Young Adult

Review: The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes

(Summary and cover from the publisher’s website)

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for an early copy of this book!

The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Penguin 



Young Adult


Trigger Warnings

Mentions of abuse



384 (Kindle edition)



She came from nothing.

Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.

Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.

They had everything.

Now she must move into the mansion she’s inherited.

It’s filled with secrets and codes, and the old man’s surviving relatives – a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got ‘their’ money.

Now there’s only one rule: winner takes all.
Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing.
But just how far will they go to keep their fortune?



8 / 10



There is one thing you need to know about me: I love escape rooms. I loved treasure hunts when I was a kid, too. Basically, my dream was (and still is) to someday live in a place with a secret room. Preferably, a secret library, because that would just be way too cool.

So a book that’s basically a mix between an escape game in novel form, Knives Out, and Agatha Christie novels? Well… I loved this SO MUCH!!!

In fact, it would totally have been a read with a higher note if not for the slight disappointment of the ending. I wasn’t aware it wasn’t a stand-alone novel and looked apprehensively at the number of pages left and the number of questions unanswered.
Waiting for the sequel will be very frustrating! Beware, you won’t get all the answers you’re hoping for.

Apart from that, the book was exactly what I loved.
Filled with humour, to start with. I laughed out loud at a lot of what Xander said, and he’s not the only funny character. They’re such a crazy bunch, and a very exciting set of characters, too, that you’ll quickly learn to love or hate – and believe me, it’ll often change throughout the book! For now, my preferences go to Nash (the heroic, forlorn cowboy) and Xander (because he’s slightly crazy, and possibly gay), but then again, they’re kind of in the background for most of the novel. I might just come to hate them in the sequel!

As a fan of espace rooms/games, I obviously really enjoyed that this novel was basically an escape game in a book form. It was so exciting to see characters figuring things out! And that house sounded like a whole dream. Maybe not too realistic, but after all, it’s a book about extremely rich guys – and if you wanna create a crazy house with hundreds of secret rooms and hints everywhere, knock yourself out. I’m not gonna complain.

There’s one sign that shows for sure how good a mystery is, and that’s how invested you get in the story. I feel like the fact that I read through it extremely quickly, as well as how frustrated I was at the ending, are very good indications that this is one hell of a good mystery.

Also, even though there’s romance (it is, after all, YA), it doesn’t feel forced nor too awkward.  Kudos to the author for that, and here’s to hoping it’ll stay like that. I’m begging you, no love triangle.

A great book, no doubt, but please: give me the sequel!


To read if…

You want to get lost in a funny, crazy mystery.

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