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The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear. . . . but some secrets won't stay buried.
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 Washington, but she's about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.
Perfect for fans of Scandal, Harlan Coben, and Ally Carter, the second book in this thrilling series will leave readers breathless.
Don't miss any of these other books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:
Raised by Wolves:
Raised by Wolves
Taken by Storm
Trial by Fire
Every Other Day
Award for The Fixer
VOYA Perfect Tens 2015
“Barnes maps out a plot worthy of soapy political thrillers.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Espionage, politics, and high school combine in this fast-paced sequel to The Fixer. . . . revenge is just the starting move in this cat-and-mouse thriller.” - Booklist
“Barnes is a master at orchestrating clues as well as surprises, and her heroine has a very satisfying knack for flattening both student and adult bullies.” - VOYA
“Fans of the first Fixer novel will be thrilled with this satisfying sequel. Barnes is truly playing the long game with her readers as she weaves a plot that’s suspenseful and intriguing. Her characters are well-rounded, realistically flawed and vivid. This second tale will continue to thrill fans of multiple genres, including suspense, mystery and political intrigue. A true page-turner.” - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews
“House of Cards meets Criminal Minds. . . . You won’t be able to put it down until the last page. . . . The sequel can’t come soon enough!” - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on THE FIXER
“Barnes paints a convincing behind-the-scenes picture of national politics, and the social scene in the Hardwicke School mirrors the power-play atmosphere . . . . [R]eaders will find plenty to enjoy with the interesting characters . . . Intriguing.” - Kirkus Reviews on THE FIXER
“Imagine Shonda Rimes's Scandal plunked into the middle of an elite private high school in Washington, DC . . . Barnes packs all of that and more in this YA thriller.” - School Library Journal on THE FIXER
“This book is riveting. . . Recommended for all public and high school libraries.” - VOYA on THE FIXER
About the Author
Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen young adult novels, including The Fixer, the Raised by Wolves series, and the Naturals series. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her PhD from Yale University and is now a professor of psychology and writing.
- ASIN : B01E5WM52Y
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (June 7, 2016)
- Publication date : June 7, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3128 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1619635992
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #199,768 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I don't think it's the case, though; my heart was pounding so hard in my chest and my mind is still whirling, trying to form coherent thoughts. To say The Long Game left me speechless would be an underestimate.
I feel like I ran a marathon. An emotional one. A treacherous one, full with twists and turns. In the dark.
Yes, I think that describes The Long Game best.
If you don't know who Jennifer Lynn Barnes is, she's a YA mystery-thriller author who knows how to combine romance, humor and action-mystery in the best kind of way.
You should check out The Naturals - the first book in The Naturals series. Or you can start with The Fixer - the first book in The Fixer series.
Being it the second book in The Fixer series, I can't tell you all that much about it without spoiling anything. So... read it and then come back and tell me all about it. Believe me, you'll have a lot to say.
Let the spoilers begin.
*Full Review (with spoilers)*
This book was way more hardcore regarding action and deaths than The Fixer and The Naturals series.
What Tess went through in this book... there was a point I seriously wondered how she's still standing. Tess is a strong character, but I had no idea how she was ever going to get through this.
Things went insane quickly, and only escalated from there.
Unlike with The Fixer (the first book), when I basically predicted what was going to happen and wasn't as emotionally invested in the story, this book was full of 'giving me a heart attack' moments. I was all the way in with TLG - completely invested in the story and characters.
My heart was pounding like crazy. I felt like I was right in there with Tess the whole time. And then came the big plot twist, the one we have in every Jennifer bok, delivering the finish blow.
Oh. My. God.
I can't even.
TLG was a roller-coaster of emotions. I was afraid for Tess. I was afraid for Henry. I was afraid for Emilia. I was afraid for Vivvie. I was even afraid for Priya. The only person I wasn't afraid for was Asher because he wasn't there. And all I wanted to freaking murder that terrorist with my bare hands.
I'm not a violent person, but that terrorist was Evil with a capital E.
81% in I just had to put the book aside and take a breath. I was pacing back and forth, on edge, trying to calm myself.
Sometimes, at a certain point in a book, you just have to put it aside, compose yourself, do something else, organize your thoughts and come back to it refreshed.
The emotional torture was up in the sky with this book. I just had to put it down and try to relax before coming back for some more emotional torture.
Not that it helped, because I couldn't stop thinking about the book. So I ended up picking it right back up.
Can we please talk about the big betrayal?
Because I'm freaking the hell out here.
That moment, when Henry captured Tess with the terrorists - minutes after their movie worthy kiss, may I add - I'm pretty sure my heart stopped beating for a second.
I did not - I could not - see this one coming.
Honestly? I don't know whether to pity or despise Henry. I think it's both. I get it, I understand - they took advantage of his fragile state of mind but still... still.
"I won't let anything happen to you."
*Laughing bitterly* Oh, really? She watched people murdered in front of her very eyes, had been through hell and back, lied, betrayed and manipulated the people she cares about so no more get killed and not to mention She had been hurt and held on gunpoint the whole time.
Do not make promises you can't keep, Henry. All it does is make me despise you more for what you've done.
But then... then, he jumped in front of a bullet to save Tess.
He loves her. She loved him. I love them both individually and together. But what he did - what he let happen - is unfathomable.
