Book Review: The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Title: The Final Gambit

By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 400

Release Date: August 30th, 2022

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Avery’s fortune, life, and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about.

To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.

But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.

Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.


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The farther this series goes, the less of a plot it has.

I'm getting really tired of these lack luster "puzzle" mysteries with a score of cute boys vying for the main characters attention. Lets get one thing straight. I really liked the first book. It was well thought out and interesting, but this book had very little intricate puzzles to figure out and frankly, I was only reading this book to finish the series.

Jennifer Barnes has some great ideas and writes well, but this series felt pushed and needed more time to be developed before it was released. I could only give it 3 stars.

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