insinuates it's book #1 in a series.Right off the bat, I loved the main character. She's realistic. She's smart. This is basically her superhero origin story? I guess that's the easiest way to explain it.The plot had SO many reveals, twists and turns to the point that like half way through, I assumed EVERYONE was lying about EVERYTHING and yet I was STILL surprised at the absolute chaos t Okay no clue why but I thought this was a stand alone so if you're under that impression, the ending HEAVILY insinuates it's book #1 in a series.Right off the bat, I loved the main character. She's realistic. She's smart. This is basically her superhero origin story? I guess that's the easiest way to explain it.The plot had SO many reveals, twists and turns to the point that like half way through, I assumed EVERYONE was lying about EVERYTHING and yet I was STILL surprised at the absolute chaos that occurs at the end.The meh? I hated her bf in the book. She was too smart for him and he's such a knob. I don't know how I feel about the sorta student-teacher relationship which I never REALLY know how to feel about since a lot of the time the relationship isn't emotionally developed enough for me to buy into it the way I would for Aria and Ezra in PLL show. I didn't hate it. Just indifferent but I will say that I liked that her teacher was a PoC to give more racial diversity in the book that does seem to otherwise be a cast of all white characters.Extra goods: the main character was an amazing relationship with her best friend (who happens to be in a f/f relationship). Lineage reveals. I'm a damn sucker for them so BIG thumbs up and it gave me a lot of "wait WHAT?" when the book ended. Incredibly curious to see where this goes. I love me a strong girl in the STEM fields (then you add in super powers and lineage).
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  • Kate Vocke
    January 1, 1970
    This book is electrifying and loads of exciting, power-driven and thrilling fun! Take an insanely smart but quiet teenager, who has been home schooled most her life because of a seizure disorder, and throw in a bit of Peter Parker meets Electro meets Wonder Woman - and you've got our main character, Lucy. She's finally convinced her overbearing parents to let her attend high school, and she's been staying pretty low key for most of it, finally dating a cute boy and coming into her own and feelin This book is electrifying and loads of exciting, power-driven and thrilling fun! Take an insanely smart but quiet teenager, who has been home schooled most her life because of a seizure disorder, and throw in a bit of Peter Parker meets Electro meets Wonder Woman - and you've got our main character, Lucy. She's finally convinced her overbearing parents to let her attend high school, and she's been staying pretty low key for most of it, finally dating a cute boy and coming into her own and feeling "normal."Until one day she discovers a hidden message in a photo, and decides to follow her curiosity to the New Yorker Hotel, more specifically, The Tesla Suite. Something inside the mysterious hotel room, unlocks something even more mysterious inside of Lucy. She slowly begins to uncover an energizing tale of historical rivalries, while simultaneously trying to understand her jolting genetic mutation. The things she discovers are terrifying and exciting all at the same time - and she soon comes to find there are people out there who think that her "kind" should not exist.I loved Lucy! She's just a teen trying to find her way in life. Trying to find that "spark." She desperately just wants to be a normal teenager and fit in, but her seizures make her feel like an oddball. She still manages to be feisty and quick-witted, smart and strong, and is fiercely loyal to those she loves. The characters are all really well developed and interesting, and I was engaged in every single plot twist, desperately reading to find out more. This was a really fun, action-packed story with thrilling situations and dialogue, and it kept me riveted from start to finish! I received this book as a #partner for @BookSparks #YAWRC2019 and I'm really excited to read more from KK Pérez!
