Title: The Inheritance Games
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: September 3, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 400
Summary: From Goodreads: “She came from nothing.
Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.
Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.
They had everything.
Now she must move into the mansion she’s inherited.
It’s filled with secrets and codes, and the old man’s surviving relatives –
a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got ‘their’ money.
Now there’s only one rule: winner takes all.
Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing.
But just how far will they go to keep their fortune?”
Review: Thank you, Dave, at The Write Reads for organizing and inviting me to be part of this blog tour. Thank you, Penguin Random House, and Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I saw the email about this blog tour, I responded almost immediately because I thought that the premise of this book sounded fantastic. I’m so grateful that I did this because The Inheritance Games exceeded my expectations, and it is by far one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.
I’m going to keep my description of the book to a minimum because I don’t want to spoil anything. The Inheritance Games follows Avery Grambs, a teenage girl who is summoned to the office of her high school one day to find out that she’s been named in the will of an eccentric billionaire who she has never heard of. This meeting causes Avery to get thrown into a world she didn’t know existed, full of new-found enemies, puzzles, and a potentially deadly game. This book is full of the kind of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to keep reading to find out what happens next.
Unsurprisingly, my favourite thing about this book was the characters. I loved everything about Avery, and I especially admired how quickly she was able to adapt to the game she was thrown into. Even though I am too old for the Hawthorne boys, I am absolutely in love with them. I liked that they each had their quirks, motivations, and personality, and I loved reading about them.
The other thing that I liked about this book was all of the puzzles and games. I won’t say too much about them, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but they made this book a lot of fun to read. I loved reading about Avery and the other characters playing the game following the clues, and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the puzzles and clues myself.
Overall, I really loved this book. The twists and turns, and puzzles, kept me on the edge of my seat, and I wanted to know what happened next. One thing that I want to mention, though, is that one of the supporting characters is a victim of Domestic Violence, and it is a storyline that is mentioned throughout the book.
Rating: 5 Stars!