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I thought the premise of this book was so cool. It is not like what I expected at all. It's like Hogwarts for upper society mafia. I could tell immediately that I was going to love the characters.I felt manipulated when they were mean and I felt manipulated when they were nice. It was like I always had to watch my back.
The guys are HAF. And the Elect rule everything."They aren't gods."
Monroe laughed bitterly. "No, they're much worse. At least Greek gods stayed up on Olympus where they belonged. Ours haunt us here at school, as if college isn't bad enough, right?"

Trace has a great sense of humor.I looked to my left where a kid pulled out a flask.
On my right a girl texted someone and giggled behind her hand. The guy in front of me was reading a porno.
Safe to say the world of tomorrow was not in good hands.

And there's an HP mention!They don't do P.E. at Elite.
No, they did defensive arts. Seriously. That's what they called it. As in, not dark arts from Harry Potter, but defensive arts. It could have easily been the same thing with how my body felt.

I wasn't sure which direction the storyline was headed for quite some time. Toward the end, it started pulling me in, making me want the next book. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Read for Fun (BookClub/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 2.00
Story Rating: 1.50
Character Rating: 2.50

First Thought when Finished: Elite by Rachel Van Dyken just was not my cup of tea.

Quick Thoughts:

Here are things that just didn't work for me (but work for many others):

1: This was too NA
2: This was a soap opera on steroids (seriously)
3: Not a minute of it was believable (not that I need that but this was just too out there for me)
4: Read the descriptions of books to come and seriously one of the characters gets an HEA that as of right now totally doesn't deserve it.
5: Let me just end this with I read this in one setting--it was a train wreck but I couldn't look away! Aka the 2 instead of a 1.

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews ( )
  thehistorychic | Nov 18, 2015 |
By chapter two i knew i would hate this book, by chapter five i wanted to throw my reader against the wall.

This story was so over the top it might as well been pulled out the authors ass then written.

This is a revised version of my original review. I just had to come back to it, it was bugging me THAT MUCH.

My original review was a rant of just a few key points of the novel that I had issues with. But now a few days and conversations later I am ready to properly explain why I hated this book so much.

I would usually start at the beginning and work my way on but there is one paragraph that I would like to quote.

“Chase shrugged. “He’s not just in charge of the key cards, he’s student body president. He makes sure that access is limited for each student. Take for example, a kid from North Korea going to school here. You think they’re going to get along with a South Korean? Or better yet, some ritzy American kid?”
“Um… no?”
Everyone laughed.
Phoenix shook his head. “That’s a hell no, New Girl.”


Well done van Dyken...
Now for those of you that haven't yet read this book this paragraph refers to Nixon, our leading man in the novel. He is a student that is student body president and somehow manages to teach a class as well. That is nothing to get worked up about, but however the fact that he is in charge of all of the administration, gets to decide who lives where, who eats when and how much is. Another example : “He reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue key card and dangled it in front of me. “Say thank you.”
“For what?” I would not cry. I would not cry!
“Allowing you to eat, of course.”
“What?”
“I’m not finished talking,” he said smoothly. “This key card gains you access into the elevator only once a week. It also gains you access into the cafeteria, twice a day. Not three times. We don’t want you gaining weight. Use it wisely and if you impress me with your ability to follow directions. I may just up your freedom. Until then…” He shrugged and cleared his throat. “Move aside.”


I shall return to Nixon shortly right after the Korea disaster. Now this is a school right? And in this school you might find children that are the sons and daughters of diplomats and politicians but that is just it. They are, and to quote van Dyken herself -KIDS!!!! Van Dyken angled to prove just how exclusive this place is by adding bits of real life to it, with absolutely no research what so ever. But just in case I wasn't overreacting because of fictional characters I decided to ask for the opinion of my very real, very South Korean colleague. After the initial 'the b*tch said what?' look, she greeted that particular nugget with two middle fingers raised and a bunch of profanities I chose not to repeat. Long story short, that paragraph made as much sense as saying you can't have a Catholic in the same room as a Muslim. I bet she got the idea watching the evening news one night when North Korea was mentioned. The author wanted to imprint the exclusivity and the importance of her characters but had not thought of how to achieve it that she shot off the first thing that came to mind, and not even bothering to think on how little sense it all made. If she did, she would realise just how unbelievable ranting about some random kid making school cafeteria seating schedule for the benefit of all mankind and world peace really is, or how offensive it would be to label people based on their nationalities alone. That last one by the way......is a big NO-NO.

