The Long Game (The Fixer #1)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Format: Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Read: September 2015
Jennifer Lynn Barnes — Goodreads
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.
Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I thought these books could not get any better but I was totally wrong! The first book was intense but this just blew it out of the water. It’s action packed, intense, emotional, powerful and full of twists and turns and high stakes. There’s so much suspense and secrets and violence and you know never what the next page will bring. I thought I had things figured out but there are always new revelations and betrayals that you NEVER see coming. AND I WANT MORE!
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I am such a huge fan of the writing style for these books because it definitely lends well to the plot. It’s intricate but completely honest and outright. It’s fast paced and intense and it’s totally addicting and easy to fly to. I was so completely engaged into the story thanks to the writing style. Even with the dire situations, there was still humor and lighthearted moments which I really appreciated.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I don’t think I could possibly fall in love with these characters more than I have from this book. They’re all special and complex and flawed and intense. Tess is amazing. She’s fierce and determined and selfless. She literally puts her life on the life for the people she loves in this book and I was in awe of her. Her character development through the series is so intense and extensive, I admired her. She’s cunning and intelligent and powerful. I want to know more about her life after the events of this book. The side characters are also completely awesome, I swear the entire cast is just so intricate. Emilia is a character that gets more of a spotlight in this book and she’s a freaking badass. I want to know more about her. Asher is a precious little cinnamon roll who owns my heart with his wit and humor and love. Vivvie is so sweet and honest, I almost want to say that she’s too innocent for this kind of book but she brings such a light to the story. Ivy has won me over. She’s so amazing and I love how hard she works to create a relationship with Tess. And then there’s Henry who just broke my heart.
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