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review: the inheritance games || a delightful and dangerous story ladened with puzzles and invisible ink

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Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Inheritance Games#1

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 4.5 stars

I left reading mystery/thriller books because I could always predict the endings (consequences of having read all Enid Blyton and Sidney Sheldon books) but thanks to Diya @mindnmirage recommendation, I picked up this book. And I kid you not guys, I finished this book in less than five hours.

If I say this book was delightful, it would be an understatement.

The story starts with Avery Grambs in a high school, and she is struggling with her life – sleeping in her car at night, taking showers at the gym, and juggling a side job as waitress to pay the rent. To make matters worse, her step-sister has an abusive boyfriend who makes life unbearable. But wait. This is not a high school story where a love interest comes barreling in and saves the day.

Her fortune suddenly changes, when a millionaire leaves all his fortune to her instead of his well-loved four grandsons. And thus begins a very dangerous thrilling game as Avery flies to receive her inheritance.

The setting soon shifts to The Hawthorne House – a house filled with hidden passageways, secrets tunnels, multiple libraries, riddles etched anywhere and everywhere. A house of secrets. But unfortunately for her, along with the house comes angry relatives, indignant daughters, and yes, hoards of paparazzi but most importantly – the four dangerous magnetic brilliant grandsons.

I am not going to lie that I didn’t see the plot twist coming. I did. But this story was written so epicly that I threw my phone across the bed. The story, the characters, the cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, the riddles, the anticipation, the guessing, the thrill – this book was absolutely immaculate. And just go. Read this.

This was an absolute page-turner and and huge thanks to Diya @mindnmirage once again for bearing with me when I finished this book and totally spammed her chat.

The pacing picked up from the first page itself, so you don’t have to wait for anything. The side characters were terribly flawed and I hated them. They were cunning, rude, malicious – but they were so wonderfully fleshed out. There is certainly romance and it is most definitely not fluffy or cute. It is dangerous and there was just so much chemistry. And there was a love triangle and I despise love triangles, which is one of the reasons why it is not a full five stars, but it was very nicely and uniquely done and thankfully, was not annoying. (I even have biases now hehe). The characters were fun to follow. They were smart, confident, and each one memorable in it’s own way and -okay, I am fangirling at this point. But this book was hella scary. It’s going to be a whirlwind, but before you go, here is one riddle to get you started with –

if yes was no and once was never, then how many sides does the triangle have?

This book is also pitched as Knives Out meets One of us is Lying, both of which I have no idea about. But I am low-key interested to check it out.

favorite lines ’cause why not

“Everything’s a game, Avery Grambs. The only thing we get to decide in this life is if we paly to win.”

“Simple is a lie,” the woman murmured. “But a beautiful one sometimes.”

“Why do I have to tell a story?” I asked. “Because if you don’t tell the story, someone else will.”

Adrenaline. Euphoria. Fear.

“What fun is it, playing by other people’s rules?”

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Know more: Goodreads

Content Warnings: parent death, death, violence, grief, anxiety, drug abuse, alcohol usage

65 thoughts on “review: the inheritance games || a delightful and dangerous story ladened with puzzles and invisible ink

  1. Aaa loved your review Ash! (sorry my keyboard keeps autocorrecting, I hope you don’t mind the nickname)
    I added the inheritance games to my tbr recently after reading that intriguing synopsis (also that cover is just!?) and I am so glad you enjoyed it, it makes me even more excited to pick it up!

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  2. I haven’t read them but I tried reading the first one. Just couldn’t get into it ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… so, I didn’t continue the rest of the series. But now that u compare it to this, I might just give it a try once again! I hope you enjoy this book!


  3. Haha no problem. Many ppl call me Ash over here and thank you!!! Omg I really hope you pick it up soon and enjoy it!! It’s so worth it!! And yess!!! The cover is just ๐Ÿคฉ and the sequel is coming out in September. It’s the perfect time!!

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  4. ahhhhhhh I’ve heard lots about The Inheritance Games and I’m so afraid of reading it
    Most people like it and I’ve not met ONE. SINGLE. PERSON. who doesn’t like dis

    You said you could predict all thriller ending, were you able to predict this one? You only said you could predict the plot twists…

    MY DEATH!๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ”ช
    *heart starts palpitating*

    Wow. Speechless.๐Ÿ”ฅ
    AMAZING REVIEW ASHU (Can I can you that since I already have a friend named Ash?)

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  5. I love the movie Knives Out! It’s so good! It’s like a classic murder mystery but it’s really entertaining. Thanks for reviewing this book, I’ve been seeing a lot around it and it sounds really good. I find the plot to be really intriguing kinda makes me think of Ready or Not the movie and Ready Player One as well.

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  6. I just saw your new blog design and ohmy it looks sooooo gooodd!! And this book really sounds intriguing to me at least, so I will check it out soon! Amazing review!๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

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  7. So glad to hear that you enjoyed this one (more than me it seems) ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally agree with you about the thrill of the riddles and putting the puzzle pieces together alongside Avery. I loved the writing and pacing as well but unfortunately the love triangle prevented me from giving it four stars…

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  8. Ah, yes. The love triangle ๐Ÿ˜• I feel like that was the only downfall of the book. It’s honestly, the only read I didn’t give it a five star. But it was not the main plot of the book and it wasn’t that prominent I guess. It was pretty nicely done I think. And the riddles truly did make up for all the stuff ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  9. I really need to check out that movie. And it stars Chris Evans!! It has to be good haha. Ooh I have heard so much abt ready player one. You comparing it to this book makes me want to read it haha. I hope you enjoy this when u read it!


  10. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ just check out Goodreads. There are tons of negative reviews and even dnfs ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ญ but I really really hope you enjoy this book, if you read this.

    When I say thriller endings, it usually means the plot twists. cause for thrillers, after plot twists…it’s basically tying up lose ends and ending the story on a lesser tone. U know? So, yeah I did. But this book is part of a series. So yeah.

    And ikr!!! Cliffhanger after every chapter is just ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

    And aashi sure!!! U can call me that! ๐Ÿ’œ

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