Book Reviews

The Marvelous by Claire Kann Book Review [a multi-pov mansion mystery]


From the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy, this exuberant YA Novel follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.

Everyone thinks they know Jewel Van Hanen. Heiress turned actress turned social media darling who created the massively popular video-sharing app, Golden Rule.

After mysteriously disappearing for a year, Jewel makes her dramatic return with an announcement: she has chosen a few lucky Golden Rule users to spend an unforgettable weekend at her private estate. But once they arrive, Jewel ingeniously flips the script: the guests are now players in an elaborate estate-wide game. And she’s tailored every challenge and obstacle to test whether they have what it takes to win–at any cost.

Told from the perspective of three dazzling players–Nicole: the new queen of Golden Rule; Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan; and Stella: a brilliant outsider–this novel will charm its way into your heart and keep you guessing how it all ends because money isn’t the only thing at stake.



Oh, I really wanted this one to be as good as The Inheritance Games and it really was not, to be frank it was a confusing mess that I had to keep re-reading back on to work out what was happening. There’s 4-5 characters and yet only 3 POVs and even then I got confused as to who was who.

The idea is that these competitors are all using the same website, and the website’s owner Jewel has set up an elaborate game at her home. For various reasons, they all join. I always felt like an outsider that was being told who Jewel was and was the website did, instead of feeling like part of the story.

The puzzles and challengers were impossible for a reader to solve, because they all related to the fictional character Jewel who we don’t know. This made reading the challenges incredibly boring, and the ending was such a mess that I can’t even remember who won.

Have you read this book? Loved it / hated it? Let me know in the comments!

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