FAM. If you take one review seriously, please let it be this one.
I've had The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes sitting on my shelf for about a year. The last book in the trilogy came out August 30th. So, I finally read the first book. And I flew through it. Naturally. Then I bought the second and third one.
And, well, I basically read the last two in two days. So. If that doesn't say anything, I don't know what does.
But here's what I will say: This series is like a mix of Knives Out and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. AGGGTM is easily one of my favorite series. The Inheritance Games has now surpassed AGGGTM. Let that sink in.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes not only created an intricate story that kept me guessing, but all three books were connected. I will forever process this series because it was just that good. It's a perfect fall read, you have a love triangle, and so much mystery. I mean, what's not to love?
Synopsis of The Inheritance Games
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 luck changes in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves her virtually his entire fortune. The only catch? Avery must move into his sprawling mansion, full of secret passages, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that was just disinherited. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic boys who grew up with every expectation that, one day, they would inherit billions.
Heir apparent Grayson is convinced that Avery is a con woman, and he's determined to take her down. But 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.
I love everything about the series. The characters are charismatic: especially Xander. The plot is so twisty, it's almost fun. And, again, there is a love triangle.
Team Grayson or team Jameson (I'm team Grayson).
Avery is smart and determined, and downright confused about the new life she's thrown into. I mean, anyone would.
But when someone tries to kill her? That's when ish gets real.
The story doesn't slow down after the first book. Each book is connected and we don't truly find out why Tobias Hawthorne chose her until the very end.
Guys, this series was so good. You'll fall in love with the characters. Especially the Hawthorne brothers. They're all charming in their own little world, but they are oh so charming to the readers, as well.
If you take one thing from this review, please let it be this: The Inheritance Games trilogy is popular for a reason. It is so well-written and never boring. And the chapters are short! So, if you like reading short chapters, this book is definitely for you.
I'm so sad this series is over, but I'm so happy I read it because it is a new favorite. Probably more so than Hush, Hush, which has been my favorite series since high school.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes announced that there will be another book in the world of the Hawthornes called The Brothers Hawthorne, which is set to release August 29, 2023. I am so excited for this book.
Also, this series will definitely be a reread for me. And I don't do that often.
Please, please, please, read The Inheritance Games trilogy. You won't regret it (hopefully -- I say this because I know each reader is different).
If you inherited billions from someone you've never met, how would you feel? What would you do? Let me know in the comments! Let's start a conversation!