Book Review: Elite (Eagle Elite #1) 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.

Release Date: April 14, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley

Based on the summary, I thought I knew what to expect from Elite.  I thought it would be your typical boarding-school paranormal type of book.  I was so surprised when it turned out to be something totally different! 

I found Elite to be compulsively readable.  There were times when I wasn't sure if I even liked the book to be reading it as fast as I was, but I just kept reading because I was so intrigued by the mystery.  I love it when the reader is kept in the dark right along with the main character, and Van Dyken uses that concept well in Elite.  I was really surprised when the truth was revealed to Tracey.  

Tracey's feelings about Nixon ran hot and cold, as did mine.  Sometimes I really liked the guy and sometimes I downright hated him.  He was full of contradictions and surprises.  The love story moved too quickly for my taste, but I did enjoy the romance between the two main characters.  There was a Romeo and Juliet theme to the love story, which worked well given the premise of the book.  Elite contained a lot of world-building, which slowed down the story at times, but that makes me think that book two will be even better.

If you like contemporary fiction, I'd recommend Elite.  I look forward to the next book in the series.


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