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Ace of Spades (Excerpt) – Faridah Abike-lyimide

Okay, so this was only the first three chapters of the book but since it’s one of my most anticipated reads I just had to get it. Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this excerpt in exchange for an honest review. 


So far, we haven’t gotten a ton of plot. We’ve seen two characters and their widely different personalities in a school called Niveus. 

The book starts with a boy named Devon’s point of view and he finds out that he is a school prefect which has never happened before. As a music major, he’s kind of a loner except for his friend Jack who we haven’t met yet. We’re also able to find out that Devon is envious of another guy who brought his (male) date to prom last year. Of course, we haven’t found out a ton of information about Devon and his character yet, but he seems like an easy character to follow. 

We’re also able to see the point of view of a girl named Chiamaka who is basically the most popular girl in school. She’s worked super hard to get her spot as senior head prefect and nobody will take her down. She seems super determined to do her best in the school and is overall super driven. 


Since I was only given three chapters, I didn’t get much information from each of the characters, however, I did enjoy Devon’s point of view the most. He seemed like one of those characters that isn’t difficult to understand. He doesn’t have the perfect life like everyone else who goes to Niveus but he generally seems like a decent person and he just wants to get through his last year of high school and possibly go to Julliard. 

Chiamaka was a character I didn’t love right away just because she’s one of those girls that will stop at nothing to take you down if you’re a threat to her. She has to be the best and there’s no other way for it to happen and those girls kind of annoy me. She was super driven and obviously wanted to succeed with her time at Niveus and in general after high school which I admire, however, I didn’t love her character right away. 


Niveus seemed like one of those preppy schools filled with rich kids. It’s just one of those schools you see in those teen dramas where all the kids are spoiled rotten and they’re really mean. I don’t know how much I’m going to like this setting, but so far, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a preppy school filled with spoiled rich kids. 


I’m not sure whether this is just my copy of the book or the actual book but there were no spaces between most of the words. I struggled to read the copy just because I couldn’t make out some of the words. I have to say though, I did enjoy the writing style of the author and it seemed like my kind of story. 

In Conclusion… 

It’s still one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’m super excited for it to come out. This small excerpt was so fun to read and it was nice to meet the characters. It seemed like a good introduction to a story that I have no clue what’s going to happen!

Rating: 4/5⭐

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