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I’ve seen Jane Washington’s Hereditary (Beatrice Harrow #1) on Amazon a few times before, and finally decided to read it. What a pleasant surprise! Magic? Check. Intrigue? Check. Teen angst? Check, although I wasn’t actually looking for that one.
Beatrice Harrow is a half-ling and lives on the outskirt of her town. Although her warrior father is high-ranked and respected, she is feared thanks to her mother’s Synfee blood. A race known for their intense beauty, strong magic, and cruelty, no one trusts Synfees or their thoughts around them. However, thanks to her uncontrollable magic, Beatrice is forced to attend the nearby academy where she meets the prince and a whole slew of different characters. As she navigates the politics of school life, magic, and friendship, someone from her mother’s past also appears to complicate things further. How exactly is Beatrice supposed to handle everything?
Beatrice herself was an interesting character at the beginning. She seems to have it all: beauty, magic, and fighting prowess. But instead of being well-liked, these things make her disliked and mistrusted. She’s understandably awkward when she first starts school, and her interactions with her group of friends felt like actual high school interactions. Unfortunately, some of the initial threads of her character get dropped somewhere along the way.
Romantic attraction seems to jump all over the place, but if you pay attention you can already tell who the real pairs are. At times I rolled my eyes at just how many guys were popping up as potential love interests, but Hazen, Cale, Nareon, and Harbringer all bring out different sides of Beatrice. It’s actually a bit reminiscent of a reverse harem anime, so I was able to get over it.
One scene in particular came as a shock to me, and I felt really bad about the trauma Beatrice experienced. I don’t want to say too much about it here, but wow. The emotional support that came after was nice to see, though, and it really altered the dynamic in the group in a good way.
Overall, it was a fun book to read. There were things I liked, and things I didn’t like, but the likes outweigh the dislikes.
Jane has a good writing style, but this book could use a bit more editing and for that I took off a star.
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So much even that while reading I thought " this cannot happen next to this heroine as it will be just too obvious the writer is copying" and who knows.... it actually did happen in this book too.
I read day in and day out. Many many books and rarely write reviews.
If I could rate this a 10 I would!
(they seem to drop everything for a person they have only just met and you really do not understand why they like her or how they became instant friends in the first place). She also has numerous love interests which becomes boring and had me rolling my eyes often. In some parts the story line gathers itself together and gets the ball rolling and just as you get interested again it jumps and sidesteps rationale, leaving you wondering what the hell happend and trying to make sense of it.