Review of The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Long Game (The Fixer #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

To be published on June 7, 2016 by Bloomsbury

Source: ARC from publisher for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Review of The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Wow -- that was quite the wild ride! Kudos to Jennifer Lynn Barnes for actually writing a thrilling thriller -- this book was suspenseful and twisty and dark in a way that YA thrillers often aren't. I was never able to accurately predict what would happen, and the surprises just kept coming.

The Long Game moved a little bit away from the focus in The Fixer on Tess's "fixing" -- like Olivia Pope in Scandal, she spent a good deal of time in that book as a quasi-vigilante, helping fellow students with their problems. 

There is one "fix" in this book, so Tess continues her role as a champion for the underdog, which is nice. But I'd say that this book moves more into the political thriller category, taking the events from book one and building on them to create a gripping and intricately plotted story that plunged Tess, Vivvie, Asher and Henry into a believably terrifying situation. 

I love it when an author makes gutsy narrative choices - there were some things here that I definitely did not see coming!

So ... about that romance. After the first book, I was curious about what form (if any) the romance in this series was going to take. There were two guys in the first book that suggested several romantic possibilities, but no romance really developed. 

So I was 100% expecting a triangle to pop up in The Long Game (especially since Barnes has used triangles in the past.) 

But in this book, the whole romantic aspect took a very interesting turn. Let's just say that I'm not sure things are exactly what they seem in this installment, but who knows? That's been the case with the plot in this series, so maybe the romance will follow suit.

Definitely recommended for readers of thrillers and especially political thrillers!


  1. Yeaaahh, Ive never bee one to try out YA thrillers before, BUT I have been saying for the longest that I need to get out of my comfort zone and start reading things other than romance and Na but... meh, I shall one day, I'm sure. :) <3 Thanks for sharing this lovely and I can't wait for the giveaway! :)

  2. I have yet to read my copy of The Fixer, but you make me want to go pick it up from my shelf. Great review!

  3. oooh, I need to read more from this author. SHE IS AMAZING. I've only read The Naturals and I was so endlessly impressed, so I definitely want to try The Fixer. *flails*

  4. I have had The Fixer on my wishlist since it came out. Love hearing this one is good too - more likely to make me pick them up. Great review!

  5. Great review. Thanks for not giving anything away. I'm #1 on the hold list at the library, so I should have the book soon. I need to skim the first book though because I can't remember very many details...or any. Ha!

  6. I need to get around to reading this series.


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