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The Hawthorne Legacy, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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marippe's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

The mystery of Toby Hawthorne II~
This one felt more complex in it’s connections, it was another fun read.
She fr puts some kind of crack in these because I had sm fun reading it

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4.25


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

4.5


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adventurous emotional funny mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I bought the first three books of this series as a FairyLoot exclusive set, and I have been making my way through them.
"The Hawthorne Legacy" is the fast-paced sequel to "The Inheritance Games". The mystery as to why Tobias Hawthorne left the majority of his fortune to Avery still needs to be solved, but luckily there are new leads for Avery to follow. Through a DNA test, she knows she is not a Hawthorne by blood, but she quickly learns that she has a connection to the Hawthornes that dates back over a decade. The three Hawthorne brothers are still not in agreement about what to do, but Avery wants to utilize all three of their expertise to get to the bottom of this mystery.
I was so excited to pick up this book as soon as I finished "The Inheritance Games", but I had to wait because I wanted to listen to the audiobook and there was a bit of a wait on Libby. I do HIGHLY recommend the audiobooks for this series. Avery is such a likable and relatable main character, and it is her approachable personality that makes this story so enjoyable for me. The rest of the Hawthorne clan definitely contribute to this story and continue to make this story intoxicating. The brothers are all interesting in their own ways, and I love how much they are taking Avery under their wing. 
This book does get much more violent than the first, and there are serious threats to Avery's life. Some of these instances felt a little too action movie-y to me, but it was not too cheesy that it felt unreal. 
We do get to see more of Max in this book, which I was so excited for. Max is the epitome of a best friend and I love seeing her pure love and support for Avery. 
I am really enjoying all of the nuances to the mystery. Every time I think I have figured out what is going on, there is a curveball and I feel like I am back in the dark. This mystery is not straight forward, and this family has decades old secrets that weave a web that is difficult to break through. I do not know what will happen in the third book, but I do know I need to pick it up ASAP. 

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cameronestridge208'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? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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dlrosebyh'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? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

Heiress Avery Grambs is left to pick up the pieces after the shocking conclusion of the Inheritance Games and seek out the person who might have the answers to all of her questions, including why Tobias Hawthorne decided to leave his whole estate to Avery rather than his own children or grandsons.

A DNA test has confirmed for Avery that she is not a Hawthorne by blood, but signs are mounting that point to a closer relationship to the family than she had ever thought. Two of the mysterious and alluring Hawthorne grandchildren, Grayson and Jameson, continue to tug Avery in separate directions as the mystery deepens and the plot congeals. In addition, danger lurks around every turn as new enemies arise who will use any means necessary to remove Avery from the scene.

i think my thoughts are still the same thing with my thoughts from the first book. but this book was definitely what i needed. don’t get me wrong, i liked the first book, but this one? i loved. most second books in a series are fillers, but this one, i think, is as important— or even more important than the first book. i’m so glad it didn’t go through the second book syndrome.

I adore how developed the characters in this novel are. I felt Grayson was missing something in the first book, and I was correct. I now have a completely new appreciation for Grayson as a result of this book. Even though I wish I had seen more of him in this book because the game was originally supposed to be his, Xander is still my favorite character. Additionally, there is a lot more character drama, and we meet more significant characters (more assholes, I fear).

Like the first novel, this was overflowing with action. You go swiftly, captivatingly, and enticingly from point A to point B, from one chapter to the next. I didn't really guess many of the plot twists in this one because they were more unexpected, which is something I appreciate in a mystery book. The mood is ruined by a mystery book with a predictable plot twist.  

Spoiler Because of the kiss, I was a little worried for that Avery would choose Grayson, but now I'm very certain that Jameson is the endgame. After reading the "heads and tails" quote, how could anyone not choose Jameson? I adore Grayson as a person, but for a relationship to work out, he needs to move on from Emily.

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense 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? Yes

5.0

 This was SO GOOD. It was really sad and heartbreaking but it was SO good.

I loved that there were new characters we got to learn about and discover how truly tangled this web of Hawthorns/Laughlins/Grambs really is. I have no clue where Barnes is going to take this final book but I'm excited to see where it goes. 

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livvmarks's review against another edition

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

4.5


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effy's review

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4.0

After the mystery seemed to have been wrapped up in book 1, I was very intrigued to see where the story went next. I thought this story did a good job of organically extending the mystery. I particularly appreciated that it was revealed quite near the start that 
Spoiler Avery beliveved Toby was her father (the fact that he was not biologically her father but saw her as being like a daughter was a really beautiful touch).


I think I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one because I have a clearer understanding of the dynamic with the games and the puzzles. I also felt as though the love triangle was basically gone; 
SpoilerAvery and Grayson clearly still had feelings for one another but the choice had been made and Avery was with Jameson and that was that.
 

Overall this book was a fun ride. 

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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


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