Well, hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m excited to be back and strong with a review of this amazing series I totally binged in two days!!
Okay but let me tell you how many times this series was recommended to me. Fortunately, they were right because I LOVED it.
Since I’m reviewing a series and not only one book, this is going to be some kind of three mini-reviews. ❤
(click on the art to find the artists’ page!)
It’s not the world that’s cruel. It’s the people in it.
| The Foxhole Court, All For The Game #1 |
★ 4 stars ★
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
(The art designs for all the covers are by Nora Sakavic’s little sister)
Hope was a dangerous, disquieting thing, but he thought perhaps he liked it.”
So, the first book was the one I liked the least, which is saying a lot because I still thought it was really good. The rest of the series gets better: please don’t give up after the first book!
Honestly, as much as I loved the book, it was completely different than what I expected. Again, I’m not so so sure what I expected, but it certainly was not this… (this might also be my fault since I never actually read the blurb? People recommended this to me so much I never thought to go look what it was about before reading it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
My overall thoughts are that it is very confusing but you get answers in the other books? Kinda? Nah just kidding the other books make more sense. I love Neil, my little cinnamon roll and Andrew isn’t nice?? I was honestly so confused as to why people liked Andrew. Also, what the heck was wrong with him? Just casually pulling knives I was so confused 😂
In the end, I got very attached to all the characters even if I have to admit for a second there I confused them with one another (this might be a side effect to binge reading the book in less than 4 hours).
If you know me, you know I love drama and honestly this one had soooo much potential… but all the drama happened in the other books. Oops, that isn’t great because I felt like something was missing when I finished the book and since nothing much had happened, there were so many things that I felt I didn’t know or weren’t explained. But now that I’ve finished the series you have got NO idea how excited I am to be able to reread the first book and actually know what’s going on.
Also, Exy looks so cool and fun to play?
Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit.
| The Raven King, All For The Game #2 |
★ 5 stars ★
The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.
Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.
Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.
I am a bad person trying very hard to be a good person.
The second book was completely eye opening. I have to admit I liked this one a lot, I mean A LOT. The end had me screaming and I finished it around 3am because I couldn’t stop reading. AND THEN I KEPT READING THE NEXT BOOK UNTIL 6 AM BECAUSE I JUST NEEDED TO KNOW you know that feeling? Yeah that one the one that makes you want to throw the book off the window because oh my god oh my god oh my god but at the same time your hands and eyes are glued to the book? Yep that’s how I felt (hence destroying even more my sleep schedule).
Now the second book was really where everything happened for me. I finally started getting Andrew and why the hell aren’t Neil and Andrew getting together already and wow Matt is such a wholesome person and I love Renee more than I love myself and GOSH I hate Riko more than anything else in the entire world. Also, Nicky is amazing he seriously needs more love he made me laugh the entire time!!
Other than that, the plot finally moved along a little faster and I finally got some answers.
Overall, really great read!!
He was their family. They were his. They were worth every cut and bruise and scream.
Some of the strongest people I’ve known are women.
** Minor spoilers below**
| The King’s Men, All For The Game #3 |
★ 5 stars ★
Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn’t survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he’s got more reasons than ever to live.
Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew’s never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn’t mean anything, maybe Neil won’t regret losing it, but the one person Neil can’t lie to is himself.
He’s got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko’s not the only monster in Neil’s life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil’s one shot at getting out of this alive.
“Is your learning curve a horizontal line?
HA. HAHA. HAHAHAHA (this is my crazy laugh because I spent all night and all day finishing that book and I’m not so sure I’m sane anymore)
This book. Wpiusrgnxldkvnmwourthpiqurhf
So. NEIL AND ANDREW. FINALLY. FINALLY. FINALLY GOT TOGETHER. F I N A L L Y.
I died and came back about 20 times. I AM SO SO SO SO SOFT FOR ANDREIL UWU and you can’t make me change my mind. They are the best. “Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable.” You best believe I read this for the first time two minutes ago and I teared up a bit… (a bit lmao you best believe I sobbed for 10 minutes)
So I don’t really have anything constructive to say about this (but let’s be real when do I ever have anything constructive to say I just spend my time talking about how amazing this is and,,, read it) but anyway I just wanted to let you know that this book broke me and put me back together and you should stop whatever you’re doing and go read it. Why not? You’ll just have one more series to fangirl about and one more couple to die about. You know, just fangirl routine stuff.
Who said ‘please’ that made you hate the word so much?(if you’ve read the series already let’s cry together over this quote plz and thanks)
Hm yes so I really recommend this I mean why wouldn’t read it you’ve got nothing to lose and it’s amazing!?
Finally, here is some art and quotes to fulfil your life. (don’t forget to click on the art to go to the artists’ page!)
Fight because you don’t know how to die quietly. Win because you don’t know how to lose. This king’s ruled long enough—it’s time to tear his castle down.
I hate you,” Andrew said casually.
Thank you,” he finally said. He couldn’t say he meant thanks for all of it: the keys, the trust, the honesty and the kisses. Hopefully Andrew would figure it out eventually. “You were amazing.(tearssssssssssss)
If it means losing you, then no
This is my reassured face,” Neil said, pointing up at his blank expression.
Everything I needed, you already gave me. You let me stay.
There it is, friends! All the motivation you could ever need to read this series!
If you’ve read it, don’t hesitate to fangirl with me in the comments, and if you haven’t I would love to know if you’re planning to read it!