My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Amazing Race meets YA!
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The Competition:SO MUCH AWESOMENESS. It reminds me of the TV show "Amazing Race", where contests run around the world, and the winning team wins a million dollars. Here, though, the prize is a diamond company and much more than a million dollars.
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?
Instead of organizing the race herself, however, the grandmother puts a lot of it in the hands of a law firm. It makes sense, but I'm not sure what they were doing to Avery is legal. If the grandmother owns all the letters from Avery's mother, why does the law firm use them to bribe Avery? Something seems off about all the bribes, secrets, and help they gave her.
The characters reminded me of those from We Were Liars, except they had a few instances of likability, even the cousins. And I seriously loved Riley and Avery: they fought sometimes, and at first, the main reason why Riley was there at all was for the law firm. Then it became love, although he sure was attractive at first sight. It was realistic.
Would I read other books by Kate Kae Myers? Yes! I love this one so much.
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Adult content: A
Language: Sorry! I don't remember.