The Inheritance Games Book Review

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

The Inheritance Games follows the protagonist, Avery, after she mysteriously comes in to a billion dollar fortune from Tobias Hawthorne. The problem is, to receive this she has to live in Hawthorne house for a year – where the Hawthorne family (including his four brilliant grandsons) still live. With all eyes on her, Avery soon finds herself caught up in a mysterious game to find out why, exactly, Tobias Hawthorne chose her. But will she find out before the family get their revenge – or will it be too late?

To be completely honest with you, The Inheritance Games wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I’m not too sure what, exactly, I was expecting – Maybe a little more family drama? More action? – but it wasn’t what I thought it would be. That being said, I still really enjoyed it, and I’d say I was pleasantly surprised by the route it went down!

Of course, the thing which really made this book for me was definitely the riddles and mysteries. I thought they were a really nice inclusive of Barnes’, and I found myself eagerly awaiting Avery and Jameson’s discovery of the next clue – and where they would all lead them. The added competition with Grayson along with the attacker slightly later on only added to this tense atmosphere, and it ensured that things were always kept interesting!

I also found the whole Hawthorne family really interesting. The dynamic between the four brothers was really fun to read and I think Barnes portrayed that sibling rivalry really well. Their extended family were also really intriguing and I definitely want to find out more about Tobias’ decision not to leave his fortune to them, which should be in the next book. I feel like I might be in the minority here but my favourite brother was definitely Nash – I loved his more chilled and relaxed approach combined with his protectiveness over his younger brothers.

Of course, I also really loved Libby and Avery’s close relationship. I really loved the way Libby looked out for Avery and, as the eldest sibling myself, I could definitely see parts of myself in her character. It was really lovely to see the bond they shared and their mutual protectiveness over each other. I certainly thought it was a wonderful inclusion on Barnes’ part!

The final twist was also superb. I definitely didn’t see that final part coming, and I also think it provided a really nice set up for the next book. I love mysteries which pack a final twist in just when you thought there couldn’t be any more, and it’s safe to say The Inheritance Games met that!

However, despite all of that there were some aspects of the book which I wasn’t as much of a fan of. Take the twist, for example. Figuring out who the culprit was really wasn’t that difficult and, although it could’ve been more obvious, equally I wasn’t surprised by the reveal. I definitely think there was a missed opportunity for a bigger twist, that’s for sure!

I also really wasn’t a fan of the love triangle. I really think this trope is becoming way too overdone, and, honestly, unless it’s executed perfectly I never find myself enjoying them. It felt like it was just there for the sake of extra drama and that’s a major pet peeve of mine.

I also didn’t agree with the way Grayson dealt with the situation at the end. Despite understanding the impossible position he was in, I really don’t think he dealt with things quite right, and it left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, although that’s very picky of me!

Overall, I would recommend The Inheritance Games for anyone looking for a fast paced mystery with a unique spin on it, as the riddles and games were a very nice addition. I would also recommend it for anyone looking for a new series to get into, as this is the first of a trilogy, and I know I’ll definitely be picking the second book up!

However, please be mindful that this book has trigger warnings of domestic abuse (mentioned; off page), death, gun violence, abusive relationship, and cheating. You can view a full, detailed list here, although I’d say those are the main ones.

Have you read The Inheritance Games yet? Will you be picking it up soon? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this review!


57 thoughts on “The Inheritance Games Book Review

  1. Terrific review Ceri! This book really has me intrigued on why Avery was chosen. I also appreciate books that involve family. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! So do I, this really surprised me in the best possible way, and the twist was superb. I’d definitely recommend picking it up, thank you so much for reading and commenting!


  2. Lovely review, Ceri! I love it. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, so I can totally understand why you weren’t interested either. Also, thank you so much for explaining the trigger warnings. Overall, I feel like I’ll definitely give this book a chance and buy it. Thank you so much for sharing. xx Penny /

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    1. Thank you! Yes I really feel like they have to be done the right way or not at all – and of course, I think sharing trigger warnings is really important! I hope you enjoy it, thank so much for reading and commenting xx


  3. This book has been on my list for a while. I definitely need to read it next to see for myself. It sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I quite enjoy books set along these lines, though I suppose if you read enough of them, the endings and twists all begin to feel similar and hence lose some of their surprise. I will be curious to see if I feel like something is missing and if I can identify what it is! 🙂

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    1. So do I! Yes I think that’s the biggest downside of mysteries, if you read lots they can become predictable and repetitive. I’ll be interested to see if you do too! Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂

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  5. I’ve been eyeing this book ever since I saw it in one of your past posts. I loved reading your review. I’m happy to hear there were twists and turns. I can’t wait to start reading this soon! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Yes it’s so important in a mystery and there were plenty in here. I really hope you enjoy it, thank you so much for reading and commenting!


  6. I haven’t read it yet, although I wouldn’t really want to pick it up since I’m not a big fan of mysteries/thriller. But the plot seems really nice and quite enticing and I’m actually looking for new books to read this month, so… why not?

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    1. Yes the genre isn’t for everyone – but I’d definitely recommend picking it up anyway, it’s such a great read and it’s so much fun trying something new! I hope you like it if you do, thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  7. Okay so they are different, but this book reminded me so much of another one I read a year or two ago, To die to sleep by Stephanie Black. It’s the third installment in a series but I only read this one and it made full sense, I didn’t feel confused at all. It had all the family drama and curious (at least) relationships but without unnecessary love complications. I’m not very much a fan of this genre, but I think The Inheritance games sounds like a solid choice for those who enjoy it!

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    1. Ooh that sounds super interesting – I hadn’t heard of it before but they do sound very similar, I’ll have to add To Die To Sleep to my list! It’s definitely perfect for mystery lovers. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and for the recommendation!

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  8. Ooo I’m absolutely loving the sound of this. Anything with mystery is right up my street. I especially love that she had to live with his family… awkward haha! I’ll defiantly be checking this one out asap. Thank you for sharing it with us lovely Xo

    Elle –

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that you love the sound of it, it’s such an amazing mystery! It definitely was haha, it was very entertaining to read. I really hope you enjoy it, thank you so much for reading and commenting xx


  9. Lovely review, I have never read books in series before but you got me interested. I can’t imagine the amount of drama ensued due to extended family living in one house. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad I could get you interested haha. Yes I can’t imagine what that would be like – it would certainly be interesting! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.


  10. Another great review of yours! I’ve been exploring mystery novel genres lately and I think I will add this one to my list. It really picks my curiosity! Thanks for sharing this awesome review!

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  11. I keep seeing this book everywhere but I was not sure if I should add it to my TBR. I love a good mystery that is fast-paced. I love your honesty as in what you loved and what you did not enjoy. That really helps me with deciding whether I’d be interested in it or not. I love books that are unpredictable. This is such a great review, so great that I am adding it to my list! 😀

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    1. I’d definitely recommend adding it – it’s such an amazing mystery! I’m so glad to hear that, I think having honest and balanced reviews is so important so I’m glad it helped you out. I really hope you enjoy it, thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂


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