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Ace of Spades

By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
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Publisher Description

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. —Aces

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too.

Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.

As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?

With heart-pounding suspense and relevant social commentary comes a high-octane thriller from debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.

572 Reviews

Red Angry Face“This book shook me to my core. It had me enraged most of the time because I could empathize with the characters in the story. Sadly this story is very much based in reality because social eugenics are extremely prevalent in our society. This book did have a satisfying ending, which I greatly appreciated. But this will be a tough read for most people even though it’s very worth while. It explains racism in a semi-digestible format. I recommend everyone read this amazing book.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersComing of ageDarkHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book was so shocking! Really touched on important issues that happen all over the US especially within the Black and LGBT communities. Very good read!!”
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Expressionless Face“I felt let down. Most were describing this as Gossip Girl meets Get Out (which is kind of hard to live up to), but it lacked on the Get Out vibes. It builds very slow, but touches on very important concepts. It took me a while to finish it, because it almost turned into a DNF. Overall, okay read if you’ve got the time but not a page turner.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersRelatable charactersTwistyMeaningfulDidn't grab my attentionSlow plotUnsatisfying ending
Red Angry Face“Woah, what a roller coaster! This book was very heavy, but the storyline is so important. I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about systemic and institutionalised racism. I felt that the ending was rushed though.”
Easy to readAction-packedTwistyDark settingRushed ending
Anxious Face with sweat“I wanted to like this book I did for most of it. I loved the Gossip Girl vibes and the characters. It was too slow though. The Ace Of Spades was made to be everything but it was to the point where we couldn't guess almost anything because we had no clues. We found out secrets most if the time as they were released. I love the idea of a secret society that was in the school doing these things, but it didn't feel right with the ending. I'm glad they went on to live normal, successful.”
Diverse characters

About Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a collector of strange mugs. Faridah currently studies English Literature at a university in the Scottish Highlands.

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