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Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1) by [Van Dyken, Rachel]
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Elite (Eagle Elite Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Eagle Elite (2 Book Series)
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New Adult angst meets The Godfather in the first book of a new series from #1 New York Times bestselling and indie phenom Rachel Van Dyken.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (9 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOW9YRO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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Trace doesn't know who she is she just thinks she's a lucky farm girl and got herself into a great school then she meets the elite and Nixon a shadow from her past and everything slowly starts to unravel, love, war, guns and mafia 😍😍
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I liked this, it's nice to read something different than the usual storyline in this type of book. Without giving the plot away, the story of Nixon and Trace unfortunately continues in a sequel but their initial meeting and their falling in love reads well.
One problem however, was my copy had a couple of pages duplicated and one missing and a few errors which should have been edited out. Hopefully this will be corrected for new buyers.
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So this book has me torn. Whilst I did enjoy it overall, Elite certainly has its faults. My main issues were all surrounding the believability of the storyline. I can't go into much detail due to the fact they are all pretty big spoilers so I'm going to be brief. The storyline started off strong but as we started to get into the twists and revelations the plot started to unravel slightly. Once you find out who "The Elect" are it makes absolutely no sense for them to be so powerful in a College that is full of the children of world leaders and other immensely powerful people.

The school itself also didn't make sense, from the people who ran it to the way that all the students acted like they were 13 rather than 18 -22. Oh and they have uniforms.

It just seemed to me that when the first part of the book was written the author hadn't yet decided what was going to happen later in the book and she simply never got around to changing the stuff that then didn't make sense. Throughout this book I felt like I was reading an early draft that hadn't yet been checked for content issues.

I really wasn't sure what to think about the romance in this book. Whilst I love reading about a good dysfunctional romance, Trace and Nixon take dysfunctional to a whole new level. Nixon and his friends do some horrible things to Tracey that you couldn't imagine being easily forgiven (if ever) then once they find out... something, they start to be nice to her and she instantly forgives them. I did like Tracey and Nixon's connection; they have so much chemistry and passion together. At the moment I do not like Nixon as a love interest, whilst Trace could forgive him for being a huge ass I cant that easily.
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Humph. OK I don't really know where to start with this book as it confused the heck out of me. I have read this author's work before and really enjoyed them. This is a little different and totally not what I was expecting. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I'm still on the fence about that. In some ways it kept me entertained so I guess that is good but the plot line was a little strange to say the least.

Trace, who is recovering over the death of her Grandmother, wins a scholarship to the Elite College. This is a huge opportunity for her but her arrival, when her Grandfather drops her off, is met by the most unwelcoming party if ever there was one. The Elect are headed up by Nixon and his friends Phoenix and Chase. They have their set of rules that must be obeyed which I found to be extremely bizarre. For instance nobody is allowed to touch, look or speak to them. Everyone must comply with their orders and demands to keep the school running to a perfect acceptance. Their first meeting with Trace was absolutely disgusting and why the poor girl didn't go running for the hills is beyond me but then she finds solace with, strangely enough, Nixon's sister who she finds out she is to share a room with. From then on the story just got more complex and bizarre as the plotline unfolded.

When Trace eventually finds some balls and starts standing up for herself it appears this was the magic turnaround for her and The Elect suddenly start to include her into their World. This goes on for a while and Trace finds herself being pulled towards Nixon who initially reciprocates the attraction but then in the next chapter he is back to treating her like a piece of crap for no apparent reason. Yes, this is why I found it a confusing read.
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Took a little getting into in some places but saying that a good read. This is about the American Mafia families and what they have to go through to keep the peace between themselves and the other "families"
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I wasn't 100% convinced to start with, I thought I'd end up skipping pages and deleting it from my kindle. I really enjoyed it, was different which made it great reading and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series :0)
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Beginning this book I was sceptical - 20% and I was more than pleasantly surprised !!
The story evolved more and the characters were coming into their own - this is a good book and hopefully the second will be just as good. Would highly recommend.
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4½ stars

Well I can honestly say, I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. Mafia meets High School Musical, except this isn't High School and it's not a musical.

Trace Rooks, lost both her parents when she was six years old and since then has been raised be her Gran and Grandad. After the death of her Gran, Trace entered a contest and has won a place at an Elite College. She is honoured to have been given such a prestigious place, as students are pretty much guaranteed a highly successful career after graduation.

What Trace doesn't foresee, is the college is goverened by a group of guys called the Elect, of which the leader is Nixon. Even the teachers turn a blind eye to the Elect and if they tell you to do something, you do it. At first I wasn't quite sure what the purpose of Elect was, it appeared to me to be some kind of extreme hierarchy college system and while on some level this is true, there is so much more to it at than that.

I think I may have severe whiplash from the sudden way I went from absolutely despising Nixon to well and truly falling in love with him. He was so so horrible to Trace at first and it felt so much like bullying that I really did feel her pain. I actually couldn't understand why he was so mean to her, but it was also clear there was some underlying reason. The rest of the pupils didn't fair much better either.

Trace does quickly learn to stand up for herself and there are some 'Go Girl' moments where she really makes Nixon speechless.

Many of the characters were mysterious, especially the Elect members, Nixon, Chase, Tex and Phoenix.
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