Mysteries abound in this interesting high school bully romance.
This was a very well written book with multiple storylines and a few different secrets and mysteries and it kept me guessing to the very end where there was a fairly predictable reveal/cliffhanger. However, it was about the only thing that was predictable in the entire book and at times it had me on the fence as to if I was going to be right about this one or not.
This was the story of Valentina Moon who is poor and was raised by her single mother Olivia. She lives in a tiny apartment and has a room about the size of a closet which she shares with her infant brother and she is just about to go away to a fancy boarding school for the first time.
Valentina is starting later in the semester than the rest of the students so when she gets there everyone is determined to find out how she got accepted since the school never takes late students and it is obvious her parents didn’t bribe the school.
Evergreen Academy runs on tradition which says that every year four freshmen are chosen by an unknown group called the spades. They leave cards in the lockers of the four Chosen “Knights” and those Knights are in charge of keeping peace at the school. But they also run the school more so than the teachers and the Headmaster. They can basically do whatever they want.
The four Evergreen Knights are the hottest guys in the freshman class. First Val meets Jaxson, the son of a record producer. Jaxson is a huge flirt and likes the limelight. Then there is Ezra, who tries to be perfect like his Mother who is an award winning Journalist. Ezra is exceptionally smart and tutors Val in Math. Then there is Maverick who is a big guy, and soft spoken. He doesn’t talk much and he is great at art, computers and likes to take electronic things apart and put them back together after seeing how they work. The last Knight is Ryder, who Val knows from her childhood. Val’s Mom, Olivia was secretary to Ryder’s Dad and Ryder used to bully and torment Val. He still hates her for reasons unknown to her.
As I said, there are quite a few secrets and mysteries. One is how Val got into the school, another is where she gets her spending money, another is who are the spades. The spades end up playing a larger role because after Val sees something she shouldn’t see, she gets marked and the entire school turns against her. She thinks it is the Knights led by Ryder but it turns out that it goes much deeper than that. Though there is still something going on with Ryder and why he hates her. Suffice it to say there is just a ton of questions that make this book/series pretty terrific!
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