SO MUCH MORE THAN A BULLY ROMANCE
Review of Empire High Untouchables, Elite and Betrayal
Empire High, Untouchables
Despite Kennedy’s nickname for the four of them, everyone at this school knew that they weren’t the Untouchables. That title belonged to me. And the other scholarship students like Kennedy. We were untouchable. Because we didn’t belong here in their world. We never would.― Ivy Smoak, Empire High Untouchables
I’ve had Ivy Smoak on my TBR for a long time. However, recently I found out that all of Smoak’s novels are intertwined (I love that), and she labeled Empire High, Untouchables as the first to read. Thus, here is where I started.
I didn’t realize, Untouchables ended in a cliffhanger! I HATE CLIFFHANGERS, which is why I never give five stars on books that end with a cliffhanger. But luckily for me, all of the books have been published, and this is a 5-star, must-read, badass book!
Fun Fact: I have been reading a lot of cliffhangers lately.
Smoak’s writing is witty. She grabs your attention immediately and doesn’t let go. Untouchables was a quick read-only at 296 pages. I highly recommend reading this book. Other than the cliffhanger, you won’t be disappointed.
Narrated from Brooklyn’s perspective, this is more than a story of high school teenage angst. Brooklyn is going through some severe heartache that no teen should have to go through, yet somehow she remains optimistic. Then she sees Matt at school, and he is bad news, she knows this, but she likes him. But, he treats her – like some dirty secret – and yet she always finds her way back to him. Then, the cliffhanger and BAM! What an ending! I was not expecting it, and it was a shocker! Now I’m hooked and can’t wait to finish the series.
Some terrific things to point out are many of Ivy’s books are on Kindle Unlimited, including this one. And, the squeal to Untouchables is coming out in October of 2020. Whew! However, you can get a free book from Ivy told in Matthew’s POV.
Empire High, Elite
5 Amazing Stars, even if I hate cliffhangers because Ivy Smoak did not disappoint with this sequel.
The first book had such an abrupt and explosive ending that made you scream, but Book 2 picks up as if you just turned the page to the next chapter. Wow! I laughed, I cried, and I swooned! This poor girl, Brooklyn, has been through so much, and the hits keep coming. I loved the mix of romance and suspense. I couldn’t put it down! The most burning questions get answered, but I now have so many more questions. I’m happy that Elite was released early, and I can’t wait for book 3.
Empire High, Betrayal
Before I get into the spoiler alerts, let me say this series is phenomenal, the writing is excellent, witty and the ending is epic. Smoak does not take the easy way out; no, her characters suffer.
I cried and cried. Hardly ever does a writer kill off the main character, especially when the book POV is from that character. So, even though I started to think something would happen to Brooklyn, I never thought she would die! I kept telling myself, “that would be impossible. It’s told from Brooklyn’s POV,” which is why the ending was so incredible.
I wondered about many things throughout the story, which I think (in my opinion) the author purposely left vague. Such as Brooklyn’s father. The whole getting married at 16 years old was weird. Although, Smoak made it very believable. But why would Matt’s parents agree to such a thing? And, did her father love her? Or did he only love that she was giving him a kidney? The next time I have to read a contract, I’ll be sure to read ALL OF IT!
Now, I have to rave over the death scene. It was a unique scene. I’ve never read anything like it. My heart broke for Brooklyn, and I so wanted her to have her happy HEA. I think I’m going to have to email Ms. Smoak for some answers!