Avery’s fortune, life, and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about.
To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.
But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.
Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.
Title: The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games, #3)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller
What a way to end this crazy series! Wow! I really thought we had most of the secrets and lies out in the open, but I was so wrong.
First, I have to say, as usual, the puzzles and games were so fun and exciting to figure out. The amount of thought and planning Barnes has put into these is amazing. So props to her and her mind for that.
This book really made me fall in love with the Hawthorne brothers. I already liked them quite a bit, but seeing them in this book was different. They all accepted Avery as one of them. They supported her. They loved her (some of them romantically) and it was just a good feeling to have from the brothers. Plus, the character arcs from some of them, particularly Jameson, has been really nice to watch
I also have to point out that Xander is the bestest boy that ever bested. I love him so much and I’m so glad things worked out the way they did for him.
There is so much to be said about this book, but I’ll leave it with you just have to read it to know. If you think you have everything figured out, no you don’t. If you think Barnes isn’t going to put you through the emotional ringer, think again.
The ending of the book kinda left things where there could be a spin off with more puzzles and games and things…I wouldn’t be opposed to a spin off. Just saying.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writing.