Blog Tour Review, The Final Gambit

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The Final Gambit
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

368 pages
Little Brown and Company
Published August 30, 2022

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About the book:

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.

My Review:

Who is excited that this is finally out???

I doubt you need them, but here are my reasons for reading the book”

  • To see who Avery chooses (and yes she does pick).  Are you team Grayson or Jameson?
  • To see what new puzzles there are to solve.  One of the things I’ve loved about the series is watching Avery and the Hawthorne boys solve the puzzles
  • The unexpected twists
  • To get clarity on some questions posed in previous books, like exactly why is Avery the heir?
  • To see if Avery inherits the family fortune
  • And to see how it all ends (does it end? Or is there room for more)

I don’t read a lot of YA books anymore, but seem to gravitate to the breakout YA series and this one has been a pleasure.  Avery and the whole crew keep up their dynamics as they work to figure out what happened to Toby.

Avery continues to mature in this final installment, but remains true to who she is.  The Hawthorne boys have continued to grow and as soon as I pick a favorite, I change my mind.  Of course the stakes seem higher since we are at the conclusion, but this book feels very true to the previous books.

This was a win for me.  Twisty – check.  New drama – check. Answers to some lingering questions – check.  New adventures – check.  And while this is the end of the trilogy, I love that there was room left for a potential spinoff or two.  But this is all me and not in the works that I know of.

Really if you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for?  This is not a stand alone, so pick up the Inheritance Games and fall in love with Avery and the Hawthorne Boys and if you are caught up, what are you waiting for?


About the Author:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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