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I Belong

Review: Elite by Rachel Van Dyken


Author: Rachel Van Dyken

GenreNA Contemporary

Series: Eagle Elite (Book 1)

Publication Date: July 9, 2013

FormatEbook, 256 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455554162 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13978-1455554164 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed byBridget


When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa — he couldn’t be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.

But I wasn’t counting on meeting Nixon.

Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.

1. Do not touch The Elect.
2. Do not look at The Elect.
3. Do not speak to The Elect.

And worst of all? Don’t discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize… it’s about you.

Quick & Dirty: Daring new adult book filled with betrayal, romance, and mystery.  One of my favorite reads for the year.

Opening SentenceWhoever told me life was easy— lied.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Tracey Rooks is very lucky she won a scholarship to one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, Eagle Elite. Trace was raised by her grandparents after her parents were killed in a horrible accident when she was 6 years old. Soon after the accident her grandparents moved to a remote ranch in Wyoming. Trace lived a very happy but sheltered life where she was home schooled.  Her grandmother died a few months back and Trace feels like she needs to get a good job so she can take care of her grandfather as he gets older. Everyone that attends Eagle Elite is basically guaranteed a fabulous career with lots of success, so for Trace this is her ticket to make something of herself. But upon arriving at college Trace soon discovers that Eagle Elite is not the fairytale experience she was expecting.

The first people she meets are The Elite, four boys who think they run the school. They are jerks that have stupid rules and Trace isn’t really the type of girl to be pushed around by bullies. Their fearless leader is Nixon, and even if he is an insufferable human, he is the most gorgeous guy Trace has ever met. As Trace tries to survive in the hostile environment she has been thrust into, she starts to realize that everyone at Eagle Elite has secrets including her.

I adored Trace right off the bat. She is a sweet girl, but she also has a fire in her. No one stands up to The Elite, but Trace refuses to back down and let them treat her like she is beneath them.  Because she lived such a sheltered life growing up, going to college is her chance to really experience life and have some fun. She does have her naive moments, but that just made her feel more realistic.  She had a strong voice throughout the whole story, and I honestly loved getting to know her.

Nixon is the epitome of a perfect bad boy. He is dangerous, hot, and a total jerk. But the more you get to know Nixon, the more you love him. As his story starts to unravel you slowly being to understand why he is so rude and demanding. In Nixon’s world everything is complicated and one wrong move could mean life or death. He is instantly drawn to Trace, but they have a very hot and cold relationship. One minute he is kissing her and the next he is purposely trying to hurt her. Their relationship is full of tension and chemistry. I’m not going to go into any more detail about Nixon cause I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that thinking about him makes me drool just a little bit!

Elite was something totally different than I expected, but in a very good way. From the first page, I was totally engrossed in the world that Dyken created, I honestly found that I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished reading it. The plot was full of secrets and it was completely intriguing. The characters were perfect and so easy to connect with. The story is full of action, heartbreak, love and mystery. The ending was done perfectly but left me dying to know what happens next. I have read other books by Dyken, but this series is by far my favorite.  If you are in the mood for a good new adult book with lots of intrigue and romance, I suggest you give this one a try.

Notable Scene:

Something snapped. I pushed against his chest. He stumbled backward, the look on his face changed from complete anger to disbelief.

“Did you just touch me?”

“You threatened me.”

“I threaten everyone.”

“Then you’re a bully.”

He opened his mouth and then snapped it shut again. A wicked smile played across his lips. “So you wanted to touch me?”

“No, I want you to leave me the hell alone.”

“Say please.”

“Please?” I begged looking directly into the depths of his soulless eyes.

“Hell. No,” he whispered and then moved past me and jerked open the door. A girl was waiting outside. He backed into my room and slammed the door again.

Eagle Elite Series:

1. Elite

2. Elect (December 10, 2013)

3. Entice (2014)

4. Elicit (2014)


FTC Advisory: Forever/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Elect. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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