The Inheritance Games | By Jennifer Lynn Barnes





Book Review | YA thriller

The Inheritance Games
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.   (Goodreads)      




My thoughts







Narrative and Plot






The Inheritance Games is pretty much a fun and larger-than-life story. The narrative itself leans towards the mystery of the story. With thrillers, you expect a certain storyline. However, the Inheritance Games are more of a cat-and-mouse chase with this larger-than-life family, the Hawthornes. How the main character, Avery, navigates through her new life after being bestowed with this enormous inheritance from a complete stranger is what drew me to the story first.

The plot stayed true to its nature and circled around that premise.







Characters and Conflicts






More than the mystery element or the crime element, the characters drive this story forward. The eccentric nature and this fantasy of being a billionaire overnight are the core of the book. It has that element of living vicariously through these bizarre characters and their lifestyle, which is a kind of fun, mostly. However, up close, each of these characters is broken and flawed. That keeps the story grounded and closer to reality.

The conflict isn’t exactly a USP of the book. The payoff wasn’t as satisfying for me as the journey. However, the journey to get there had me hooked, and that is all I expect from a thriller.




















Overall, the Inheritance Games is a pretty fun one-time read. To give you context, it is like binge-watching a YA Netflix series like the Locke and Key over a weekend. You don’t have to take it seriously and have fun with the characters and their crazy journey.









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