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  • Hélène Louise
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the beginning of this book, the idea of a very bright girl - bright with science, for once. The mystery around her was interesting and there were all the bases for a good story: parents with personalities, an old unbalanced relationship ready to be replaced with a more satisfying one and some characters with much potential.But alas at the half the story wobbled: there were too much repetitions (about her relationship with the sooo perfect bestie, about the old love interest, about the da I liked the beginning of this book, the idea of a very bright girl - bright with science, for once. The mystery around her was interesting and there were all the bases for a good story: parents with personalities, an old unbalanced relationship ready to be replaced with a more satisfying one and some characters with much potential.But alas at the half the story wobbled: there were too much repetitions (about her relationship with the sooo perfect bestie, about the old love interest, about the danger she was in), the explanation of the central mystery wasn't to my taste (the bad guys really too caricatural), the romance was flat and boring and....I lost interest. I tried to read on but couldn't get over 60 %.Still I would recommend this book to anybody who likes the idea of an intelligent and independent young girl in love with physics dealing with mysterious powers and mysterious organisations, and don't mind some very classical relationships relative to best friends and love interests.(I thank Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)
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  • McCall Hoyle
    January 1, 1970
    Genius! Pure genius--YA Sci-Fi that will keep you turning pages. It's filled with drama and suspense. The writing is as intelligent as the teenage protagonist, Lucy. The science, alchemy, and elements about scientists such as Tesla had me wanting to head to the library on a research field trip. And the romance... Honestly, teenagers and adults will gobble this up. Kudos, K K Perez. Waiting with baited breath for the sequel.
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  • Rachel Solomon
    January 1, 1970
    LEGACY is a STEM-filled adventure of a book, with a smart, relentlessly ambitious protagonist and a fascinating historical mystery at its core.
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsThe Tesla Legacy is an eminently bingeable blend of science fiction and urban fantasy that features a brave heroine, plenty of action, a bit of romantic drama, and unexpected twists. All the while, slipping in a surprising amount of science and history of science. It's a definite page-turner that celebrates women in STEM, with an ending that has me wishing I had book 2 when book 1 isn't even out yet! Perfect for fans of The DaVinci Code who want more science and teen dram Actual Rating: 4.5 starsThe Tesla Legacy is an eminently bingeable blend of science fiction and urban fantasy that features a brave heroine, plenty of action, a bit of romantic drama, and unexpected twists. All the while, slipping in a surprising amount of science and history of science. It's a definite page-turner that celebrates women in STEM, with an ending that has me wishing I had book 2 when book 1 isn't even out yet! Perfect for fans of The DaVinci Code who want more science and teen drama.Lucy Phelps is a budding scientist getting ready to graduate from high school while coping with epilepsy and overprotective parents. But an unexpected experience in the Tesla suite at a New York hotel causes her to question her medical diagnosis when she begins developing strange abilities with electricity and magnetism. A series of events draw her into a murky world of secret societies, intrigue, and alchemy as she deals with her newfound power, parents who might be lying to her, AND the highschool drama of classes, a jerky ex-boyfriend, a hot new teaching assistant, and a BFF on the prom-planning committee. This is very much a genre-bending book, but I found it to be fun, compelling, and educational in a way that feels interesting. I love the emphasis on science and the history of science. Our heroine is a woman in STEM but the book does more than pay lip service, including well-researched discussions of real science inserted in places appropriate to the larger narrative. We learn about electricity, magnetic fields, conductivity, and the history of Tesla. Added to that, alchemy offers a nice route into territory that is reminiscent of The DaVinci Code while playing with the boundary between science and pseudo-science. But for all that science, this remains a very twisty, action-packed book with a bit of a love triangle! Lucy does develop feelings for a slightly older teaching assistant, which felt a little iffy to me at times, but I think the author tried to handle it as well as she could. The book also explores her complicated relationship with her parents in a nuanced way. I hope we get to see more of that in book 2. Finally, I loved the relationship that she has with her lesbian best friend. It's a beautiful picture of female friendship that moves past the need for sexual tension or weirdness when one half of the friendship isn't straight. Overall, I really enjoyed The Tesla Legacy and will definitely continue with the series. I received an early review copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
    January 1, 1970
    A fun light read with alchemy, secret societies, and the truth to discover.
  • Carlie Sorosiak
    January 1, 1970
    Packed with mystery, intrigue and nail-biting action, this novel kept me guessing to the very last moment.
