By Kate Kae MeyersBlurb: 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.
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?
Genres: Young Adult Thriller
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Looking through the other reviews for Inherit Midnight, there are a lot of comparisons being made to this book. The Westing Game, 39 Clues, National Treasure...and they all work. This book can be compared to so many awesome things...and that's kind of the problem.
Inherit Midnight isn't really an original concept. It's not been done a lot in YA, no, but it has been done. And when it has been done, it's been better than this. So it was hard to love the story when I've seen it in more thrilling, less cliched, books and movies.
No, this was not a bad book. I am a sucker for scavenger hunts. But it also has some 'annoy me to no end' triggers, and it got boring after a while.
The first problem was Riley. Right from the start, we get that over the top description of him depicting him as nothing less than a greek God. I gag. Then Avery falls in love with him and sappy, cliched, over the top romance ensues. I gag. Do you see the pattern.
Second, oh my god. How stupid can you get. These were the clues they had. Spoilers ahead, so beware. 1. stand. 2. against. 3. divide.
4. cannot. 5. stand.
Now, if you have ever heard of Abraham Lincoln in your life (or even watched the dang Lego Movie for God's sake, it is in the dang Lego Movie) you have heard of the quote, a house divided against itself cannot stand. You probably will realize quickly that all those words are in that SUPER WELL KNOWN quote. But what do Avery and Riley do? They scratch their heads and say, "I think I've heard of that, but I'm not sure....". I half wanted to bop my e-reader on their fictional heads.
Third...this really wasn't all that exciting to me half the time. There's creepy mines. There's historical reenactments. There's extreme paintball. But it never really grabbed me. The story didn't do a good job of making me feel like I was actually involved, and that's not a good thing.
The boarding school Avery went to felt over the top insane. It seemed like it belonged in a quirky middle grade novel, not a somewhat realistic YA thriller. I couldn't take any scenes involving it seriously.
Sure, there are some nice things about this book. Avery is trying to find out about her pasts, and she makes shocking revelation after shocking revelation. I always wanted to know what she would find out next.
And I liked seeing Avery's sassiness evolve through this book. She's done with being a doormat to the family who has constantly bullied and belittled her. At one point, she tells her douschey uncle who is questioning the paternity of his daughter this gem:
If you're not her father, she's lucky.
And her cousin, who is being a witch:
Just a suggestion, Daisy. Stop cutting your own bangs.
*Snaps fingers in z-formation*
So, the book wasn't all bad.
Still, I didn't love Inherit Midnight. It didn't have the addicting quality that a book like this needs. Though some moments were worthwhile, I really wasn't a big fan of it in the end.