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The Inheritance Games

(The Inheritance Games #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  50,403 ratings  ·  8,743 reviews
A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

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 e
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this book absolutely delightful. Exactly the fast-paced, entertaining escape I was looking for!

Comparisons to Knives Out were pretty accurate, though that says nothing about all the puzzles, riddles, and pretty guys that make The Inheritance Games virtually unputdownable. I don't care that that one twist was obvious-- everything about the journey of this book was delicious!

The Inheritance Games follows Avery Grambs, a poor orphaned girl with a plan to work hard, get into a good school, a
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating this solely based on how much fun I had buddy reading this with my friend, cuz screw it, why not? This is a fun Cinderella story tailored specifically for anyone who enjoys Knives Out, reverse harems, and wish fulfillment stories for poor girls. There's just something satisfying about seeing a poor humble girl get a buttload of money while the rich don’t get anything. The mystery was surprisingly compelling: there were so many questions brought up, and every time there was a new developme ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was like 0% what I had been expecting, but it was super cool! I was sent this unsolicited and had thought it was a fantasy, and then I kept hearing a lot of buzz about it and thought it was like a competition thing, but it's more like a puzzle game, kind of like Clue. It was really interesting to try and put together the pieces of the mysterious puzzle. The story is filled with questions from the beginning and as you get answers, you also get more questions. The biggest question is why and ...more
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Ever since I heard this book was supposed to be like Knives Out, I was super interested, since that's one of my favorite movies of all time for its brilliant plotting, complex characters, sympathetic protagonist, and brilliant satire about class stratification in the U.S. Obviously with a comparison like that, a book has huge boots to fill and sadly, I'm not sure THE INHERITANCE GAMES can really hack it. If anything, it's more like a mod
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you know the saying ‘time flies when youre having fun?’ thats the best way i can describe reading this. it felt like i had just started it when all of a sudden it was over. i could have easily read another 300 pages of this.

as everyone is saying, this has a very ‘knives out’ meets ‘truly devious’ vibe with a little bit of ‘paper princess’ thrown in there. its fun, full of riddles and games, all wrapped around a mysterious inheritance. its honestly better than i was expecting it to be.

im also so
Lia Carstairs

it did not just end like that i-

also, jameson and grayson are mine😼 i cant choose one

ah, its been so long since I last read a mystery and this just made me remember how much I miss it. Once again, I have fallen in love. The characters, the plot, everything about this was just amazing.

Excuse me while I suffer waiting until September for book 2.✌


“If there's one thing the Hawthorne family isn't, it's fine. They were a twisted, broken mess before you got here, and they'll
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery, thriller, 3-stars

my thoughts (mild spoilers ahead)
• i ain't never seen four emotionally intelligent brothers. two of them always gotta have unaddressed trauma.
• the young adult threshold for personality is in HELL. all you need to do is give your teenage main character a vaguely tragic past, enough stubbornness to allow her to mildly bump heads with love interests every once in a while, a weakness for hot emotionally unavailable rich boys, and a best friend of color to carry th
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

Not quite there but nevertheless still interested to read the sequel.




Cinderella meets Knives Out

myo (myonna reads)
one day i hope to be as much of a bad bitch as nan is

going into this book i was a bit nervous because everyone said it was like knives out and when a book is compared to something i love i get nervous because they usually don't compare but this one definitely is amazing, it isn't too much like knives out actually. it also reminds me of the princess diaries and i'm not just saying that because there was a makeover scene.

this book has great characters, the main character is so likable! and it has
This was just alright for me. Maybe it's because I'm not super into young adult anymore, but I don't know I expected to love this book because of the comparison to Knives Out. This book was fine, the first 100 pages or so was exciting but after that I started to lose interest, and I could've done without the love triangle. I also didn't realize this book is the first in a series and was disappointed by a cliffhanger ending. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

i am very much a fan of knives out and not so much of One of Us Is Lying, but fortunately for me, this is only like that book in that it is a fast-paced distraction-read. and YA. to me, it was like knives out meets the liza, bill, and jed series by peggy parish that i devoured as a kid, loving its scavenger-hunt mysteries and solve-along word-nerd clues. but i guess no one reads thos
krista ☽✧
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2021
“Sometimes things that appear very different on the surface are actually exactly the same at their core.”

Buddy read with the precious midnight mansion ; Lucy , demon Lia , Ish , Mashiee and Charms <3 love...

Okay first i have too say this WHY is this compared too one of us is lying. The blurb says '' for fans of one of us is lying '' i personally hated one of us is lying , it has a poor offensive mental health rep used as a plot twist and is full of highschool drama and high school tropes al
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Truth be told, i had never heard of this book or its author before seeing it on Netgalley. The blurb is what got me and thank goodness i requested it because i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

The premise is greatly entertaining, so much so that I read this book in pretty much one sitting. An eccentric billionaire dies, and leaves Avery almost his entire fortune. We follow her as she tries to navigate the Hawthorne family and work out why exactly she was bequeathed so much money.

I'm reall
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A+ idea, D execution. What a letdown.

I wanted a puzzles and riddles and games. I wanted questions with seemingly impossible, shocking answers. I wanted a posse of fascinating, well-developed characters with secrets. I wanted complicated, dramatic romantic entanglements and family drama in spades.

