Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Inheritance Games #1
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released: September 1, 2020
Received: Library

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I’m a few years late to the party, but I finally sat down to read The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (all thanks to my library for this impulsive grab!). This series blends mystery and thriller elements into a young adult story, making it just the sort of thing I’m typically looking for.

Avery Grambs is smart, the type of smart where she has a life planned out for herself. None of that planning includes a surprise inheritance from billionaire Tobias Hawthorne. While her instincts scream at her to run, her sister and her mind say otherwise.

Inheriting his fortune comes with a caveat – she has to live in his mansion alongside the family who thought they would be getting all that cash. To say things are tense is an understatement. However, the mystery in need of solving is more than enough to keep Avery distracted from all that.

“Everything’s a game, Avery Grambs. The only thing we get to decide in this life is if we play to win.”

If you pitch a book to me saying it’s Cinderella mixed with legality and mystery, you just know I will read it even if it did take me two (plus) years to actually get around to it. In truth, The Inheritance Games has been on my radar since it was first released. I just never made time for it before now.

Readers are pretty quickly thrown into Avery’s life. As one might expect, it starts off pretty normal, but it doesn’t take long for that major twist to come out swinging. You know the one I’m talking about – the one that will forever change Avery’s life.

Admittedly, I didn’t end up head over heels for The Inheritance Games as expected. I enjoyed Avery’s character and all the puzzles she had to work through, but there were also parts I didn’t enjoy as much. The whole life triangle thing felt very tired, as did other elements regarding the money plots. Maybe that’s just me?

I’m glad I finally sat down to read The Inheritance Games. I think I’ll probably give the rest of the series a go at some point; I’m just not sure when. Like I said, very behind on the times with this series.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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