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The Hawthorne Legacy, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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mermaidmommy19's review against another edition

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3.75

I enjoyed this a lot! I thought it was much better than the first book! It was still pretty predictable and the ending left me going 😑 but I'm excited to see what develops in book three!

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toriwatson's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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elspethmigliore's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

It was really good! It got to be slightly confusing at times, but very good. I don't know if I enjoyed it as much as the first one, but everything about it is still amazing. I love the character development and how we get to actually see the relationships between the characters. 

definitely reread material ✅ 

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luciiee's review against another edition

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adventurous funny inspiring mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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madisonogle3's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5


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cheesy_crackers's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

Ok, got better towards the end but at the start just felt like a repeat of the first book.

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sweetsxrrxw's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

im not very sure what to say about this book. did i hate it? no. did i lose my mind over it? not really. i guess i am somewhere in the middle of those two terms. 

it took me a while to get over the beginning but i know im not the only one who struggled to get through it. then, maybe right after reading a 70% of the book, it caught my attention and i started reading it faster. actually, if im 100% honest, i dont remember many details about the plot but i think i mostly felt the same way about the characters as i did in the first book. 

xander is still my favorite brother and it makes me a bit mad that everyone (aka avery, jameson and grayson) wouldn't fully let him participate in the mystery solving. like, cmon, even though they all like mysteries, this one was for xander :/ nash and libby still own my heart btw! 

i dont think i have any strong feelings towards avery. she's just okay, i guess? i think the part where i related to her the most was when she said she could not imagine herself with anyone in the scenario that max proposed. about max... yeah she was fine but she would have been better if it wasn't bc of the fake swearing. 

in this book i just gave up with the love triangle because i was afraid the author would pull up an ending similar to the "the summer i turned pretty" one (mental note: try to avoid love triangles, especially if there's brothers involved) so, even if during the first book i was slightly rooting for jameson, i didnt really care about the endgame this time. 
Spoilerhowever i was glad to read about grayson finally opening up about not feeling enough and jameson deciding avery wasn't a game for him anymore after the accident.


there are some characters i couldnt really understand such as mellie. like ok i understand that
Spoilerboth her and eli were spying for grayson's dad
but tbh i still cannot fully understand what happened at all. 

the little plot twists in the family tree had me checking every once in a while if there was incest going on lmao (fortunately, there wasn't) but i think the plot twist that shocked me the most was learning that
Spoilerwas learning that toby is a laughlin. like idk, i truly wasnt expecting it


so yeah, even though it felt like a filler book to prepare the setting for the end of the trilogy, i think it was pretty entertaining! 

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nehanaomi's review against another edition

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mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

bruh how can it be this hard to just pick a boy 

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oceanwriter's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Having felt somewhat let down by the ending of the first book after so much build-up, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself liking this book even more. Some questions are answered from The Inheritance Games, and some questions are asked presumably ready to be answered in The Final Gambit.

Picking up right after the events of the first book, we follow Avery and the Hawthorne boys as a new game begins. This time their quest is more of a cross between friendly competition and working as a team now that Avery has been accepted by the Hawthorne boys as one of their own. She stands to lose the most (though not necessarily financially). Having uncovered some family secrets, she's determined to find connections and answers. Who is her father? Is she really of Hawthorne blood? What had her mother kept from her for her entire life?

Part of what I've been enjoying about this series is the absurdity of it all. I'm not the target age group so I have little patience for the high school drama that inevitably comes in a YA such as this, but something about the eccentricity of the Hawthorne family is intriguing. It's grandiose and impractical but dang it, it's fun.

This book definitely reads as a lengthy bridge into the next book (though doesn't end on as much of a cliffhanger as the previous), however, I enjoyed the intricacies of the family. I'm not quite sure what to expect going forward but I'm excited to find out!

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librariangeorgia's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

I loved this book so much! 
 
So much stuff that was mentioned in the first book was fully delved into and wrapped up in this book - or at least, it looks like it has been… 
 
I just love the progression in the Hawthorne brothers and Avery’s relationship - it’s not 100% ride or die but it’s getting there! 
 
I’m so looking forward to seeing what they get up to in the next book! 

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