Saturday, September 9, 2023

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Secret passages. Elaborate riddles. Billions at stake.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fluck changes in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The only catch? Avery must move into sprawling mansion, full of secret passages, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that just disinherited. 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 is 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.

Paperback, 380 pages
Published July 27, 2021
 by Little Brown Books For Young Readers
3.5/5 stars

As I continue my journey to read more books off my shelf this year, The Inheritance Games marks #70 (and I feel like I'm only making a small dent). This book has received rave reviews and is the first installment in a series with the same name.

This story revolves around Avery Grambs, a teen whose goal is to survive high school and make a better life for herself . However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she receives an inheritance from a complete strange, which happens to be an enormous fortune.  But there's a catch, she has to live in this sprawling mansion for 1 year to receive it.  What follows is a journey of riddle solving and family members who were disinherited. 

There are parts of this book that I read, but the majority of the time was listening to the audio book.

The Inheritance Games is an intriguing story that left me with unanswered questions.  But given this is just the start of the series, the door is definitely open for the rest of the series.  It's a cat and mouse story with lots of problem solving, secret passages, mystery and danger.  

The ending definitely piqued my interest for book 2, The Hawthorne Legacy which I will most likely read.  Though I liked the audiobook I think next time I will stick with the book as I found some of the voices didn't match the personalities.  Book 5 releases in 2024, lets see if I can get caught up by then.

This book was part of my 2023 reading off my shelf challenge.

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