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Book Review: The Inheritance Games By Jennifer Lynn Barnes


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.


I have no idea how I feel about this one. One part of me really enjoyed it, but on another, I kind of hated a lot about it.

The plot wasn’t very well executed. I love Knives Out, so I expected to love this as I got these vibes from this. Not only was the big plot twist in the end not even shocking, but the mystery was so confusing and there were too many plot conveniences.

I cannot give too much away so I will say that as far as the characters go, Xander is the best sibling and character there was a lot of personality to him. I would say Grayson is second, he has potential. Jameson is really annoying. Also it is quite random that Nash has a southern twang when everyone else in the family doesn’t and they were all raised in the same environment. Avery needs more character development as there wasn’t much depth there, she was okay but I didn’t particularly like or hate her.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I did find it lacking and I can’t help but be a bit disappointed. And, if you listened to the audiobook, who else thinks the recording is a little slow? I had to fast forward the speaker to 1.5.

3/5 Stars

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