The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes TBR & Beyond Blog Tour ● Review

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The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes TBR & Beyond Blog Tour ● Review

Happy Monday Coven!! Today we are reviewing “The Final Gambit” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, the conclusion to her Inheritance Games series.

The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes TBR & Beyond Blog Tour ● ReviewThe Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published on August 30, 2022 by Hachette UK
Format: ARC provided by TBR&Beyond
Pages: 400
Purchase Links*:
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Class Differences, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / New Experience, Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense / General
Heat Level: one-flame

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.

This book was received for free from TBR&Beyond in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of this review.We'd like to thank the publishers and TBR&Beyond for the review copy.

❧ Bookish Coven Rating

4 Stars

Playing chess wasn’t just about anticipating your opponent’s moves. It was about planting those moves in their mind.”

A quick refresher on where we left off – SPOILERS ahead for book 2: “The Hawthorne Legacy“.

Book two finished with Avery saying goodbye to Toby and her finding out that he did have a biological daughter after all. He then took off but before he did, he got back the small disc that no one knows what it is. 

You have a daughter[] I have two.”

“The Final Gambit” opens with Avery celebrating her 18th birthday with Jameson. I was salty at best with how she ended things between her and Grayson. I do despise love triangles and while in this book of the series, Avery wasn’t as conflicted, she clearly cared a lot about the silver eyed Hawthorne.

Riddles upon riddles. Secrets upon secrets.”

Clearly Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a lot more twists to add to her story; don’t worry I won’t reveal any!! I liked being back with the dysfunctional Hawthorne family, uncovering long buried past secrets (you’d think after book two there won’t be any left) and experiencing the true mastermind, Tobias Hawthorne’s origin story. 

There was nothing more Hawthorne than winning.”

So prepare yourself to be immersed, for the final time, in the story of the rich Hawthornes, who will stop at no riddle, will you join them in finding out finally the whole truth about their family? Who will remain alive in the end after all is said and done?

I loved every minute of “The Final Gambit” (even though I didn’t get as much as Avery-Grayson that I wanted).  Every puzzle made sense and the story was once again very cleverly constructed. One complain that I have is that I found a lot of repetition of certain phrases.


P.S: Xander is still my favorite Hawthorne. 

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About Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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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