Friday, 30 October 2015

Review - An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

Title: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Pages: 336
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release date: 6th October 2015

Blurb from 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.

 My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group and NetGalley*

2.5/5 stars

The war in the south is over and veterans are making their way home. Hallie and Marthe, sisters and co-owners of a large farm, are waiting for Thom, Marthe's husband, to return. Hopefully before the birth of his and Marthe's baby.
In need of help on the farm, Hallie hires a veteran named Heron.
Soon Twisted Things, peculiar creatures and remnants of the war, start appearing on the farm.
Is Heron who he says he is?
Can Hallie save the farm?
Will Thom come home?

An Inheritance of Ashes was a mixed read for me.
I liked Hallie and Marthe and felt sorry for them - they hadn't had an easy life growing up thanks to their father and now they were struggling to keep the farm running. I found it sad that they'd gone from being close to fighting all the time.
There was some romance but it was more of a background thing - which I liked - and it was quite sweet.
The plot was slow in places but I found the idea of Twisted Things interesting - especially how our world affected them. I would have liked to know more about how the war started.
The writing style was enjoyable and easy to follow but I wasn't gripped and I did lose interest in one or two places.

Overall this was an okay read.