Wednesday, February 29, 2012

book review: the rivals by daisy whitney

Book Review: The Rivals by Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Little, Brown Books

When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.
It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.
As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.

The Rivals is a sequel to Daisy Whitney's The Mockingbirds.

I'm tempted to say that the plot of The Rivals was even better than The Mockingbirds. Whatever. I'll say it. The plot of The Rivals was even better than The Mockingbirds. Keep in mind that's a pretty opinion-based statement.

Anyway, the thing I liked about The Rivals is that it's not so one-tiered as the first book. Instead of just one plotline that consumes Alex, a variety of different things are going on in her life and at Themis. This multi-focused approach was exactly what I was looking for, and I really enjoyed it!

As in the first book, Whitney keeps her amazing writing style intact. Of course, that writing style would be praised for such a clear voice for her characters. The concept remains strong throughout the novel, and I all in all really enjoyed it.

I hope there's another one! :)

So the verdict...

Daisy Whitney hits another homerun with The Rivals. Witty, imaginative, and maybe even better than the series opener, The Rivals is a novel that will keep you wanting to always turn that next page.

'Til next time!

1 comment:

  1. Gahhh I really need to read this. I've heard so many great things about it and I LOVED The Mockingbirds. :D


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