The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes | A (Brief) Book Review

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.

Published: September 1. 2021 | Add on: TheStoryGraph or Goodreads

After having seen this book float around my feeds etc. for a bit I decided it was time to pick up a copy of The Inheritance Games, and I am incredibly glad that I did. The Inheritance Games is in essence an addictive story, the type that is next to impossible to put down.

This story had me hooked from the first page, possibly the first paragraph. It is difficult to explain how a book can simply grab your attention and your imagination in one fell swoop if you have never felt it, but that was exactly how this book hit me. What most surprised me about this, was the fact that the story never went downhill, I was equally engaged all throughout the story.

The characters, of course we must discuss the characters. Avery is perfectly likable, intriguing smart and above all enjoyably human. The Hawthorne brothers, of course, are who this story revolves around; well, not technically but practically. I loved all four of them, twisted and broken though they may be. Sure at the beginning, Grayson is cold as ice, Nash is suspiciously cowboy-like (I still don’t really get this element of the story?), Jameson is tipsy and shirtless and Xander is, well…Xander, but ultimately they are undeniably lovable.

The Inheritance Games is wonderfully suspenseful, full of unexpected twists and turns. I was quite pleased by the creativity of Tobias’s connection to Avery, and of course the mysterious Emily’s story added another element to the book.

Hawthorne House is a delightfully immersive setting, so full of confusing and interesting rooms. I am looking forward to spending more time in this setting in book 2.

*Note: This book is definitely a YA book, so I would not recommend this one to tween (or very young teen) readers.


Have you read The Inheritance Games? Is it on your tbr? How do you feel about mysteries?

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