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  • It is a fascinating read

    Teenager Avery Grambs has been living with her older half-sister Libby since her mum died, that was until she stormed out and decided she would rather sleep in her car than put up with her sister’s obnoxious on-off boyfriend Drake. One day she receives an invitation to the will reading of Billionaire Tobias Hawthorne, whom she has never heard off before but has been left something, she doesn’t have a clue what and being underage her sister has to attend the will reading with her at the exquisite Hawthorne house estate. The Hawthorne family including his two daughter and his grandsons plus staff are already in attendance and they are all wondering who the stranger is and what she has been left, no-one expected it to be Tobia’s house, businesses, charity foundations, and nearly all his money, especially not Avery. There is one catch though, she has to live in the house for a year and the family is to stay too. Some of them are not bothered by the news, others see her as a gold-digger and will stop at nothing to get the fortune for themselves. With everyone under one roof, can Avery discover why she was chosen, keep her new-found wealth, and stay alive? The Inheritance Games is a YA mystery book that had me hooked from the very beginning, even if I did find the writing a little on the young side as I began my journey with Avery and the Hawthornes. The plot is not something I have read before, it felt refreshing, even to Avery’s best friend Max who she communicates via phone calls only and is always in trouble with her mother and refuses to swear so we are hit with lots of hilarious alternative swear words throughout their chats. Avery is a head-smart young girl who wants to know why she has been left all of Tobia’s fortune and properties. What makes her special to him? It will take plenty of searching and puzzling to even begin to understand why and for that she needs the help of the Hawthorne grandsons who are used to working out puzzles and riddles. Grandson’s Nash, who doesn’t want the money and comes and goes, Alexander (Xander), who is more interested in stuffing his face than helping. Grayson, who distrusts Avery and is searching for ways to discredit her and Jameson, who is the puzzler in the family, as well as the family drunk. He likes Avery and is hell-bent on the two working out the last puzzle his grandfather has left for them. But it will take all of them to get to the truth. This is the first book in a planned series and whilst it ends with a knowledge of where book two is heading, it isn’t a cliff-hanger, in fact, I had worked out this part already a good few chapters back. Overall, it is a fascinating read that contains characters you want to get to know, a plot that has you puzzling along with, and a billionaires estate you wish you were at. I just didn’t want to put this book down and now I can not wait for book two.

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  • A Dark Game

    I read The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes in staves with other Pigeonholers as part of a group. Since her mother's death, teenager Avery Grambs has been living with her older half-sister, Libby, until she decided she would rather sleep in her car than put up with her sister’s abusive boyfriend, Drake. But one day she is summoned to the will reading of the loaded Tobias Hawthorne and is shocked to discover that he has left billions to her, in fact, his entire fortune. However, there is a catch - she has to live in his sprawling mansion, Hawthorne House, alongside his family that includes four grandsons, Grayson, Jameson, Nash and Alexander... The Inheritance Games was such an intriguing story. Set in Texas, Jennifer Lynn Barnes really showed her talent through her remarkable characterisation. Protagonist Avery navigated a tricky situation with aplomb making her a wonderful central character for a young adult novel. The Hawthorne brothers were shrouded in mystery and were excellent at keeping secrets, though initially they seemed more like caricatures than people. However, they were developed brilliantly as Avery learned more about them and I was soon completely invested in them all. The descriptions of Hawthorne House and the surrounding estate with its hidden rooms, passages and doorways were tremendous, so much so that they boggled my mind and the house was like a character in itself. As Avery continued her quest to establish why she she was chosen as Tobias' heir, other mysteries cropped up and every one of them kept me guessing. A special thank you to Penguin Random House Children’s UK, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, NetGalley and Pigeonhole for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

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