Friday, February 3

The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

The Rivals (Mockingbirds #2) by Daisy Whitney
Release Date: February 6, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn’t do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that’s been given to her, she’s now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn’t rape. It isn’t bullying. It isn’t hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don’t add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.

My Thoughts: I was way excited to read this one when I received it. I loved The Mockingbirds so I was excited when I got the chance to read The Rivals.

We are back with Alex Patrick. Remember her? The girl who was date raped in The Mockingbirds. She is now the leader of The Mockingbirds. We are also back with all of her friends and her boyfriend Martin. This book tackles the issue of prescription meds and students supplying them on campus. We don't know who is really doing it or who is behind it all. There are many people who could be the culprit and we don't always like who they might be.

We are also introduced to some new characters throughout the novel which make it more interesting.

I really like Whitney's writing style, I really do. But The Rivals just didn't do it for me this time. As a huge fan of The Mockingbirds, I just didn't feel as connected to this novel as I wanted too. Maybe because for some reason, I didn't love Martin as much anymore. I also didn't get the same vibe from Alex anymore.

The prescription meds was an interesting enough plot but I just didn't connect to this. I did enjoy learning more about Jones though. He was probably my favorite character in this one.

Overall: I liked it, but didn't love it. I just didn't have the same feelings as before. Maybe it was the topic, maybe it was all the finger pointing, maybe I just wasn't in the mood. Either way, I still loved The Mockingbirds and you should read both books and do a comparison. Maybe you'll enjoy this one more than me.

Cover: I like the cover but I still think I prefer the first cover more; The Mockingbirds.

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Vivien said...

I'm definitely interested in reading this sequel. Hopefully I'll enjoy it as much as the first!

LoriStrongin said...

I haven't actually come across either of these before, but the premise sounds good. Man, I wish *we'd* had some kind of underground student society that policed my high school. Would've saved me a lot of emotional scars, I'll tell you.


Alexa said...

I haven't read the first book in this series yet and I'm not sure I ever will. The whole bully aspect seems unique but I just don't think it would interest me that much.

Thanks for the great review.


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