Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshmen. When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friend and left their oldest sister unable to speak. After giving homeschooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best.The Robertsons soon discover, however, that their new classmates are anything but kind. A mysterious group of bullies known as the Dimes rules the hallways and spreads fear everywhere they go. All three sisters end up being targets of the gang and have to find a way to defend themselves.The triplets couldn’t be more different, but their loyalty to each other and to their school never fails. Along with diverse group of friends, the Robertsons do everything they can to uncover the identity of the Dimes and restore order to the school.As if their lives weren’t complicated enough, they also get sucked in to a much bigger game—discovering who was responsible for the attack on their old school. Can they bring down the Dimes and bring the murderer to justice, all while trying to make it through ninth grade?
Before starting Battle of the Bullies, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew the synopsis sounded interesting, and I wanted to try it out, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for the wild ride ahead of me. This book blew me away, and kept me hooked until the last page. Full of complex, three-dimensional characters, and an addicting plot, Battle of the Bullies is the perfect read for any day. All the powerful themes and messages discussed in the novel kept me thinking about it long after I finished reading. Another thing I adored in this book was the relationships between all the characters, and how they were never easy, or as they seemed. The contrast between the triplets, but the way they still looked out for and cared for each other, heightened their already distinct personalities to the next level. All their pasts were incorporated into the storyline seamlessly, and never once felt redundant to the plot.
Another thing I want to talk about is just the basic plot of the book. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before, unique, and definitely packs a punch. Simply the way the plot progresses and gradually unfolds, draws you in. Battle of the Bullies was full of heavy themes, and the fact that they were handled with so much care, and described so poignantly will move you, and indubitably bring tears to your eyes. Although I couldn’t, I know many others would relate to all the events taking place in Battle of the Bullies. Even though I didn’t find myself doing so, without spoiling anything, I know that events like this take place all the time, making the sisters’ stories all the more heartbreaking.
Overall, Battle of the Bullies is a story that will stay with you long after the book is done. Highlighting topics such as sisterhood, and finding friends and family in the unlikeliest of places, who will stick with you till the end, it’s a heartwarming read, full of emotion, and will not fail to make you teary-eyed. Although it’s a novel about teens and written for teens, older readers will also be haunted by this beautiful, yet horrifying tale about battling bullies and racism.
Something that I love to read about and it's probably because I experienced it myself from students and teachers is books about bullying, so when I saw this one come up for the tour - I knew I had to read it. Battle of the Bullies starts with a secret society at the high school called The Dimes. The goal is to become Number #1 by bullying students so much that they drop out of school. Each of the Dimes besides the girl at the top, each year receives a picture of a student who will become their target. This year is a family of triplets and a fourth sister - Ebony, Eris, Emani, and their oldest sister Alexis. These girls though have already suffered through one tragedy after a school bombing that killed their older sister Alexis’s first love Zachary among others. What the dimes didn't count on was that the Robertson triplets aren't pushovers and in fact, they excel at the things they love and that when the Robertson Family works together as a team - they are unstoppable and when they see their friends and family getting targeted by the Dimes - their mission this year will be to dismantle and expose the Dimes. It's a battle of the bullies - Good vs Evil in this High School read by Fenyx Blue. I enjoyed this book and in parts though, it sounded familiar and made me think whether I had read something by this author before or similar. Battle of the Bullies is the perfect read for 15+ as is edgy in places and does tackle some hard topics that could easily trigger emotions and memories.
Books about bullying are dear to my heart because in 2013, my cousins 12 year old grandaughter took her life because of being bullied at school and around in her neighborhood. I’ve seen the devastating, heartbreaking, heartwrenching hurt this family has been through since it happened and I am glad someone like Fenyx Blue writes books like this one. This story happened to these teenagers but it was horrible to think about what these bullies were doing. Battle of the Bullies was a bit different in that they strive to bring down the Dimes instead of letting them get to the sisters. Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson prove to be strong young ladies that made a difference.
