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Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah bk-ymd about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully. When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school's senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too. Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures. As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly? With heart-pounding suspense and relevant social commentary comes a high-octane thriller from debut author Faridah bk-ymd.
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Cupcake12
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#wondrouswednesday
🍁 MG Leonard…I follow her on Instagram. She loves dogs, chocolate and books. We were made to be besties!
🍁🍁Recommendations from you lovely littens 📚
🍁🍁🍁Tagged

hannah-leeloo Thanks for the tag sweet 3w
iread2much I think I might be able to be friends with Stacy Schiff, but I think I would be too fan girly for most authors I love. I mostly find recommendations on Litsy and IG, because while I love browsing and finding titles that way, I spend too much 💵 when doing that. I don‘t really do twisty books, but State of Terror was really good and suspenseful. Thanks for the tag! 3w
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DaNae.Gr
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Singout
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This was really powerfully written, although based on a core premise that I found a bit hard to buy into (no spoilers). The narration alternates between the only two Black students in an elite white school, one on a scholarship from a low income neighborhood and the other well off. Basically a thriller, dominated by a mystery villain, it also looks at race, class, and sexual identity among teens in a provocative way.

#Booked2022 #DarkAcademia

Cinfhen Great review!!! 2mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book93
This was my second time reading this book. While I still enjoyed it, a lot of the suspension of disbelief moments didn‘t hold up quite as well.

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BookBr
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What a read. Challenging, difficult, unsparing, immersive, powerful. Far more than a story about school bullying, this is an unflinching look at systemic racism and how it can affect the vulnerable and strong alike. As well, an exploration of relationships and how we can lie even to the ones we love most. This book was affecting and thought-provoking and stimulating — highly recommend.

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krispychips
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Mehso-so

To keep it short, I didn‘t really like it. The idea was executed poorly, the entire time I was thinking ‘Pretty Little Liars rip off‘. All the “surprises/twists” were so obvious and the ending was an absolute let-down. There was almost no character growth and the plot was so unbelievable. I‘m disappointed in it, because I love books that talk about social issues and racial injustices, but this one fell so short and was such a let down.

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BookBr
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Back-to-school season pick — super bargain grab from Book Outlet, which is a great online site for Canadians to get discounted books, btw. Not sure I‘m in the mood for high drama but we‘ll see how it goes…

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janeycanuck
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Who keeps buying all these damn books?!? Oh. Wait. That‘d be me.

KristiAhlers That would be you winning! 4mo
janeycanuck @KristiAhlers Haha - my bookshelves would disagree!! 4mo
BiblioLitten My kinda stack! 🙌🏼 4mo
janeycanuck @BiblioLitten I‘m very excited for so many of them!! 4mo
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Cupcake12
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#alphabetgame #
Great idea @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I loved the tagged book….intrigue, drama and high school.
Thank you for the tag @Bookgoil
Can you think of one…. @hannah-leeloo @Blerdgal_Fenix

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing ❤️ 4mo
Bookgoil Fabulous choice!!! ❤️ 4mo
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Nalbuque
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If you like ya fiction, this book has everything you need. Even if you‘re not a ya person you should still give it a go, maybe just pretend it happens at a work place rather than high school? Lol
What a great book, coulda been longer or a series imo ♠️

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canbku
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This was really good! I enjoyed the second half a lot more than the first, but a fun take on semi-horror similar to Get Out. There are so many layers to Devon and Chiamaka. They come from such different places and yet the system lumps them together and the endpoint is the same. Chilling.

IndoorDame I found this one to be such a page turner! 5mo
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Cupcake12
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A compelling thriller with a twist that explores institutionalised racism explored from a YA perspective. A private academy where money is no object and students lives seem perfect. Dig deeper beneath the surface and dark secrets soon come to light. A diverse range of characters that you come to care about.
It was hard to put this book down as it was so addictive. Such a read with an incredibly powerful message

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Cupcake12
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Started this Friday night and hoping to finish by tomorrow after work!
Dark, institutionalised racism and an amazing writer!

