The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher for Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Book: The Inheritance Games


Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Book Series: The Inheritance Games Book 1


Rating: 3/5


Diversity: biracial side character, f/f romance mentioned


Recommended For…: mystery, thriller, Little Orphan Annie trope


Publication Date: September 1, 2020


Genre: YA Mystery


Recommended Age: 16+ (domestic abuse TW, jailbait comment to underage MC TW, homelessness, poverty, rich snobs, murder, drunk driving, romance)


Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers


Pages: 384


Synopsis: 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.


Review: For the most part this was a well done book. The book did well to weave an interesting mystery and the plot really kept me hooked on this story from beginning to end. The characters were well developed as well.


However, I thought that the book was a bit broken up. The pacing was wonky and the plot went from finding out about the mystery to hanging out and back and forth. It was kinda weird how the main character dealt with everything and I was also not a fan of the love triangle nor the incest jokes.


Verdict: It was good, just kinda weirdly wrote.

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