Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bloomsbury USA Children
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Series or Standalone: The Fixer #1
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Hellooooo to The Fixer. Jennifer Lynn Barnes newest book sucks you in and takes you on one of hell of a ride. This is one one fun and entertaining book, and I’m addicted.
The Fixer is dubbed as Scandal meets Veronica Mars…and that’s pretty damn accurate. Throw in some Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl as well to really round it out. If you are at all familiar with any of those shows (and hello, you probably are), be ready to be entertained.
Our main character, Tess Kendrick, is forced to move to DC with her estranged sister Ivy and gets wrapped up in some pretty serious political intrigue. Ivy is essentially Olivia Pope. If someone has a problem, they call Ivy Kendrick to fix it. Tess accidentally ends up taking on much the same rule among her high school peers. In the words of Olivia Pope, the Kendrick girls have got it handled.
While it might seem a little far-fetched that a sixteen year-old high school student would get involved in a high profile political conspiracy involving murder, suicide, blackmail and cover-ups, Barnes makes its work. I liked that Tess didn’t go seeking out this big mystery, but ended up involved because she was trying to help a friend. Since her school is filled with the offspring of political bigwigs, it made sense that Tess could get wrapped up in something much bigger than her. The progression and escalation of the drama ends up seeming plausible.
The plot is what really drives this novel. I loved, loved, loved the mystery that Tess got wrapped up in. I definitely was not able to predict the outcome of this story. Barnes throws in twists and turns that were unexpected, but make totally sense once you see the whole picture. It got pretty intense by the end and I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT. I loved it! It’s an expertly crafted political thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
I really liked that their was no romance for Tess in this book. Romance, especially in a book like this, would get in the way of everything else going on. Instead, the narrative focused on Tess’s relationship with her family and friends. Tess and her sister don’t get along, but it was great to see that relationship develop and understand why Ivy made the choices she did that originally created the wedge between.
I cannot wait to pick up the next installment of this series. The first book was so entertaining and I found myself flipping pages as fast as I could. The ending was definitely a kicker that will stir up a lot more drama in book 2 and I cannot wait to see how Tess, Ivy and the whole gang handle it (haha more Scandal puns). The Fixer is definitely book crack and I cannot wait for my next hit. Pick this up if you are looking for something that will keep you entertained from the front to the back!