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Isla's Inheritance

(Isla's Inheritance #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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.

Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact her mother’s spirit. But the séance receives a chi
ebook, 234 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Cassandra Page (first published October 1st 2014)
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The night of the Halloween party, dressed as The Bride of Dracula and with cousin and best friend Sarah dressed as Dracula, seventeen year old Isla Blackman had no idea her life was about to change in a dramatic and unusual fashion. The ghost in front of her turned out to be Dominic, the boy she hadn’t seen for over a year as he’d been overseas – the tingling she was feeling meant that old crush was still there! But when a séance was suggested and agreed to, the words Isla heard upset her consid ...more
C.G. Drews
Well this was a delightful little paranormal Australian golden nugget. I had fun. I TRULY DID. The stakes aren't astronomically high and there were no mind numbing plot twists, but that's totally fine with me. It was fun, interesting, and insanely addictive. Like, seriously, I often read a book in a day, but I kept putting this one down to go do, you know, boring stuff like eat and walk the dog. BUT I JUST WANTED TO GET BACK TO IT. There's something absolutely delicious about the writing.

The th
A light, enjoyable, young adult fantasy about a girl who finds out on her eighteenth birthday that she is actually half faerie and has extraordinary powers that she does not know what to do with. That's not grammatical but it says what I mean:) The story is good and I enjoyed all of the characters especially Jack. I could wish that the old eternal love triangle had not appeared yet again. Who are these girls who can fall in love with two boys at the same time? I suppose that in itself must be a ...more
Veronica Strachan
Fabulous Aus fantasy

I was looking forward to reading this Aus based fantasy and I was not disappointed. It was a great read. I thought I'd read a couple of chapters and have the rest for the weekend. Not to be. Eyes glued to the pages I had to keep reading till the end. The language flowed so well, familiar landmarks connected me with the story, and a rapidly developing plot means I'll have to get book 2 for my weekend read.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isla's Inheritance took me by surprise - in a good way. It doesn't come across like a debut novel at all.

The way the author managed to draw me in immediately and keep me firmly entrenched in Isla's world was skilfully done. All I wanted to do was read it ... all the time. It transported me to another place and now that I've finished reading I still feel like I have one foot in reality and one foot firmly planted in the world of Isla and Jack.

Before starting the book I thought Canberra seemed an
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How refreshing to read a story set in my own backyard!

Isla's Inheritance is a young adult urban fantasy set in Canberra, Australia. It follows the story of Isla, an eighteen year old girl, who discovers that not only do Fae exist, but that she is one.

Page's writing is beautiful and Canberra comes to life through her vivid descriptions. Although the plot is the familiar story of a human teen discovering they are part of a fantasy world, the Fae world Page paints is unique. My only criticism is
A quick YA read (for someone who's a not so YA). Isla has just turned eighteen and her family secrets are brought to the surface along with abilities she didn't know she had. She has a new boyfriend Dominic and a new friend(?) Jake. Along with a few other problems to solve.

A light read and enjoyable with some funny moments but I felt not enough happened. Probably to be revealed in later books.
John James
Being a 48 year old man, I'm not the target demographic for this book, but I must say I enjoyed it quite a bit...

At first glance it's a simple story about a young woman coming of age and discovering that she is half-fae... nothing new there... but the nice thing about this book is how it celebrates the normal. I like the way the story treats the supernatural as part of ordinary existence, not something above and beyond normal... extraordinary things happen to people everyday, why not supernatura
Katie Hamstead
So, this book was good. I definitely didn't hate it, but it just didn't grab me like I wanted. It's an easy, light read, set in the beautiful capital of Australia; Canberra. There were just things that felt off to me. Like their fashion was all very... late nineties. I'm thinking it should be maybe mentioned as a Modern History book. Also, HSC exams are usually almost done by Nov, and the 12th graders have already graduated so aren't expected to attend classes. I know this because my birthday is ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
A light but compelling urban fantasy, set in my own city, Canberra. The main character is 18-year old Isla, a likeable and remarkably care-free teenager at the heart of a close-knit family who comprise several of the other important characters. It's no spoiler to say that Isla learns early in the book that there is more to get heritage than she had imagined, and that quickly draws her into adventure.
Fiona Miller-Stevens
Set in Canberra, Australia, Isla’s Inheritance is an urban fantasy coming of age story about Isla, a girl who’s family heritage turns out to be more complicated than most.

I was surprised at how easily Page made Canberra a plausible place for a fae story. The characters connected and the dynamics of the fae world were intriguing. I have picked a ‘team’ and really hope that ‘my’ side wins later in the series.

This was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading book two.
A really enjoyable YA story about an 18-year-old girl who learns she is half fairy on her birthday.

She has a very lovely and patient boyfriend - and she also gains a male sort of fairy advisor/aid.

Isla is plunged into an adventure protecting her family from magical elements she didn't even know existed.

