Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Ivies by Alexa Donne. This tour is being hosted by Turn the Page Tours.
TITLE: The Ivies
AUTHOR: Alexa Donne
RELEASE DATE: March 25th, 2021
GENRE(S): YA FICTION–Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary
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.
While I was left wanting a bit more, I really ended up loving this book.
First, the characters are not likeable. At all. Everyone at this private school is pretty ruthless to the point of hurting people. Claflin Academy is a top private high school. Parents pay a lot of money to get their kids in there. Ivy league colleges take a lot of the kids from there. Tuition was something like $60K per year, so the kids are super rich. Olivia is there on scholarship and she feels different. Luckily she was taken in by a group of popular girls. They call themselves The Ivies. Avery is the leader and she made sure that each girl applied to one college for early admission. She gave them schools so that none of them would compete. The schools usually only take 2-3 kids from the school. Avery is a Harvard legacy, so that’s her school. Emma is Brown, Sierra is Yale, Margot is Princeton, and Olivia is Penn. However, Olivia went behind their backs and applied to Harvard. It was her dream school and she got in. And Avery didn’t. Things go really bad from there. When one of the girls ends up dead, Olivia is worried that it might have been Avery that killed her. Olivia starts her own murder investigation and is determined to keep Harvard a secret. While Olivia was involved in the sabotage to other students applying to Ivy Leagues, she finds out that her friends were keeping secrets from her.
The pacing was great and the author did a good job with suspects. I had a couple ideas that were correct, but not everything. I would definitely read another book by Alexa Donne.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
Warnings for death, inappropriate relationships, issues with wealth vs average money, racism, talk of sex, underage drinking, and some really bad things that the Ivies did to other students (would be spoilers).
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.
Up for grabs is ONE (1) finished copy of The Ivies by Alexa Donne. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will run from May 23rd to May 30th at 12 AM CST. To enter, click the link below!
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