Title: Isla’s Inheritance
Author: Cassandra Page
Publication Date: Oct 9th 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth — before it’s too late.
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.
Note: This eARC was provided by Xpresso Book Tours via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The book blurb misled me in some ways because I was expecting the book to be more sinister and macabre. However, it turned out to be more subdued than that. The plot seems fairly straight-forward but it actually had multiple plot twists because of loopholes (in explanations) that were later exploited. Some events in the story seemed unnecessary and the relationship between Isla and Dominic appeared to be more of a sideshow/distraction. Despite the emotional tension that was only really played toward the very end, I wasn’t interested in seeing how their “romance” would play out. The story has great content but the information isn’t conveyed in a manner which is compelling and exciting. There is insignificant action which doesn’t drive the story forward. The ending is also another source of disappointment – I feel like it wasn’t executed properly and the story just abruptly ended, leaving me hanging, waiting for more!
The main character wasn’t all that interesting either. Isla, is smart and logical but there was nothing reckless or exciting about her. She took a few bold risks but I felt like her cousin, Sarah, would be far more interesting to read about. Sarah is pushy and fun and I recognized a lot of myself in her. Isla’s mother was another dead end because I never really found out that much more about her which is frustrating. The upside is that it was interesting to see how Isla’s perception about her mother changed as she found out the truth. Dominic (Isla’s boyfriend) was really quite sweet and I felt like he was a manifestation of all my “perfect boyfriend ideals” but he was also “too good to be true.” Jack was my second favorite character after Sarah because it was hard to deduce his true motives… which is why I trusted him but then second-guessed that decision after discovering more about him.
Do I recommend this book? No; not unless you really want to read a book dealing with fae.