Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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If you liked the movie Knives Out, The Inheritance Games is for you!

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes has been on my radar since I first heard about it! I put it on hold at the library and then kind of forgot about it until it came last week. Then once I started reading, I could not stop!

What I liked:

  • The whole entire story, the mystery, the game. I honestly don’t want to say too much about this book because I feel like the less you know, the better. But if I had to describe this book in one word I would say FUN!

  • The “i’m really poor and some old guy I never met just left me 46 billion dollars.. why” trope. I mean, I don’t think we see that often, but it made this book fun!

  • I also loved that the MC and the other side characters are all in their teens. I’ve been loving YA mysteries/thrillers this year (for the most part) but this one was right up my alley!

  • All of the brothers and their very different personalities. I think this is why it made it so fun for me, I loved all of the boys and how they interacted with Avery.

What I didn’t like as much:

  • Part of the reveal. The whole time you wonder (right along with everyone in the story) why Avery was the one who got it all. I do think though this will be revealed a bit more in the second book, it felt a little lack luster in this one though. BUT I need book 2 now!

The Inheritance Games is the perfect book for fans of the movie Knives Out and of the Truly Devious Books (full reviews of those here). 4/5 stars.

Steam level: some kissing

I read this book via the Libby app from my library. I plan to add it to my personal library soon!

About The Inheritance Games

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.

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