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Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher:Rachel Van Dyken (August 11, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him. 
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself. 

But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it. 

Im cursed so I did it. 
I'm numb so I held it. 
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins. 
The only way out is death...yours.

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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

NOTE: While for the most part, these can be read as "stand alone" novels, it is best if you read them in order. If you are new to the series, you can read my reviews of (and buy the books direct from Amazon) Elite (book 1), Elect (book 2) and Entice (book 3) by clicking on any of the links (they will take you to a new page) 

My Review: I've had a chance now to "recover" from reading this novel, and I say that with the best possible meaning. Because Elicit is part of the Eagle Elite series, I've had a chance to get to know the characters, their stories, their struggles... and I thought that made me prepared for Elicit. I was wrong. 

I know I say it a lot when it comes to Rachel's books, how they are the best ever, or how its my favorite book in a series, and I mean that for each book. The problem is.. Rachel just gets better and better with each book she puts out! 

Wonderfully written, this book not only keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it also keeps you reading and wanting more. I definitely could not put this down (and read well past my normal "bedtime") because I had to know what would happen next. Would Tex choose blood over family? Would Mo ever get her happily-ever-after (and if she did, with whom??!). What would the body count be at the end? 

This book has tons of cliff-hangers, hard choices, complete surprises, and ugly cry moments. All of which I want to gush about, however none of which I can talk about without spoiling it for others. The best I can say is bring tissues. No seriously. Bring tissues. 


DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has NOT altered or changed my review in any way. All thoughts expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Elicit (Eagle Elite #4) is available for purchase from Amazon.com

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