Instead, The Inheritance Games is slow and a tad dull, light on the puzzles and "games." The drama feels forced and I never felt engaged with the characters. In fact, Avery's two potential "love intere
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
Imagine this:

One night, you were just living and sleeping in your car. the next day, you're an heiress of a billionaire whom you don't even know. wow. what could go wrong? *scoffs* so many things could.

Avery Kylie Grambs's life is literally like that. She was once a student, working very hard for her future and periodically living in her car. Then in a beat, a billionaire - Tobias Hawthorne - who she absolutely doesn't know, dies and leaves Avery his entire riches. 🤑

Here comes the bad news: Mr-
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need book two NOW!
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Truly Devious
*.·:·.☽✧ 4.5 stars ✧☾.·:·.*

Buddy-read with Krizzie, Lucy, Lia, Ish, Charmy, and Devika

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

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a young-adult mystery/thrill/clue novel. Avery Grams was living a perfectly normal life, she was going to graduate high school and go to college with a scholarship and everything was going according to plan, but of course; as all stories go, it all chang
the fact that Avery and i have the same birthday-
guys, that is not okay



Lucy Tonks
"Sometimes,” Jameson Hawthorne said, sounding strangely contemplative, “things that appear very different on the surface are actually exactly the same at their core.”

How was this book so good? I didn’t went into it with the highest expectations, although I’ve seen some great reviews from people whose reviews I trust, but I ended up being mindblown.

Buddy read this with tmm fam - Krizzie, Demon Lia, Ish, Mashie, Devika and Charmie
Bookish detectives buddy read 3

This book follows Avery Grams a
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avery Grambs life has taken a downward turn since her mother died. However, one day she is summoned to a will reading of mega rich Tobias Hawthorne where to her shock she discovers he has left his billions to her, blindsiding the family vultures, the only string attached is that she has to live at Hawthorne House for a year. Not only is this a puzzle of huge magnitude she learns from his Tobias four grandsons (Nash, Grayson, Jameson and Alexander) that he loved riddles and puzzles which are pres ...more
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“We aren’t normal. This place isn’t normal, and you’re not a player, kid. You’re the glass ballerina—or the knife.”


The thing with Jennifer Lynn Barnes' books is can't get enough.
No matter the circumstances, no matter the general plot, you can't help but enjoy her novels and find pleasure in reading them.
Her main characters are always extremely relatable and the way she piles up plot twist after plot twist makes you crave for more even if, ironically, you'd die to unrav
C.G. Drews
This was such a brilliantly good book! I think I partially fell in love with it because...I mean isn't this everyone's dream? Your normal life is interrupted by a random billionaire dying and leaving you his entire fortune? 😂 Pick me pick me. Think of all the hardcover books you could buy, smh that Avery did not go for that immediately.

It was also just SO compelling, so many puzzles and boxes to unpack and twists in the narrative. You can't trust anyone and all the motives are so unclear. After
Dannii Elle
"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."

This premise had so much potential and, spoiler alert, it totally lived up to it!

After her mother's death Avery has resided with her step-sister and her on-again-off-again manipulative boyfriend. The struggle just to survive is a daily one, but things may be set to change when they discover that Avery has been
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 ⭐️

If you loved knives out, you’ll love this book. It’s a problem-solving mystery littered with riddles and clues and stolen glances. Romance doesn’t play a forefront to the plot, but it does potentially set it up well for the next book.

This is about Avery, a seventeen year old girl with only her sister left as family and she’s basically living in her car. Grayson Hawthorne—HELLOOOO mr grey-eyed-silver-tongued-Armani wearing grandson—shows up at her school, whisks her away under the guise of
This book was soo good!
Fast-paced filled with riddles, puzzles, and mysterious characters...YES!!

Avery Grambs is a normal teenager living a normal life. But since this is a book and things can't remain normal the death of an old multi-millionaire turns her life upside down. When Tobias Hawthorne dies, he leaves the highest part of his inheritance to her, Avery finds herself in a tangle of lies, betrayals, and games.
The answer to all of her problems and confusion lies in the Hawthorne House where
❦ jazmin
“Everything’s a game, Avery Grambs. The only thing we get to decide in this life is if we play to win.”

A fun and cliché YA novel with twists and turns, family secrets, and a whole lot of mysteries waiting to be solved.

⇢The Plot
This book is pretty popular, and because of that, I had relatively high expectations plot-wise. I was expecting to be thrilled and surprised, and to some degree I was, but I was also a bit let down for a few reasons. First, yeah, this book was fun, but at times it
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
*This review is spoiler-free*

Question 1: How did you find the characters?
A) Love (1 star)
B) Like (0.75 stars)
C) Okay (0.50 stars)
D) Dislike (0.25 stars)
E) Hate (0 stars)

Explain your answer:
The characters were teetering back and forth off of the cliff I call “tolerable” and into the chasm I call “annoying.” I had no love at all for any of the characters. I have no desire to go fight over the characters. They could all go fall in a hole and die, and I couldn’t care less. So now, to begin…
Avery: Le
compare any book to knives out and i’ll add it to my tbr faster than you can say “chris evans looks really good in cableknit sweaters”
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Well, damn, this was nothing special but it was addicting as hell.

I love the concept of this book where a girl is stuck in a place with four different brothers….it might be one of my favorite tropes now. This book reminded me so much of the early YA I used to read when I was a teenager myself, and the nostalgia is real. The fact that I didn’t cringe once speaks volumes. It’s not like this book was perfect but it put together all of those good elements I miss reading about, like a juicy love tria
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none ...more

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