ARC Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers!!!

Posted February 13, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Inherit Midnight
Kate Kae Myers
Release Date: 02/10/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Received From: Netgalley

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.

The Players:

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?

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When I started reading Inherit Midnight, I thought that it was simply okay. It was similar to Ally Carter’s books, yet also had a competitive twist that was original. For some reason, I couldn’t really get into it, and so I put it down for a little bit. In the mean time, I read a couple of other ARC’s (which were all amazing), which lead me to read more ARC’s and…it took me a couple of weeks to return to Inherit Midnight. With that being said, I am glad that I returned. Even though the beginning was slow, it was an enjoyable book. I will say this- it is very light and fluffy; definitely a quick read.

Avery was a teenager who had always been raised by her incredibly rich grandmother, because her mother was dead, and her father never seemed to want to stay in her life. While most people would love living a life filled with money and extravagance, Avery was the exact opposite. She couldn’t care less about the money- she just wanted to be able to have some freedom. She wasn’t asking for much; she just wanted to be able to go to her friends house, or have them come to hers. But due to the possible security risk, she wasn’t allowed to do either of these things. The only people who were allowed in the house were family members, and the occasional worker. To make matters worse, pretty much everyone in Avery’s family hated her. Whenever they saw her, they would mercilessly bully her- both verbally and physically. With that type of family, who needs enemies? (That was a joke…no offense intended.)

Now that you know Avery’s background, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that when Avery was told that she had to go to a family meeting, she refused to attend. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t have a choice in the matter. Riley, the son of her grandmother’s lawyer, had been given the task of bringing her to the meeting. As I’m sure you can guess, that didn’t go over well with Avery.
The following quote summarizes the situation perfectly:

“Pull over.”
“I’m getting out.”
He smiled and shook his head, motioning to the rolling landscape. “Now that really would be childish.”
My irritation flared to anger. “I’m not going and you can’t make me!”
The set of his jaw turned stubborn. “Actually, if I have to throw you over my shoulder and carry you up in the elevator, I’ll do it.”

Yes, Avery does sound bratty in this excerpt, but I promise, she really isn’t. Her family on the other hand…Absolutely. She eventually did go to the meeting, where she found out that her grandmother set up a competition to see who would be her heir. Little did Avery know that the competition would end up changing her life forever, in more ways than one.

I think the reason why I enjoyed this book was because it was an easy read, a book that I didn’t have to think too much about. The plot was the plot, and there wasn’t a lot of depth. Even though I love books that are very deep, it is nice to occasionally read a lighthearted book where I can just read for the pleasure of reading. I also loved the fact that the characters were extremely blunt. Maybe that was because the characters weren’t fully developed, but I didn’t care. There were many blunt quotes that provided comedic entertainment for me, so I’m certainly not going to complain.

Overall, I thought that this book was decent, but nothing special. I give it 3.5/5 stars.

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