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The Final Gambit is magnificent and a little controversial

Abby’s Angle

★★★★★/5 Stars

Oh my, where do I even begin?! Well, here’s a start, I am once again on my journey of reading the Inheritance Games series and have just recently finished the final book. The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the third and final book in The Inheritance Games trilogy. 

Avery’s fortune, life and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about. To inherit her $1 billion fortune, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in the Hawthorn House. The paparazzi are tracking her every step. All that could save her are the Hawthorne brothers. Their lives are tied to hers. She knows their deepest secrets, and they know hers. But as the clock ticks down to the moment where she becomes the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in a visitor that is seeking her help. It soon becomes clear that there is one last final puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn to a dangerous game against an unknown player. In this game, there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning. 
I really enjoyed The Final Gambit, and I know that that is a little controversial, but, overall I really enjoyed all of the characters, the plot, the puzzle. Everything. Everything that Jennifer Lynn Barnes writes is always spectacular, and I was once again blown away by her writing.

This book motivated me to read some of her other works, which I have found great interest in. I also really enjoyed the continuing of the love triangle between Avery, Jameson and Greyson. Everything in that situation felt very moving and unexpected at the same time with the addition of new characters. The plot felt like a very good extension of The Inheritance Games (Book #1), and The Hawthorne Legacy (Book #2) as I was a bit confused on where the plot could go after reading The Hawthorne Legacy. 

I was so shocked at the dramatic plot twist at the end of the book, I did not see that coming! But really, I didn’t expect anything else from Avery as she is just a wonderful and kind person, and that is something she would definitely do. My only nitpick would be that it felt like too much had happened to get to that point for it to end just like how it did. Avery was waiting so long for that fortune and went through so much that I was very much shocked on what she chose to do with it. I did really enjoy, however, that all the Hawthorne brothers were not involved in the situation as they were just as shocked as us as readers were. 

After all of that, I would definitely recommend this book (and this whole series!) to anyone who is ages 12+. This book didn’t have many flaws, and I think anyone would enjoy this as it’s suitable for any age range and any interest. But make sure before you read this book that you have read the whole series or else you will be confused! But specifically for readers who enjoy mysteries and puzzles. But yes, overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone 12+ as it really is that magnificent. Thank you so much for reading. 

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