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Cupcake12
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My weekend reading

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PickettT
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Weekend Read! 📖

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babyruth2510
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2⭐️. I‘m in the minority here but this book just didn‘t do it for me. Not sure if it was because I was listening to the audiobook or what, but I had a hard time. I did like the idea and the thriller aspects and really liked Devon‘s character and backstory. There were just little things that would take me out of the story: Do people really sign their text messages with their initials? That got super annoying while listening. wish I liked it more

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Blerdgal_Fenix
Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Someone asked me@to describe the genre or type of book this is — for some people it would be a horror and others a thriller. If I had to like towards something 🤔 get out meets gossip girl mixed in with pretty little liars dash of mean girls

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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This book… 9 out of 10…truth seen in art. it is a mix of get out & thriller. It is well written giving the prospective of two black students that eventually come together to deal with racist harassment. I think Everyone should read this book. I wanted the end to have something more(like the full exposure of the school), but the epilogue has satisfying end. #poc #lgbtq #woc #aces #spades #racism #ya #getout

TheKidUpstairs Oooh, my library just got this one in. Sounds like I'll definitely have to pick it up! 7mo
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Blerdgal_Fenix
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So this came up on Libby and I have decided to read it. I have been in a reading slumps, but I am going to see what the hype is about. So far the opening seems normal but the point of views are crazy — let‘s see what happens.

Cupcake12 This is on my bedside table. Looking forward to seeing what you think xxx 7mo
Blerdgal_Fenix @Cupcake12 be ready to be like WTF?! Girl I need wine after reading this. I am not sure it‘s suppose to be for #ya. This whole book took me out. I can relate to this more than I wanted too. But it is good. #twisty 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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Gotta love the author‘s honest review!

#goodreads #bookreview

5feet.of.fury 😂😂 hey, it‘s just the facts 8mo
Sparklemn That is awesome!!! 8mo
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rachelm
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Reading wrap pt 1 for the month!

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Zuhkeeyah
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I‘ve heard everyone raving about this book. I get it now. So many nuances within one story. It‘s one of those reads that will sit with you. One of the most important things highlighted was how though Chiamaka and Devon were both Black they came from very different worlds. This affected how they interacted with those around them at school and each other, but not how the world saw them. I could keep going. The author put the stacked system on blast.

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TaraTLK
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Okay so I like forgot this was a thriller and started listening to it and the two narrators plus the writing were awesome so by the time I realized it was going to be a little scary (especially because as a reader you are like never trust the person who [redacted]). What if your school had a Gossip Girl, but they only seemed to care about destroying you and another student?

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Amandajoy
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The kids are back, so they got to open their #blitsy packages. Caden thought everything was awesome & he‘s super excited about the tagged book. He also got his dad a Black Panther water bottle a couple years ago and was excited to have his own. We all agree the gummy bears are tasty (they rival the albanese ones.) (I plan on swiping the tagged book when he‘s not here 🤓)

Chelleo Aww!!! Love it! I want to read the tagged book too! We also love the Albanese gummies! That candy came from a local black owned candy shop and the swaps give me a reason to visit them. So glad he liked everything! 9mo
Gissy Nice! 9mo
Amandajoy @chelleo do they have a website? My husband would like to order some more. 9mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ As others have said, it‘s a riff on Gossip Girl but with structural and individual racism turned up to a million. There were places where the writing wasn‘t great, some things that didn‘t quite make sense, and the racism was maybe over amplified to the point of losing impact. BUT it was also compelling. I liked and wanted the best for the characters and I wanted to know what happened to them. I didn‘t like a lot of it, but I was invested.

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emily_roamswild
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Think… Pretty Little Liars but instead of A, it‘s a haunting story of how two Black students are being hunted in their own school. Someone is revealing all their secrets and the deeper Devon& Chiamaka dig, the darker and sicker it is. This book takes institutional racism and gives it a face, a name: Aces. I loved Von‘s love stories and the stark difference between his and Chi‘s life is heartbreaking. Pick this up—you won‘t regret it.

