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Elite (Eagle Elite #1)

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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 n
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published April 14th 2013 by Rachel Van Dyken
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Jennifer Kyle
Jul 16, 2013 Jennifer Kyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I really didn’t care or connect to this story at ALL. I finished the book so I can firmly stand by my rating.

This story was a HOT MESS.


The school Elite is completely BIZARE and not in a good way…more like in a completely unbelievable way. The children who attend are the superrich, the fabulously famous and mafia offspring. Our main character, Trace wins a scholarship to attend. She is a farm girl raised since the age of six by her grandparents, and oh yeah she loves COWS.

Nixon is the head of t
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I can't read this book any more... please don't make me. My brain hurts from reading just 24%... hurts so much...

I honestly thought that this was a joke book. A mockumentary if you will. It made no sense from the get go, and the dialogue was something maybe a five year old would write.

I'll give you a brief rundown of the plot before I purge this book from my memory. A country girl (Trace) wins a national lottery to go to an elite private school where celebrities and dignitary kids are enrolled.
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*
3 Elite Stars

"Maybe the world isn't as shiny and fun as you once thought. People are mean. Humanity is a cruel joke, Trace. I'm just trying to prevent them from getting the last laugh."

Let me explain

Every year Eagle Elite College, has a lottery. The winner gets an all expenses paid education at the college, this year the winner is, Trace Rooks. This is her opportunity to make her grandparents proud, by go
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝

This book

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" So, I am going to be a prisoner in my grandfather's home?"
"Of course not, You're going to be a prisoner in mine"

I absolutely loved it!!!!!! Elite is full of action, love story like Romeo and Juliet with Godfather situation!

Tracey grew up with her grandparents after her parents were killed when she was 6. She grew up in a ranch. And one fine day, she wins a scholarship to study at Eagle Elite after her grandmother motivated her and stating that it was time she knew who is she....

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Natalie Monroe
Welcome to Ouran High School!

A school for the children of the richest and most influential families in Japan America. One day, a poor scholarship kid contest winner will stumble across the Host Club Elect, a gang of gorgeous, influential and money-laden bastards, who then take her under their wing!

Aft—what? *listens to earpiece* Oh, I'm sorry, I got it wrong. This isn't Ouran High School, it is, in fact, Deimon High, where everything is controlled by a single fearsome man, Hiruma Nixon! School e
OMG! This book was

I can't even begin to describe how much I loved it!

I saw this book a few weeks ago on Amazon and fell in love with the cover. Then I read the description. I was hooked. I was dying to read it. But…I couldn’t. I had a plan…a book plan. I had it planned out (through buddy reads) what I was going to read. So I put this off. But it wasn’t far from my mind. I thought about it daily. Then, I finished a book that was mentally exhausting. I could feel a book funk coming on. As I was f
☆ Sammy ☆彡
Elite was my first novel by Rachel Van Dyken. Having heard so many wonderful things about her Ruin series and being intrigued by the blurb, I decided to jump into this book relatively blind. As a whole, I really enjoyed the story but unfortunately there were aspects of this book that left me with mixed feelings.

What I Liked:

I had a hard time putting this book down =) The plot kept me engaged and I was really intrigued by all the mystery surrounding the university and its students. I wanted to k

Ok, where do I start?
This book turned out not I was expecting at all and not in a good way!
I do love when an author tries to think outside the box and gives us a fresh take in what could have been the same old formula.

So Trace won a scholarship for the most exclusive college in the world, the college where the kids from the most influential and powerful people in the world go to aka Eagle Elite College.
So to Trace, a farm girl, to win the scholarship, it was like to win the lottery...

Only to dis
NiCoLeTa E.
Oct 05, 2015 NiCoLeTa E. rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly good...

I was hooked from the first moment...

Yeah! It was a little bit confusing in the beginning but that confusion had its charming!!!

And most of all i was confused from the way that this college was working and more of all i was confused and irritated from the people attitudes... especially the attitude of the Elects...
Oh, God!!! They were such assholes, but gorgeous assholes!!!

But let me take the things from the beginning....

Trace won a scholarship in the "Eagle eli
Jun 03, 2013 Rooks rated it it was ok
Ok, here's the thing - this book was candy. Moderately tasty candy, more than a little improbable candy, but you know, sometimes you just want candy. I feel like it's more of a 2.5 - while the plotting pushes me towards a 2, the fact that I read it in one sitting pushes me towards a 3. After typing everything out, I'm giving it the 2, mostly because if someone walked up to me and asked me what I thought of this book, I would say, "It was ok." Those are the exact words that would leave my lips. I ...more
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
By chapter two i knew i would hate this book, by chapter five i wanted to throw my reader against the wall.