I think the author handles everything well as she describes the Dimes and what the sisters did to stop them. We need more brave people like this in our schools. It gave me great pleasure reading about the Robertson sisters plotting their ways to expose this group of the Dimes and their attack on the people in the school. If you or someone you know is dealing with bullies at at school or anywhere for that matter, tell someone. And if they don’t listen tell someone else and keep telling it until someone helps you. I think this book should be in all middle and high schools. I feel this will give courage to those going through the same things. And no only students need to read this, teachers, principals, and all school authorities need to read this book and get a glimpse of what is happening in schools. Sadly with my cousin, schools did not help so much when they found out about the bullying. I don’t know the answer to why, but it happened. There is a lot more going on in this book, and if you check out this book you will read the entire account of the Robertson. I highly encourage everyone to read this wonderful book. All in all it is a great read and I give this one Five Stars for sure.
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Bullying is a serious problem in schools, and the situation is even more dire at the Chicago International Academy. The bullies there are not only mean, but they are dangerous. Triplets Eris, Ebony, and Emani decide to do something about it. They came from another school where people they cared about were victims to violence, and they will not let the same activities continue at their new school.
The triplets have such unique personalities and interests, and author Fenyx Blue does a superb job differentiating them. The secondary characters are important and keep a reader wondering at times. Who are true friends, and who could be potential enemies? When the DIMES, the school’s bully organization, targets Eris, Ebony, and Emani and their friends, how will these sisters respond without getting seriously hurt or having their lives ruined? Things aren’t cut and dry though. The characters are complex with layered motivations.
The plot itself is an exciting unfoldment of the story of heroic young ladies trying to deal with something that no kids should have to face. Mixed within these pages are sublots to add interest and depth. Romance plays a part, which is interwoven into the major plot, and family relationships round out the story.
This coming-of-age book would make a great addition to the bookshelves of those who love young adult stories about realistic problems. I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Since I was someone who got bullied in Elementary school, this book resonated with me. The tale told here is a high school drama about three sisters who are the main characters but others in the school who are also being bullied. As you read, you find out just who is being not only bullied but threatened even with their life. The reader will find it somewhat surprising.
I did not know that this book was part of a trilogy when I first began reading it. In fact, it is the second book but, there is enough pre-information written that it becomes a stand alone book. There is a prologue in the beginning which intrigued this reader and did help set up the book. That was a cool beginning.
The main part of the book set up the mysteries Dimes and the murderer mentioned in the "about" section. It was a back and forth which kept the book interesting enough to keep going. Some of the scenario were far fetched but the characters that belonged to them were also interesting.
There was also an "afterwards" in the back. I did not think it was necessary per se, but it did help to know what happened to all of the characters and gave a taste of what book three will be like.
Just a note: I liked the cover on this book. However, it did not give any indication of what was inside the book, other than the title itself. If the author in the future changes the book cover, I think I would like to see all three of the triplets on the cover and maybe even some minor characters in the background. Also, found a couple of typos but that was not that big of deal for me.
Overall, a terrific read 4 stars!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book (and a blue feather-awesome) from the author. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle
Bullying is a topic that needs to continue to be discussed, and I’m so happy to see these types of stories being written. This was an interesting mix of high school drama, bullying, and sisterly relationships.
The Dimes are this terrible group where each member tries to become the number 1 position in the group by bullying other students until they drop out of school. How awful! They are a horrible group that is easy to hate. When their sites are set on the Robertson sisters, they find it harder than anticipated.
I thought this was an interesting plot with The Dimes trying to get the sisters to drop out of school, while the Robertson sisters have decided to reveal the identities of the Dimes and expose their terrible games.
I really enjoyed the back and forth that this story provided. We see the story through a variety of characters' viewpoints, which made it easier to connect with them. I liked some parts of the story more than others, but overall, this was an interesting and exciting read!
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.
I was absolutely blown away by this book. I adore the three triplets, Ebony, Eris, and Emani. Each one of them has her own distinct personality and each is a strong young woman, even in the face of adversity and unspeakable tragedy. I admire their resilience and determination to fight against the Dimes and injustice. I realized at the end of the story that there is a book that came before this one and I am going to have to get that one soon to check out as well.
