Review: The Lost Heir by Allison Whitmore, Erin Virginia, Grace Arden

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Isabella Foxworthy was just another girl…until she learned she was an empath, able to read the energy of others. A secret world known as the Violet City lies beneath her family’s hotel in Los Angeles. Through this discovery, Isabella is catapulted into a whirlwind of magic, adventure, and danger. The Violet City holds the key to protecting her stability; her family hotel, her friends, and her very sanity. With morphlings, empaths, and fair folk also comes a powerful entity that twists her mind into knots, threatening everything she loves. Now, Isabella and her new friends—a guitar-playing jock, his gifted but neurotic brother, and a set of over-indulged twins—have until her 16th birthday to save her world with the help of someone who's been lost for a very long time...the lost Foxworthy heir. But will they find him in time? And will he be a friend or foe?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Isabella Foxworthy survived a fire when she was eight rescued by a strange man.  She now lives with her grandmother at the Foxworthy Hotel.  They are getting ready for the New Year’s celebration where Isabella has to perform.  She is dreading it as it’s her birthday that day and strange things start to occur the closer her birthday gets.
She finds out she is to perform with Micah and Seth, the nephews of her family friend Robert.  Then she learns Theophilus is back.  She instantly knows something strange is going on.  Especially when Theophilus gives her a pendent and makes references to saving the Violet Fire.  Isabella is determined to find the missing heir and her friends go with her to help. 
However things get crazy when her grandmother and her friends’ parents disappear.  They are to travel underground.  What they find is amazing and unexpected.  They are drawn into a battle of sorts where Isabella seems to be right in the middle.  She has no clue what is really going on and no one seems inclined to tell her.
This book was confusing to read for me.  The reader is in the dark as Isabella is, which normally is ok, but once things were revealed it still didn’t make any sense.  I think for me there wasn’t enough information about the underground.  It was just kind of thrown at you.  Isabella’s great grandparents were important to the underground but how was never really clearly explained.  Neither was the world full of people that lived there.  I would be reading along and something would be thrown in the story which would stop me.  I couldn’t picture what was happening.  The author’s vision wasn’t translating. 

Then Isabella and her cohort were extremely moody.  I realized that they were teenagers but it got annoying quickly.  Isabella was constantly on my nerves.  I tried to cut her some slack because of what was happening but after a while that didn’t help.  Too many secrets and not enough answers bogged down the storyline for me.  I give it a 3 out of 5.

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