By Rachel Van Dyken
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.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Holy baby Jeebus that was good. I am truly surprised at how much I enjoyed Elite and I can not wait for the sequel Elect to come out (I am not sure I will make it to November). I could not put this book down, I actually told my entire family to leave me alone so that I could read it in peace. It took me almost two hours to make dinner because I was reading and cooking at the same time.
So the official blurb of the book was pretty cryptic, I had no idea what this book was really about and I have to admit that drove me crazy. I wasn’t sure if the Elect were going to turn out to be Demons, Vampire’s, Immortals or what (obviously I have been reading a lot of paranormal). I conjured up scenario after scenario of what I would do had I been in Trace’s shoes which of course had me completely addicted to story, determined to figure it out.
Once I found out what and who the Elect were it just kept getting better and better.
Tracy “Trace” Rook has won the prized Elite lottery, entrance to the most exclusive college in the world Eagle Elite. Coming from a ranch in Wyoming after being raised by her grandparents following her parents death at the age of six, Tracy has absolutely no idea what to expect. From the moment she arrives on campus she is thrust into a world unlike anything she could have imagined.
Her first encounter is with what she learns is the Elect, four extremely good-looking, arrogant and mean guys who seem to have nothing better to do than to point out her place at the bottom of the totem pole. She is not to look at them, speak to them and definitely not touch them. Her safety depends on whether or not she can follow these rules. While Trace has no idea what this means she soon finds out that Nixon Abandonato the Elect’s “fearless leader” controls everything and everyone.
…I tried to jerk away. His face lit up with a smile, and honestly, it was like staring at a fallen angel. Nixon was gorgeous. He was an ass, but he was a gorgeous ass. “You feel this?” His hand continued moving up my arm until he reached my shoulder, and then his hand moved to my neck and his thumb grazed my trembling lips. “Memorize it now, because as of this moment, you can’t touch us. We are untouchable. If you as much as sneeze in our direction, if you as much breathe the same air in my atmosphere, I will make your life hell. This touch, what you feel against your skin, will be the only time you feel another human being as powerful as me near you. So like I said, feel it, remember it, and maybe one day, your brain will do you the supreme favor of forgetting what it felt like to have someone like me touching you. Then, and only then, will you be able to be happy with some mediocre boyfriend and pathetic life.”
It’s hard to put into words everything I want to say about this book without giving too much away. I try not to do too many spoilers because most of the time the mystery in these types of stories are what really makes or breaks it. I honestly believe you have to just sit back and enjoy the ride when it comes to this book because knowing too much would ruin the experience of unraveling the many mysteries and secrets of the book.
I’m thinking the easiest way is to break it down like this:
Plot: Loved it! ★★★★★ (Can’t say any more than I did above).
Characters: ★★★★★ The story is all from Trace’s POV which worked great because it added to the whole enigma of Nixon, his friends and the school.
Trace (The Heroine): ♥♥♥♥ I could feel her pain and confusion throughout the entire story. There were times when I wished she could have been a tad bit stronger when faced with the cruelty of the students but I loved how she stood up to Nixon on more than one occasion. I am looking forward to seeing how she grows and develops in the next book and I really want to see her establish her rightful place at school.
Nixon (Our Hero/Antihero): ♥♥♥♥♥ As much as I want to hate him for his cruelty to Trace I pretty much got over it 30% in the book. Learning who he really is and getting an idea of why he does the things he does changed my mind about him. He’s despicable but I still fell in love with him (what does that say about me? I’m not quite sure yet) and again I can’t wait for more of him in the next book, from the look of it Elect (Eagle Elite #2) is from Nixon’s POV.
Chase (The Best Friend/Right Hand Man): ♥♥♥♥♥ Yep the author just had to throw a little love triangle in there for us. I really loved Chase as well even though I felt one of his reprehensible actions in the beginning of the book never got addressed properly. I liked that Chase had a sensitivity and sincerity that was evident from the very beginning, it was easier to like his character right away not to mention he’s funny and charming and loyal. While I love to root for the underdog when it comes to love triangles I don’t think I want to see Chase with Trace, he makes a perfect best friend but I don’t think he’s the one for her.
Monroe (Nixon’s Beautiful Twin Sister): ♥♥♥♥ I wasn’t sure about Monroe at first. I loved her because she seemed so nice and accepting and seemed to sincerely want to be Trace’s friend right from the beginning but I couldn’t help waiting for her to stab her in the back.
Romance: ★★★★ I just wish it had been slightly steamier. As New Adult I expected a little more in this area (it felt more Young Adult to me) so I am hoping for a bit more in the next book.
So when all is said and done this is definitely a must read for me, I definitely recommend this to those who love New Adult books. I will be stalking Amazon for the sequel so I can see what happens next. I will also be checking out more books by this author.
*Thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley with providing a copy of this book for honest review!
To find out more about author Rachel Van Dyken click here.
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