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The Inheritance Games

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why - or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch -- and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a conwoman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Press reviews

"Impossible to put down."
- Buzzfeed

"Barnes is a master of puzzles and plot twists. The Inheritance Games was the most fun I've had all year."
- E. Lockhart, bestselling author


The author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty acclaimed young adult novels. As a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, she received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012. For many years, she was a professor for psychology and professional writing.

The translator

Ivana Marinović, born in 1980 in Esslingen, Germany, studied comparative literature science and worked several years as a lector for a young adult literature publisher. Now she is working as a self-employed lector and translator.