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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games #1), #90 review

Publication date : 1 September 2020

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.

Living with the (inserts last name) brothers but make it rags to riches, overnight heiress? YES PLEASE!

Thank you so much @times.reads for sending me a review copyđź’–

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

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes



Avery Grambs, a very character driven teenager that likes to calculate the odds. Living in her car on day one, living in a ginormous estate the next. Some might call her Cinderella, some will call her Marie Antoinette. The biggest question is the WHY?? Why did a dead philanthropist (super mega rich billionaire) leave EVERYTHING to a total stranger teenager (hey, that rhymed! Oh! Ho ho ho, this book & all the rhymes & riddles got me gooooood). There is only a catch for this new heiress to inherit it all, she has to stay at Hawthorn House for a year. With all the endless first edition books, state of the art everything, a private picturesque wood, Egyptian bedding on a bed big enough to roll around without falling on your arse AND secret passageway???? Sign me up! Oh… And there’s that tiny bit of solving a mystery quest-ish game that the old man left behind. AND the 4 southern grandsons of Mr.Hawthron.

I love how much it showcase the confusing love and hate brotherly relationship. We have Nash, the oldest and least page time brother in the book, he’s the one that keeps everyone in check, including the new owner of their home, estate, mansion, bla bla bla. Grayson is the unnamed heir that was trained his whole life to inherit the empire, he’s also such a smarty pants that you can’t help but awe at his knowledge. #NerdingOut. Jameson is the alcohol-makes-everything-better, prone to self destruction whimsy boi. I admire his give no shit attitude towards everything, he simply care less BUT care more when he wants to. Especially when it comes to his grandfather’s games. Lastly, we have the prodigious baby – Xander. He talks riddles that makes little logic at first glance, he’s high on building exploding robots and fuels himself on blueberry scones (never lemon). He’s soft and I love him best. The boys are all aware of their privilege and how that power has its effect on people. It was entrancing to watch them perform as though the world was only their stage and they are the highlights. They were nasty at times, fluffed like clouds. Perfecto.

“It’s not just clothing. It’s a message. You’re not deciding what to wear. You’re deciding what story you want your image to tell. Are you the ingenue, young and sweet? Do you dress to this world of wealth and wonders like you were born to it, or do you want to walk the line: the same but different, young but full of steel?”

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Extremely quotable book too!



This book is filled with mystery and excitement! If you like heists, problem solving, escape rooms, you’ll enjoy the heck out of all the puzzles in this book. Not to mention the incredibly charming southern brothers. There is a kinda (?) love triangle in here. It’s not like OUT THERE, rather a construction site that was in development and the investors pulled out funds cause it was a baddddd ideaaaaa. It’s all cool.

For readers of “One of Us Is Lying” & “The Magpie Society”, “The Inheritance Games” is right up your alley.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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