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BookishGirl06
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It was pretty good and I feel like this is an important read. I really wish black students didn‘t get treated this way, and that moving forward, we can do better.

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BookishGirl06
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My current read that i started a few days ago

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LibrarianRyan
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3.5 ⭐
Ace of Spades, all comes down to race. “Social Eugenics”. I find that this book opened a window to explore more in-depth and real life cases of this practice. Of people purposely being held up to get shot down. This book was an interesting. It brings forth conversations on actions of people and their consequences, and opens doors to find ways to fight practices like illustrated within the pages of the book.
TW: Racism, Sexism, homophobia

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Evita
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Mehso-so

3 out of 5

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Lovelylottereader
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I really liked this book and finished it very quickly. I liked the theme of fighting injustice and thought that the characters were very well-written. I thought it was very exciting and the book had me sitting at the edge of my seat and wondering who the anonymous Aces is. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lovelylottereader
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I think we deserve a happy ending.

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Lovelylottereader
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They say love and hate are the same, just at different ends of the blade.

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Clwojick
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This book checked off a ton of prompts over various reading challenges, including this pic for the #AestheticallyMatched challenge. The book and the pic give me creepy private school vibes.

Book 5 complete for #Jumpstart2022

Cupcake12 I got this for Christmas. Can‘t wait to read it x 11mo
StayCurious Was this your selection for #TBRDeckofcards? That would have been neat lol (edited) 11mo
Clwojick @StayCurious No! But I agree. 11mo
PageShifter Those vibes sounds so awesome!! 11mo
Lizpixie I‘m still sitting at 1&3/4 books so far this year! You‘re killing it!❤️ 11mo
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Clwojick
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Almost forgot to post my January #BookSpinBingo list! Last three with be #TBRDeckofCards picks. ❤️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 11mo
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Branwen
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Best Books of 2021! 🎉🎉🎉 YA! 📚

Here are my top 5 favorite YA books that I read this year!

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OrangeMooseReads
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I knew I wouldn‘t get any books for Christmas (bro &SIL didn‘t exchange and told parent not to buy me anything, told Man Cub I wanted a carpet cleaner) so I bought myself a couple.
Top 2 are new and the bottom 3 are used.
Seen and heard good things about Ace.
Love Amanda Lovelace.
Love Louise Erdrich (want her new one).
I‘ve heard good things about the last 2 as well.

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Kenyazero
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I don't really enjoy thrillers because they stress me out like this one did! That asside, it's an interesting book that uses cultish terrorism & white supremacy to build a terrifying, disturbing situation that‘ll have you on the edge of your seat. I did wish more had been done with their prefect status, which didn‘t seem to matter in any way. Strong content warnings for car accident, racism, gaslighting, nonconsensual nudity, fire death, & other.

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IndoorDame
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This read a lot like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars through the lens of systemic racism. This was definitely a #BlameItOnLitsy read for me, but I actually liked it a lot more than I expected to from just the title and cover art. I ended up finding this really difficult to put down, and read it in a single day.

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Kenyazero
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I finished my reading goal on Goodreads! I usually set this goal high because Goodreads counts every individual comic issue and picture book as a whole book read and because I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I'd never be able to read 200 books otherwise.

wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 🎉 13mo
Bookzombie Congratulations! 13mo
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Kenyazero
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I'll consider myself tagged by @wanderinglynn

1. Most recently active are the tagged, Sorcery of Thorns, My Life In Transition, and White Trash Warlock
2. I Can Make This Promise
3. Yep, all audiobooks on Overdrive at the moment.