  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn MitchellThe Tesla Legacy is the story of a girl who discovers there is more to herself than meets the eye. Lucy Phelps has been sheltered all her life by her over protective parents due to her having epilepsy and she was homeschooled until she was able to convince her parents to let her go to high school during her junior year. She’s now in the last few weeks of her senior year and trying to do everything right so that her parents will l Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn MitchellThe Tesla Legacy is the story of a girl who discovers there is more to herself than meets the eye. Lucy Phelps has been sheltered all her life by her over protective parents due to her having epilepsy and she was homeschooled until she was able to convince her parents to let her go to high school during her junior year. She’s now in the last few weeks of her senior year and trying to do everything right so that her parents will let her go to college. At the beginning of the story, Lucy has just caught her boyfriend, Cole, selling her answers to other students. Because of this, she is angry and ends up at the New Yorker hotel the next day after finding a picture of herself in her father’s office.Her life is changed when she goes there and her powers are unlocked, making her question everything. She is pulled into a centuries old feud between two rival alchemical societies. She also meets a new guy named, Ravi who is a teaching assistant at her school and she’s immediately drawn to him. Both of these alchemical societies are powerful and they both want something different from her. One wants to help her control her abilities and help her live a long life while the other feels as if this gene is dangerous and should be contained. There is also a third rogue group who has its own agenda. While dealing with the last few weeks of school, Lucy has to deal with all new powers and learning about a whole society and history she didn’t know about. There were secrets that kept coming out until the end.The Tesla Legacy was an intriguing to read a story about a woman who gets a superpower after something unexpected happens. It is common to see this happen to men but not so much for women. I liked how intelligent Lucy was and she was loyal, brave, and tough. Tougher than she believed she was with how she was raised by her parents. They made her feel defective and fragile but once her powers were unlocked and she learned more about herself and what was going on, she knew that there is more to her then her condition. I also liked Ravi. He was charming and it was fun to learn more about exactly who he was. It was clear there was more to him than he was letting on. I also loved Claudia, Lucy’s best friend. She was supportive and funny. I loved her personality so much.The plot of this story was well done and the pacing was great. We slowly learn more and more about Lucy’s abilities and these alchemical societies and what they want with Lucy. There were some surprises that even I didn’t see coming. They made this story better and richer. The science of the story wasn’t overdone where you could not understand what was going on. The backgrounds Perez created for the societies was detailed and interesting. It was also cool how she intertwined real historical figures we’ve all heard of and changed some of their history to work for the story. I loved all the intricacies of the story and how Perez weaved science, alchemy, and fantasy together to give us a story that was full of adventure, intrigue and even a dash of romance.I enjoyed The Tesla Legacy and seeing a female superhero who was intelligent and strong. I loved getting to know Lucy and about her powers. She was one of my favourite characters and I enjoyed the minor characters and the story that was weaved to make such an engrossing story that sucked me in from the first page and kept me turning the page until the end.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    The Tesla Legacy is the debut novel of K.K. Perez. The title will probably give you a bit of an idea of what is in store, which is something I love about it. The novel follows young Lucy Phelps as the unbelievable happens to her. Lucy finds herself in a mystery of epic proportions, and she’s at the center of it all. This novel is a young adult novel, but it’s also very satisfyingly a science fiction novel. It’s fast-paced, quirky, and a lot of fun to read. Lucy’s character is charismatic and st The Tesla Legacy is the debut novel of K.K. Perez. The title will probably give you a bit of an idea of what is in store, which is something I love about it. The novel follows young Lucy Phelps as the unbelievable happens to her. Lucy finds herself in a mystery of epic proportions, and she’s at the center of it all. This novel is a young adult novel, but it’s also very satisfyingly a science fiction novel. It’s fast-paced, quirky, and a lot of fun to read. Lucy’s character is charismatic and stubborn, not to mention driven. One of the best parts about this novel is the positivity it shows towards STEM. Lucy is a brilliant scientist, and while she’s young, she’s never discouraged from her passions. Not in any professional manner, at least. It’s heartening to see.