The Other Inheritance by Rebecca Jaycox

book coverThe Other Inheritance by Mandy Peterson
Published by CreateSpace on February 1st, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 314
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One girl. Two worlds. Hunted in both.

Seventeen-year-old Reggie Lang is used to dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies, but fate has thrown her a curve ball.

A biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. As the incidents keep piling up—like bringing a frog back to life in class—Reggie has to confront the mounting evidence that she’s not the normal girl she craves to be.

Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why. Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she’s in danger and that only he can keep her safe. But if there’s one thing Reggie will learn, nowhere is safe.


REVIEW

The Other Inheritance is a book that grabs you from the beginning and makes you wonder what could possibly happen next. The Other is a unique and original world that is both beautiful and scary. The characters are likable, witty, and easy to care about. Most teenagers feel flat and stereotypical in novels, but both John and Reggie feel like real teenagers dealing with real emotions and judgmental peers outside of the magic that has entered their lives. It takes you back to high school and the reality of how easy it was to be bullied and rejected.

Reggie is a character you both love and hate. She has been thrust into a new world of magic, having inherited the ability to raise the dead from her deceased father, and handles it a little too well for my liking. She is witty, smart, and caring, but has a few faults that are hard to ignore. She is too easy to trust and doesn’t come off as strong as you would expect from a heroine.

Asher was a character I liked a fair bit. You knew from the beginning that he would protect her and that he’d care for her quickly. That may have felt annoying, as his mission seemed more important in the beginning than as the book went on, but you cared about him. They fell in love all too fast, but in ways his personality and presence made this a little more bearable.

This, mixed with the fact that the story felt like it moved too fast (including the romance between our two main characters), left me rating it 4 starts instead of 5. However, if there were to be a sequel to this story I would be more than happy to pick it up and see what happens to our dear Reggie.


*SPOILERS AHEAD*

What Worked
1. The characters were believable, witty, smart, and made you care about their story and what fate had in store for them.
2. The world and magic created by Rebecca Jaycox was original, unique, fun, terrifying, and very easy to escape into and get caught up in.
3. The creatures and races created for the “Other” were actually interesting and didn’t seem useless in the setting created for them.

What Didn’t Work
1. The story moved far too fast. I felt that it could have been slowed down and even made into two books if the author had wished. There was a lot of room to do extraordinary things that sadly did not get taken advantage of.
2. The romance happened too quickly. I have never been a fan of instant love because it takes away from the realistic feel of a story. Yes, we are reading fantasy, but we should still be able to feel like this world is real to us.

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