Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Fixer is a five star YA suspense that is part Veronica Mars, part Scandal

Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Fixer is a five star YA suspense that is part Veronica Mars, part Scandal

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think you will as well.  Guy or gal, if you enjoy suspense and mystery, this is one book you will want to get your hands on.  


 When Tess is forced to leave the family ranch and move in with her older sister in D.C., she never expected to become embroiled in a deadly political intrigue. Tess’ sister is a “fixer,” someone who solves potentially embarrassing problems for the D.C. elite, and when students at her new school realize who Tess is related to, they assume she can pull off the same miracles. Reluctant to become involved, but hating the idea of a bully winning, Tess slowly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game that starts with the death of a Supreme Court justice and ends close to the front steps of The White House.

This was an excellent read, and I’m just afraid I won’t do it justice.  If you enjoy YA suspense, this is something you need to pick up asap.  The blurb promised Scandal meets Veronica Mars, and I think it lived up to that description.  Smart and fast paced, this story is full of twists and turns.  While I don’t particularly think of political thrillers when I think YA, the author managed to incorporate the power struggles of D.C. without boring me to death.  The threat to the characters was believable, and the fact that I really couldn’t decide who to trust made for a lot of suspense.  I did guess the first big twist early on, but I didn’t see any of the others coming.  I actually enjoyed all of the characters, and the complex dynamic that results from the secondary characters kept me interested.  I appreciated the fact that Tess, the protagonist, read like a teen.  She was smart and pretty savvy, but her loyalty drives her to make impulsive decisions and take risks without thinking through all of the consequences.  There is an honesty to her that I think a lot of YA readers will find refreshing.  I got the feeling that there would be more books to follow this one, and I won’t hesitate to grab them up.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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