Fear not, even though there is a book before this one, this completely works as a standalone story.
I actually think it would be amazing turned into a Netflix series or something like that. You have enough of the real world problems of school shootings, bullying, dating, sports, and more, with just a little added drama that makes it perfect for the screen. Fenyx Blue also makes every one of her characters come alive and jump right off of the page, so there is plenty to work with. Many times when characters as similar as triplets take turns telling a story, it can be confusing who is narrating without checking the chapter heading. But I didn't have to worry about that with this book, because each character truly had her own authentic voice.
I think that a lot of young adult readers will be able to relate to a lot of this book, even if the Dimes are maybe a bit more exaggerated than what you typically see in the schools. And honestly, a lot of what they do is unfortunately too commonplace today. Most readers will not have access to the same supplies and methods to take down the bullies, but I think they will be inspired, nonetheless, to work on tackling the problems at their own schools. You could use this as a discussion launchpad with teens.
This story is going to stay with me for a while. I often read books in one sitting, but this one I had to stretch out a bit more. I was completely engrossed in it, but then also needed a break on occasion because it was an intense story. But that's completely up my alley when it comes to books. Like I said, I am planning on seeking out the other books in this series and will likely read this one again at some point. It really was well done.
Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for fulfilling my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
(TW; bullying, trauma - involving a school shooting, and edgy humor)
Battle of the Bullies is an outstanding take on bullying, trauma, and sisterhood! We have our three main characters: Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson. Each one going into a new academy as a freshman after being home-schooled for experiencing a school shooting (which killed their best friend and made their oldest sister mute).
It'll be a tough experience as the triplets find out that there's a secret gang in their school called the Dimes. They wreak devastation everywhere and target the three girls immediately.
I know many might put this off as an extreme. The Dimes did make someone disabled and got away with it... But, let's not forget, a lot of kids are mean. A lot of people are mean. I know something similar to this has already happened in real life.
This isn't your ordinary bullying story, having the lesson be "tell a teacher, tell an adult if something bad happens to you" as the girls find a way to defend themselves and protect their other classmates.
This world needs more heroes! Of course, I'm only stating the obvious. Especially in this generation where we live, where so many things are happening at once, it's hard to find kindness in a human being. It's hard to be kind, it's scary to be kind. To stand up for yourself and others.
Alas, this book does a great job of educating on bullying and mental health awareness. The more we learn and understand these issues, the more ways we can find to prevent them.
All in all, I highly recommend this one. An engaging read that took me little time to finish.
Plus, we do need a gem like this in our world, where bullying is so common and normalized. 5/5!
I was granted complimentary access to Battle of the Bullies as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Goddess Fish Promotions. Thank you to all involved for affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
The Robertson triplets can't catch a break. After surviving a school shooting and various other horrible events in their old town, the girls and their now-mute older sister become the targets of a downright dangerous group of bullies at their new school. Unfortunately for the bullies, these girls aren't the pushovers they're used to targeting, and they're not going to rollover and take it while they wait for teachers and administrators to step in.
This is a powerful story about strength, sisterhood, and the reality of bullies in the school environment. Although the plots are entirely unrelated, I couldn't help but think these sisters seemed like either a different point in time or an alternate timeline version of the family of One of the Good Ones by Maika & Maritza Moulite. This book has a lot to say and a lot to teach about loving and defending yourself, growing in the face of grief and stress, and knowing when to save yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.
Despite the amazing lessons and powerful themes of this book, I can only rate it a 3.5. The pacing of this book made it hard to stay engaged, and there are a few too many characters to keep track of.
Overall this is a good book and I would highly recommend it for students and parents going through similar bullying situations.
Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson are sisters, triplets to be exact. They also have two younger brothers, twins, Tevin and Kevin, and an older sister, Alexis.
The Robertson girls have been through a lot. At their last school, there was a shooting, and Alexis’s boyfriend was killed, and now Alexis doesn’t speak. Now at their new school, they are having to deal with bullies.
