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Book Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games Book Summary


Avery Grambs, a teen girl nearly falling into poverty, has devoted her life to surviving high school and getting out of her small Connecticut town. Unexpectedly, billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies, leaving almost his entire fortune to Avery with one condition: Avery must move into Hawthorne manor. Now, Avery must solve a multilayered puzzle to discover why Tobias Hawthorne left her his entire inheritance while dealing with Tobias’s four disinherited grandsons. Caught up in a whirlwind of secret passages, riddles, and codes, Avery Grambs cannot determine if she is playing the game or if she is the game.




The Inheritance Games Book Review


The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an entertaining novel similar to The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It follows the story of a brave girl, Avery Grambs, who randomly inherits a billionaire’s entire fortune. She goes on a journey throughout Hawthorne Manor uncovering secret passageways and solving riddles trying to figure out why Tobias Hawthorne chose her.


Avery goes on an adventure with Tobias’s grandsons: Nash, Xander, Jameson, and Grayson.

The book primarily focuses on a game of puzzles, but there is an incredible love triangle emerging between Avery, Jameson, and Grayson. Barnes does an incredible job showcasing the individuality of each character which makes it extremely difficult to decide if your Team Jameson or Team Grayson.


While reading this book, anytime you think you have something figured out, another riddle or clue emerges keeping you guessing. This book is filled with plot twists, keeping you on your toes.


Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an exceptional author and is a psychology professor at the University of Oklahoma. Barnes reveals her mastery in psychology throughout the novel by messing with your head and leaving you trying to solve an interconnected web of riddles and clues alongside Avery.


The Inheritance Games is a must read, especially if fond of mystery novels.



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kimberlyapa
30 jan. 2022

Thanks for an intriguing, well written review. I like that you researched the background of the author and her interest in psychology as well.

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