- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530546737
- ISBN-13: 978-1530546732
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,727,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Joan Cleveland was born and raised in New Hampshire, where she is a volunteer aide at a small, private school. She spent over twenty-five years assisting teachers in the classroom at the elementary level. The widow of Maurice T. Cleveland, Jr., Joan has three adult children. Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. If she couldn't express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. As a former gymnast, cheerleader, dancer, and coach, she understands the importance of balance, and she encourages everyone to stay flexible.
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Top customer reviews
The reader is thrust into a world confusing to us and to Grayson. A multitude of characters are introduced immediately, and honestly I had a little trouble keeping them straight at first. They are each quite unique, though, so as I got to know them better that confusion went away.
The authors do a great job keeping the reader guessing. I wasn’t sure who was “good” and who was “bad” for quite some time, and honestly even that changes by the end. Inheritance is not just action packed, but a good story of the possibility of redemption when we’re will to change our ways.
At its heart, though, it’s about good and evil. Angels and demons. I nearly marked it as and “inspirational” book, because there are Christian overtones to it, but after some thought I opted not to. Still, keep it in mind if that theology isn’t a favorite. It’s not at all preachy and I really enjoyed the way it shows that our behavior molds who we are, not our genetics.
The basic storyline actually reminded me a bit of the Percy Jackson stories … like Camp Half Blood, Grayson attends a school specifically for kids who are special in a particular way (yes, I’m trying to avoid spoilers). I liked that there was that undercurrent of the paranormal, right from the start.
All in all, Inheritance is a good book that should keep any middle grade reader entertained. Pretty fast-paced, well written with a decent storyline. I enjoyed reading it. I think it’s left itself open for the possibility of a sequel, however this story ended very satisfactorily, with loose ends all tied up! Good job and recommended.
originally posted at long and short reviews
After watching his mother die in front of him, 12-year-old Grayson's father orders a giant to carry him off to a boarding school, where Grayson isn't sure what's going on and would give anything to get his mother back. He soon realizes that the students in the school aren't exactly what they appear to be. He's involved in something much larger and more dangerous than the normal human world he's known up to now.
The story starts off with a gripping scene and puts Grayson in a situation where it's impossible not to sympathize with him. His confusion is felt in the first couple of chapters and soon starts to gain clarity as the pieces start to fall together. The authors do a great job of drawing the reader into the story, and just when it appears as if things are making sense, the plot turns in a new, unpredictable direction, keeping the tension and mystery high until the last page.
Although Grayson is the main character, there's a rich cast of side characters, each with their very own story. Some are easy to love or hate from the beginning, where others are struggling to discover who they are and what they stand for. Especially middle graders will understand how difficult decisions can be, and how things aren't always black and white but often sit in a unclear grey.
There are so many wonderful messages in this book, none of which feel like they're being held up like a flag. The characters learn about themselves, friendship, sacrifice and forgiveness. The strong, Christian aspects of the story are refreshing. They blend seamlessly into the plot without playing down the danger, tension, and fantastical aspects of the story. There are a few violent scenes, but nothing inappropriate for the age group.
Summed up: This is a story fantasy/paranormal friends, especially Christian ones, will enjoy diving into. There are fight scenes, mystery, hints of magic, twists and turns, and battles of good versus evil, all of which can keep a reader at the edge of there seat. I especially recommend this for readers ages 10+.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.