Blog tour: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to The Write Reads for allowing me to get involved in this blog tour. This release has been so hyped recently, so it’s an honour to get to celebrate its release with you through this review!
As always, if you haven’t heard of The Inheritance Games I’m going to take a moment to tell you a bit more about it before we get into my spoiler free thoughts about the story.
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.
“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 is a YA mystery which rivals the opulence and drama of Dynasty. When underdog Avery Grambs finds herself thrust into the limelight of a Forbes rich list family, she has to learn to find her feet in the world of wealth (while also learning to navigate the tumultuous relationships already boiling over in the Hawthorne family).
With four brothers of similar ages in this story there was a risk that they could end up being easy to muddle up, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes does a remarkable job of giving each of the boys their own motivations and personalities. From Grayson the golden boy, to Nash, a motorcycle riding cowboy with no interest in the inheritance or his grandfather’s games, there’s a boy in the Hawthorne family for everyone. You’ll be discovering a new fictional crush whether you want one or not.
Avery is also a brilliant protagonist. The boys make it pretty obvious that they think she’s a pawn in their grandfather’s game, but Avery isn’t interested in being a passive participant: she quickly decides to be a player, making the most of the wacky situation she’s found herself in to try to improve her chances in life. Going from sleeping in your car to having a house with so many bedrooms that you can’t even count them is just a bit of a transformation, but she doesn’t let it go to her head. Her priority is still her sister Libby, and she plans to use the money to do as much good in the world as she is able to. That’s what we call grounded.
If you’re someone who loved Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series and you’ve been craving something similar, The Inheritance Games is the perfect book for you. Hawthorne House with its secret passageways, multiple libraries and sprawling, endlessly extended wings is one of the most interesting aspects of the story, and it’s very reminiscent of Ellingham Academy.
The mysteries throughout the book are of an extremely high calibre, keeping you guessing and desperately trying to work things out before the characters, so the only thing that’s missing is the murder aspect (so far… There’s a sequel to this book coming next year, so who knows if everyone will survive to the end of the story!).
I read this book with my partner Sean, who managed to guess one of the pretty big twists within the first 10%! I remained skeptical throughout so was still thoroughly impressed by the payoff, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Jennifer Lynn Barnes takes the story next. The Hawthornes and Avery are a very interesting bunch, and I’m excited to continue their adventure in the future.
About the author:
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006.
Thanks once again for visiting my blog tour stop! If you’ve already read The Inheritance Games, leave a comment down below letting me know which of the Hawthorne brothers is your favourite. Mine is obviously Nash – I’m hoping we get more of him in the next book!
See you next time,