There is a private group at their school known as the Dimes. Every year the Dimes pick a student to bully. They compete with each other to win points to be the best bully as they climb their way to the top.
Ebony, Eris, and Emani may all look alike but they definitely have their own unique personalities. They each tried to do their very best in whatever it was they were doing not because they wanted to be on top. Doing their best at whatever it is they do is just who they are. They tried to be friends with everyone. They treated everyone the same or tried to.
There was this one scene that touched my heart deeply. One day in the hall one of the girls was being picked on until she was pushed past her breaking point and when this happened I imagine the world around her just disappeared and the only thing she could see or think about is stopping what is being done to her by fighting back.
This girl always tried to treat everyone the same and never wanted to hurt anyone and tried to stand up for what is right. Just trying to be a good person, keep to her self and someone wants to ruin her day. I don’t think these bullies had a stopping point or a line to cross. They would stoop to any level to make it to the top.
Ebony, Eris, and Emani got up a group of students to stand with them to fight back against Dimes bullying. The girls go undercover, well sort of gathering all the information they could to aid them in finding the main culprit, the leader of the Dimes, and putting a stop to their bullying.
I didn’t know that Battle of The Bullies was part of a trilogy until after I had read it. I never really felt as if I was missing out on anything although I did wonder about Alexis’s boyfriend and the story there the author gives you enough information so you don’t feel lost. I do plan on looking for this trilogy to learn more about Alexis’s story. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the Triplet Trilogy or before.
I would recommend Battle of The Bullies to everyone as I do believe that it could be an eye-opener for so many and maybe could even help to stop bullying in their school or hometown. One-click your copy of Battle of The Bullies today!
Battle of the Bullies is a good read by Fenyx Blue. I think many readers will see themselves within the pages. Especially, those who were bullied some time in their lives previously or currently. I was definitely able to relate to the characters and brought bad a lot of memories.
Battle of the Bullies tells the story of the Robertston sisters, Ebony, Eris, and Emani. They have been through a lot in their young lives, witnessing a school shooting that injured their older sister. They tried homeschool until they were ready to go back to school with other kids their own age. There, they discover The Dimes rule the school. The girls find themselves fighting for each other and their new school to get rid of this terrible gang of bullies. Along the way, new secrets are revealed.
At first, I was not sure of what to think of the Battle of the Bullies. Within the first few chapters, I found myself hooked and intrigued. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next with the sisters. There was a lot going on but the story was not one easily predictable. I liked the suspense and mystery involved too.
I am giving Battle of the Bullies four stars. I would recommend it for readers who enjoy reading about high school issues, mystery and suspense. I will be looking forward to more books written by Fenyx Blue in the future.
I received Battle of the Bullies from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
With a dramatic premise and a contemporary plot, Battle of the Bullies ratchets up high school drama to a whole new level. Ebony, Eris, and Emani are the new kids at school, but they aren’t naive and they are going to make their marks. If only they can steer clear of the Dimes, a notoriously nasty group of bullies that pick their targets and destroy them. In a true reflection of high school, there is a lot going on in this novel — from first loves and heartbreak to fast friends and betrayals. Refreshingly, parents and teachers play strong roles in the story, sometimes with shockingly atypical reactions, acknowledging the place that adults still play in teenagers’ lives. There are a lot of people to keep track of and, sometimes, it’s hard to keep the sisters straight, especially with the changing of perspectives through the story. But the pace is relentless, like young people’s lives, and the stakes keep rising until the climax. Tackling violence is schools is a challenge, but Battle of the Bullies does so with strong, optimistic characters that embrace life a refuse to take a back seat in conflict.
Bullying is an important topic, and I'm so glad it's being addressed in books. I really liked how this book handled the topic, mixed with the drama of high school and family love. There were some touchy subjects addressed, but it was a great book to read after reading such a dark novel.
The Robertson family was such an amazing group of characters. It was easy to connect to and like these characters right away. It took no time for me to be completely invest myself in their stories. The Dimes, on the other hand, I immediately hated. Fenyx did such an amazing job at writing not only the protagonists, but the antagonists. The character development was done amazingly as well. Characters that were arrogant or cruel at the beginning were easy to sympathize with at the end.
