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?
Design – Nicole Gastonguay Rating – 4/5
This is a wonderful cover for this book. The sense of movement is great and very appropriate for the story. I love the focus on the girl, how you can imagine what she looks like for yourself to a certain extent, and the red and slightly turquoise contrast. I think the author’s name is in the perfect color, but I wish it was straight across the bottom instead of floating awkwardly. I love the title font, its placement, how it’s in all caps, and the way the girl’s head overlaps it. The angle it’s on is so unique and really draws me into the cover.
Inherit Midnight is exciting, imaginative, and entertaining. I read it twice in the space of a month and was enthralled each time. This book manages to strike the perfect balance of family drama, adventure, and fun romance. It’s like the Amazing Race with higher stakes. Avery is a fun character to root for and I adore Riley.
- Avery – Avery immediately establishes herself as a strong and gutsy heroine, climbing down the side of a building. She’s used to only relying on herself, which is the result of her crazy family. While Avery’s hesitant about her grandmother’s big-stakes, family-only whirlwind competition (designed to be extra judgmental), her intelligence, honesty, and persistence give her a clear edge over her conniving and ruthless relatives. Even with the mind-bending family revelations coming at her, Avery manages to keep her cool for the most part.
- Avery + Riley – Avery and Riley are such a great team. Riley is intelligent and supportive, he takes risks and he’s always eager to help Avery. I really admire Avery’s quick thinking in negotiating it so that Riley can be her partner. What I truly appreciate about Inherit Midnight is that Avery and Riley are partners and friends before their relationship evolves into anything romantic. Avery has so much going on with the competition, her hateful family, anonymous threats, and family revelations that she doesn’t ever sit around and think about Riley, which I love. Yes, she clearly likes him and she gets a little jealous a few times, but Riley isn’t by any means her priority at the moment. Their partnership and teamwork is great and there’s no way Avery would have made it through the competition without Riley.
- premise/concept – Grandmother VanDemere devises a competition that is a mix of adventure and punishment for her descendants, sending them around the world in a test of their knowledge of her hobby: their family tree. Each VanDemere child and grandchild must compete in a set of challenges in order to earn inheritance money and prove themselves to Grandmother VanDemere. Avery has to deal with her cruel, backstabbing relatives throughout the competition, yet she and Riley are truly appreciative of the places and experiences. The competition sends them across the globe and gives them once in a lifetime experiences, all of which is tons of fun to read about.
- Gavin – Avery climbs down a three-story building to escape an awful boarding school. Unfortunately, the boarding school plot includes a gross subplot about a guy who seems to hate and sexually desire Avery at the same time. Gavin is just leering, rude, and probably disturbed in the head. Everything having to do with him made me uncomfortable. I don’t blame Avery for risking serious injury to escape people like him.
- lawyer blackmail – Riley’s father is Grandmother VanDemere’s lawyer, and he basically blackmails Avery throughout the competition. He wants Avery to win so he won’t be fired, which is a fair concern. What isn’t fair is his withholding some of Avery’s personal letters to motivate her in the challenges. Avery’s family situation is far from ideal, so for the lawyer to give her important information but only piece by piece just feels cruel. Those letters are from someone Avery has had very little contact with, and frankly she didn’t need more incentive than to win enough money to stay out of her horrid school. I do admire the way Avery stands up to Mr. Tate, demanding answers she rightfully deserves. The blackmail is, I believe, only present so Mr. Tate’s law firm can serve as a research team for Avery and Riley during the competition.
The story began to pour out, my breath shuddery from crying. Speaking the words made the misery of it more real. Yet beneath it ran shocked disbelief, as if I couldn’t put the pieces together of what I’d once believed and the truth of what I now knew. – Loc. 1821
The breeze billowed, whipping my hair until we stepped through the narrow opening and inside the tower. Even with the high windows and no ceiling, it was dim inside and I felt closed in by the circular walls. “I hope it’s safe in here.”
He looked at me with a teasing smile. “It hasn’t toppled over in ten centuries, so we’re probably okay.” – Avery + Riley Loc. 3107
Acquired: Netgalley (ebook)