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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  56,376 ratings  ·  11,664 reviews
An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism, from an exceptional new YA voice.

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students' dark secrets to light.

Paperback, 470 pages
Published June 10th 2021 by Usborne (first published June 1st 2021)
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Alice Oseman
I could not put this book down! Sex, lies, and fighting back against racism - this book is a wild ride, with an incredibly powerful message. A heart-racing and twisty thriller that grapples so much more than a simple mystery; ACE OF SPADES explores being both queer and Black, and the sinister, destructive nature of white supremacy and racism.
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Biased review - but I can 100% confirm that the author worked really hard on this!
myo (myonna reads)
the bar has been set and it’s extremely high now. this is all i ever wanted, dark academia that deals with racism mixed with a badass female lead. loved this book and i cant wait to see what the author does with her next book!
daph pink ♡
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ace of spades was interesting, to say the least. I usually don't read synopsis so I was completely unprepared for what was going to come. I am in awe of this book, and it is one of the most phenomenal debuts that I have ever read.

[...]"The world isn’t ideal. This world, our world, the one with houses as crooked as the people in them. Broken people, broken by the way the world works.”[...]

 Two Black teens become the targets of an anonymous texter and they must work together to take the
Ms. Woc Reader
Ace of Spades had good ideas but fell flat with the execution. The story follows Devon and Chiamaka as they head into senior year as Niveus Private Academy where they are selected as head boy and girl. Soon after they start receiving threats from a mysterious entity called Aces.

Niveus Private Academy is described as an amalgam of British and American private school traditions and I understand the author wanted to appeal to an American audience but the story should've just been set in the UK. Not
This review is for: everyone.

I assume that everyone wants to read a book that is like the young adult book equivalent of Get Out meets Gossip Girl, with unlikely friendship and TWO gay relationships and mystery and solving and a tiny hint of dark academia.

So this is to tell everyone that you're right. This is good, and you do want to read it.

Enough said.

Bottom line: Things may not be as they seem IN this book, but they are as they seem about them!


Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book left me speechless and literally pulling my hair out.
FUCKING PERFECTION! If you haven't read this book yet you're doing a disservice to yourself. If ya'll think that this won't end up on my 2021 top books of the year you're losing your mind!

Ace of Spades is what I look for in thrillers. It's engaging, it's creepy, it screws with your mind, and when the big reveal comes your jaw hits the floor. This book definitely has vibes that can be closely related to Get Out, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars, but my oh my it's so much more. The story itsel
Chelsea Humphrey
"Hello Niveus High. It's me. Who am I? That's not important. All you need to know is... I'm here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. -Aces"

Binge-worthy. Timely. Thought provoking. These are all phrases that come to mind when I look back at this story. I've been salivating over the teasers and early reviews of Ace of Spades, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't my most anticipated release of 2021. A YA mystery with shades of Gossip Girl and Get Out? Yes, please! I'm pleased to repor
Jul 26, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a giant trainwreck. It was one of my most anticipated novels of 2021, but now, it is the worst novel I read this year. I do not know whether I am more disgusted or disappointed.

Ace of Spades follows Chiamaka Adebayo and Devon Richards, a biracial student and a Black student respectively, who attend a white private school where they face harassment from an annonymous source who broadcasts their secrets to the entire school.

This book was aggressively pitched as Gossip Girl meets Get
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

maybe the best debut i've ever read. this is going to make so many people's best of 2021 list. full review to come. <3

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Gavin Hetherington
Aug 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I was starting to think that I was growing out of young adult books but then Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé went 'no you fucking don't get back here' and I was saved. ...more
This was so good 🤯 The comparison to Get Out and Gossip Girl are 100% accurate! I will admit the first 200 pages were kind of slow and read reaaaally young adult to me, but the ending was wild and so intense and worth it!

Reading vlog where I read it: https://youtu.be/yrJOxTbNPd4
I can quite honestly say that Ace of Spades blew my mind. I went into this book with high expectations after seeing so many people rave about it and somehow it still managed to exceed them. Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé has crafted a truly unputdownable thriller that expertly builds and draws out tension all while exploring institutionalised racism and the power found in fighting back.

I don’t often read thrillers but if they were all as brilliantly written as Ace of Spades I don’t think I could ever put
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Gossip Girl meets Get Out is actually the perfect way of describing ACE OF SPADES. This YA book fulfilled the dark academia itch that I've been suffering ever since I read THE SECRET HISTORY and craved more stories set in exclusive schools built on secrets, treachery, and lies. The two narrators of this book are Chiamaka and Devon. Chiamaka is biracial and super rich, but she still feels like she's never going to be enough unless she pus
katie ❀
Sometimes, you need a soft, fluffy rom-com to cheer you up. And sometimes, you need a dark, twisty thriller to scare the crap out of you. This was one of the latter.

Ace of Spades follows Chiamaka and Devon, the only Black students who attend the prestigious Niveus Private Academy. But after both are nominated as prefects, their paths begin to tangle as an anonymous force known as Aces makes themself present, bent on not only destroying their senior year, but also on ruining any chance at a futur
Joanna Chu (The ChuseyReader)
Rating: 2 or 2.5.

