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The Hawthorne Legacy: The Inheritance Games, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intrigue, puzzles, new locations in exciting continuation.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

More violence, peril than the first book, picks up after slow start.

Parents need to know that THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY is the sequel to THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. While the book stays tween and teen friendly, there's some potentially upsetting violence. Characters discover arson, murder, and more. Furthermore, a dead snake and a heart with a knife through it are both left as a threat. Other scares include a bloodstained bedsheet, a character being kidnapped (tied to a chair, and threatened with a gun). Also, a character is killed by a bullet (no heavy gore described). Strong language includes bitch, slut, a--hole, and damn but one character uses creative words that sound like profanity instead of using real profanity. There are also romantic feelings and attractions, kissing (same & opposite sex) a stripping game (with no nudity described, but a character is about to take of his pants yet another character interjects) and flirting. Drugs are found in an adult's room, a drunk old woman causes a scene at an event, and two characters sound rather drunk over a phone call. The ending is satisfying, but the beginning is quite slow and uneven. Only towards the ending, you feel the real suspense and twists.
age 13+

it's an amazing twist and turn kind of novel

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (13 ):

This second installment of a mystery series keeps the puzzles coming but adds travel to exciting new locations and adventure to keep the pages turning. The Hawthorne Legacy is full of twists and turns, and even more surprises than in the first volume. Plus a love triangle that continues to pull Avery between two swoon-worthy brothers adds to the suspense. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in the fabulous jet-setting lifestyle as much as in the mystery and intrigue, and they can admire the way Avery keeps a level head on her shoulders through it all. Favorite characters from the first book return, and colorful, well-realized new ones are introduced, too. The ending's satisfying, but fans will be happy to know that a third installment is planned.

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