“The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Book Talk

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Book Talk

Title: The Inheritance Games

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Mystery

Page Count: 400 Pages

Released: September 1, 2020

Sequels: The Hawthorne Legacy , The Final Gambit


High school student, Avery Grambs, has everything under control. Despite her less than glamorous life, she has plans to graduate high school and obtain a college scholarship in hopes of a promising future. When a billionaire passes away, Avery learns that he left his fortune to her. In order to receive the gift, she must live in his mansion for a year with the family that was left nearly empty handed in the will.

My Thoughts:

I have not read many mystery books, and certainly not any in the young adult fiction section, but this one piqued my interest in the genre. This is definitely a book I would have devoured when I was a teenager in the target demographic. Though the book is still entertaining and enjoyable as an adult, I found myself feeling irritated at the main character for some of her decisions. At the same time poor decision making is a common flaw in teenagers, so it is not a real detractor for me personally.

The riddles were interesting to watch unfold as more characters got involved. It’s a new, unique twist on the old “rags to riches” story. I liked seeing the character use her own brain and work to figure out the reason behind the overly generous gift from the billionaire. It was also fun to play along with the characters and try to predict the answers before they were discovered.

This is one of the few “BookTok” books that I have picked up and genuinely liked. I have not yet picked up the two sequels in the trilogy, but I could see myself reading them in the future. This could potentially be this decades popular book to movie adaptation the way The Hunger Games trilogy was in the 2010s.

If you are looking for a fast-paced book that will keep you up at night promising yourself that you’ll go to bed after just one more chapter, then this is the right book for you.

Have you read The Inheritance Games? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


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