(view spoiler)[ The Tesla Legacy was such a fun read. Blending actual science with science fiction is always a great call, but putting a young teenager at the helm really made this novel stand out. Lucy’s character made it easy to become invested in the plot on multiple levels. I loved the steady buildup that occurred in this novel. Right away we had an idea of what was to come, if for no other reason than the title. But doesn’t mean we knew how it was going to happen. The subtleties were perfect, and honestly it worked well with Lucy’s driven nature at multiple points. Speaking of Lucy, I feel like most of us could use somebody like her in our lives. She’s driven and knows what she wants to do with her life. She’s also loyal to a fault – even when it frequently forces her to turn a blind eye on what is really happening around her. The plot quickly progressed from this teenage curiosity to a full-scale conspiracy in the blink of an eye. It made sense, once you start poking large organizations like that you’re going to garner attention very quickly…and you may not enjoy that so much. I think I only had two major complaints about this novel. The first is how a young science – any young scientist - could possibly not know who Nikola Tesla is. This fact is made harder to grasp when you consider that Lucy’s study involves Edison and electricity. I suppose we could argue that her parents intentionally hid everything Tesla from her…but that doesn’t fit in well with her character. We’re talking about a character with a drive to learn – she would have come across his name at some point, right? Regardless of the reasoning behind it, that moment did break the emersion for me a little bit. Though I was able to sink back into the novel with time. My second complaint is less of a complaint, and a very emotional opinion of a character. Cole is a turd. Sorry, but he totally is. Lucy is a good person for wanting him to have a second chance in life; because if you ask me he had a second and a third chance well before and totally blew it. Especially when he risked other people’s opportunities in life for his own gain. To put it simply, I don’t think Cole deserved that extra chance. So he’s lucky that Lucy is a kinder person than I am. Other than those parts, I really enjoyed the Tesla Legacy. It was a fun read and full of mysteries and adventure. The characters were emotionally compelling, even if I didn’t always like them, and the plot itself was strong and intriguing. I’ll be curious to see what the following novels will be named, and what will end up happening in them. I’ll have to be patient and wait for more information though, sadly. (hide spoiler)]For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very intriguing beginning of a sci-fi/action adventure type YA series. The pacing is a little off (too much build up, too fast of a pay off at the end), but I would definitely continue in this series. I like that it reads as if it is actually written for YA readers, I like how it handles the inevitable love elements in the story, and I think the premise/set-up is a smart one as the engine for a series. All in all, enjoyed & hope the series continues!
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  • Breeana Shields
    January 1, 1970
    A smart page-turner that kept me guessing! Loved this one.
  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    Admittedly, I'm a science nerd, and when I see the name Tesla (not the car), I get excited - that's what drew me to this book.A lot is packed into this novel - Lucy's typical high school life rapidly turns into a tug of war between two agencies trying to 'win' her.  Unfortunately, one of those groups isn't too concerned with her survival.  There's a good bit of science talk that may throw off some readers, but it's pertinent to the story and explained well.I loved that Lucy is an unabashed scien Admittedly, I'm a science nerd, and when I see the name Tesla (not the car), I get excited - that's what drew me to this book.A lot is packed into this novel - Lucy's typical high school life rapidly turns into a tug of war between two agencies trying to 'win' her.  Unfortunately, one of those groups isn't too concerned with her survival.  There's a good bit of science talk that may throw off some readers, but it's pertinent to the story and explained well.I loved that Lucy is an unabashed science geek, heavily into STEM, and isn't afraid to display her intelligence.  Her numerous pop culture references to Star Trek, Wonder Woman, etc., also made me smile.  Lucy's sense of betrayal and confusion of who she should trust is portrayed well.  I did feel that some repetition regarding relationships in the middle of the book slowed the pace somewhat, but it turned into a whirlwind race near the end.If you enjoy reality-based sci-fi with a splash of X-Men and a pinch of The Davinci Code, I'd recommend The Tesla Legacy.  It's action-packed with some surprising twists.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Savannah Winchell
    January 1, 1970
    DNF &@ 36%I think this book really is not for me. I love the authors other series and I like parts of this one but I find I’m just not invested like I should be
  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted to I Should Read ThatI was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.I’m always on the lookout for some good science fiction, and The Tesla Legacy caught my eye. Not only did I meet the author at YALC last year, it’s a YA sci-fi novel set in a modern high school that sounded so much fun. I whipped through this book incredibly quickly -- it’s a perfect read-it-in-a-day book.I didn’t entirely know what to expect from The Tesla Legacy Originally posted to I Should Read ThatI was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.I’m always on the lookout for some good science fiction, and The Tesla Legacy caught my eye. Not only did I meet the author at YALC last year, it’s a YA sci-fi novel set in a modern high school that sounded so much fun. I whipped through this book incredibly quickly -- it’s a perfect read-it-in-a-day book.I didn’t entirely know what to expect from The Tesla Legacy, but I’m really glad I ended up taking a chance on it. I found the book a little slow to start -- there was a lot to establish within the plot and the science -- but once it got going, it was hard to put down. I really loved the modern setting for this book, and it’s a fantastic take on the ‘chosen one’ trope, which is one of my favourites. Given the name of the book, I would have thought there would be a stronger connection to Tesla himself. I think this is such a shame because he’s a fascinating figure, but having finished the book I can see why he wasn’t as much of a feature of the story as I had assumed.Lucy is a fantastic character that carried the story well.  