Published by HarperCollins Australia on April 4, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Cirkulatti: a person descended from circus performers of the ancient world, rumoured to have supernatural gifts...
Tallulah has always known she was different. She can communicate without speaking, a secret she shares only with her childhood nanny, Irena, who warns Tallulah that gifts like hers are not always welcome.
When Tallulah begins training at the prestigious Cirque d′Avenir school, it soon becomes clear the troupe is not all that it seems. As Tallulah is drawn deeper into a world of dark, ancient powers and centuries-old greed, she must call on the skills Irena taught her -- and on the protection of the mysterious cuff Irena gave her for safekeeping.
But what is the secret of the power the cuff holds? And why are men willing to die to possess it? Tallulah always knew her gift was dangerous... But will it stop her from accepting her true inheritance?
Sometimes, books can be deceiving with their pretty covers, interesting blurbs and well written beginnings. Inheritance was one of those books, turning out to be all style and no substance.
It starts off with Tallulah, a girl with telepathic powers, wanting to fit in with others like herself. She joins circus camp at the Cirque d’Avenir, who are rumoured to be descendants of the Cirkulatti, a mystical circus troupe who all had supernatural powers. A promosing start, unfortunately the rest of the book goes off on a tangent.
It was confusing, inconsistent and hard to follow. We are led to believe that we were to learn about Tallulah’s powers and fitting in, instead we’re thrown into a whirlwind of events with Tallulah trying to protect a cuff her nanny gave her to wanting to be this “eminence” of the Cirkulatti. With so many competing objectives and a general lack of descriptions and detail, I have no idea what the author was trying to do, and found myself re-reading sections of the book.
First, we’re told by Marie a veteran at the school to keep the magical powers under wraps because not all the students know about the Cirkulatti. And the next thing you know, Marie is addressing everyone at camp about their magical powers, despite what she just told us. There’s no bridging gap between how one thing led to the other. We’re just meant to assume how things happened, and that makes it really frustrating.
I liked the historical relevance of the Cirkulatti and the flashbacks that Tallulah had about being Theodora, the eminence of the Cirkulatti. But with poor explanations and no sort of relevance to the past, except to make Tallulah believe that she’s the chosen one.
Tallulah herself began to really grate on the nerves after a while. She gets really arrogant at the end with her obsession to be ‘special’ and the chosen eminence. She’s stubborn without a reason to be and completely disregards what other people say. The other characters too were sort of vague in a way as we’re not really given any descriptions about them, and I found it annoying how some of them were referred to by their nicknames and other times, their full name.
The ending was also really random but at that point, I didn’t really care anymore. For some reason the kids found themselves in Europe, hopping on a train to find Tallulah’s missing nanna, when we didn’t get any details for their flight to Europe. Completely out of nowhere, Tallulah summons lightning bolts that she hasn’t been able to do all book. And a villain pops up out of nowhere.
It’s kind of sad that I didn’t love this book, because it’s set in Australia and by an Australian author. Unfortunately, if you are looking for an exciting paranormal read, I would look elsewhere. (The cover is pretty though. So I left one star on for that).
I received this book from Harper Collins Australia in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity!
Rating: 2 out of 5
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