Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.
Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.
I am always down for a good boarding school mystery and Donne certainly did not disappoint with this page-turner about ruthless teenagers who want to make it into one of the Ivies, no matter what. The plot of this story was very solid and a really great thriller. One of the girls in this group of friends gets into an altercation with the other, but one of them turns up dead the next day. Reading through this story will make you second-guess who you think did it multiple times and Donne even throws quite a few twists in there to keep you on your toes.
The characters in this book were also interesting and made sense with the plot. Our main character, Olivia, takes you on an investigative journey to find out who murdered Emma and why. I truly didn’t want it to end. I definitely recommend this book to high schoolers and readers of YA alike. Definitely a book to add to your dark academia TBR lists.
Meet the Author
Alexa Donne is the author of Brightly Burning and The Stars We Steal, YA sci-fi romance retellings of classics set in space out now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her next YA, THE IVIES, a thriller set in the world of competitive college admissions, will be out in May 2021 from Crown/Random House. A graduate of Boston University, she works in TV marketing and has done pro bono college admissions mentoring since 2014. A true INFJ, in her “free” time she mentors with WriteGirl, runs the Author Mentor Match program, and manages one of the most popular writing advice channels on YouTube. She lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. You can find her in most places @alexadonne.
Buried in Books – Review
The Tattooed Librarian – Review
The Never Ending Chronicles of Jawahir the Bookworm – Review
Books on Stereo – Review & Author Interview
Inquillery – Review, Thoughts while Reading & Songs to Listen to while Reading The Ivies
Braden’s All About Books – Review & Reading Vlog with Book-based Outfits
Kelley Tai – Thoughts while Reading & 5 Outfits Based on The Ivies
Booktube Goddess – Book-Inspired Make-Up Tutorial & Author Interview
Bookish Cousin – Review, 5 Outfits Based on The Ivies & Songs to Listen to while Reading The Ivies
Aliciadreams – Review & Thoughts While Reading
City of Shattered Light by: Claire Winn Release Date: October 19th, 2021 Publisher: Flux Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Pages: 400 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound Synopsis Content Warnings: violence, death, blood, mild gore, emotional abuse/manipulation, mild body horror (cybernetics), references to suicide, terminal illness, drug and alcohol […]Read More
Synopsis High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters―the Leonodai―and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace. After years of brutal training, seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to prove her loyalty to the city and her people to […]Read More
Vespertine by: Margaret Rogerson Release Date: October 5th, 2021 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Pages: 400 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound Synopsis From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA […]Read More
Barb the Last Berzerker by Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson Release Date: September 28th, 2021 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Graphic Novel Pages: 256 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Synopsis She-Ra and the Princesses of Power meets Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man in this sidesplitting […]Read More
To Break a Covenant by: Alison Ames Release Date: September 21, 2021 Publisher: Page Street Publishing Genre: Young Adult, Horror Pages: 320 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo Synopsis Content Warning: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal), claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent […]Read More
Synopsis Four young Black sisters come of age during the American Civil War in So Many Beginnings, a warm and powerful YA remix of the classic novel Little Women by national bestselling author Bethany C. Morrow. North Carolina, 1863. As the American Civil War rages on, the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island is blossoming, a […]Read More