Note: This review is spoiler free!
Book: The Inheritance Games series
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Age: For readers 13 and up
I’m on the fence about this book and honestly don’t know if I really liked it or not. 😬 I mean… yes it did hook me in and I finished it in less than a day (which is very fast for me) but I hated the writing style, was indifferent towards the characters and felt meh about the romance. But I did enjoy it. Soooooo idk 🤷♀️
What I didn’t like:
The Absence of Mystery: Sooooo here’s what basically happened in the book:
“Random” girl (Avery Grambs) is very special but no one knows why. Then Avery faces some difficult challenges that she has to overcome- she has to survive in the house for a year. Yes, I said survive. What an incredibly taxing challenge, right? 🤠 Then Avery has to complete even HARDER challenges, like choosing between two basically identical brothers who are both in love with her for some reason that I have yet to discover (honestly she has the personality of a brick so I’m not sure what these brothers are fighting over 😐 ). Sound familiar? Here’s a hint-Avery Grambs = Elena Gilbert confirmed 🤯 .
Ok that was an exaggeration. I mean there were some riddles thrown in the book but not as much as I expected from a book marketed as a suspenseful mystery filled with riddles and games. Honestly, 50-60% of the book was a love triangle which took away from the mystery aspects of the book 😕 .
Writing Style: The main factor that killed the flow of this book was the writing style. Ngl it was pretty bad 😐 “She went here”, “He looked at the room”, “She stopped.”. These were all LEGIT sentences in the book! It was all telling and no showing. No descriptive writing whatsoever and the extremely short sentences made the book choppy. (On the topic of writing style, I think I even catched a grammatical error. At one point in the book there was a sentence written as: “I was an heiress”. Now I’m not the best at grammar but shouldn’t it be “I was a heiress”? 🤨 ).
Jameson: Yes I am devoting an entire section to Jameson because he lowkey unsettles me. 😬 He reminds me of those creepy porcelain dolls that seem to follow your every move. YOU CAN”T TELL ME THIS MAN ISN’T ONE OF THOSE DISTURBING DOLLS.. Exhibit A: He practically stalks Avery. Exhibit B: He just seems so void of emotions. I don’t know how to explain this properly but it's hard to tell if there was ever any genuine connection between him and any one of the characters (especially Avery). The only thing he’s passionate about is riddles. Not about his dead Grandfather. Not about his brothers. Not about Avery. But about riddles of all things 🤠
The Quirky Dialogue:
The Hawthorne Legacy: (Contains NO spoilers about the 1st and 2nd book)
Writing: I didn’t think it was possible for the writing to get even worse in the second book. But it did. By a LOT. 🤧 There was a bunch more tell and not show examples. “We ran back to the abandoned wing. We came to a stop just outside the door.” Guys this book is so poorly written its hilarious 💀 At least it had decent plot so it was still fun to read.
Romance Overload: I thought the last book had too much romance, but this book was a hundred times worse. It was basically the dollar tree version of the Selection where Avery pulls a America move and switches between Grayson and Jameson CONSTANTLY. But seriously, the author goes out of her way to set up forced romantic scenes to exaggerate the love triangle. It got real annoying, real fast. 😐
What I liked:
Addicting: The storyline is REALLY addicting. I honestly don’t know why but I swear this plot had a chokehold against me. I really avoided all my homework to finish this book in under 24 hours lol 🤭
The Endings: THE CLIFFHANGERS OMG. DID NOT SEE THEM COMING…🤯
Sooo overall this was an entertaining book to read and it was so addicting but the writing style and the forced romance interactions did ruin it a bit though 😕 I still think everyone should give this book a read regardless because it’s quick and fun.