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.

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Book: The Lovely and the Lost


Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Book Series: Standalone


Rating: 3/5


Publication Date: May 7, 2019


Genre: YA Mystery


Recommended Age: 15+ (missing children, being lost in the woods, language, slight gore)


Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Pages: 328


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Synopsis: Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.

But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.

But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.


Review: Overall, I liked this story. The characters were compelling, the dogs were OMG SO CUTE, and the writing was well done. I felt like the book was evenly paced and the book had a great story. I’ve always been interested in children who get lost and are found years later (I’m a weirdo I know). I felt like the book hit all the high points for me.


However, I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters or the book at all. The book felt flat, even though everything was pretty good.


Verdict: It was good, but didn’t hit that special spot in my soul.