Series Review: The Inheritance Games

Series Review: The Inheritance Games

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a twisty mystery series that kept me on the edge of my seat. Following a main character who finds herself as the unexpected heir of a billion-dollar fortune, these books contain puzzles, a clever narrator, and a hint of danger at every turn. As a series, this one kept me entertained the whole way through, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good riddle.

Series Review: The Inheritance GamesTitle: The Inheritance Games Series
Series: The Inheritance Games
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: 2020-2022
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 conwoman, 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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Series Review: The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Since her mother’s death, Avery Grambs has been living with her half-sister and working as much as she can to eventually finish high school and go off to college. However, when she receives the news that billionaire Tobias Hawthorne has left his entire fortune to her, despite the fact that Avery has never met him, her life is flipped upside down. In order to receive her inheritance, Avery must move into Hawthorne House with the family for one year. However, the more Avery learns about the Hawthornes, the more she believes that there is more to Tobias’s will and her inheritance than she initially thought–making her a player in a mysterious game as she must figure out why Tobias chose her.

❀ Avery is a Great Narrator

I enjoyed Avery’s character, and she is a great narrator for the series. Her life becomes chaotic as she goes from living in her car to living in a mansion with a billion-dollar inheritance waiting for her, and she adapts to her environment well. Because Avery is thrown into the centre of attention, it is difficult for her to know who she can trust as danger lurks wherever she goes, but she stays strong and committed to solving each riddle. I especially enjoyed following along as Avery solves the many puzzles throughout the series and the ways she must work together with the Hawthorne brothers to uncover the truth behind her inheritance.

❀ An Entertaining Series

As a series, I found The Inheritance Games entertaining the whole way through. The books are full of action, and the danger Avery faces adds a bit of suspense that kept me hooked. I will admit that the second and third books in the trilogy felt like a lot of filler to me, but I still ultimately enjoyed the series as a whole and found the ending satisfying.

❀ Keeps Readers Guessing

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a gripping series with high stakes. I loved the idea of a mysterious inheritance, and the main character is clever. While I wished books two and three had a bit more plot to them, this is still a unique series that will keep readers guessing.

About Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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.

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