Title: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.
When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.
I was really looking forward to this book based on the summary, but I found myself being disappointed. It was still an okay book, but it was slow and kind of odd. The last half/quarter of the book was more interesting, but I almost did not finish this one because it wasn’t holding my interest in the beginning. I ended up giving this 2 out of 5 stars. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for a honest review.
The summary and the amazing cover made me request this book. A fantasy, dystopian book about gods and monsters? It sounds amazing, right? I had high hopes for this book, but it was way too slow. I’m not even sure I really liked any of the characters that much. Sure I felt bad for Hallie, but she was kind of a ‘poor me’ character. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her to get her to open up her eyes. The small town farm setting wasn’t my favorite either. There was quite a cast of characters, but we don’t really get to know a lot of them because of the farm’s isolation.
I thought there was way too much emotional/mental drama between the sisters, even though half the time they barely spoke. Another thing I didn’t particularly like was the fact that there wasn’t really any romance. I love romance in a book. It’s not necessary for me when I’m reading, but having it as at least a subplot, and doing it well will go a long way with me. There’s some romance but it’s very minor. And I was rooting for them, but I wasn’t that invested. I wouldn’t have been heartbroken if things didn’t work out.
Final note: I guess my expectations for this book were so high that it was easy to be disappointed. It was way too slow in my opinion and it didn’t really hold my interest. I know other people have liked it, so give it a try.