Monday, July 14, 2014

Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Synopsis: When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa -- he couldn't be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.

But I wasn't counting on meeting Nixon.

Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.

1. Do not touch The Elect.
2. Do not look at The Elect.
3. Do not speak to The Elect.

And worst of all? Don't discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize... it's about you.

*This is a New Adult Book, blood, violence, cursing, sexual references, and drug use. Not recommended for those under 17.*

4.75 Stars

Review: Tracey, or Trace, Rooks wins a scholarship to an elite college that will guarantee her a successful life well beyond her current life on her grandfather's ranch in Wyoming. Her grandmother recently passed away, and her grandfather seems determined for her to follow through on this scholarship and achieve all that she can. Her first experience at Eagle Elite, however, is less than inviting. She very quickly learns that she is pretty much on her own, as family members can't even enter the dorms. Her grandfather leaves her, and she meets the Elect, a group of senior guys that are very aware of their own importance and rule the school by bullying others and making them live by certain rules.

Nixon, the leader of this group, seems to hate Trace on sight. He lets her know that she is nowhere near good enough to even breathe the same air as her, and he begins a quest to prove this to her over and over. He also seems to be drawn to her, however, so he can never completely follow through with his threats towards her. Among his group of friends, however, is someone that resents Nixon's power and resents Trace's ability to push back against him and not have consequences.

Trace, herself, has a past that she is unaware of, and she is connected to Nixon in more ways than she can imagine. Nixon and his friends are part of a very dangerous world, and Trace is soon introduced to this world. Very soon, Trace is in danger, herself, and many secrets from their past begin to come out. Before all is said and done, Nixon will have to choose between having a future and having Trace. This book had just enough mystery and just enough angst to really pull you in!


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