February 21, 2016

Why you NEED to read The Foxhole Court


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.

Titles: The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1), The Raven King (All for the Game, #2) , The King's Men (All for the Game, #3)
Author: Nora Sakavic

This is it guys. This is my most incoherent, babbly, fangirl-y, post ever. It had to be. I am complete Foxhole Court trash and I won't get over myself. These books made me so emotionally unstable.

HONESTLY, YOU DON'T EVEN NEED TO READ THAT BLURB. Ignore those covers and take my word for this, The All for the Game series is so so amazing and is so unlike anything else I've read and is also completely brutal and real.

Where do I even start with this series. They just are...so...good....it's hard to put into words how much I loved them but just know I spent a good 30 minutes crying after I finished the last one (The King's Men) because I was just so broken hearted they were over and I wasn't going to get to read more about these amazing characters. I kid you not when I say I'd be willing to read a good 10 more books in this world.

I guess I'll start with the characters then. I have never ever connected to side characters who did not get their own POV chapters, yet I connected to almost every single side character in the AFTG series (when the entire series is told from the main character Neils POV).  I love them all, and I care about them so so much. I'm amazed that Nora gave each and every one of them their own moments, fleshed out personalities and backstories and didn't make anything feel rushed or cliche.

Our main character Neil is on the run. His father is a crime lord whose territory spans over a large amount of the US, and Neils mother was the one who initiated Neils life on the run. Neil has never for a second had an easy life. Neil had parents who beat him, he traded in one horrible life with his parents at home for an almost equally horrible one on the run. When we meet him he has absolutely no one left for him. He flies through identities in hopes his father's mob will never end up on his trail again. He dyes his hair different colors, he wears color contacts, he never stays in one place too long, and he has no personal connections, no friends, no place to live. He's currently sleeping in the locker room at his school. Neil has nothing, and that is not an understatement. But he recently started playing Exy again, and he's given the chance to play for a college university, albeit the lowest ranked in the country. Even though Neil knows this may put him in the public eye, and gain him a lot of unwarranted attention he's been trying to avoid for years,  he takes the opportunity.

Now, Exy is a made up sport. Nora didn't want to have to go by the rules of some other sport so she said, HEY let me just create my own sport with its own rules and equipment and court and EVERYTHING. AND BOY DID SHE DO A GOOD JOB. Exy guys. Just...EXY. It's like football slash lacrosse slash soccer slash hockey slash tennis. Intense, action packed and violent. It was so much fun to read and I kind of wish they would turn this into a TV show right this instant so I could see Exy for real. If Exy was a real sport I would so be playing (even though I would totally suck...)

I want to talk so much more about Neil but I also want to get into the romance aspect of these books so I'll get into that right now. DON'T GO IN EXPECTING A ROMANCE, BECAUSE GUESS WHAT?! THERE ISN'T ONE. There is absolutely no romance in these books m/f or m/m. I went in expecting romance and guess what, I was a tad disappointed when I came up empty handed because there a lot of stuff on tumblr surrounding this book that says it's m/m romance, but...IT'S NOT. (I may be lying. A bit. But I want you to read and be surprised.)

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THESE BOOKS BECAUSE "NO ROMANCE" highlight this. (It's not extremely spoilery but it gives a little more away about the romance aspect) (It's not a spoiler but...I dont want to advertise the books this way) (Okay so I might be lying a TAD when I say there is no romance. Things happen. Between the main character and another character. The main character is male. This other character is also male. There is m/m...things...going on. I really can't even refer to it as a relationship though. But if you don't want to read these because of a lack of romance, read them anyway. You will see the sexual tension building from book one. I promise. (Even if in book one you may be like...PLEASE TELL ME I'M NOT SHIPPING THIS THERE IS NO CHANCE IN HELL THIS CAN EVER HAPPEN WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF) Just hold on. 

Want a book that has
  • A slow burn relationship (Okay...I so lied about the no romance thing ;) I just don't want anyone to be expecting a love story when this is like, the complete opposite of that)
  • Diversity
  • People with really rough upbringings
  • Fighting, but the fun physical kind (at least on the court)
  • Fighting, the angry physical kind (because no one can control their tempers) 
  • Fighting, the other not fun physical kind where you get whaled on and cut up because you're being captured by a mob :))))))))))) *sense the sarcasm* 
  • (If you read that and are now going Sam...WHAT?! TOO MUCH. I promise it's brutal but never too brutal. It's captivating, and unique and heartbreaking.) 
(TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR RAPE, VIOLENCE, CHILD ABUSE, CUTTING, AND DRUG ADDICTION. )

OH MY GOODNESS. I JUST REALIZED I FORGOT TO MENTION THE ONE AND ONLY ANDREW MINYARD. Okay so picture like a Ronan Lynch esque character except just about 1000x more intense and without any kind feelings. Andrew Minyard is an amazing character. But he is not a good person at all. He is ambitionless, he's drugged for the most part, whether it be from his medication for his mental illness, cracker dust, cigarettes, or alcohol, he tends to be hopped up on something. Andrew Minyard is angry, violent and distrustful, yet would easily kill someone who was hurting people he loved. Andrew has also been through a helluva lot in his life. He's been in juvie, he's been in foster homes, it gets so much worse than that for him, but of course you have to read these books to find out his full story ;).


ALSO THE BEST PART YET: THE FIRST ONE IS FREE WHEREVER YOU DOWNLOAD IT. This amazing book is literally free. You have nothing to lose by reading it. And the other two are 99 cents each. SO.

Have I convinced you to read them yet...

These characters are so dynamic. The writing is not filled with cliches and promises of false hope. These books are raw and real and rough and will keep you engaged. The All for the Game series is absolutely amazing and you won't regret picking it up.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars (for every book and the series overall) If I could rate these over five stars I would. 

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  3. I picked up the ebooks for these recently because it seems like everyone who has read them becomes OBSESSED with the series. I need to get to these soon!

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  4. I just read this series. I picked up the first book a couple days ago and went through all of them much faster than I expected. I couldn't stop reading. THIS is the kind of book I live for. Some parts made me a little uncomfortable because I hate reading torture scenes, but it never went too far and it made the whole thing so much better I just can't ozjfsdgn. And Andrew... Damn, ANDREW. Now I feel like I'll never find such a good book again, same as when I finished reading The Raven Cycle but even worse. This has truly been a life-changing experience for me. If you have any book recommendations, I'd be eternally grateful! I'll also check out your reviews to see if there's anything I'd like. :)

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