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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  184 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. Talente ...more
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Expected publication: June 10th 2021
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Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Biased review - but I can 100% confirm that the author worked really hard on this!
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.
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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daph pink ♡
Dec 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Is there a thing like cover porn? If yess then this book is one of the top contenders for it.
This was a fun read with a powerful message. I can easily see why people are going to love it and I believe it’ll be a hit for this year. Overall not a bad book but I had some reservations on certain things which I’ll be mention later on my review (will post it close to release date). Some things did not convince me whatsoever, reminds me of the usual overdone mystery twists.

Thanks to Netgally and publisher for sending me an arc for this book
Aiden Thomas
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katie Zhao
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured Faridah's stunning debut in one breathless sitting. I love a good thriller, and this is one of the best I've ever read.

One thing I've noticed about thrillers is that for the most part, they don't tend to be very deep. (Possibly bc for the most part, they are *cough* about rich white kids and their non-problems *cough*) ACE OF SPADES does not have this problem. This book grapples with heavy, timely, important themes: institutionalized racism, educational gatekeeping, being LGBTQ in PO
Monte Price
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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. ...more
☆ 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
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique
Marieke du Pré
This YA is so, so powerful! It’s Black, it’s queer, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dark, it’s twisted and so fucked up until the very end. There are so many secrets. Terrifying incomplete memories. Nasty messages that put Devon and Chiamaka in the spotlights and make them spiraling out of control.

This story is a real gem, messages sent by Aces, first ugly but then getting more and more dangerous. Devon and Chiamaka are the only Black students at Niveus. Devon is gay and doesn’t want to stand out, bu ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond.

This was AMAZING. I was utterly shook by the end and just kinda leaned back against my chair, staring at the ceiling wide-eyed, but wow. wow. wow! A phenomenal, nail-gnawing, and terrifying story about elitism, secrets, and racism.

- Follows Nigerian-Italian teen Chiamaka, head girl, popular, and unapologetic in what she will do to stay in power, and Devon, a Black American teen and talented musician who just wants to keep his head down and get
Ace of Spades was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and a 5 star prediction that ended up being correct. This book was tense and unsettling from the get-go, but things especially got intense in the second half, and I could not put it down. This is what dark academia should be - challenging systemic oppression and the white supremacy embedded in academia.

CWs: racism, murder, car accident, homophobia, public outing, stalking (invasions of privacy), violence, death of a parent
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Adiba Jaigirdar
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this brilliant book and let me just! It's a powerful look at how systematic racism can affect Black teens even in this day and age. Plus, it has some of my favourite characters of all time! Chiamaka and Devon are two compelling characters who don't always do the "right" thing but are even more relatable for it. I am excited that soon I will have this book in my hands! ...more
Dannii Elle
Chiamaka is head girl at her elite private academy and isn't ashamed of who she had to stamp on to get there. Devon is a musical prodigy who makes it his daily mission to keep as low a profile as possible. These two had nothing in common, apart from being the only non-white individuals to attend their school. That was, until the arrival of Aces.

Aces is an unknown entity targeting both Chiamaka and Devon by putting their past dark deeds on blast and revealing every private secrets to the rest of
you'd think that i wouldn't make the same mistake twice (in the same week, might i add), but here we are: i read another preview of a book that isn't even out yet and now i'm invested.

from what i've read i think this is gonna be such an interesting read. it starts off really well and you immediately get a feel of the writing style, which i really enjoyed. it's written very easily and i could see everything happening immediately. the author found the perfect balance between a lighter and more mys
Nov 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The author described this book as Gossip Girl and Get Out but gay. It sounds soooooo wonderful and feminist and beautifully gay. I am so excite.

"The queer people massively outnumber the cishets, there’s secrets, murder, and a gay girl MC who takes down the white patriarchy while dressed in designer heels"

Book 71 of 2021

Full review:
Ace of Spades is a YA Thriller/Dark Academia novel by debut author Faridah Abike-Iyimide. It is such an amazing book and I love EVERYTHING about this book! Set in and around Niveus Academy, an elite school with a mostly white student body, it is marketed as “Gossip Girl meets Get Out” and boy, is that apt?

Students at Niveus are on a set path to top colleges and sterling career. The book revolves around Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, the only black students at NA,
Lea (drumsofautumn)

This was such a powerful read.. so much to unpack and process about it. This book had so many layers.. it did so much and it did it all so right. The fact that this was a debut has me absolutely in awe!

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It’s been a long time since I felt this excited for a YA book.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler free*

I feel like this book has been on my radar for awhile. I'm not sure when it sold, but I feel like I've been hearing about it for forever, which means I've been looking forward to it for a long time. I knew it sounded like something I was interested in, but for some reason I was convinced that it was a fantasy, not a thriller. I dunno, it's weird, I guess this book just gives off vibes that demand you pay attention to it. And I'm not complaining at all. Trigger warnings: racism, blo
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publishers at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for sending me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

”I can’t have Aces taking any more from me—the deeper they dig, the harder it will be to come back. And I refuse to let them bury me.”

Let me start by saying bravo to the author! For this to be a debut novel is amazing and I loved everything! This is the way a twisted thriller is supposed to be written!

The characters were intriguing and you will easily feel
Dec 26, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just when I thought I've been over my unhealthy obsession with Gossip Girl... ...more
Ellie Beadle
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly am not kidding, when I say I just read this in one sitting. I literally have been reading for 6 hours. I haven't weed at all and I am a bit dehydrated but it was so good and so addictive!!!!! I LOVE YA thrillers they are literally my favourite thing ever and Àbíké-Íyímídé has just smashed it.

Ace of Spades follows Devon and Chiamaka, the only two black students at a very white, elite school. When malicious gossip starts being spread about them by anonymous texter 'Aces' they soon real
☀︎El In Oz☀︎
Edit November 19: When I tell you I gasped out loud when I saw that cover-

Omg here for this!! Yes please!!
bhoomi ♡
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got so invested so fast. Within five chapters I was fuming and firmly ready to punch a bitch and defend the two protagonists with my life, which is exactly why I’m telling you guys that you need to read Ace of Spades by @faridahlikestea when it comes out June 1st 2021

I’ve been having a real obsession since fall of mysteries that happen in private schools, and holy fucking shit was this... a little different? But I’m the best way possible. Ace of Spades is of Gossip Girl met Get Out.

I sat my as
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new  ·  review of another edition
trying to recapture my point horror fueled youth but specifically nightmare hall
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sneak peek provided by netgalley for an honest review

From the sneak peek of Ace of Spades, I am already intrigued. This is a book about Devon, a fairly unknown student who was made senior prefect, and Chiamaka, the popular head girl) two students who have become victims of an anonymous texter and has exposed their dark secrets.

I am really excited to be able to read this book later on and highly anticipate that this will be one of my favourite reads of the year. I would recommend this to fans of
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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.

Her debut novel ACE OF SPADES will be published by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan in the US (1st June 2021)

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