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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.
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.
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