Title: Isla’s Inheritance
Author: Cassandra Page
Format/Length: eBook/234 pages
Publisher/Date Published: October 9th 2014/Turquoise Morning Press
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Netgalley — thank you!!
Description: Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.
SHE IS NOT DEAD.
Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.
3/5 stars —
Overall, Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page was a solid and enjoyable debut novel. It’s doubly as fantastic considering the author is Australia — and, well, I love reading books written by fellow Aussies!
Welcome to ‘Straya, mate. (Unfortunately there were no boxing kangaroos in this novel, though.)
The beginning of this novel ensured some slight confusion on my behalf, however.
Disclaimer: I don’t read blurbs. Not properly or anything; just so I know the basic, basic idea of what I’m getting into. So this was no fault of the authors, just mine, thought it was slightly . . . odd. The beginning of this novel opens with a séance.
Now, what comes to mind when you see the word séance? Ghosts, right? Hence why I was going into this novel expecting a ghost story, and ended up getting a story about fae. Which is not a bad thing. It just threw me for awhile when I realized that this novel was not, in fact, about ghosts.
Once I got past the whole not-being-about-ghosts thing, I was able to enjoy the story more. Here was the best thing about Cassandra Page’s writing style: It’s so. Damn. Addictive. I stayed up pretty late reading this one, which definitely means I enjoyed reading it. Entertaining characters, storyline, with a dash of romance.
I liked this, but I didn’t love it.
Here’s why: I’ve talked about this before with other YA paranormal novels, and my reasoning has stayed the same — I am just really quite bored of paranormal novels. I don’t feel that the author brought anything new to the genre in this novel, as much as it pains me to say that. Perhaps, if I had read this a year or two ago, I would have loved it so much more, but because the fae have been done so many times before, they’ve lost their appeal to me in an urban fantasy setting. The ending, too, seemed very abrupt and sudden, with the climax rushed. It left me with the feeling: What? That’s all? (Yes I am aware this is a trilogy; but this first novel just left off at a strange place for me.)
In conclusion? Liked it, didn’t loved it. Fun, witty, and loveable characters. Interesting story . . . but the concept has been done too many times before in the YA category to hold me. In saying that though, I’ll be interested in reading the sequel, and learning more about Jack in particular, too.
Huge thank you to Netgalley and Turquoise Morning Press for review copy!