TITLE: Inherit Midnight
AUTHOR: Kate Kae Myers
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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?
Inherit Midnight is about Avery, who feels like the black sheep in her rich family. As an illegitimate daughter whose birth caused a family scandal, she hasn’t been exactly treated with respect by the other people in her family. Inherit Midnight tells Avery’s story as her grandmother sends all her relatives on a chase around the world to win the family fortune.
Inherit Midnight is like a mix of The Amazing Race (it’s a reality TV show) and National Treasure (you know, the movie with Nicolas Cage…). Run around the world, visit a lot of historical sites, look for treasure and clues? Check, check, check! I thought a lot of the things that happened in the book were a bit cliche but whatever, I liked them. (Well, err, most of them).
I liked Avery overall but here’s the thing, there were times when I had a hard time connecting to her. I kind of felt bad for her for most of the book. And sometimes I really just wanted to tell her stop being upset with her life, a lot of people have it way worse. She didn’t really get her groove going until halfway through the story. That being said, it could have been everything that happened to her… Let’s just say, she has a ton of shitty family members who are willing to do anything for money. I also really liked how some of the other characters grew in the novel. View Spoiler »I really liked how Warren, Avery’s brother, came around from the dark side and they actually started to bond as siblings. « Hide Spoiler
I feel torn about the romance. On one hand, it was really cute and adorable. On the other… I think it started a bit too fast. It was a bit like insta love. But maybe I messed up the time frame? But either way, I really liked Riley and his relationship with Avery although it is one of the cliches in the book.
My problem with this book is the ending. For starters, while I thought the plot twist-ish at the end was clever, I felt like there a few… unnecessary events. View Spoiler »Did Riley really have to get shot? (And also, I’m still curious how he survived). « Hide Spoiler And then there’s the fact that it ended without a good conclusion and had a few plot holes. I just felt like there were so many other things that needed to happen before I reached the last page that just did not end up happening much to my disappointment. I still have a lot of questions and it really bothers me. I wanted to see more of Avery and Riley okay?!? View Spoiler »And more of her relationship with Warren and her dad. And I want to know what happens with her mom. Do they meet? Or what? « Hide Spoiler