Friday Fives | Wow! Endings

As per usual, I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic is on books that had amazing endings that completely blew me away!

I was literally dead after finishing this! I was not expecting that ending or how much it ripped my heart out and stomped on it!

I pre-ordered this book. I did not know this book was a series. I threw the book when I read that ending! I’m so excited that the second book is out.

A fascinating, twisty book with such an interesting ending, and something that made me truly think of justice and our (United States) justice system.

I’m not going to lie, I think Hank wrote a better book than John. Come at me, bro! I thought this book was fascinating exploration of humanity, privacy, and infamy. That ending left me so mad though! But it was soooo good!!

In the poem The Hollow Man, by T.S. Eliot, he ends the poem “This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.” This book relates to that line so much that I can’t even! It was a beautiful book with such a wow ending but one that was subtle and haunting and stayed with you for days later.

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read the Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

I’m a huge supporter of people who create book covers and think that they can make or break a book. Here are some of those covers that made me want to read the book.

Malice by Heather Walter

Kent State by Deborah Wiles

The Dead and The Dark by Courtney Gould

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Sadie by Courtney Summers

A Woman Without a Country by Eavan Boland

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

There are only 8 new authors I read this year, so enjoy!

Charlotte McConaghy

I read Migrations and fell in love with it. Such a beautifully written book.

Courtney Summers

Finally read Sadie and I cannot wait to read her upcoming book The Project.

Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is amazing, and I’m so excited to read the next in the series this year.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games is a great YA Knives Out-esque, and I desperately need the next book in the series!

Randy Ribay

I read Patron Saints of Nothing on the last day of December and was blown away by it. I definitely want to read more of his books.

Renee Ahdieh

I’ve had The Wrath and the Dawn on my TBR for a while, but it was actually The Beautiful that I read first.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic was haunting and beautiful. I definitely want to read her other books.

Tamsyn Muir.

I am still not over Gideon the Ninth, nor will I ever be.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

Book Review | The Inheritance Games

Image from Goodreads

Title: The Inheritance Games (first in series)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published: 1 September 2020

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What if you were given a million dollars? Or a billion dollars? We all dream of it, right? I have never played any lottery in my life, but I still have a plan for when I ever win the lottery. Well, for Avery Kylie Grambs this is no dream, it’s quite literally a reality. It’s also not just a million dollars nor is it a billion dollars. She has been given 46 billion dollars, including all properties, monetary assets, and worldy possessions of Tobias Hawthorne.

There’s one part that doesn’t make sense to Avery or the rest of the Hawthorne family, nobody knows who she is and she has no idea who they or Tobias Hawthorne is.

This is just another puzzle, another game for the four brothers. They all grew up with Tobias who loved games and puzzles more than almost anyone. One last game after he dies and Avery is the missing piece. Or is she?

I was so excited to read this back when I first heard about it this past spring. Totally reminded me of Knives Out. Of course, with Knives Out Marta actually knew Harlan. As the game moves on, the stakes do become higher and Avery has no idea who to trust. I kept going back and forth on who I trusted. All the boys, at least once during my reading of the book, had something to do with trying to have Avery loose the inheritance.

There were a few things that I wished were different. One, can we stop it with the love triangles!? Please I beg you!

I’ve been tired of this trope since Twilight and it still hasn’t aged well! Two, I really wanted Nan (Tobias’s mother-in-law) to be in the story more, especially, after she told Avery about what happened to her husband. I also wished we saw her impression or reaction to Avery being bequeathed this inheritance instead of her great-grandsons. Hopefully, she’ll be a bigger character in book 2, but I doubt it.

Oh yeah! Did anyone else know this was a series? Cause I certainly didn’t! If you read past this point, you are taking your life in your own hands because

When it’s revealed that Avery knows the man in Nan’s locket, Tobias Hawthorne II, and it’s Harry from the park, I was shocked. The man from the beginning that was so inconsequential to be meaningless becomes such the twist at the end. I was truly not expecting that. I will say I did enjoy that scene between Avery and Harry at the beginning. Avery is a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She is literally sleeping in her car the night before she finds out she’s an heiress, but she goes to the park to play chess as a way to give Harry breakfast. Showing someone’s character right from the beginning.

It makes me root for Avery. I want her to win the game and the inheritance, but more than that I want this to mean something for her. I don’t want it to mean something as little as a chance meeting in a diner or because she had the same birthday as a girl who died. There has to be more to Avery’s story than that. Tobias Hawthorne’s mind had to have more of a reason than just simple coincidence.

Basically, I need the next book!