This was a really quick, fun read that every teenager - and even adult - needs to read. There are some tough subjects, including school shootings and drug use, so keep that in mind if this one sounds interesting to you!
Disclaimer: I received a gifted copy of this book via the author and iRead Book Tours. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
As someone who dealt with many bullies in school, I was a little nervous about reading this, but knew I needed to. I honestly wish I'd been able to read this book back then. It might be a young adult book, but it has a depth and complexity to it that I wasn't expecting. Bullies, racism, friendship, love, and family populate this story. I highly recommend this to any teens struggling with bullies and to anyone who has dealt with them in the past. The sisters really inspired hope in me, and despite some weighty issues covered, I finished it with my heart feeling light and full of love. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future!
Ebony is my favorite character. Her story seemed so relatable. She is a reminder of the power and vulnerability of girls. I enjoyed learning about the other triplets since I wanted to know their stories after reading the first book, but I truly fell in love with Ebony the most. In a world where girls are leading and getting jobs that they have never been allowed to have in the past, it was nice to see characters that represent the potential of girls and sisterhood. I am looking forward to Book III.
Would you stand up against bullies? Fenyx Blue writes about a group of bullies in high school known as the, “Dimes”. Triplet sisters and their friends are target by these bullies whose identities are a mystery, other than a dime that’s been seen on lockers. No one has stood up against the Dimes, until now.
I enjoyed this colorfully written, intriguing book that depicts a series of incidents that comes from bullying in schools. Battle of the Bullies highlights the struggles of what high school students troubles when faced with bullying. This is a wonderful book to be enjoyed by all!
What an interesting read on such a sad subject. This is written in a way to make this horrid problem very realistic and yet very readable for many ages. I think I really needed to hear that there were some who would stand up to the kids/people, the age doesn’t matter, who feel the need to show off and have so little lack of confidence. This is a book about what kids can go through. But it’s also a book about what kids can do. Well-written and easy to read. Fenyx Blue has other books along this line. Check them out here: https://amzn.to/3lOFDHM
Bullying is one of the few topics I am overly sensitive about, I always believe in respecting people regardless of our differences. This book may be for young adult readers but I am sure many adults can relate to this story especially parents. It tells how horrifying and vicious school bullying can be and shows the importance of having people loving you and willing to fight for you and stand with you. This story has so many commendable points, which I highly recommend!
Story follows the journey of a 9th grader as she contends with friendship, school, sports, and, of course, bullying. It has a simple narrative, which can be long and slow at times with a few too many characters. This would be a relatable story for almost any teen. A fairly good YA read.
Emani, Ebony and Eris Robertson are triplets who are freshmen in a prestigious private academy. They each excel in various fields, and them with their older sister Alexis, all of whom have been in a terrible school shooting years ago, that rendered Alexis mute, decide to find their place in their new school. But they find themselves unable to do so. Their classmates and the upperclassmen are all adversaries for them. And the top dog amongst them all are the Dimes. A group of elite students who bully and keep the students in check (read: terror).
Battle of the Bullies takes an interesting view of bullying and aggravates the social message behind it. The Dimes of the school compete each other to take the number 1 position. The ones who bully the most and especially this year's target being the triplets and their sister, gets to be on the top. Through this book, the author brings out the evil mentality that goes on behind bullying.
The fresh and unique plot kept me going. Even though it felt a bit dragged at times, especially when the author kept exploring each of the Robertson sisters' relationships, Battle of the Bullies is the necessary need in today's YA contemporary scene. As the triplets continue the fight school bullies, and the reality behind their previous school's shooting, they deal with their sisterhood. In the faces of adversaries, only the family strength can douse the injustice.
I loved how each of the sisters had their very distinctive personalities, it was the cherry on top. I loved how the author portrayed the sisters supporting one another in their own ways. Ebony being the boss lady, Eris being the no-nonsense one and Emani being the soft-spoken and kind sister, along with Alexis who is dealing with her own mental trauma, makes this book an intriguing read.