Title: Isla’s Oath
Author: Cassandra Page
Format/Length: eBook/234 pages
Publisher/Date Published: January 20th 2015/Turquoise Morning Press
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Netgalley — thank you!!
Description: Isla is determined to understand her heritage and control her new abilities, but concealing them from those close to her proves difficult. Convincing the local fae she isn’t a threat despite her mixed blood is harder still. When the dazzling Everest arrives with a retinue of servants, Isla gets her first glimpse of why her mother’s people are hated … and feared.
But Isla isn’t the only one with something to hide. Someone she trusts is concealing a dangerous secret. She must seek the truth and stop Everest from killing to get what he wants: Isla’s oath.
Isla’s Oath was a strong follow-up to Cassandra Page’s debut novel, Isla’s Inheritance. Again, though, I do have to say that my enjoyment of this novel was hindered by the fact that – for me, as a book reviewer and reader – the paranormal genre is currently a tough genre to conquer because a) there is so much of it already out there, and b) for me, the genre has lost some of its appeal. Paranormal is now a genre I’m very… wary and unsure of.
That aside though, when you strip back the weary genre, you’ll find a really good novel.
I believe Cassandra Page’s strength is in her prose. Because damn, it’s just so addictive. There were points in the novel where I felt like I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. She has such an easy style of writing to read. That saying, I wish we’d gotten a deeper glimpse into the faery world, though there is still another book in the series to come, which I know I’ll snap up as soon as I’m able. This leads me to my next point, characters.
After prose, I’d say characters are the author’s second strongest point. Especially Isla. I thought she was an extremely likeable character – with a side cast of loveable characters that add colour, humour, and wit to the story (especially Sarah; she was awesome.) Also? Unlike most YA paranormals out there, the romance side of things didn’t dominate completely over the story, which I liked; however, I thought this aspect was a little bit of a double-edged knife. Yes, I liked that the story wasn’t focused on the romance. But neither did I feel that enough time was spent on developing these character’s romances (I won’t say who – just for people who don’t like even the mildest of spoilers) to make it appear believable to the reader.
And so, my thoughts to the romance were a little… Eh.
My feelings about the plot aren’t going to be long – because once more, my feeling of “meh” towards it was because of the overdone Paranormal genre. Other people though, who haven’t read as much of that genre as I have, could enjoy the main faery storyline better than I did.
Regardless, I liked this novel.
Maybe even more than the first.