Published by Bloomsbury Children on Feb 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Format: ARC from Publisher
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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. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Oh my gosh, this was such a fun read. The blurb compares it to The Amazing Race and The Westing Game (never read), but it totally reminded me of the movie Rat Race. The shenanigans some of the people get up to is just ridiculous, but still totally believable within the realm of the story.
I found Avery to be a very likable character. She may have grown up in a very rich family, but she doesn’t act like it. Her main goal is to have a “normal” life with a loving support centre. Her family is really not that, and so she’s made her own family through the years. This desire for love, respect and acceptance is universal, and it was easy to see how it’s affected her.
Another part of Avery’s character that I really enjoyed was that she was smart, in a believable way. She thought things through, and used logic, and was an all around realistic person. Her capabilities and limitations were believable, which made for a great YA heroine.
Overall, I really loved this book. It was fun and exciting and featured a believable character, even if the overall situation was a bit ridiculous. This is the type of story you gobble up quickly, and is sure to provide a fun adventure.