Title: Isla’s Inheritance
Author: Cassandra Page
Published: December 28th 2014
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 260 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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.
Isla’s Inheritance is a fantasy story with a bit of a difference. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got this book but it surprised and enthralled me and I’m definitely going to be looking at the other books in the series.
Isla’s dad never did want to talk about her mother with her, which was fine; she could understand his need for secrets. But when she joins a group of kids having a séance at a party and the subject turns to her mother, she’s in for the biggest shock of her life. Her mother isn’t dead.
Faced with this new truth, Isla isn’t sure whether she should confront her dad about this revelation. When the mysterious Jack offers to help her out with uncovering the truth about her mother and her fae heritage, Isla opens up a whole new world that she hadn’t even known existed. Then her dad falls into a coma and she has to master her unusual talents in order to save him.
I really liked this book. The fae are surprisingly something that I’ve not read a lot of and I like seeing the different takes that authors have with the creatures. Isla has no idea fae creatures even exist and she has to learn about them quick when her world starts falling into chaos around her: her mother isn’t dead, her dad is in a coma, a mysterious boy named Jack is offering to help her, and she’s somehow managed to create a seer out of her cousin.
The story is a bit slower in pace than what I’m used to, but I actually think it works with this story. We get to know Isla and her cousins really well because of this, so it’s actually great for the character development. The only character I felt we didn’t get to know all that well was Dominic, who – although he is Isla’s boyfriend – is barely in the book. I think a little more could have been done to explore their relationship while Isla deals with the whole fae business, but perhaps that is looked at more in the next book. I’ll find out soon.
A fantastic introduction to fae beings for people not familiar with the concept, this book is rooted in our world with hints of the fantastical. On the shorter side, this is an easy and quick read that draws you in and keeps you interested throughout. I liked the little mystery aspect to her father’s coma and I’m really intrigued to see how these events affect their future in the next books.
This is a series I will definitely be seeking more of.
About the Author
Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — despite being allergic to cats. She has loved to read since primary school, when the library was her refuge, and loves many genres — although urban fantasy is her favourite. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?