Review: The Long Game (The Fixer #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes10:00
Series: The Fixer #2
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published June 7th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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 D.C., but she's about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.
See my review of book 1, The Fixer.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes quickly became one of my new favourite authors with her The Naturals series. When I heard about The Fixer, a YA Scandal type book, I rushed to read it, and loved it so much. I knew I'd need to get The Long Game asap, especially after seeing so many glowing reviews.
The Long Game does not disappoint. Now that Tess knows that her sister, Ivy, is in fact her mother, and she's also part of the prestigious Keyes family, she realises her life will never be normal. She continues to champion and fight for the underdog, but when the President is shot, and she becomes more and more drawn into real, tangible threats, her life is at risk and her name is just the beginning.
So much happened in this book! From the beginning, there was no sort of lull - we were thrust into the action from the get go, and the various plots were just popping up here, there, and everywhere. Tess knows she really shouldn't be doing any investigating, but of course she doesn't listen, and is put at risk so many times. She has grown so much, though, from The Fixer. She now accepts that her relationship with Ivy isn't normal, but because of her name, and position in the political elite of Washington, she hasn't got time to worry about trivial things like that.
This book has all the feels, let me tell you, and not just in the cushy, swoony type of feels. I was scared, angry, sad, happy, and just about every other type of emotion I could be with this book, especially at the end. Because of how treacherous D.C. life is, even Tess can't see everything coming, and we got to see her vulnerability at times, because of this and the betrayals she faced.
There is some romance in this book, but not too much, because the plot is far more important. There's twist and turns everywhere, and the romance is not immune to this. I've got to say though, if this is truly the last book in the series, then it was just cruel. It ended with, not really a cliffhanger as such, but there were so many threads that hadn't been resolved, and we need more to have a proper ending to the series!