#ThrowbackThursday Review: Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted 16 October, 2014 in Reviews / 3 Comments

#ThrowbackThursday Review: Elite by Rachel Van DykenTitle: Elite
Series: Eagle Elite #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genres: New Adult, Suspense
Release Date: July 9, 2013
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Elite:

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.
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My Review:

So since this book just came out in paperback, I think it’s time for another throwback!

I just reread this after reading all of the other books in the series. Honestly, I forgot how undecided I was about this book the first time I read it. It was one of those situations where I kind of hated myself for buying the next book in the series, but I needed to find out more and see if the series redeemed itself. I’ve read all the others except for Bang Bang (which is still sitting in my TBR Kindle folder). Had it not been written by an author who’d proven herself to me already, I may not have continued the series.

I found the book so weird at first. Like it could be taking place in a Lifetime movie about bullying. These Elect people seemed to run the school…where is the administration? How are they getting away with all of this?

I also found pretty much every character really unlikeable. I mean, I know you’re not supposed to like the Elect back when all they’re doing is acting superior to everyone and bullying Trace, but I couldn’t get myself invested in Trace at first, either. She was one of those aloof, Bella Swan characters, where you just wonder where the girl’s personality is.

But then about halfway in, it gets good, and it gets really good. You overlook the Elect’s ways, or are distracted by them, because there’s stuff going on everywhere. Each chapter had a new BAM! moment.

Thinking back, I don’t think I ever got to the point where I liked Nixon or Trace, but I did empathize with them. I’m just glad I’m a big Rachel fan and decided to give the series a second chance, because now it’s one of my favorites.

About Rachel Van Dyken:

rachel van dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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