BookSparks #YAWRC2019 Review: The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Pérez

The last book on the #YAWRC2019 campaign! I’m sad to see it end, but I am excited for new and forthcoming campaigns – and SO happy I got to be a part of this, as I read three AMAZING books and enjoyed them all immensely!


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.

Lucy has 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!

Get your copy of it here!


  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (March 12, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125008489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250084897

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About the book

An action-packed, young adult coming-of-age adventure, K. K. Perez’s 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.



About K.K. Pérez

K. K. Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she’s written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN. Her first nonfiction adult title, The Myth of Morgan la Fey, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. Sweet Black Waves is her debut fiction novel.



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