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The Inheritance Games vs the Hype-O-Meter // back for part three

I have a riddle. I’m feeling the annual puzzle solving, sweater wearing, cozy murder mystery vibes right now, so you betcha that I’m sharing the wealth with a good ole riddle.

Ok, so. You are chilling on a boat. The wheels on the boat go round and round, ya de ya de ya da. There is one of those rope ladders hanging off the rope. Hold your oars for a second, we’re about to get real mathy. The rungs are spaced 6 inches apart and there are a total of 4 rungs. If the water rises at 3 inches per hour, how long does it take before the entirety of the ladder (2ft) is submerged???

Books: The Inheritance Games

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published September 1st 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: physical book and ebook

content warnings

Cheating, Death of loved one, Violence, Manipulation, Murder/attempted murder

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. (from Goodreads)

Was this book technically the best ever? No. Was the mystery constructed in a way that less felt like masterful storytelling and more felt like a convenient string of revelations? Yes. Did I love it? Yeah. I did. 

I seriously do not know what Jennifer Lynn Barnes put in the pages of this book, but holy guac was it addicting. I really thought to myself ooo I’ll read like one chapter and do my homework. Which. There are so many flaws in that logic. First off, I am a chronic binge reader so there was no way I was actually going to read one chapter. And secondly, something about this book made it unputdownable. So basically, the idea of doing my homework that fine Sunday evening was screwed from the start. 

But! I had a blast reading this one, so my stats homework could wait. April of Sunday-past was not prepared for the utterly thrilling ride that is The Inheritance Games. There is family drama, riddles, intrigue galore! It’s basically Knives Out in book form. But replace Chris Evans with a bunch of game-loving teenagers with superiority complexes. Oh! And a love triangle between two brothers. 

Which normally, gag. A love triangle itself is normally not my jam. And between brothers??? Ew, byeee. In fact, I even wrote a whole ranty discussion post thing about my ~complicated~ relationships with love triangles if you want to hear me rant about them some more. (yup, shameless self promo! what about it????). 

But in actuality, I actually didn’t hate it?? Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t my favorite but I didn’t have the overwhelming urge to burn everything with my eyes and become a dragon and huff and puff it to shimmerines soo… it’s a win?? The romance was definitely on the blackburner, subtle enough not to hinder my enjoyment of all the mysterious fun and games. 

The fun and games most certainly were captivating, but I think this book could have used some more stakes. Sure, Avery might have felt the stakes while standing in the shadow of imminent death. But the reader never felt the urgency. 

Also. Why was the whole Cinderella story idea tossed into the mix of this book’s summary?? I didn’t read the summary until after finishing the book, but I feel like that is sort of setting up people to be disapointed. Besides the whoe rags to riches idea (which is maybe Cinderella-ish???) I don’t really know where that plays in. I definetly would not consider this to be a retelling. More a thriller riddled (ha! get it? riddles!) with puzzles and family drama extrordinare!


Overall, I would recommend The Inheritance Games. It’s fun, it’s fast, and you won’t be able to put it down. I mean, it’s basically Knives Out in hook form, what more could you ask for??

But wait! Theres more! For another fantastic showdown of The Inheritance Games vs The Hype-O-Meter, be sure to check out Rachel’s half of the post here!

Have you read The Inheritance Games? What did you think?

12 thoughts on “The Inheritance Games vs the Hype-O-Meter // back for part three

  1. I agree with you a lot! It wasn’t like, ridiculously special or anything, and it definitely had issues, but it was just so fun to read! I genuinely had a good time reading it; it was definitely unputdownable.

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