She’s very much an average teenager with a mediocre boyfriend and overprotective parents, but she stands out in my mind as such a memorable character because of her brains. She’s incredibly intelligent in a way that feels so natural, and she’s always applying science and scientific technique to her real life situations. In addition, she suffers from epilepsy and it’s an ever-present threat to her safety. I can’t speak to the epilepsy rep in this book, however it was really great to see it represented in a book. Her condition and overall health was incorporated into the plot smoothly and it added to the story.Overall, I really enjoyed The Tesla Legacy. Is it a groundbreaking book? I don’t think so. But it’s an incredibly fast and fun read that would be the perfect companion for your summer holiday. I think that now the scene is set and the sequel is only going to improve upon the story.
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  • Andrea Stoeckel
    January 1, 1970
    “Liber, Librium, Aperit”“One book opens another” is how the Latin above is translated. Lucinda Minerva Phelps, a techno geek/nerd is challenged by everything she knows when she enters High School from being home schooled for most of her life. In many ways, it’s liberation from her overly protective parents. In others, it seems more like an angst-driven Telenovela as her knowledge and emotions crash into each other. She’s over 18; she should have a better handle on life. Hopefully her friend Clau “Liber, Librium, Aperit”“One book opens another” is how the Latin above is translated. Lucinda Minerva Phelps, a techno geek/nerd is challenged by everything she knows when she enters High School from being home schooled for most of her life. In many ways, it’s liberation from her overly protective parents. In others, it seems more like an angst-driven Telenovela as her knowledge and emotions crash into each other. She’s over 18; she should have a better handle on life. Hopefully her friend Claudia and her boyfriend Cole might be able to help her navigate the last hurdles of school.Trying to fix a scratched picture, Lucy finds a code buried within the background that sends her on the wildest ride of her life. It leads her to a secret too many people want to own, and it’s up to her to decide which ones she trusts. Even more so, can she trust herself?This is a fascinating intersection of science, ethics, history, humanity and growing up by making deliberate choices. The story sent me looking up the life of Nikolai Tesla, and wondering if the premise of this book is grounded in more than fantasy. I came to the conclusion that reality might just have some electrical charge that we don’t or probably never will fully understand, and that a great story doesn’t have to have all the answers, but the questions need to make sense. In the case of K K Perez, they do. I can hardly wait to see what might come from this author’s pen. Highly Recommended 5/5[I received this book from the publisher. It will be released in March 2019. I voluntarily reviewed it]
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book from BookSparks. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: Book 1Rating: 3.5/5Publication Date: March 12, 2019Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 16+ (language, sex, seizures, science) Publisher: TorTeenPages: 368Amazon LinkSynopsis: THE TESLA LEGACY follows a precocious young scientist named Lucy Phelps whose fateful encounter in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel unlocks her dormant electrical powers. As Lucy struggles to understand her new abilities throu Disclaimer: I received this book from BookSparks. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: Book 1Rating: 3.5/5Publication Date: March 12, 2019Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 16+ (language, sex, seizures, science) Publisher: TorTeenPages: 368Amazon LinkSynopsis: THE TESLA LEGACY follows a precocious young scientist named Lucy Phelps whose fateful encounter in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel unlocks her dormant electrical powers. As Lucy struggles to understand her new abilities through scientific experimentation, she is thrust into a centuries old battle between rival alchemical societies.One side wants her help and the other wants her dead, but both believe she is the next step in human evolution. Unfortunately, carriers of the genetic mutation—including Nikola Tesla—have a greatly reduced life expectancy. Even if Lucy can outrun her enemies, she can’t outrun herself. Review: I thought this book was really good. It was really educational on Tesla, even if it was a bit fantastical on some of the details. The book has a really good concept and the pacing is perfect for this book. The characters are also really well developed as well.However, the book is really clunky in the middle and with the fight scenes. Some of the side characters are unremarkable and need development. I really feel that the book could have been better, but I just felt so bogged down by the action scenes and by these secret societies that, to me, aren’t really that well developed.Verdict: A decent book overall!
