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 The Inheritance Games
Authors(s): Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 384 pgs
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Kindle - Audible Barnes & Noble  - iBooks - Kobo The Book Depository - Bookshop.org
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Schedule

Week One
8/17/2020 - BookHounds YA - Spotlight
8/17/2020 - Kait Plus Books - Spotlight
8/18/2020 - Bri's Book Nook - Review
8/18/2020 - Hurn Publications - Spotlight
8/19/2020 - Momfluenster - Spotlight
8/19/2020 - rajivsreviews - Review
8/20/2020 - YA Books Central - Interview
8/20/2020 - Mary Had a Little Book Blog - Review
8/21/2020 - Always Me - Review
8/21/2020 - Book Briefs - Review

Week Two
8/24/2020 - Do You Dog-ear? - Review
8/24/2020 - PopTheButterfly Reads - Review
8/25/2020 - Nay's Pink Bookshelf - Review
8/25/2020 - notinjersey - Review
8/26/2020 - Jotted by Jena - Review
8/26/2020 - Eli to the nth - Review
8/27/2020 - fictitious.fox - Review
8/27/2020 - Seeing Double In Neverland - Review
8/28/2020 - Twirling Book Princess - Spotlight
8/28/2020 - Andi's ABCs - Review

The Summary

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.

My Review

I am getting more and more into mysteries, and this reads like a YA Knives Out.  A super fun, super twisty adventure for survival, I loved this so much, I am very excited another book is planned! Jennifer Lynn Barnes does mysteries very well (check out her The Naturals series for more great mysteries).

Avery is a fun point of view to follow.  She is struck just as incredulous by the situation she is placed in as the rest of the characters, but she is tough!  To survive the Hawthornes, she needs to be.  The characterization really makes the book sing; each character, through there is a large cast, stands out.  They each give an interesting aspect to the overall plot.  Of course, there are four dreamy boys, all expecting to have inherited part of their grandfather's estate.  Oh what is a girl to do with these guys trying to figure her out, while she's figuring everything else out? This romance really rounds out the plot.  Who doesn't like a little love with their mystery?

Someone who reads a lot of mysteries may be able to predict some of the twists, but each turn pleasantly surprised me.  I loved trying to guess, along with Avery, how she plays into this last game of Tobias Hawthorne.  If you are into escape rooms and puzzles, you will get sucked into this story, as Avery combs through the mansion to find clues left behind to help solve the mystery.  Is there more to it than meets the eye?  You better believe it.

A fast-paced murder mystery with some love triangles thrown in, The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a perfect hunker down and binge read!  Coming out September 1, 2020, preorder a copy now! 

Final Rating

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. 

Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. 

Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writing.

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