"This secret stays with us," I said, tailing my fingers over his jaw one last time. "But Henry? You and I are done."
I expected nothing less. I can't forgive him either. Not now, not after everything that happened.
I love more than just the romance, the fantasy, the humor, the light and fun moments in books. I also love the bonds - the bonds between friends, the bonds between family. And the bonds in The Long Game (Tess & Ivy, Tess & Adam, Tess & Vivvie & Emilia & Asher, even Tess & William) warmed my heart.
In a Jennifer Lynn Barnes style, just when you thought everything is finally over - the bad guys lost, the good guys are alive (more or less) - another piece of the puzzle is revealed, another mystery, a part of an even greater mystery, connected to a much bigger puzzle.
Jennifer Lynn is quickly becoming a mastermind of weaving a perfect story of mystery and action that makes your mind spin and your heart beat faster.
And I do mean it in the best kind of way.
"Tess, has anyone ever told you that you're an absolute vision when you're plotting something?" Asher Rhodes shot a lazy grin in my direction.
"Henry, my god man, tell Tess she's pretty as a picture when she's preparing to unleash her wrath on the delightfully unsuspecting father of one of our classmates."
"Kendrick?" Henry Marquette said.
"Yes?" I replied without taking my eyes away from the street.
"You're utterly terrifying when you are plotting something."
-- The Long Game
The book starts where The Fixer leaves off. Tess is known to her classmates as a mini-fixer, someone who can help them in times then they’re stuck or in trouble. It ends with all of us needing therapy. And probably a defibrillator. Seriously.
“The people who are supposed to protect us, the people we are supposed to trust - I know that sometimes they are the ones who do the most harm.”
Tess is charged with helping a classmate run her school election campaign, which wasn’t too hard until said classmate’s brother is accused of murder. This spirals out of order quickly into a full-blown terrorist and corruption plot, way bigger than The Fixer ever was. This is the big leagues now! The family drama multiplies exponentially and becomes so convoluted you’ll need to get out your handy dandy genealogy map just to keep track of it all. There’s mystery, murder, thrills, and chills as the book goes on.
There are two characters who I was suspicious of throughout The Fixer and The Long Game, and it turns out my suspiciously were correct. It’s clear one of them will drive the conflict in the third book. This book very much does not have second book syndrome. You could read it as a stand alone and have enough background to understand everything that is going on (but The Fixer is great so please check it out).
There are several main twists and turns, some which will give you whiplash! The writing is strong, just like Tess and most of her friends and family. The bond between Tess and Ivy grows stronger and you see Tess grow emotionally. Solid book and I can’t wait to see where Barnes takes them next.
Meanwhile, her mother Ivy is dealing with a terrorist who happens to be the lover of one of the president's sons and an assassination attempt on the president. Strangely enough, the two cases are both parts of a bigger conspiracy.
I like Tess who is bright and loyal. I can see her working on her relationship with her mother who had left her with her grandparents to be raised while she pursued her dangerous career in Washington DC. Tess grew up believing that her mother was her older sister. She is having trouble getting over the lies and the abandonment. She is also forging a relationship with her grandfather who is a Washington kingmaker and her mother's rival.
The writing was compelling and the story was filled with tension. I couldn't put this one down and read late into the night.
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In terms of it's plot, Jennifer Lynne Barnes weaves a lavish tale of wealth, money and privilege and the consequences of it all. The politics involved within the story are all seamlessly intertwined making it a hugely original and hard to put down read.
I particularly liked his references to local sites around Edinburgh the names as you might expect had evolved thru time but
were still recognizable. It could have benefited from some tighter editing which would have picked up the spelling
mistakes and sometimes the over lengthy sentence structure.
But for a debut Novel this is a great start, well worth the small investment for the kindle version.
It is of course also available in paperback, for those of you who still love a physical book but Amazon charge almost double
for the pleasure, of which the Author sees almost nothing, as its all absorbed in 'printing costs'
Wow. Just wow. I already know that J. L. Barnes knows how to write thrillers in a way that the teenage protagonists and the danger get into, just add to the overall suspense. These aren’t plain old YA books with the „usual“ markers of teenage angst, love triangles and absent parents. No. This is a thriller first and YA second. And this sequel is even better that „The Fixer“.
The events start just a few weeks after Tess helped discover the conspiracy to install a new judge to the Supreme Court by killing Henry‘s grandfather during a heart surgery. But although the people around her think that things can go back to normal now, Tess and her mother Ivy know the truth: that there was another person involved who wasn’t found. Obviously, the past events made Tess accept that she indeed is a fixer for her friends and other pupils at Hardwicke Insititute and when Emilia asks her to help her run for class president, Tess is game.
But this leads to revelations about the involvement of some of the politician parents into dark dark plots and while Ivy again wants to keep her daughter from harm, Tess starts investigating. And what she discovered and the twists and totally unexpected turns the plot took, had me glued to the pages until I‘d read the very last page (that still brought revelations, although I was expecting this one). There is one betrayal that hit me hard and I would never have seen that coming. And then I was again speechless about how Tess dealt with this one. I so have to read the next installment and I sure do hope there will be one, because I’m so hooked.
Really, this is a great political thriller with a interesting set of characters that are exceptional, yet feel real at the same time. Just great.
A must read!!!