Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Four and a half stars

RELEASE DATE: 10 June 2021

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format: Paperback

Pages: 472


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. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…



Chiamaka is the queen of her high school, and she’ll do anything to stay on top. Her senior year is heading exactly the way she planned, with the prefect badge secured, until anonymous texts start flooding the school, spilling secrets…her secrets.

Devon keeps his head down at school, working on his music, trying to make his mother, who works so hard for him to be able to attend a prestigious school, proud. No-one is more surprised than him when his name is called as a prefect at the start of year assembly. Suddenly everyone knows who he is…which isn’t good, because anonymous texter, Aces, is spilling his secrets as well as Chiamaka’s.

Who is Aces and what do they want? What ties Chiamaka and Devon together as targets and how far will they go?

Ace of Spades started out as a fairly light, One of Us is Lying type story, but delved into something much darker. It takes school thrillers to a whole new level, with brilliant characters and a storyline that had me dying to read the next chapter. The twists and betrayals just kept on coming.

This is a thriller book at its core, but it tackles so much more than that. Racism, bullying, toxic friendships, family issues, sexuality and financial differences are all explored here. If you’re a fan of teen thrillers this one should definitely be on your TBR list!


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