@coffees @Eggs @Bookzombie @WanderingBookaneer and anyone else who wants to play!
#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

Eggs 💛💛💛 13mo
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻💚 13mo
Bookzombie Thank you for tagging me! 💗 13mo
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Kenyazero
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That moment when a major climatic moment is coming up and you realize it's not going to go well because you're not even close to the end of the book 😨

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Branwen
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So I definitely ordered my own copy of this book because I knew, at about 90 pages in, that I loved it so much and needed to own it! Now I'm almost halfway through it and even more obsessed! IT'S SO SO SO GOOD! It's like Pretty Little Liars/Gossip Girl mixed with the film Get Out but set at a rich preppy school. SO GOOD! 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel

AlaMich 😻 13mo
wanderinglynn Someone looks very comfortable! ❤️🐱 13mo
Branwen @wanderinglynn She hasn't moved in an hour! My lap is so warm! 😃💕😽 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead Rumpel 😍😍💕 13mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead My little book buddy! 😽 I'm putting up the x mas tree tomorrow - I'm VERY interested to see how her and her sister react to it! 🤣 13mo
RaeLovesToRead Haha, my Mum says I'm not allowed to put the tree up yet! 😒 Booooo! She is so so cute 🥰🥰 13mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead The main reason I wanted to get it up so early was so that the kitties would get used to it! Chaplin (11) and Roxas (16) are tree veterans but this will be the girls' first Christmas! 🎄🎅☃️ 13mo
RaeLovesToRead It looks like she loves it! 😄😊 All of your kitties are so adorable! 13mo
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Branwen
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Has anyone else read this?! I just started it during my lunch break today and I am HOOKED! It's SO GOOD so far! 😍📚💕

Nute Haven‘t read it. I‘ll be waiting to hear your final thoughts. 13mo
IndoorDame I have library hold on this one. It should be ready in a few weeks. Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 13mo
Branwen @Nute @IndoorDame Well, I'm about 90 pages in and have fallen for it SO HARD, I just ordered my own physical copy of it! So far it's like the movie Get Out but set at a rich prep school! 😍❤ 13mo
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peanutnine My library hold just came in for this! I can't wait to start it 13mo
Branwen @peanutnine YAY! I hope you love it too! I can't put it down! 13mo
phantomx @Branwen Read this for lmpbc on Round 12, and its amazing, hooks you in quickly and spirals into a deep mystery 13mo
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Ravenpuff
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Devon and Chiamaka are being attacked by unknown enemy, Aces. They‘re leaking all their secrets to everyone in their school. Devon and Chiamaka have to find out who they are & stop them before they ruin their futures.
I wasn‘t prepared for the plot of this book. It definitely took a turn toward the end. I liked it. I feel that the POV switches were important to the plot. I feel there are a couple unanswered questions though that I wanted answered.

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Soubhiville
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I just finished my last #LMPBC book for this round. Why was I expecting fantasy? I think the cover put that in my mind. It‘s not at all fantasy, it‘s more a YA thriller set in a private high school academy.

Venkman helped by hiding my silver markup pen as much as possible. 😹

Although I found some plot points obvious, overall it had me turning pages quickly and my heart racing.

DinoMom Cat are very helpful. 13mo
ChasingOm This is queued up on my Kindle for the weekend! 13mo
vlwelser I also definitely expected this to be fantasy. It's totally the cover. 13mo
phantomx I also thought it was fantasy 13mo
Soubhiville @bibliobard this is on its way home to you 😊 13mo
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I enjoyed this book for my lmpbc! This book was fast-paced, thrilling, and mind-blowing. The writing provided a mixture of stunning craft, character development, and an engaging plot that constructs emotions of fear, confusion, anger, and drama within the reader and demonstrating in action racial oppression, homophobia, social eugenics. #lmpbc #Round12 @WanderingBookaneer @bibliobard @Soubhiville

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emmyxreads
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i loved the synopsis for this book and was super interested in reading it! it centers around two black highschoolers in an all-white school, where the rich, elite, and powerful attend. the mystery and suspense kept me intrigued and tackles important topics in today's society, such as racism, homophobia, and white supremacy. overall, i really loved this book and would recommend this book to anyone looking for a ya thriller!

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Traci1
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
Compelling, though at times tough to read. I don't enjoy watching characters get beaten down over and over, so I struggled a bit. And I wouldn't call it enjoyable, but the story was a good one, and by the end I was really invested in Devon's and Chiamaka's outcome.