Review: ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted October 14, 2014 by Bethany in Reviews / 0 Comments

Elite Review: ELITE by Rachel Van Dykenby Rachel Van Dyken
on July 9, 2013
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Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Series: Eagle Elite #1
Pages: 277

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.


“I would have kissed you harder. I would have fought for you more. I don’t know. I would have stolen you away, taken your virtue, made myself so permanently etched on your person that every time you took a breath it was my scent that was permeating the air.”

WARNING: If you read this review you’re probably going to say WTF because I loved it and despised it. My feelings are VERY conflicting and half the time while reading this book I was saying WTF at just how unrealistic the concept of this plot and storyline were. But you know what, Elite was energetic and entertaining so I’m rating it 4 stars.

It begins with our heroine, Trace, receiving a scholarship to a prestigious college for the uber rich named Eagle Elite. This has to be the most bizarre college EVER. As soon as she arrives she gets bullied and treated like dirt by the school “god”, Nixon, because she’s considered a charity case and unworthy of even breathing the same air. This is supposed to be college but it felt like high school with all the immaturity and mean girl mentality of the other students.

If an Elect talks to you, never make eye contact. Because, technically, you don’t exist. You’re just a pathetic excuse for a human being, and at this school, you’re a real tragedy.”

Elite felt like some weird Twilight Zone version of Cruel Intentions/Romeo+Juliet/New Moon/Harry Potter all jumbled together. Seriously, this book was all over the place. Even with all its inconsistencies, strangeness, and unrealistic storylines, I still found this novel entertaining and just plan fun to read.

I’m going to be completely honest in closing by saying this is one of those books where you either love it or hate it, not much of an in-between. However, if you’re still interested in ELITE after reading my thoughts then download the free sample and see what you think.


About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at



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