This story was so over the top it might as well been pulled out the authors ass then written.

This is a revised version of my original review. I just had to come back to it, it was bugging me THAT MUCH.

My original review was a rant of just a few key points of the novel that I had issues with. But now a few days and conversations later I am ready to properly explain why I hated this book so m
Jacqueline's Reads
5 Stars


I had no idea what Elite was about, I just knew it was a Dyken book and figured, light and fuffy? Well, it was so MUCH MORE!

It was adorable

It was intriguing

It was gripping

It was action pack

It was intense!


Tracey got a scholarship into a very prestigious college. It’s not your typical college, they wear uniforms, there’s a class system with key cards and cliques. I actually just watched a Korean Drama that had a simila
Dec 04, 2013 Wanderlust rated it liked it

That is pretty much how i felt the entire book.
How do I write a reaction to Rachel Van Dyken's "Elite"? I guess on one hand, you could say this was trying to be a humorous, thrilling romantic read in the scheme of New Adult, but it rubbed me the wrong way for the utter implausibilities in the storyline. I had a hard time getting through much of it because it seemed like a poorly written version of the YA series "Private" by Kate Brian, or even a poorer version of the anime/manga series Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers). And then it transit ...more
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose

**ARC courtesy of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

3,5 find-out-who-you-really-are STARS!!


If you have read the synopsis of this book you already know how cryptic this story is... and well, you won't really find out what's really going on completely until almost the end of the book.


Because this is only the first book of the series Eagle Elite and it's all about solving the mystery while you read :)

So I'm not gonna go into too much detail a
Arc provided by Netgalley

DNF at 5%

Yes, 5%..because with only five percent read, there was:
_Clumsy narration, if Trace is such a genius i was expecting something more fluent than this:

The buildings were huge. Everything was built in old stone and brick. I mean, I’d seen pictures, but they did not even come close to reality. The dorms looked like ritzy hotels.

_Overabuse of cheesiness....

I gave grandpa a watery smile as he reached across the console and grasped my hand within his large worn one. H
“—Nope. You’ve already broken a rule. I’m speaking, New Girl.” Chase smirked. “Geez, Nixon, this one’s going to be hard to break in.”
“They always are,” Nixon replied, lifting my chin with his hand. “But I think I’ll enjoy this one.”


What did I just read.

That book was not what I expected at all.

This book was engaging, terrifying, suspenseful, romantic, utterly depressing and heart-wrenching all at the same time. It feels like my heart got handed to me on a platter… I need the next book NOW.
5 "I'll Do Anything To Protect You--Even Make You Think I'm the Devil" Stars!

Wow, this book was amazing! What a twisted journey! I loved that you would never be able to figure out what this story is about from the first few pages or book blurb. For me the more suspenseful and convoluted the story, the better! So please don't be quick to make judgments. That's the point. This story is told from the heroine's POV, who is in the dark about who she really is and what she is really doing at Eagle El
Apr 15, 2013 Son rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL GUYS!! Rachel has done it again!!

I literally bought this book minutes after it went live on Amazon, i jumped up and seriously did a little happy dance (okay okay a major big happy dance!) I had been waiting and waiting for this and after all the little snippets Miss van Dyken had been posting for us lately i was dying to read it all together!

Well she definitely did not let us down (as if she could).

Without giving away too much i was at first like wow! that was so cruel, so nasty, what
Jul 12, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
Unique, Fresh, & Original!

At the beginning of Elite, I had no idea what was going on. All I knew was that I HAD to find out. Even worse, I HAD to know right then, so of course I didn’t stop reading until I finished. <-- and that’s the reason you see those 5 stars up there!

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*spoiler free*

The main character, Trace, wins a contest that gets her accepted into a prominent and exclusive college. She’s a farm girl and way out of her element. The other students at the college are way different
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I know I'm a little late to the party with this book. It had been on my kindle for a while and I finally got the chance to read it this weekend and now that I've finished it, I'm thinking why the hell did I leave it so long? From the moment I began reading this story I was hooked.
" Everything you've ever about to change."

Tracey had won a
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Feb 08, 2016 Zakirrah BookBlogger rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-or-netgalley
4 Elite Stars!!

