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Summary

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much - but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same…

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met… and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy - until it was too late.

©2014 Rachel Van Dyken (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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"This is by far the best book I have read from this talented author." (The Book Whisperer)

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Fantastic

Ooh, I struggled during the first 1/3 of the book, mainly due to the fact that half the college patrons were just horrible, truly bitchy and nasty with it. Once I got into the story and understood the do's and the don'ts, the how's and the why's, etc etc, I felt a little more tolerance to The Elect (not to their blind followers though). Coming from a cow farm in a Wyoming, Tracey lived a sheltered life with her grandparents, she is naive when it comes to the running of and hierarchy of Eagle Elite. Not one to back down though, she does quite a good job of standing up for herself. Unfortunately she makes a number of enemies along the way. It soon becomes apparent she is not who she seems, Tracey though is unaware of her family background and for most of the book remains oblivious to the things going on around her. I loved the story and the writing and in the whole Chase or Nixon debate, I stand firmly in Nixon's court. Let's see if the next book will alter my opinion. Loved the narration. Spot on.

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loved the book, love the audio

I really enjoyed listening to this, the narrator suited perfectly, off to buy the next book now

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  • MeWow Kitty Kitty
  • 01-06-16

Bad narration

The narration was absolutely awful! One of the worst I've heard. I'm not sure where the surfer accents came from but they were a fail. The story was good although unrealistic to the extreme.

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  • GH
  • 22-03-15

Whiny main character - no real tension

This appears to be the first of two novels. Elect and it follow-on Elite. I have listened only to Elite. Based upon the first novel, I can already predict the best thing that could have been done was to write one novel by crushing them together and then edit aggressively. I blame this on the publisher. The conflict escalates so slowly that you almost miss it. As filler, the author has to throw in much whiny dialog. She introduces a sub character at the beginning leading you to believe that she will play a big role and then she vanishes except for the last five minute entry.

The narrator, Franco adds to the whiny tone.

I really have not much to say positive about this novel. With a few lines of editing, it would be better as a YA instead of romance of which there is not. I'd give it a read if you into YA but as a serious romance novel -- thumbs down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-16

Painful listen...not in a good way.

Although the story was pretty good, the narrator was awful. I only finished because I couldn't return it. The narrator made Tracey sound like a stupid, pathetic, whiny brat. Nixon was just weird and not at all sexy or mysterious the way the author intended for him to be. Chase sounded like an arrogant surfer dude. The characters we're hard to like and identify with because the narration was just so bad. I honestly hope this narrator did not get paid for this performance. I will probably check out the second book in the series, but definitely will not to go with the audible book.

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  • ShootingStar919
  • 16-05-18

Story has potential. Narrator is awful!

Overall, the story is okay, but with a little more work this could’ve been a great book.

I’m not sure how I feel about an unbelievable mafia based precedence in a college atmosphere that feels just like high school.

How am I supposed to believe that college students would ever act like high school students? The characters act and speak like young teens.

The heroine is a naive space cadet. She’s initially presented as strong and witty, but acts stupid almost all the time. And if it’s possible she seems to get dumber as the story goes on. She even blurts out incriminating secrets about everything at the wrong times.

And don’t get me started on Nixon. He’s supposed to be a mafia leader but he’s running around a college making rules? Then he magically falls for the girl that is getting dumber every moment. I guess it could be that the chemistry is missing.

It feels like the book was rushed and published after the second draft. It needs to be polished. The book has so much potential, but needs a major overhaul in editing. It’s obvious that the author jumped around in writing scenes and never really lined up how the information was given. The characters are weak, but are interesting enough for me to want to know more.

The narrator is awful! Her delivery is just bad. The heroine is always whiny and adolescent. The mafia students are portrayed as surfer boys. The grandfather sounds like a dying old lady. I can’t believe I was able to listen all the way through.

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  • Tifflovesbooks
  • 22-09-16

TSTL Heroine!

Too stupid to live, heroine! She's such a pansy.
Rachel has some great books but this isn't one of them.

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  • Samantha TBD
  • 28-08-16

Meh

If you could sum up Elite in three words, what would they be?

I love this story. I had read the books previously so I knew I loved them. The audio did NOT work for me.

What other book might you compare Elite to and why?

Anything mafia, modern day Romeo and Juliet type story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Franco’s performances?

No. I thought she did a TERRIBLE job with the male voices. It was like she tried to over do it and it was just not working.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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  • Spice Isle Book Lover
  • 15-03-16

Amazing...just wow!

For my first audio book I can't say I was disappointed. Can't wait for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-15

Best Series Ever

I absolutely love this series and wish the rest would be put on her so I can hear them over and over again!

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