The final book in the series! I adored the first two books and actually preordered The Final Gambit. And I don’t preorder a lot of books anymore…. So I think that says a lot about my feelings on the whole series. I immediately started reading the book and now want to share my thoughts. So let’s jump in!
Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.
Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.
The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
While I didn’t remember all the details of the first two books, I do think I remembered the most important details. And the things I didn’t remembered where mentioned again if they were important. So you won’t miss anything.
“The world is the board, Heiress. We just have to keep rolling the dice.”
Every book in the series has a main ‘game’ or riddle that needs to be solved. And while this one seems to have a bit of a different type of riddle, there is a second riddle that is a true Hawthorne game as well. I loved the riddles and games in the first two books and really enjoyed trying to solve these with Avery and the Hawthorne brothers.
“Everything’s a game. Avery Grambs. The only thing we get to decide in life is if we play to win.”
The big question in The Final Gambit is whether Avery can trust the people around her. And that was interesting to see play out. Avery slowly learned to open up and now has to start question some of her new relationships. I loved reading about those relationships and thought it was all described really well. Especially the romantic relationship was lovely to read about.
“I don’t believe in destiny or fate—I believe in choice.
Love wasn’t just a choice—it was dozens, hundreds, thousands of choices.
Every day was a choice.”
Jennifer Lynn Barnes once again showed why I enjoy reading her books so much. I was not disappointed by this one at all, although it wasn’t my favorite in the series. Now I’m on the lookout for news about a potential new book by her haha. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!