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The Inheritance Games

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes



Spoiler-Free Synopsis:


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.


Where can I get this in real life?!? Oprah, sweetie. I need a favor. Man, this book. Let me tell you how I felt about this book without spoiling anything. The men in this book were amazing. They were masterpieces. They are my future husbands. I-I mean, um...they were well-developed *snicker*. The drama was awesomely constructed, the whole feeling of Knives Out was very present. Which I don't hate, at all. I wish it had been longer, cause let me tell you (again and not for the last time), those men were del-


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.4


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!


All right, I really loved this book. Like, REALLY love it. The notion (however impossible it may be, dang it) of having an inheritance pop out of nowhere and not only receive hundreds of dollars, no sir, receive BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. BILLIONS. I don't even know how many zeroes are there. 10? 25? Ugh, math. Let's start with the characters (minus the guys, that's a whole other paragraph worth of heartbreak) Avery was awesome, a bit forgettable as a character (she wasn't forgetful) but awesome. The way she didn't fall for their tricks (sometimes), the way her brain worked was wow, it was extraordinary. Without counting the fact that she was low-key a genius. Her strategizing made me sweaty, her convo with the boys (any and all of them) left me breathless and what's that over there? Hanging from the tree? Oh yeah, my brain. *Smacks head* When she was calculating in her head about how much money from the inheritance each person was going to get, I kid you not, I got out a calculator. Calculated a bunch of nonsense, carried the x and simplified for the coefficient of 0 whilst multiplying the area of the sun...the final number for me was *dramatic music* Error 404. I almost cried. And her sister, I adored her sister. She was so sweet and caring(kinda dumb, but we won't talk about that), she was a good sister. Good person? Remains to be known. I didn't trust her one bit. In none of the pages. None of them. Especially Drake, babe, I just wanna speak with chu, perhaps throw you around a bit too, yeah? Alright, I won't talk about every member of the family cause duh, my mental capacity isn't that great. But I will say this: I think Nash was the only decent being in the whole shenanigan. The only one, sorry brothers, I love all of you equally but y'all are not that good of a people. That family was conniving, untrustworthy, and villainous. Without counting the fact everything and I mean EVERYTHING had a double meaning. Everything had a story, maybe even the fleck of dust on the sofa had a missing wife or something. Throughout the wholeeeee book, I was seriously rethinking their sanity. Like, not even their grandpa was sane of mind. He was, wow, he would've been an awesome grandfather to anyone. Just not me. (And I, being the intellectual being God created me to be , believe that he's not dead. He's not and nothing y'all say can change my mind. B.A out! *Drops mic on pinky toe* Ouch that hurt!) I like food and books, all that mumbo-jumbo about puzzles and whatnot don't fit into my skull. Believe me, I tried to understand certain explanations given in this book, and let's just say the smoke alarm was activated. Thanks, Upstairs Management, for gifting me half a brain. You, the real people. Moving on, the story was mostly set in a humongous mansion which FYI, where can I order a quarter of it??? That was one of the main things that confused me a lot because there were so many rooms and passageways my e-book kinda looked like a rainbow from all the notes and highlights that had attacked each page. This room was like this, that room was like that...but wait, there's a secret passage in between them that looks like this. *Massive groan* My brain was in soooo much pain. It's a wonder it didn't melt. Now, to the real deal. The awesome deal. The deal that I wish I could e- The boys!

They were amazing but annoying. Kind of like when you get a sugar crash and you're exhausted cause you ate that cake you shouldn't have or drank that drink you REALLY shouldn't have? That's how I felt about them. Sometimes they were the meal, other times they were what happens after you eat a bean burrito. Interpret that as you will. Their capacity to irritate and make me fall in love at the same time was outstanding. Especially the gray-eyed god. You know exactly who I'm talking about. He was like a Greek phenomenon. Without counting his crazy brother which kinda stole my heart. I don't know, I guess I like misunderstood fictional guys. To read, not to be with. Too many problems (look who's talking *snort*)So, long story short, Xander is cute, Nash is BAE, Grey-eyed god is amazing and Jamie is a piece of work. Cute but a piece of work. Oh, and Avery is my new BFF. Fight me.


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Their grandfather was THE man.

  • Nash being the perfect guy.

  • Avery breaking my brain for 389 pages straight.

  • The brothers being chocolate. *wink, wink*

  • And the dang cliffhanger. Curse you all.

Where's the second book????? Huh???? I need more time to fall in love. Just a little more. COME ON!!


P.S: Can Emma (or Emmie or the girl whose name starts with an E) die again. I absolutely despised that chick. Despised her.


P.S.S: Avery's bodyguard deserves a medal.


P.S.S.S: I loved her best friend, her curses were to die for. TO. DIE. FOR.