The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions – including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons.
Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions. And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture – by any means necessary.
Title: The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Twisty, intriguing, surprising until the end. I was on pins and needles the whole book wanting to know what was going to happen next.
While we still get to enjoy a good puzzle laid out by dear Mr. Hawthorne, we also get many more answers in this book than in the last. Just when you think you have this book figured out, Barnes throws another curveball at you. I will admit most of the revelations weren’t too shocking, it was still interesting how it all came about. But, there still were some shocking moments. Because so many questions were answered and mysteries were solved, it’s hard to see where Barnes might take the next book in the series, but I’m sure she has something good up her sleeve.
I love that we got to see a little bit more of Avery’s best friend, Max, and her sister, Libby. These are two essential characters that are not too involved with the games so are kinda pushed aside in both books. Max was brought into the story a little more in this book, as was Libby, but I still wish we could see more of them.
Similar to the first book, the romance was lacking. Our main character, Avery, is stuck in a love triangle, but she never really makes a choice about either guy. We are led to believe she has finally chosen one of them at the end, but even that choice didn’t feel like one she made. It just felt like one that was thrust upon her. The romance felt very similar to the love triangle in The Naturals. As long as you’re reading more for the action and mystery of it all and less for the romance, you’ll still very much enjoy this book.
Overall, this was another incredible book by Barnes. She is just so amazing at bringing together mysteries and puzzles and presenting them in an interesting way. I can’t wait for the next book!