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  • AWomanReading
    January 1, 1970
    There is a lot to love about The Tesla Legacy. The writing is strong, immediately engaging and I connected with the main character on the first page. In fact, I read this book in one sitting, something I didn't expect with this YA novel with sci-fi themes. I selected this story because I'm interested in Nikola Tesla, which this novel explores while educating the reader in a way that doesn't feel forced.The story follows Lucy Phelps, a homeschooled genius with a love for STEM. The story does a gr There is a lot to love about The Tesla Legacy. The writing is strong, immediately engaging and I connected with the main character on the first page. In fact, I read this book in one sitting, something I didn't expect with this YA novel with sci-fi themes. I selected this story because I'm interested in Nikola Tesla, which this novel explores while educating the reader in a way that doesn't feel forced.The story follows Lucy Phelps, a homeschooled genius with a love for STEM. The story does a great job of making science fun and history. The integration of STEM was organic which I appreciated. I read this story in one sitting because I wanted to know how it ended. And that's how stories are supposed to be.Tesla Legacy is a mystery, it's an adventure, it's sci-fi and there is a light romance sub-plot.I have two proverbial bones to pick with this story: There are three "villain" organizations for the main character to contend with. I could suspend disbelief to believe there were two, but when the third was brought in, it felt like too much.My other issue is that I knew all along who was keeping secrets and who was related to the mystery. There weren't enough red herrings in this story, so the mystery plotting felt too uncomplicated. It was a bit predictable in that way, but I can usually suss out the mystery subplot with ease - and this is for the YA reader - so I don't think that's a reason not to read this fast-paced story.Hey, this story would make a great movie. And it reads like there could be a follow-up novel., which I'd love to read. But next go around, I'd love for the plotting to be more complicated.
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  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    I was kind enough to be offered a copy of this one from the publisher in exchange for review. I'd never heard of it before I received the email and I was really intrigued by the premise. It's a super fun YA sci-fi book that I really enjoyed. In this book we follow Lucy as she tries to lead a 'normal' teenage life after being home schooled and quite sheltered by her parents most of her life but, of course in true YA fashion, this isn't going to be the case. The writing in this one was quite easy I was kind enough to be offered a copy of this one from the publisher in exchange for review. I'd never heard of it before I received the email and I was really intrigued by the premise. It's a super fun YA sci-fi book that I really enjoyed. In this book we follow Lucy as she tries to lead a 'normal' teenage life after being home schooled and quite sheltered by her parents most of her life but, of course in true YA fashion, this isn't going to be the case. The writing in this one was quite easy to read and that therefore made it quite a quick read. There was lots of mystery and intrigue too and some twists and turns throughout the plot that kept me interested throughout the story. I did manage to work out one of the twists that happened towards the end before it happened but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story. I liked the focus on science in this book to especially as our main character is a female. I really liked Lucy as a main character. She was smart and independent. She wanted to live a normal life and was determined to not let her illness get in her way. Lucy has epilepsy, so we have this representation throughout the book too which was nice. Lucy also wasn't reckless as often many YA main characters are. She always looked for the facts and used science to try and find a reasonable explanation for everything that was happening. She was also fiercely loyal to her friends and I really enjoy strong female friendships in books. I wasn't a massive fan of Lucy's romance with Cole. It was your generic YA romance, it was quite flat and a bit boring. I did enjoy Lucy's relationship with Ravi though and it was nice to watch that develop. Overall I thought this was a really enjoyable story. I liked the premise and the science focus as well as Lucy as a character. There was a lot of mystery in this book and I definitely still have some unanswered questions and things I want to find out more about so I really hope there's going to be a sequel as I will definitely be picking it up.