I am a huge fan of Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Her protagonists are smart and sassy and every one of them ends up in perilous situations that equal a lot of action and adventure. My favorite series is The Squad, in which a devout goth girl is forced to join the cheer squad in order to thwart evil. It is hilarious. I am a huge fan of her The Naturals series, kind of a Criminal Minds for the YA crowd. Her latest offering is the follow up to The Fixer, a sort of YA Scandal meets Veronica Mars. Like I said, her gals are interesting. All this is to say that if you need something to keep you busy until Tuesday, June 7th, when The Long Game publishes, you have plenty of witty and engaging books to keep you occupied.
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.
Wow. Just . . . wow. The follow up to Jennifer Barnes’ The Fixer packed more action, conspiracy and twists into its pages than I could have anticipated. The stakes get a lot higher this time, and, while it sends the story into a realm closer to fantasy than reality, it was quite entertaining. Seriously. All I could think about today was getting back home to finish this book. Characters and relationships evolved nicely, and sometimes surprisingly. The friendships that Tess made in the first book extend naturally, as do her relationships with her mother and grandfather. I particularly enjoy that this book puts forward the idea of the powerful protecting the powerless. I think it adds a nice depth and a gentle commentary on bullying that readers will take to heart. Language and situations are appropriate for grades 8+, and I can’t wait to add this to my high school classroom library. This book is a sequel, so you really have to read The Fixer first, and If you find this world as intriguing as I did, you will definitely want to get your hands on The Long Game.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.