A good start to a new series
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Not enough backgrounds to each characters. Isla doesn't do her own research. Light-hearted actions for gentle readers. More detail reviews at ...more
Julie Heyneman
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Isla’s Inheritance is a delightful, sparkling and sometimes unexpected tale of coming of age. But not as you would expect for any old 18 year old finishing her last weeks of school. A page turner to be sure.
I think I would have loved this book as a teen, but as an adult, I don't think this one is for me (especially since the rest of the YA fantasy genre has ruined me for books where teens actually act like teens and spend all the time thinking about teen things). ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! Loved it and can’t wait to start the next one. A few times I was upset that who ever edited it missed some paragraph issues but the story was awesome.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when you come of age? Well probably not what happened to Isla. Step into a young adult paranormal adventure & find out. I highly recommend this book.
Heather Lawson
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here:
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
This review and others are also available to read on my blog Diary of a Teen Writer.

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!

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
Stacy Sabala
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review- Isla’s Inheritance by Cassandra Page

Isla is finishing up her last year in school. She is a bit sad since it has been just her dad and her. She watches her aunt and cousins which makes her feel melancholy since she doesn’t have that type of relationship. In fact she knows next to nothing about her mother. She doesn’t even know what she looks like.
Everything changes one night at a Halloween party. Isla is talked into participating in a séance where it is revealed that her mother isn’t
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind July 29, 2016:

This is the second book I’ve read by local author Cassandra Page, and I have to admit, I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to reading books set in Canberra (even if I do love recognising the locations).

At a seance on Halloween, Isla receives a strange message from a ouija board regarding her long-dead mother: “SHE IS NOT DEAD”. Soon after, she starts having strange dreams and develops a strange aversion to her father’s iron statu
Zed Whisper
I love stories about the Fae but unfortunately, most tend to be rather predictable so I was glad that this book had some notable differences, such as: Isla's ability to read auras and manipulate emotions. And how she accidentally empowered her cousin with magic so he paints the future. Most importantly, the first few chapters with the seance and the ouija board captivated my attention and that curiosity continued throughout the book.

My pet peeve with Isla's Inheritance was that the dialogue was
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witty, fun, and faerily spooky, this was easily one of my favorite reads of the year. I'm so excited that this will be a series!!

This first installment is perfect for fans of the fae and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, especially those who like their urban fantasy a bit lighthearted (a la Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side). I was literally laughing out loud at several points in the book.

However, things are not all fun and games and witty banter. There were some serious creep-out moments,
Ayanami Faerudo
Review copy thru NetGalley

Actual rating: 2.5

Perhaps a lot had already been done with the fae or I have just read so many variations of a coming-to-age, I'm-really-a-special-snowflake paranormal stories that Isla's Inheritance didn't do that much for me.

I do love it that the setting is set in Australia. I haven't come across and read that much books that is set in the Land Down Under. Of course, it did got me into thinking how the heck the fae got there when I was used to them being in the United
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As much as this was an enjoyable read and I have no doubt Cassandra Page can write, I couldn't help but feel cheated with the ending to this book. It felt so contrived. The writer has tried to spread the main story over a series and has completely forgotten that she still needs to tell a story in each book. You have no idea where this story is going, there is virtually no plot and it is only 13 pages from the end that you have any idea as to where the silly ending is heading. I received this boo ...more
Edel Ryder-hanrahan
The story was okay, though a bit standard "I just found out I'm secretly supernatural" fare, but the writing jarred in a lot of ways. Some grammar mistakes, a few too many "clever" darlings that weren't killed, dialogue that just fell flat for me in a lot of places. I felt really irked by the steel vs iron thing. If iron is a BIG problem, then steel contains so much of it that it should also cause a significant problem. As the star-rating hover-text says: "It was okay." And that's just fine. ...more
Melanie Thompson
Girl discovers she has powers and must learn to control them in order to help defeat the enemy. This is a well-worn storyline in YA lit, but Page made this story her own with wit and her own take on certain "facts" of faery lore. I can appreciate her taking certain liberties with science and story (ie iron burns, but steel doesn't). This story was engaging and fun and well worth the read. ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable book, not least because it was set in Canberra where I lived for 40 years! I just wish the authors/publishers wouldn't insist on using Americanisms all the time - Aussies don't have purses, they have handbags! A Young Adult story that is not full of the usual teenage angst, thankfully, but is a very good read even for "oldies" like me! ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the style this book was written in, and its sense of humour. Not having read much fantasy before, it really was a great introduction to the genre for me, as I learned about the fae along with Isla. I eagerly await the sequel!
Jennifer Anderson
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A new fantastic series about the fae set in Australia. Get lost in the imagery and twisting tale as Isla discovers who and what she is along with the help of a hob named Jack.

What could go wrong? Or right!
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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, all of them speculative fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she ...more

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