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    When Lucy discovers a hidden door in the Tesla Suite, she's surprised to discover an egg. Curiosity gets the better of her as she approaches it. What she doesn't expect is for the egg to unlock something within her. She starts having "electricity related phenomena" including tingles whenever her boyfriend Cole kisses her. Lucy is prone to having seizures, but the events that keep causing her to lose consciousness since the Tesla suite have been completely different.When teaching assistant Ravi e When Lucy discovers a hidden door in the Tesla Suite, she's surprised to discover an egg. Curiosity gets the better of her as she approaches it. What she doesn't expect is for the egg to unlock something within her. She starts having "electricity related phenomena" including tingles whenever her boyfriend Cole kisses her. Lucy is prone to having seizures, but the events that keep causing her to lose consciousness since the Tesla suite have been completely different.When teaching assistant Ravi enters her school, Lucy finds herself intrigued, especially since the two of them have a lot in common. However, Lucy senses the he's hiding something and she discovers that he knows what she is. He also knows that she's in danger and he must train her. The danger of the alchemists is real and Lucy finds herself in the middle of a long standing war.I like the mysterious air that seems to surround Ravi no matter the conversation. I also like how strong minded Lucy is. THE TESLA LEGACY is a fast paced story that held my attention the whole way through. The emotional tension between Ravi and Lucy made things even more interesting.Final Verdict: THE TESLA LEGACY is an intriguing and unique book that's perfect for fans of science fiction and fantasy. Another great book from K.K. Perez.
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  • Anisha
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*I, sadly, didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I raced through the beginning but then just couldn't quite get past the 40% mark. The beginning was absolutely amazing and held so much promise for me, I was intrigued by Tesla, the strange abilities she seemed to have and of course her relationship with the others around her.... but I lost interest after a while. I wish I could tell you what it was that I didn't like but I gu *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*I, sadly, didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I raced through the beginning but then just couldn't quite get past the 40% mark. The beginning was absolutely amazing and held so much promise for me, I was intrigued by Tesla, the strange abilities she seemed to have and of course her relationship with the others around her.... but I lost interest after a while. I wish I could tell you what it was that I didn't like but I guess the book wasn't really for me in a general sense since I've seen amazing reviews for it. So if you love Physics (there is plenty of physics descriptions and explanations that flew over my head despite me being a mathematician... I just don't like physics lol) and want a hint of fantasy elements to what you know of Tesla then this may be the book for you!
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  • Gemma McGee
    January 1, 1970
    The Tesla Legacy is an intelligent young adult fantasy. The lead character Lucy it smart and likeable. It great finding a book where the lead is smart and interested in science. One of my favourite elements was the experiments that she conducts to find out the answers about herself.  The way in which Lucy power works is a really interesting take on the electrical power. It has several different element to her powers that I have read before and found really interesting. The other aspects of the b The Tesla Legacy is an intelligent young adult fantasy. The lead character Lucy it smart and likeable. It great finding a book where the lead is smart and interested in science. One of my favourite elements was the experiments that she conducts to find out the answers about herself.  The way in which Lucy power works is a really interesting take on the electrical power. It has several different element to her powers that I have read before and found really interesting. The other aspects of the book I really enjoyed was the history around the alchemical societies, and the fighting between them. The Tesla Legacy is well written and has romance, action and drama. If you like science and history with your fantasy than I would advise picking up The Tesla Legacy. My rating for The Tesla Legacy is 4 out of 5. 
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    First of X. There was more high school teen aged girl angst than I'm used to, but, then again, I'm probably not the target audience. The science, Tesla and historical references were enough to keep me reading till the end and mean I will likely pick up the next book whenever it arrives on the scene. Tesla is cool.Got this for free from a TOR.com sweepstakes so I thought I owed them a review.
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  • Linda Naquin
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great sci-fi novel with serious X-Men vibes, tons of science, a ton of intrigue and crazy betrayals, and, of course, a hot British guy. I did not think it was going to go the way it went in the end, and I was very drawn in by the ending dynamic. I'm honestly up in the air about who I think is trustworthy and I cannot wait to see what happens in book two!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this book down! I loved how Perez rooted Lucy's powers in science while creating a fantastical feel of ancient conspiracies, secret societies, and high-octane twists. I'm dying to know what Lucy's future holds.
  • Jasmin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow soon.
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