Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Fixer
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Book One in The Fixer Series
Published By: Bloomsbury (July 7, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Spies/Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars!



Book Description:
When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.








We all have those authors that we instinctively go to when we need something fun, original, and well written. Something that will keep us on the edge of our seats, engaged in the story from beginning to end. Something we will think about when we put the book down and something we will still be thinking about long after it is over.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, is that author for me. She hasn't let me down yet and her latest release, The Fixer, is testament to why that still remains the same.

I adored this whole freaking book. I devoured it. I laughed, I smiled, I stressed, I held my breathe, I sighed, and I couldn't put it down.

Tess, Ivy, Adam, Brodie, Vivvie, Asher, were all instant hits. They all made me smile and laugh numerous times, and I couldn't help it, I fell in love with them all as the story progressed. 

The storyline was completely engaging, completely unique and the added bonus of a mystery and a thriller, on top of a coming of age story, was something that was completely irresistible. 

Did I mention that I really loved this story? And honestly, I can't even begin to describe why other than the above already mentioned. It was just appealing, fun, exciting, action packed, mystery filled, funny...I could go on and on but eventually I will run out of adjectives to use that apply. So, just know this, I loved every minute of this read. Barnes is an amazing story teller and I love that even the bad guys, are hard to resist. 

I am so excited for this new series and will be on the edge of my seat waiting for book two to be released. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

54 comments:

  1. She's my go-to author too when I want a mystery that is exciting and entertaining. I really enjoyed several of her books, and while I wasn't aware of this one until now, I'm definitely going to get it soon, preferably on audio.

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy to hear you say that Maja!

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  2. I really want to read a great YA thriller, and this looks like just the one. Adding this to my TBR, great review!

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    1. This is a great one, in fact all of her books are. I highly recommend them!

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  3. YAY!!!!! I'm going to be starting this one soon so I'm really glad to see you loved it Ali! Jennifer Lynn Barnes has never let me down either:) So excited to pick this up now!

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    1. You're going to love it! So much fun!

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  4. I don't think I've read anything by Barnes, though I do know her! That's great you loved this one too. It sounds awesome.

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    1. Oh gosh, try her, I bet you really like her work. It is always a lot of fun.

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  5. Wow, now that is a premise that I would not have thought of. Super review, hmmm I could have used her in High School :)

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    1. She always manages to come up with really original ideas, which is part of the reason why I love her work so much. :D

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  6. Oh this sounds really good! I'm reading Trust Me, I'm Lying which is about a con artist so it's kind of similar. I just love these themes!

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    1. That one sounds good as well, I'll have to look into it Candace.

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  7. I haven't read anything by Barnes yet. Maybe I should start with this one! Great review. :)

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    1. It would be a great place to start I think. :D

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  8. I have only read the one book by Barnes, I need a good mystery, spy thriller. I am going to see if I can still snag a copy of this since you recommend it so highly.

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    1. I hope you do and really like it Heidi! Did you like the one book you read by her before?

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  9. I've seen this book around but never really read the synopsis until now! Sounds like a great thriller? The topic sounds really heavy so I'm glad it made you laugh and smile :D

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    1. It was a bit of a thriller but more mystery than anything else but still, so darn good!

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  10. I'm actually reading this one now! I'm about 70% in and I'm really enjoying it! I love the characters & Asher cracks me up!

    Great review!

    Christy @ Novel Ink

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    1. Yes! Oh my heck, I love Asher, so darn funny!

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  11. Yeah. She's really good with these kind of stories. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. I have this one waiting on my TBR for me. i'm so glad that you said it is original too. I need to read this one.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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    1. I can't wait until you read it, I hope you love it as much as I did!

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  13. I'm really looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the review - I'm glad you liked this book :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, I really hope you like it as well.

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  14. Ahhhhh!! This sounds SO GOOD!! I need to get to my ARC soon. I'm so behind on reviews. :( But Yayyy!!!

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    1. I feel like that as well, but this one is worthy it, you will really like it I think. :D

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  15. This sounds awesome, and something that I might like! My first time hearing about this author. Wonderful review.

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    1. Thanks so much, I do hope you check this author out and try something of her's if not this one. :D

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  16. Gosh, Ali, I wish you'd make it clearer that you really loved this! I mean just mentioning it in passing those 50 times is really pitiful :) I'll have to try it - the premise is quite extraordinary. If only I were sure that you loved it...! Oh, wait... :P

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    1. LOL! I might have gushed just a little bit. ;)

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  17. Wow, this does sound like a page-turner, it looks like you're having luck reading great story lines!

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    1. It's always fun finding something original and I love when I do. :)

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  18. I need something different to read. It seems my "streak" isn't quite done yet. Unique reads are rare and golden. I feel like I've read "everything" and to find something different is certainly a fantastic thing.

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  19. This one sounds pretty interesting. Glad you enjoyed it. It's really nice to have those go-to authors!

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  20. Well you sold me-I went to Net Galley immediately and requested it. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Yay! I hope you get approved for it!

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  21. If I remember right I've tried a book by this author but I didn't know she had a new one, now I'm curious!!

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    1. I bet you would really like this one Melliane!

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  22. Another new series! My head is spinning, seriously. I haven't read this author. It is good to know that she has been a consistently good read for you. This does sound good, and original for sure. A fixer who makes political scandals disappear? Yes. That's just awesome. Thank you for your review. Another one for my TBR. I will let you know when I read it.

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  23. I can't wait to read this! I'm enjoying her The Naturals series. Are you reading that too?

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    1. Yes! I love that series! I can't wait for book three to be out. This series kind of reminds me of that one in a weird way. I think you will like this if you are loving The Naturals!

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  24. Your insights are definitely persuasive! I read the author's previous series two years ago (at least the first book anyway) and wasn't impressed. However, I might give her a second chance with this one... here's to hoping the magic works the second time around!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Keeping my fingers crossed it does!

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  25. Ooh a new Jenn Lynn Barnes series! So glad to hear you enjoyed this and are looking forward to reading more. *adds to TBR*

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    1. It was so much fun Lauren! Glad you are interested in it too!

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  26. If you adored the whole book, I am definitely sold on this. Adding it to my list now. Great review!

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  27. Oh that is just the best feeling finding an author like that :D

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