giovedì 19 dicembre 2013
Author: Rachel van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #1
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication date: July 9, 2013
Tracey Rooks has been brought up by her grandparents on a farm in Wyoming. After her grandmother's death, she wins a lottery granting her access and a scholarship to the prestigious Eagle Elite Academy.
The Academy, however, is nothing like Tracey expects. The students are rich and gorgeous, and led by Nixon, a sort of student president and the head of a group everyone fears... the Elect. There are rules: Do not touch the Elect; Do not look at the Elect; Do not speak to the Elect. Starting at the Academy is not easy for Tracey, as she is severely bullied and Nixon seems bent on making her life hell. Then Tracey realizes something strange is going on... and everything she thought she knew about her life is going to change.
Elite is a very confusing book, at least for the first half. It was very hard for me to suspend disbelief; it seemed straight out from a bad mafia movie. There's a group of wealthy students running the school (seriously, they give orders to the Dean). There's Nixon, a gorgeous bad boy who is in charge of everything, from handing out passes to subbing for teachers, even though he's barely old enough to graduate.
At first Nixon despises Tracey and treats her like dirt. Then a switch is flipped and he lavishes Tracey with attention - he's apparently beein in love with her all along. She can't stay away from him, because obviously someone who humiliates you in front of the whole school and then said he did it to protect you is oh so irresistible. There's apparently some Romeo and Juliet romance going on - with rival mob families.
Among the things that bothered me to no end, the names of Tracey's parents. Her father was Mario Adele - Adele is a female name, maybe the author meant Adelmo. Her mother was Nicola Alessandro - two male names in Italian. Are you kidding me? I can understand the confusion with Nicola, but surely Alessandro is pretty straightforward? Couldn't the author do some research?
In spite of all its faults, I found this book oddly compelling. And now I want to find out what happens next.