TITLE: The Inheritance Games
BY: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
SERIES: The Inheritance Games #1
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
PUBLICATION: September 3rd 2020 by Penguin
NOTES: I was given an e-copy via Netgalley for a blog tour, but this does not affect my opinions regarding the book.
A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.
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.
One of my favorite tropes in mystery stories is one that involves puzzles or games. Such kind of plot keeps my interest throughout the story and I love using my brain. And as far as the ‘game’ is concerned in this book, it was very well-executed. The ‘game’ which takes up the story was really enjoyable to read and I loved how the clues and riddles were presented and used. The ‘game’ itself made me want to have Tobias Hawthorne a living character in the book. Still, of course, the book is better with him dead and living most of his wealth to a seemingly random girl and making her play and solve a game he’s so fond of.
I found Avery a very likable character. When she was first introduced I thought the story would be full of drama especially that this is kind of a cinderella story and she’s been through sad things and now living with her sister and her sister’s manipulative on-and-off boyfriend. But I soon saw her strength and intelligence. I loved reading her thoughts and seeing her act, especially when she’s already in the Hawthorne estate and playing the ‘game’ I was cheering for her the whole time and I really wished she got what she deserves. Though nearing the end I don’t think I liked the way Avery’s character turned out to be just kind of a pawn. I just think she deserves more purpose. Hopefully, I get more of her in the sequel though considering the ending, I’m not sure what will happen.
The side characters are not terrible but I wouldn’t call them unforgettable. In fact, most of them turned out to be just stereotypes of characters we already met in other books. I wished there’s more depth in their characters and I would’ve connected to them more but sure, their existence makes the story more interesting. There is also a hint of a love triangle between Avery, Jameson and Grayson. I love romance in all my reads but in this book, I kind of don’t want it. If there will ever be a romance, I hope in the sequel, I see more connection between Avery and whoever she likes. More chemistry because I certainly didn’t see any romantic chemistry in this book.
Despite my little issues here and there, The Inheritance Games is a very enjoyable read. It’s also fast-paced. It’s very entertaining, filled with secrets, intrigues and of course, riddles. And Avery, as I said, is a very likable character. I’m excited to see how the story will play out in the next book.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
I highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers, especially if you enjoy plots with puzzle, games and riddles elements. This book is worth reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Author website: http://www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com/
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