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Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: June 1st 2021


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I don’t even know how to describe this book without just yelling to say READ IT IMMEDIATELY. I have never felt scared while reading a book but this book had me on the edge of my seat and I legitimately gasped out loud many times as the story unfolded!

This book follows two black students Chiamaka and Devon. They go to a really fancy private school and *of course* they’re the only black students. It’s their senior year and both of them have big plans for their future… except now there’s some anonymous texter exposing secrets. Are Chiamaka and Devon being targeted?

This was told in a dual POV and I enjoyed reading in both of their POVs. Chiamaka is a hard working knows-what-she-wants kind of girl while Devon is more of a laid back sort of lawful good type of kid. They both are so different and yet they’re forced to work together because of these wild circumstances. I grew to like both of them and I was honestly terrified for them both!

Trust me, this book will make you gasp out loud. I had no idea what to expect and whenever I thought I was catching onto the larger picture and connecting the dots, something came out of nowhere and had me reeling all over again! This truly captured the essence of dark academia thriller. This isn’t even a genre I find myself gravitating towards but this captured me immediately and I’ll definitely be thinking about it for a while!

I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good edge of your seat YA thriller. If you enjoy reading about creepy anonymous texts, unconventional alliances, having big hopes and dreams, not knowing who to trust, and books that discuss institutional racism.

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