on March 7, 2017
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Genres: Romance, Suspense
Series: The Elite Kings Club, #1
Source: ARC via author
Riddle me this...“I am neither dead, nor alive, and I’m not something little Madison can hide.But you will be dead, by the time this is done...the timer starts now, and the games have just begun…”
Madison Montgomery comes from money and power, but when someone close to her commits the ultimate crime, Madison must live with her tainted name for the rest of her life. When she begins Riverside Preparatory Academy, the private school her father has swept her into in The Hamptons, she hopes for a fresh start. What she wasn't hoping for was the pack of bad boys who run the school; ten, to be exact. When Madison gains the attention of their leader, Bishop Vincent Hayes, a whole new world that she didn't think existed is exposed to her. A whole world that starts and ends with The Elite Kings Club and these boys, are about to flip her world upside down. Secrets are overflowing and family lies are about to be exposed. Is there more to Madison Montgomery than even she knows?
“Nate?” I whisper. “Maybe I took a wrong turn.”
“Nate!” I yell down the phone. “This isn’t funny.”
“I’m not laughing, sis. Keep going, we can see your headlights.” What am I doing? I’m basically relying on the fact that Nate and I had bonded a little and that both our parents are together. I’m not sure those facts are worth my life. No, he wouldn’t. I’m just being paranoid. The only time, except for school, where I didn’t bring my fucking pistol either. I sag in defeat. My dad will not be impressed with my not carrying, and my mom will no doubt be screaming at me from the other side about how these are the reasons why she and my dad educated me so much on firearms. I’ve failed as a fucking daughter. I shuffle up in my seat.
“Nate, I don’t fucking see anything up here but ja—OMG!” I slam on the breaks, all four tires locking up in a skid. I squeeze the steering wheel tightly, banging down the locks on the doors. “Nate!” I yell into the phone.
Slowly, I look up out the front windscreen, the thick dust from my tires interrupting the loose gravel still floating in the air and that’s when I see it again.
Ten dark hoodies covering their faces.
Ten—“Nate..” understanding sets in. Ten.
Slamming the gear into reverse, I’m just about to floor it backwards—to hell with anything or anyone behind me—when my driver’s window smashes into a million pieces, the tiny shards of glass falling onto my lap. I scream, my hands coming up to shield my face just as an arm slips inside and pops up the lock.
A deep menacing chuckle breathes over the back of my neck just as a leather gloved hand wraps around my mouth and pulls me out of the car. “Hello Madison. You don’t know us, but we know you. We want to play a game. Here’s what happens if you lose…”
I requested an ARC of Silver Swan after a blogger friend blew up messenger urging me to read it. I hadn’t read a book from Amo Jones before, however I’m always excited to find a new author. The plot of this story reminded me so much of Corrupt and Bully by Penelope Douglas. Undoubtedly, this author has been inspired by PD’s writing while she wrote this book.
Amo Jones adds a folklore element to the plot that I enjoyed. I kept wondering to myself: What in the world is going on? Is it going to take a paranormal turn? There’s also a story within a story at work here that comes together at the end. Silver Swan is fast-paced, twisty, and surprising at times. All of that worked really well for me.
I believe this book could have benefited from improved editing and maybe even a beta reader or two. A few things I picked up on were that the main character kept running into hard, firm chests time and again. She seemed to flip someone off every other page. Small repetitive actions like those bugged me. There was also a section in the middle of the book that had formatting issues. I couldn’t decipher the words at all. Hopefully that was fixed before release day. I also thought some things that went on were just too convenient. Example: the parents of this group of high schoolers were pretty much absent throughout so the teens could get up to any mischievous they wanted to.
I liked Silver Swan even with it’s flaws and it may be a series I grow to even adore. Will I pick up the next book? Yep. I hope the author continues to grow the plot and give us readers even more twists and turns.