Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Long Game
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Book Two in the Fixer Series
Published By: Bloomsbury (June 7, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
Tess Kendrick, teen fixer extraordinaire, returns in a pulse-pounding thriller about a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Washington.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate's campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess's guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can--and cannot--be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she's about to discover first-hand that power always comes with a price.


Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Ally Carter, the second book in this thrilling series will leave readers breathless.












It's easy to forget sometimes in between releases, especially with a new series, how much fun it is and how memorable the characters are. And let me tell you, when it comes to Asher and Vivvie, they are two characters (secondary characters at that) that stand out. In fact, this whole series is filled with memorable fun characters.

I was laughing out loud after the first couple of pages and had a smile on my face so big, that my cheeks hurt and because of it, I was immediately pulled right back into the story and was reminded once again why this series and really all her series, are always so much fun. 

There were so many things that took place throughout this book. Things I didn't see coming and never expected to happen and it was wonderful. It is so refreshing to have a YA mystery that isn't transparent. One that is entertaining, keep me on my toes, and keeps me guessing and above all, highly additive. I ended up reading this in a matter of hours and I hadn't even planned on getting so caught up in it, I truly love it when that happens. When you open a books and what is one the pages is so magical and captivating that before you know it, hours have passed and you are done and left wanting more. 

Barnes hands down has always been that author for me and it is why I will always pick up her books without hesitation and know that I am in for a treat when I read them. This was an amazing sequel, every bit as fast paced and wonderfully done as the first, if not better. I can't wait for more.




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

42 comments:

  1. It's nice to have a good mystery and a fun book like that. It was a new one to me

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  2. I don't think I've ever read a book from this series. But you're making me want to!

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    1. Oh you need to try her Joy, her books are always fun, especially if you like mysteries at all.

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  3. I've been wanting to read The Fixer for a while now.. You're review of the sequel has definitely made me want to read it even more, now!

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  4. This books sounds like so much fun! I love a mystery and it's hard to find a good YA one--so I'll be adding this to my TBR!

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    1. It really is and all of her's really are good.

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  5. YAY! This is on my list for next week and I was hoping it would be as much fun as the first. So glad to hear you thought so Ali! Can't wait to be back with these characters:)

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    1. Yay! Hope you love it too Jenny but I have a feeling that you will. Lots of stuff going on in this.

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  6. This sounds good! I haven't read anything by this author in a while, and I need to add this series to my TBR.

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    1. She is one of my favorites because they are always done so well.

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  7. Okay, I'm gonna read this one. You had me at ''mystery that is not transparent''!!! Wonderful review xo

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  8. That's great this one kept you on your toes! Love to hear that. And books that can make me laugh are fantastic.

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    1. I love that her books do both regardless. ;)

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  9. So glad you liked this one -- I haven't started this series yet but I really want to, it sounds right up my alley!!

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  10. The Fixer has been on my TBR forever. So glad to know the sequel is good too! Great review!!

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  11. I Love mysteries Kindlemom. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  12. *facapalm* Went to grab book one and I bought it last year..probably because of you..LOL

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    1. LOL! Don't you love it when that happens? :P And sorry *sorrynotsorry*.

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  13. I remember when Bloomsbury first revealed the sequel, I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it. Alot of YA books that are categorized as thrillers, don't ever actually " thrill " me, so I'm really excited that this one keeps you on your toes and guessing. Let me add The Fixer to my TBR if I haven't already!

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    1. Woo hoo and I do know what you mean. A lot of YA mysteries more often than not, end up letting me down. So far *knock on wood* none of her's have.

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  14. I'm glad this one worked for you! I love a good mystery that keeps you guessing. I need to read the first book!

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    1. It's a fun series, her Naturals one is as well.

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  15. I usually enjoy any book that can make me laugh, going to check out this series. Great Review

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    1. There are some laughs for sure. ;)

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  16. Memorable characters, laughing out loud, and non-transparent mystery? Why have I not started this series?

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  17. Oh I must check out this series, Ali. I've heard so many great things about it. That's so wonderful that the two secondary characters are so memorable for you. I will go ahead and purchase book 1!
    Lovely review as always, Ali!

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    1. Thanks so much Nick and I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

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  18. Memorable and fun characters and twists that you didn't see coming are definitely good things! I'm keeping my eyes open for the first book. :)

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  19. I read Barnes' Raised by Wolves series. I really enjoyed it. I've been meaning to try more books by her. This looks like one I should try. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I still need to try that one good to know that you liked it.

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  20. Sounds like such an awesome read! The kind that keeps you guessing and engrosses you :D
    Yey!

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  21. It's nice when a book makes you smile that fast.

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