Now the rest of it...Jesus, where even to begin?

Lets just stick to Trace and Nixon.

Trace, as the author wants us to believe is an innocent as flowers little farm girl. So innocent that she refers to hair curlers as “weird rod thingy”. I would even believe it if she wouldn't refer to the guys in the next chapter as GQ models or “having nothing on Tommy Hilfiger”. So she knows about models and fashion, but has never heard of hair curlers? Right, another believable and thought- trough moment there. Secondly she gets nothing but abuse but she never has any real emotions involved. Her emotional response is about a sentence long. She gets drugged with a date rape drug and dumped in some random guys bed and she just gets up and gets on with her day? Huh?

That is not cool. That is not how any woman on this planet would feel and most certainly that is NOT OK! She is not a naïve little farm girl-she is a moron.

Nixon is the biggest fail in this book. With him the author went for all or nothing and would up with a smelly carcass achieved by an overkill of her vivid imagination. He looks and acts like a GOD, he speaks ten languages, he is single-handedly responsible for the peace between the kids in school therefore in the world by his very politically correct lunch seating arranging skills. He is student body president and a teacher. I mean Superman move the phuck over, we got Nixon in the house.His real traits however are as sad as can be. He is self obsessed and an abusive asshole.

This book is a disaster. The author gave it an honest try but failed in every aspect that counts. She did no research whatsoever and it shows. If it's not a cliché upon a cliché then its absolute and utter nonsense. The conversation between the characters was so immature, the alleged humor was so childish and forced it was like reading a kid's first attempt at writing an essay. Why did i still go trough it? Let's just say that this particular novel was like a bizarre accident, you know what your eyes are seeing is horrific but you just cannot seem to be able to look away.

There are more things about this book that just don't add up but it's just not worth the mentioning. Suffice to say that the sheer amount of idiocies in these pages are enough to make the experience of reading them painful. They flow trough your mind like salted sandpaper on a burn.

Congrats van Dyken, you just made to the top of my I won't read that sh*t list.

What a waste of money this was. I could have had my fave coffee at Starbucks instead.... damn ( )
  IvieHill | Aug 6, 2015 |
Ever since I read Sins & Secrets by Jessica Sorensen, I have wanted to read more mafia books. More specifically with the younger members of the mafia. So I was super excited to have come upon this one.
All of the characters are great. They all have different qualities, so they all fit together perfectly. Trace is young, and quite inexperienced with everything that is thrown at her, but I think she learns to handle it all pretty well.(However, if I was her I would have started to take some self defense classes. Or I would have thought the guys would have tried to put her in some or something. It doesn't hurt to be prepared, especially if you know people are after you.) Monroe is probably the best first roommate anyone could ever get. And all those boys are just dreamy. Nixon is a bit more intimidating and cruel, yet he can be very sweet when he wants to be. Chase is more nice than mean, but that doesn't make him any less threatening than Nixon. And Chase is just the funny guy who makes light of the situation and tries to ease the tension. He is the perfect right hand man to Nixon.
I liked how it's maybe sort of a love triangle, but not at the same time. There's a perfect balance there.
Everything "about the business" sort of comes slowly and gently eases you into that world. It makes everything come together for an exciting book overall. I can't wait to continue on to the next book to get more answers and see where it all goes next. ( )
  JosP | Jan 15, 2015 |
I received this free eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I gotta say, I would not want to attend the Eagle Elite. Those kids are SNOBS! For good reason, I guess, but I wouldn't want to go through that torture every day, no matter who I wanted to make happy.

With that being said, Trace is such a strong person going through that torture! A girl from a farm around the snobby rich kids. She has a tough spine and showed it on a number of occasions. I was very impressed with her and how she stood up for herself.

Nixon is a jerk and has so many mood swings I'm surprised Trace didn't hurt her neck from being jerked around as often as he did with her. One minute he's kissing her, the next he's making Trace the embarrassment of the school.

Honestly with as little as she put up with at the school I'm surprised she took the crap that he handed her. But I guess attraction does stupid things to smart people.

I really, really liked this story. I knew a major twist was coming up and I was not disappointed.

I want to continue the story but I'm a cheap person and don't want to pay for the rest of the books. Maybe one day I'll give in and buy them, but I'm going to resist for now. Glad I got to read this one and I think a lot of readers will love this story! ( )
  JeracaFite | Sep 21, 2014 |
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For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much--but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same ... The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she has ever met ... and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple: 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy--until it was too late.… (more)

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