Continue with the adventures of young Salamandra, the orphaned, mysterious, witch-in-training on the haunted island of Hopeless, Maine! When Sal discovers she might have a grandfather living on the island, she seeks him out, only to find him full of even more mystery than the rest of her past. Before she can unravel the secrets of her family’s past, however, her best friend, Owen, is thrust into a family trauma of his own. Salamandra must choose between helping Owen and finding the home and family she has always longed for.
My Review of Book One: Hopeless, Maine – Personal Demons
In Hopeless, Maine – Inheritance, the tale of Salamandra and Owen continues. They are several years older now and practically adults. Salamandra finally reveals who her parents are and is told she has a grandfather that lives in the light house. It seems all three of them really want to leave the island but someone must stay behind to make it so anyone can make it off. I have to admit while I love the illustrations it seemed like they were fabulous the first few pages after each chapter but then the quality of them somewhat changed. They are still wonderful – I just wish all of them were done to the same standard as those first few pages of each chapter. Something that may throw readers is the storyline is a bit disjointed. It just sort of meanders here and there. Still it had an almost poetic feel to it that enjoyed. My one main gripe and why this doesn’t get 5 stars is because there just isn’t enough pages. At the end there are a few pages detailing in full paragraphs the history of several families on the island. While interesting I didn’t think I needed those. I would rather have had more pages of illustrations and the actual story. If this will be a $15 dollar each volume should still have a story that gets completed in that volume even with the overarching series story arc. Rather than taking me 20 to 30 minutes to get through it. There is definitely a main story arc that I can see building towards the next volume but I think more dialogue could have been included to really pull you into the world with the characters.
Illustrations – 4 stars – Gorgeous
Story – 4 – It has a disjointed almost poetic feel to it