Thursday, July 25, 2013

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: April 14, 2013

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.  - Goodreads.com


I got this book with absolutely no expectations.  I had never heard of the book before, and I only had the summary to go on.  Let me start by saying that this book was not at all what I thought it would be, just based on the summary.  That's not a bad thing though!  The storyline was just very unexpected. 

I found myself really liking the concept of the Elect, despite the fact that their group really does cause quite a few headaches and heartaches for the main character Tracey (aka Trace.)  That being said, however, there were definitely times that I wish Trace had been just a little stronger.  Granted, anyone would feel pressure and sadness over some of the things she has to endure, but she seemed to really let it cripple her sometimes.  I wanted to see her cry less, stand up for herself, say something back to some of these people.  The only one she could really do that with though was Nixon, who, at least at first, was the scariest one of them all.  Then that brings me to Nixon....

I have to admit I both loved and hated Nixon...hated in the beginning, but then grew to love.  He was definitely an interesting character, and I loved his badass sexiness.  A guy with power, looks, and attitude... you gotta love him.  I also have to give a nod to Chase.  I loved that guy too.  He was so caring and sweet, but also tough and strong too.  I see a love triangle coming in the future.

I was definitely surprised when I learned the truth behind the Elect group.  That was unexpected, and a very interesting story concept.  I have to admit I haven't read anything like it before.  I enjoyed the writing.  It was fast-paced and interesting.  I read the entire book in one sitting.  So despite those few little things I mentioned above, on the whole, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be picking up the next one.  I'm looking forward to seeing where Rachel Van Dyken takes the story from here.


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