Thank you to Medha for buddy reading this with me :).

What I enjoyed:

This is my first time seeing a mystery-thriller that deeply explores the themes of institutional racism and with a great representation of LGBT characters. In an article Àbíké-Íyímídé mentioned:

“I think a lot of these institutions, whether it's university or a high school, they often are prestige because they have a history that is rooted in a kind of subjugation of Black people”

Perhaps I live under a rock bu
may ➹
4.5 stars

there’s no better dark academia than dark academia with qpoc challenging racist institutions!

(this was excellent and as usual I was terrible at guessing things, rtc)

// buddy read with 😖
Aiden Thomas
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is an absolute artist of crafting tension and suspense. ACE OF SPADES will leave readers tearing through chapters, desperate to see what happens next. Packed with killer twists that gave me goosebumps, ACES OF SPADES is a phenomenal debut here to knock you off your feet and send your heart racing.
ACTUAL RATING: Infinity stars*

People be like "There's no perfect book" and all I'm thinking is, have you met Ace of Spades yet.

"Hello Niveus High. It's me. Who am I? That's not important. All you need to know is... I'm here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. -Aces"

First of all, I just want to say WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
The bar for all YA books have been raised so high, at this point not even SJM stands a chance. I
Peyton Reads
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything I love in a book wrapped up in one and so many important messages as well!
kimberly ☆
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Now a Goodreads Choice finalist in Young Adult Fiction!

I just love YA thrillers. Can’t get enough of them! Ace of Spades was no exception. Although it started out similarly to a lot of other books in the genre, by the halfway point it diverged into a completely unique and sinisterly clever story all its own.

Chiamaka Adebayo is Niveus Private Academy’s reigning ‘It Girl’, so it comes as no surprise when she’s named Head Prefect for the fourth year in a row. What does come as a surprise is tha
Monte Price
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
I'm going to publish a full review closer to the actual release date... but you need to have this book on your list of things to preorder. The game has been changed, the bar has been raised, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is coming for the girlies.

It took me far longer to publish my full thoughts, but here they are from a yearish ago when I actually finished the book.

While I was given an arc of this, as always the thoughts to follow are all mine.

I just need you to know that this is hands down required re
☆ 5 / 5 ☆

“The world isn’t ideal. This world, our world, the one with houses as crooked as the people in them. Broken people, broken by the way the world works.”

This book left me stunned and speechless, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up as my favourite debut of 2021.

Chiamaka and Devon are the only two Black students attending Niveus Private Academy but their paths couldn’t be more different. Chiamaka loves the sciences, she’s climbed up to the top of the social ladder, and designer cl
Lauren Lanz
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ace of Spades made me want to bolt my chair to the ground so I couldn't fall out of it. So much suspense from the get-go! This dark and adrenaline-filled thriller tackles several hard-hitting themes that left me reeling; Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé does a masterful job portraying the struggles of black students trying to succeed in a system that only seems to work against them.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Chiamaka Adebayo and Devon Richards are polar opposites; she’s popular and wealthy, he ha
This world isn't ideal.
This world, our world, the one with houses as crooked as the people in them. Broken people, broken by the way the world works. No jobs, no money; sell drugs, get money. That's what this world is, that's how it works.
This book was WILD. I almost stayed up all night to do that but as a burgeoning old woman, I lost the battle to sleep.

The story starts with Devon, a music prodigy and Chiamaka, head girl and queen bitch. The only two black students at Niveus Priva
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
"Growing up, I realized quite quickly that people hate being called racist more than they hate racism itself."

Wow, what a book! The description of Gossip Girl meets Get Out is absolutely correct. I was glued to the page as I wanted to find out the identity of "Aces" and why Chiamaka and Devon are being targeted.

When everything is wrapped up in the end this is a stunning work of creativity and a forthright light shining on today's society. It's an exciting, fast-paced book with examination of per
Ideas are bulletproof
Thank you to Joanna for buddy reading this with me :)!
2.5 stars.

“I stop myself from apologizing-because what would I even be sorry for? Existing too loud?”

Okay so I had really high expectations for this book, considering all the hype and positive feedback from numerous readers, but alarmingly this book disappointed me :/ I found myself reading the same sentence over and over again because I was extremely bored (if you plan on reading this book before going to bed then trust me when I say this, y
Aug 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a thrilling young-adult novel, I second the descriptions of Gossip Girl meets Get Out. Ace of Spades follows two Black teenagers, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, attending a predominantly white high school, both who have ambitious dreams that start to fall apart when a mysterious entity titled Aces begins texting all their peers secrets about their personal lives. Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé wove suspense so well into this novel, such that I found myself flipping the pages nonstop to figure ...more
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Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is the instant New York Times, International bestselling & Award-winning author of ACE OF SPADES. She is an avid tea drinker, a collector of strange mugs and a recent graduate from a university in the Scottish Highlands where she studied English Literature. When she isn’t spinning dark tales, Faridah can be found examining the deeper meanings in Disney channel original movies ...more

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