I was excited about The Inheritance Games before I got the email about this blog tour. I love nothing more than a billionaire dying and giving money away to a stranger and then shit going down with the family. It’s like Knives Out but with teenagers! What more could I ask for?? And when I heard it was going to be part of the Ultimate Blog Tour!! OMG
Ok, let’s get to the review before I put myself in an excited panic.
Synopsis (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 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.
As soon as I read the first few chapters with Avery, I was in. A girl with not many friends who’s fed up enough with her sister’s boyfriend and the possibility of living with him that she moves into her car…I’m listening and I need her to tell me everything.
But then she gets the shock of her life and learns about a billionaire who has died and left most of his money and property to her. Whaaat????!!! Avery’s response is exactly what mine would be. Like…no, there must be some mistake!
When it becomes clear that there’s no mistake and she not only must live in this maze of a mansion but also live in it with the Hawthorne family…well, the money and property looks less and less like a godsend. But come on, what’s the worst that could happen?
It’s not like she could be in danger or be shot at or anything, right?
But before the obvious physical danger she finds herself in, she first has to deal with the Hawthorne family and more specifically, the four Hawthorne grandsons.
Let’s discuss the boys.
Grayson: mysterious, threatening, stand-offish, giving me Mr. Darcy “I don’t know how to interact with you even though I like you” vibes, was supposed to inherit everything and is now PISSED
Jameson: possibly has a death wish?, risk-taker, fun, cares for Avery but how much of it is real?, never found a riddle he didn’t like
Nash: the love of my life????, protective af, does not care about the money/properties/inheritance, collects strays
Xander: sneaky af, seems cool but do we really know him?, helpful, best banter of them all
Avery has to deal with all four of them in one way or another as well as their mother and aunt who altogether are quite a force to be reckoned with. And that doesn’t even get into the fact that Tobias Hawthorne left her and his grandsons separate letters all leading to some secret that they must figure out.
But if there is one thing Avery and this family have in common, it’s riddles and finding out secrets. They are very good at it!
I cannot say enough how much I like this mix of riddles, teenagers, danger, mystery, and family secrets. It is MY JAM.
Beyond Avery’s interaction with the family, I also love her relationship with her bodyguard, John. Will she listen to what he tells her? Maybe *shrugs* but he will save her anyway because it’s his job but also he seems to respect her as a person.
I also love Avery and Libby’s relationship. It’s very rare that we see a sisterly relationship where the younger sister acts like the older one and I really like that dynamic. Libby clearly cares for Avery but she’s not in a place to fully take care of her at the beginning of the book.
And despite that (or maybe because of it), Avery makes it her mission to take care of Libby when she comes into all this money. I LOVE IT!! I was constantly worried about Libby and wtf her boyfriend was doing (can someone murder him?). ALSO if she doesn’t get with Nash in the next book….*squints angrily*
While I did think some scenes went a little quick in terms of pacing and if Jameson came through that secret passageway one more time I was going to punch him (lol), overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was pure fun! I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is out now!