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Their Vicious Games

By Joelle Wellington
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“A brutally honest and haunting cautionary tale…exposing the lie that is meritocracy and the unrelenting toll that being a final girl takes. A bloody tale spun masterfully…a dark delight.” —Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, New York Times bestselling author of Ace of Spades

A Black teen desperate to regain her Ivy League acceptance enters an elite competition only to discover the stakes aren’t just high, they’re deadly, in this “spine-chilling thriller” (Publishers Weekly).

You must work twice as hard to get half as much.

Adina Walker has known this the entire time she’s been on scholarship at the prestigious Edgewater Academy—a school for the rich (and mostly white) upper class of New England. It’s why she works so hard to be perfect and above reproach, no matter what she must force beneath the surface. Even one slip can cost you everything.

And it does. One fight, one moment of lost control, leaves Adina blacklisted from her top choice Ivy League college and any other. Her only chance to regain the future she’s sacrificed everything for is the Finish, a high-stakes contest sponsored by Edgewater’s founding family in which twelve young, ambitious women with exceptional promise are selected to compete in three mysterious events: the Ride, the Raid, and the Royale. The winner will be granted entry into the fold of the Remington family, whose wealth and power can open any door.

But when she arrives at the Finish, Adina quickly gets the feeling that something isn’t quite right with both the Remingtons and her fellow competitors, and soon it becomes clear that this larger-than-life prize can only come at an even greater cost. Because the Finish’s stakes aren’t just make or break…they’re life and death.

Adina knows the deck is stacked against her—it always has been—so maybe the only way to survive their vicious games is for her to change the rules.

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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book definitely lived up to the hype for me. For some reason I was expecting the story to go the way it did; because I am so use to love being the focal point of books like this and I am so glad I am wrong! ADINA did what needed to be done and I am so happy she found a way to stand up for herself through all the bs that Pierce was trying to feed her along the way. Listen 3rd and 4th can kicks rocks and I am so happy they did not make it 🤷🏽‍♀️ & I knew Leighton was crazy. I also knew that something was up with Hawthorne, I am happy that Adina & Saint did not get to close to her. Saint proved to be a true friend which I liked and I am actually happy that Pen let her all her frustrations out on Pierce. All in all I adored this booked. I see myself rereading this in the fall time for some reason lol.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyDark settingDarkThought-provokingViolence
Slightly Smiling Face“I really like this book. The cover art kinda had be expecting something completely different that what this story gave. It was very much adventurous enjoyed every second of it. 4.5 stars! And I can't stop thinking about Graham!”
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveComing of ageHeartbreakingViolence

About Joelle Wellington

Joelle Wellington grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where her childhood was spent wandering the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Her love of the written word led her to a BA in creative writing and international studies. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading and when she’s not doing that, she’s attempting to bake bread with varying degrees of success or strengthening her encyclopedia-like pop culture knowledge. She’s the author of Their Vicious Games and The Blonde Dies First

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