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Review: The Final Gambit(The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publishing date: August 30th, 2022

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Synopsis:

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:

First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover is…!!!! I absolutely loved it..!!! I had read both the previous books in this series and was eagerly waiting for the third instalment in the book to be released. And I just couldn’t be more happier when I got my hands on the book via TBRandBeyond..

“I love you. I would die to protect you. I would make you hate me to keep you safe because damn it, Avery-some things are too precious to gamble.”

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, The Final Gambit

The first and second books were awesome and frankly, I started reading the book with a lot of expectations. And it did not at all disappoint me. 

Avery’s life turns upside down when she gets to know that she is about the inherit millions and billions. She has to stay in the Hawthorne house for a year before she gets inherited. But soon she gets entangled into the mysteries revolving around Tobias Hawthrone, Toby Hawthrone and her mother. Avery needs to follow the clues and solve the mysteries before anyone else does. 

I absolutely loved the book. The book has a lot of plot twists that kept me hooked on the book. I really wanted to get to the end of the book very fast to finally get to know the facts and revelations behind the mysteries. 

Speaking about the characters, all the characters have their own part to contribute to the story. Avery’s character has been evolving throughout the whole series. (The way she learns to handle herself, the way she adapts herself). There is a love triangle around Jameson – Avery and Grayson. I won’t give spoilers but I really loved her choice in the end. 

“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, The Final Gambit

Overall, the book is full of games, mysteries, betrayals, love and the most important of all family. I loved it and I really hope you all will too….!!!!!!!

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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Young Blood: Ten Terrifying College Tales by Chandrima Das

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Bored roommates use a planchette to contact a legendary ghost that haunts Pune University. Will she answer?

Is the abandoned Khairatabad Science College in Hyderabad really haunted? A gang of students break inside to investigate.

Nirav and Pavi love each other . . . most of the time. Will exploring a forbidden place inside IIT Kharagpur bring them closer?

From strange sightings to urban legends, from haunted buildings to not-so-friendly ghosts, colleges in India have their fair share of spine-tingling tales, be it Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, St. Bede’s College in Shimla or Delhi University. Young Blood is a collection of ten tales that reimagine college urban legends and true first-person accounts, that promises to terrify even die-hard fans of horror.

You can purchase the book here

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading horror books and when I read the blurb of this book I had to get my hands on it. Young Blood is a collection of ten short horror stories from various colleges in India. All the stories have different settings and plots. I loved reading each and every one of them but if I have to choose one, I would choose “The Benefits of Doubt“.

The characters are very well developed in the stories. Although the book is a collection of different stories, the author builds the characters very beautifully. Their emotions such as fear, regret, and sorrows are very well depicted.

The stories are narrated from the first-person point of view. This helps in making the stories more realistic as well as appealing. The stories are well-plotted and fast-paced. The author makes sure to keep the readers hooked to the book right from the beginning. The writing style is simple and easy to understand.

Overall, Young Blood is a wonderful collection of short horror tales. I would definitely recommend it to horror genre lovers!!!!

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Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Singular Affair by M. K. Wiseman

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Before Baker Street, there was Montague.

Before the partnership with a former army doctor recently returned from Afghanistan, Sherlock Holmes had but the quiet company of his own great intellect. Solitary he might be but, living as he did for the thrill of the chase, it was enough.

For a little while, at the least, it was enough. 

That is until a client arrives at his door with a desperate plea and an invitation into a world of societal scandal and stage door dandies. Thrust deep in an all-consuming role and charged with the safe-keeping of another, Holmes must own to his limits or risk danger to others besides himself in this the case of the aluminium crutch. 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is my first time reading a book by M.K Wiseman and surely this won’t be the last. “Sherlock Holmes and the singular affair” is set before Dr Watson entered Sherlock Holme’s life.

The story begins with Dr. Watson going through some old papers of Sherlock Holmes after his death. The story actually follows the early life of Sherlock Holmes before Watson came into his life.

Miss Clarke had approached Sherlock Holmes with a request to find her husband, Henry. She has a doubt that her husband has been replaced by some stranger. Sherlock embarks on a quest to find her husband unaware of the danger involved.

I love reading detective mysteries and this book is no exception. The book has it all – the mystery, the dangers, the adventures and (obviously) the excellent deduction skills of Sherlock Holmes. I loved that the author had included some characters from the original stories apart from Sherlock and Watson in this book such as Inspector Lestrade.

The character building is done very well. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson very much resemble the original characters. The storyline is amazing. It seems confusing at first but as the story nears the end, all the deductions are put in front of the readers. The book is initially slow placed but as the storyline proceeds, it literally becomes unputdownable!

Overall, “Sherlock Holmes & the Singular Affair” is a captivating historical crime mystery perfect for all mystery lovers. I loved every bit of it and would highly recommend it to all my fellow Sherlock Holmes lovers to give it a try.

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AUTHOR BIO:

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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