ARC Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

ARC Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers
Inherit Midnight
by Kate Kae Myers

Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: February 10th, 2015
by Bloomsbury

Format: eARC

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The Competition:

Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:

Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself . . . and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery's uncle, but there's no love lost between the two of them. He's her main competition, and he'll do anything to win-including betray his own children.

Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere's lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too.

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Inherit Midnight is not particularly special. What it is is a whole lot of fucking fun. It was so much fucking fun that even though there were SO many little details that bothered me, I kind of forgot about them. Kate knows what she is doing when it comes to getting her readers realllly excited. It’s the first time in a while where instead of reading surrounded by people,  I chose the sanctuary of my own room and didn’t leave for a good 3 hours once I had finally settled in. Even those three hours flew by. The only reason I wanted this book to end was because it was too late in the night and I had class in the morning (stupid classes, taking away my reading time).

This book requires you to suspend your disbelief at times and this was made easier because the female lead, Avery, was actually pretty clever. You’d think that when she was trying to escape, she’d be ‘not so smart’ about it but she was. She thought things through and she never got caught because of her own mistakes.  I also liked how she wasn’t completely reckless and that she was afraid of ordinary things too, like falling (down a building etc.). Admittedly, she wasn’t a particularly round character. However, she wasn’t flat either and the author gave us a look into the particulars of her character and why she was the way she was.

The rest of the characters on the other hand were pretty flat. To be honest though, I wasn’t particularly bothered by that. Sometimes it was annoying that some of her relatives could be so one sided but the author did attempt to show them in different lights that made you wonder if they could be better people (except that one weird annoying uncle). I did like Warren and his wife though! They really made me happy. I also liked the addition of Megan, our MCs best friend. We don’t get to actually meet her but it was nice that our MC had a friend she actually talked to on a regular basis even if she was out having an adventure.

Riley was our love interest and frankly, I didn’t care about him. He just seemed to be eye candy for our main character but I wasn’t too bothered by his presense since he wasn’t actually an asshole. He was actually pretty decent. Plus his presence didn’t actually take away from the plot so there is that.

The development of their relationship also requires you to suspend your disbelief, but if you are like me, you’ve probably already read a lot of other romances that requires you to do that and as far as insta-love romances go, this one wasn’t too bad. I mean they do fall in love pretty quick but it wasn’t love at first sight and there is some development (however minimal).

The plot was so much fun because it reminds me so much of one of my favorite books, The Westing Game, and while it wasn’t nearly as good, it was something. I love the focus on history in this novel and I found the challenges the players had to complete, fun. Sure, some of them were way over the top and made you wonder if the grandmother had lost her marbles but they were all so exciting that I kind of just let it pass.

What I also liked was the layer the author added about Avery’s mother. Right before the competition, she had found out that her mother was in fact alive and throughout the novel, Avery learns more about her mother and the things her mother had to go through.

What did annoy me was this suspense layer the author tried to add. I guessed the culprit’s identity long before the ‘revelation’ took place. I think it was really just bothersome particularly because there was already so much going on that the author really didn’t need to up the stakes by adding a weird stalker creep person.

The ending was a little tidy but it didn’t bother me as much because I liked how things had turned out.

I finished the book with a smile on my face and I’d recommend this to anyone who is looking to settle in with a fun book. You may need to suspend your disbelief but I personally thought it was worth the ride.

Rating Report
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Overall: 3.4
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    Well sometimes a story doesn’t have to be really different if it’s interesting to read it. It sounds like a nice one but it’s too bad that the characters were like that and I confess that it makes me a little anxious. Maybe. Thanks for the review, first time I hear about this one.
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  2. says

    A mark of a great story is when you’re able to overlook multiple mild irritants in favour of the big picture. I like that the heroine looks dumb on the outside, but is really quite smart, and I don’t mind having to leave believability at the door just so long as I know to do so from the get go. I could do without the wannabe suspense mind you.
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  3. says

    I almost requested this one but didn’t. :c I kinda have always been in love with The Westing Game, which is weird because I haven’t read it. But same was true for Sarah Waters and me over two years ago and I rrrrrreally love her now. Anyways, yes to Westing Game for real and maybe to this one because it sounds a veritable time pass.

  4. says

    I get what you mean about enjoying a book even though you can nitpick it to death – I’ve read plenty of those. But I’m glad this one was fun for you, even if you can’t call it a favorite! I think I’m gonna check it out – the story really intrigues me, and hopefully I’ll like the romance. :P
    Great review, girl!
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  5. says

    I’m so happy to see a review of this, especially from you! I’ve been hovering over this one on Netgalley for the longest time but never requested it because I was unsure. Boo random stalker creep :( I do like the sound of a fun book though, even though the romance and stuff could have been a bit better. At least now I know what to expect :D Great review!
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  6. says

    I LOVE books like this, and I’m glad that you do too. Sometimes I just want to read a book that’s going to be FUN and not require a lot of work or thinking on my part (besides suspending my belief). I’m glad this one made you happy, despite the problematic details and lack of amazing romance. Thanks for this review.
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  7. says

    This book sounds like what I term “fast food fiction”, fun, satisfying, a bit forgettable but you don’t care because it hits the spot just right! I’ll defo add this to my pile to try out. Great review, Rashika!
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  8. says

    Hmm, I have The Vanishing Game by this author, which I’m intrigued to read, but from how you talk of her writing, I’m looking forward to it just that little bit more. The blurb makes the book sound so… I don’t know, strange, especially because her grandmother is making the whole family compete against each other all over the world? Call me crazy, but that’s weird in my books. I’m glad that it was still a fun read, even with all the insta-love, shallow characters and predictable plot. Great review!
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