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Intrigue, riches, and romance abound in this thrilling sequel to the New York Times best-selling The Inheritance Games.

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, two of 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. 

With nonstop action, aspirational jet-setting, Knives Out-like family intrigue, swoon-worthy romance, and billions of dollars hanging in the balance, The Hawthorne Legacy will thrill Jennifer Lynn Barnes fans and new listeners alike.

©2021 Jennifer Lynn Barnes (P)2021 Little, Brown Young Readers

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I was here for the ride!

Fantastic follow up to the first book. I forgot how much I really liked the first book until I re-listened to it prior to this books release. LOVED IT! The pace of it is fast and wonderful, I love the complicated nature of the family, and loved hearing everything unfold. Well done!

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A fantastic second book in the trilogy!!!

This series is so well written! It grabs you from the beginning of book one, and when that book ends you need book two immediately! Book two also grabs you right away and keeps your attention until the end, when you are dying for book three!!!
The plot flows beautifully with the mystery, relationships and suddenly growing up in the line light! There are no slow moments in the story at all! The characters are so amazing!! They are well rounded, in depth characters that you love to love and love to hate!! They are young adults living in a very wealthy world, with a large estate with tunnels, mazes, secret passageways, walled off secret rooms and lots of clues and puzzles to solve!!! It’s such an intriguing game!!!

The narrator is fantastic at bringing the author’s story to life!!

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The First Book was Better

***3.5 stars***

I've seen other reviews saying that this was boring and bad. I don't agree with that. The plot was slow and doesn't add huge amount to the overall series. It's filler. But I thought it was entertaining. I agree that the plot did become convoluted and at times unnecessary. And while I did enjoy the first book more, this was entertaining. I will admit that I should have probably re-read the first book in the series before reading this one as I'd forgotten a lot of the original plot. Maybe that is why I wasn't taking it too seriously. It's a fun mystery with a ton of drama, near-death situations and puzzles. I'm not sure that I'm on board with Avery's choice of romance but regardless, I will be eagerly awaiting the next book.

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Loved it!! Can’t wait for book 3!!

Totally would recommend this series
It’s page turning, exciting, original. I will be very sad when the third book ends.

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The 2nd not bad

There were a lot of twists and turns. And at times, it seemed like the storyline was being drugged out. Towards the end, is where the story started picking up steam for me.
I would also agree Avery‘s wishy-washy vibes were annoying, and the fake triangle romance that was not happening “but happening” between the two brothers was also irritating. Nevertheless my niece and I enjoyed the book we look forward to reading the next installment. But we both think the first was better.

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Holy Pacing Issues, Batman!

I think the overall Inheritance games story and trilogy will definitely be a good one, but this book suffered heavily from Sequel-itis. The pacing was just all off - the first part of the book dragged, and it seemed like not much was happening, then all of a sudden that last 10% was just packed with very little resolution or emotional payout. I hope in the third book Barnes actually takes the time to explore all of the small things she briefly implied in this book, including the side characters that are, frankly, a lot more interesting than some of the main characters. I want to hear about Nash and Xander, not wallow in the "will they won't they" on the other two brothers.

Did I love this book? Not really. Will I read the next one as soon as it's out? Absolutely. I just hope we get more of what made the original so engaging in the final installment

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Awesome book

I am loving this series! I love the story and the characters and all the riddles and mysteries. I’ve been taking notes as I’ve read so I could play their games and follow the clues too. I can’t wait for the third book!!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

What a fun book. Suitable for YA audiences but enjoyable for adults. I love the narrator, she did a fabulous job. I can't wait for the final book to come out next year.

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I like it

I like the book and the narrator has a great voice. It’s just kind of annoying when she gets her characters voice wrong or make one of the Hawthorne boys sound like max.

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I! love! this! book!!!

Oh my gosh!!! I don’t even know where to start. I love how this book takes place basically right after Inheritance games. I also love how the author brings the past events that happened in the Inheritance games, but doesn’t go through this big long backstory explaining everything.
I also love some of those plot twists. I mean a lot of them I didn’t see coming. There were also some where I thought I knew where they were going and then it just went in a completely different direction. I could guess some of them, but not most of them. It’s hard to find a book like that.
I don’t know if this series is over. It left off at a point where it could be, but I really hope that Jennifer Lynn Barnes continues writing books in the series. I love Avery, and the Hawthorne boys. I would love to see them come back in another book.