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