Book Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Title: The Inheritance Games

By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Fiction/Mystery

Pages: 384

Release Date: September 1st, 2020

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.


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This book was wonderful twisting story that reminded me a lot of the movie Knives Out. It had everything I could ask for in a mysterious inheritance game, as the title suggests.

I think the one thing I can rely on with a good story, is one that keeps me guessing. I'm usually able to figure out what's going on pretty early on in a book or movie, but the way the author kept me guessing was intriguing and wonderful. The writing style was easy to understand, but so full of color and world building. Nothing was left out of this story to suck you into this world.

The characters are also amazing. They each had their own personality and brought an amazing dynamic and urgency behind the mystery that was the inheritance. I loves every part of this story and can't wait to read the next book.

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