Ace of Spades
Dark and gripping, Ace of Spades is an unmissable YA debut.
I'm not going to do my usual mini plot summary, because this is definitely one of those books where the less you know going in, the more you can be swept up in the twists and turns of the plot. And what a plot! This is an edge of your seat thriller, equal parts impossible to put down and hard to turn the page, as you know some new nightmare is going to befall its wonderful protagonists.
Àbíké-Íyímídé's characterisation is superb - Chi and Devon are both such strong characters who readers will root for and care about so much. They also each brought something completely different to the plot and the experience they share (trying to write this review without saying anything about the plot is SO HARD, but I really don't want to give anything away!)
If you enjoyed One of Us Is Lying, The Inheritance Games, or watching Gossip Girl, you will LOVE this novel. But Ace of Spades also explores so many serious themes such as racism, sexuality and cyber bullying, ensuring it will remain on your mind long after the last page for more than just the plot twists. It's the best YA I've read so far this year, and I'm not sure anything else on my TBR is going to beat it.