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The Hawthorne Legacy, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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mattheo's review against another edition

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

5.0


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cepbreed's review against another edition

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

4.0

I am unabashedly team Grayson. I know the past two books have been dedicated to developing Avery and Jameson but COME ON! When the author is so elusive and only throws us a bone once in awhile I get attached wayyy more easily than if there’s consistent action. It’s one of my flaws to be honest. I love this series so far, it’s so fun and incredibly satisfying to feel everything pull together. That said something is preventing me from falling in love with the books. Maybe it’s how fast I’m reading them or my preconceived notions. I’m also glad I’m late to the party and only starting this series now despite relentless recommendations. This way I can binge the entire series and not have to wait and forget important details like I had to with A Good Girls Guide to Murder. The quality has been super consistent with this series and I’m so thankful for that. 


Song: Compass - The Neighbourhood 

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beth_s98's review against another edition

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

4.75


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thefightinside's review against another edition

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

3.75

A lovely continuation of the inheritance games; a fun mystery read

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helenferg'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? Yes

4.5


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karapillar's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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veronicatabor's review against another edition

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

4.0


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katiebookedout's review against another edition

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

5.0


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michellemaas's review

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adventurous emotional funny lighthearted 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

4.0

The Hawthorne Legacy is considerably better than The Inheritance Games (and that's saying something since I really enjoyed The Inheritance Games).

I didn't realize how lost I was with the first book until I read the second book and things finally started clicking into place. The Hawthrone Legacy did a good job of answering nearly all the questions sparked from its predecessor and it's always a good feeling to get answers to questions that have been burning since your first read.

Furthermore, I want to commend Jennifer Lynn Barnes for creating a love triangle that wasn't annoying. Typically being a fantasy reader, there is little that irks me as much as a love triangle but she wrote in a way where it didn't feel like an unnecessary trope to set the drama in motion but more so a natural repetition of history (and most likely a manifestation of Jameson and Grayson's unresolved guilt over Emily's death).

Like with the first book, the plot twists were also really an insane man. I kept expecting Jennifer Lynn Barnes to go in the typical plot twist territory but she specifically wrote in a way that lead your mind there to yank the rug from under your feet.
Spoiler Examples of this were when she set up Avery's father being Toby (which is quite the executed, almost cliche thing to do), only to reveal that he wasn't her father!?
I was quaking.
Spoiler Even the part of Toby being adopted was unexpected and last (but not least) the love triangle?
It was the first time I genuinely couldn't tell who the MC was going to pick.
Spoiler It was obvious that Avery had a more serious relationship with Jameson, but I kept expecting Jennifer Lynn Barens to do the "obvious and unexpected" thing by making her end up with Grayson. Only that didn't happen?
The best way to keep things unexpected when using popular storylines is to do the expected since the reader expects the author to do the unexpected thing (which is no longer unexpected since it gets done so much). 

I don't know if you got any of that but the book was good and I was entertained, so what more can I ask?

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junefish's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense medium-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

5.0


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