Okay I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner! A friend of mine had been telling me to read it for a while and I blew it off, just not really giving it much thought and then I realised that I requested this book from NetGalley ages ago and never got round to it. I decided to finally put me foot down and get reading. I remember starting a few pages but I was in a book funk and gave up to try again at a later time. Right now I have my reading mojo back and I was totally read
The Book Disciple (Samantha)
Ok, so I have read the book before and gave the book 5 stars.
This rating is for the audio book. My big issue was that the girl narrator tried to do all these different male voices, and it did not work for me. It just didn't work. I found myself cringing. Its not that I mind the narrator doing the voice of other genders but this narrator just wasn't cutting it for me. But, I love the book so much I was willing to move past it. And, the next book in the series is narrated by a guy, so I think I w
Bye-bye, bitch (After 71%)!

Review in russian:


Guys...I really-really wanted to finish this book, but it would be a complete waste of my time.


First of all, i started this thing because of the quote:
1. Do not touch The Elect.
2. Do not look at The Elect.
3. Do not speak to The Elect.

I was like: “Okay. That sounds...weird...but why not?”

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And then...

I half-expected to be eaten myself in that place, and they don’t serve meat. NO MEAT, Nixon!

Apr 22, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it
Im not usually into Mob books and I admit when I picked this one up I didn't realise it was Mobbish related but DAM!!! What an awesome book!!

I have read a couple of Rachel's books already but this one....this one passes them by far!!

Awesome read. Great characters and story outline. And while I did sort of guess what the big secret was - it didn't subtract from the story at all.

Some great one liners and def funny parts - as well as the usual emotions.

Trace - while she was innocent and naïve, she
My GR buddy Kellie said, "Loveable asshole" when referring to the hero here and I think that's a perfect statement!

I enjoyed this story although I spent the vast majority of it trying to figure out what the hell the big secret was. I thought I knew and in the end I did, but I had other theories too because sometimes you just never know. There was a little extra twist of a surprise that I was happy for too. I won't share anymore about that than that so I don't spoil it.

It was a good read with se
Aug 08, 2014 Kj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alpha-goodness
4.5 Stars

This book really surprised me. I thought this was going to be about high school kids and their cliques but it's actually nothing like that. I started it and read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. I will say that I loved the push and pull of the relationship between Nixon and Trace but their relationship happened way to quickly. They went from hating one another to being madly in love within 2 weeks. That's just unbelievable to me.

I read in a friends review that this book remi

Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
OH. MY. WORD. I should have known better than to pick up a Rachel Van Dyken book to read at night. I stayed up until 1:30 A.M. to finish! Because I literally could NOT STOP READING!!!! I kept thinking, just one more chapter...that didn't happen! This story was literally a roller coaster ride that I didn't want to end! In fact, I need the next book, like last night at 1:30, hint hint Rachel! The characters were amazing, I loved Trace from the beginning, she had spunk that I admired and Nixon I lo ...more
'"I won't let anything happen to you - I swear on my life, I'll protect you until the day I die."
"That's a pretty big promise."
"Well, you're a pretty important person. Important people deserve big promises, and you, Trace. You deserve the world."'

Eagle Elite College....a college for the elite. Certainly, no place for a girl from Wyoming.

Tracey Rooks thought winning a scholarship to Eagle Elite College was the chance of a lifetime. A chance to escape the sorrow of the death of her grandmother and
This book was a ride. The types of rides that I love. It played with my head. At about 30%, I figured that the book revolved around some type of mob story, which I love!!! However, before you get any real information about the characters, you are not sure who is who and what friendships are real.

Tracy “Trace” goes away to college after living a quiet and sheltered life with her grandparents. Trace really has not experienced a lot outside of her grandparents’ farm. She really has no clue what a
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

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Other Books in the Series

Eagle Elite (7 books)
  • Elect (Eagle Elite, #2)
  • Entice (Eagle Elite, #3)
  • Elicit (Eagle Elite, #4)
  • Ember (Eagle Elite, #5)
  • Elude (Eagle Elite, #6)
  • Empire (Eagle Elite, #7)

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“I love you, Trace. I always have. Just remember that, okay? Hold on to it. No matter what I say or what I do... and trust me, I'll do some terrible things. Just know. I love you. With every fiber of my being.” 23 likes
“Keep your head high. Ain’t nothing to look at on the ground,” 21 likes
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