Inheritance by Joan Cleveland & Marisa Cleveland
Publisher: Simeris Alliance
Genre: Middle Grade, Paranormal
Length: Full (183 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy
His destiny is to save humankind. But first he must survive middle school…
The descendants of the fallen angels never had it so good. At twelve, Grayson Lahash is thrust into an unfamiliar world where battle lines balance precariously in favor of good over evil, and his unexpected arrival and fallen heritage may be just enough to tip the scales.
But as Grayson uncovers the secrets of his past, he must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the destiny that is his to inherit.
This book starts off full speed ahead, with Grayson waking in the night to his father packing a bag, his mother unconscious on the floor and some giant guy transporting him to a new boarding school after knocking him out with an injection.
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.