Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades

Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 10/06/2021
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Ace of Spades
Get Out meets Gossip Girl
Ace of Spades is described as Get Out meets Gossip Girl and that was enough to reel me in! It only took me a couple chapters to fall in love with Devon and... READ MORE
Celina, Waterstones Liverpool One
Ace of Spades
Compulsive reading!
This is an amazing read. I was gripped from the outset. Set in an exclusive private school, the book starts at the beginning of senior year as the studen... READ MORE
Katherine at Walton-on-Thames
Ace of Spades
An incredibly fast-paced and thought evoking thriller!
This book was a joy to read, so much so I read it all in one day. This is a super fast book that you'll find yourself flying through, completely wrapped up... READ MORE
Jess at Waterstones Lincoln High St
Ace of Spades
The best of the best of YA thrillers
Ace of Spades was incredible! From page one I could not put it down, the pacing was impeccable and the suspense nearly killed me... All this said, Ace of S... READ MORE
Charlie Halfhide
Ace of Spades
An unmissable thriller!
I'd heard so many good things about this one, and I was not disappointed! Devon and Chiamaka are the only Black students at their elite school, and when th... READ MORE
Hazel at Oxford


Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Children's Fiction Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize 2022

A compelling, incendiary, and unputdownable thriller with a shocking twist, Faridah Abike-Iyimide delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism with this compulsive debut.

Hello, Niveus High. It's me. Who am I? That's not important. All you need to know is...I'm here to divide and conquer. - Aces

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students' dark secrets to light.

Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can't escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn't afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.

Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they're planning much more than a high-school game...

  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781474967532
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 390g
  • Dimensions: 201 x 145 x 31 mm

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Ace of Spades
Polarising, heart pounding and so powerful
Fans of novels by Karen McManus, Maureen Johnson and Holly Jackson... you’re not going to want to miss this. Ace of Spades is some akin to Gossip Girl and ... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
At a prestigious school standing out isn't necessarily a good thing.
Ace of Spades begins as a generic YA high school novel dealing with the small trivialities of the students of Niveus High, that is before the malicious soc... READ MORE
Helen  Precious
Ace of Spades
Wow, just wow!
Devon never normally interacts with Chiamaka, they don’t really have much in common other than being black in a traditionally white school. In fact, he tri... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
DRC provided by Usborne Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: gay Black protagonist, bisexual Nigerian-Italian protag... READ MORE
Gabriele QueerBookdom
Ace of Spades
Gripping YA debut that has something to say
What did we do before the YA genre? As readers we are so lucky to have this genre of book that is willing to challenge what is considered normal. These boo... READ MORE
Rob Lightbody
Ace of Spades
Just phenomenal in every way
I’m calling it now: this book is going to be one of the books everyone is talking about this year. It deserves to be on so many Best of 2021 lists. Faridah... READ MORE
Emily (ashortbooklover)
Ace of Spades
An engaging and important read, which I found hard to put down
It seemed like everyone was talking about Ace of Spades, and now I can see why. After a slightly slow start (I loved the writing style from the get-go, but... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
A pacey, gripping thriller
Devon is a scholarship student at Niveus High, an exclusive private school, that has given him the opportunity to escape his poor neighbourhood to dream of... READ MORE
Rebecca Rouillard
Ace of Spades
Tense social media mystery
Chiamaka has one aim, to be at the top. She has succeeded in becoming head girl at Niveus Private Academy, doing whatever it took to get there. Devon, a yo... READ MORE
School libby
Ace of Spades
Fantastic debut!
This YA is so, so powerful! It’s Black, it’s queer, it’s uncomfortable, it’s dark, it’s twisted and so f-up up until the very end. There are so many secret... READ MORE
Marieke du Pré
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... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
A compelling read with important discussions
Thank you to Usbourne for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange with an honest review. I’ve been hearing good things about this one rec... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
And Who Am I? That's a Secret I'll Never Tell...
Devon and Chiamaka are the only Black students at the prestigious Niveus Private Academy. They don't know each other well--Devon keeps his head down and fo... READ MORE
Laura at Clapham Junction
Ace of Spades
A unique and thrilling read
Difficult to put down, easily one of the best YA books I've read.
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Ace of Spades
An allegory of Black racism that will keep you immersed until the end
“I stop myself from apologizing-because what would I even be sorry for? Existing too loud?” ― Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Ace of Spades I'm finished with Ace o... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
Fantastic debut novel from Faridah!
A thrilling and insightful read about two black students who attend an academy school called Niveus and in their senior year they are targeted by a mysteri... READ MORE
Eden McClymont
Ace of Spades
A Dark And Disturbing Thriller That’s Left Me Conflicted
‘Whispers are like snakes; they slither into your ears and threaten to poison your sanity with their venom.’ Initially I picked ‘Ace Of Spades’ up because... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins
Ace of Spades
An amazing read
I highly recommend reading this book; I fell in love and couldn’t put it down. Ace of Spades was emotional, thrilling, invigorating, honest, raw and twisty... READ MORE
Dahlia Chris
Ace of Spades
A riveting mystery-thriller that feels painfully relevant
(4.8/5) Ace of Spades’ came very highly recommended all over my #bookstagram feed and it certainly did not disappoint! I had months to anticipate it and th... READ MORE
Ace of Spades
amazing book
This book is honestly amazing, the plot is so interesting and your constantly wondering what is going to happen next!! 10/10
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Ace of Spades
My book review
Oh my goodness thank you so much Faridah, because your book got me into reading again!!! The best book I've ever read. Looking forward to the sequel.
Felix Pether
Ace of Spades
Real and raw, terrifying and thought-provoking, Ace of Spades is a must-read.
Ace of Spades is a phenomenal debut. Written in dual POV, we follow two newly nominated prefects, Chiamaka and Devon as they get entangled in a sinister ga... READ MORE
Books with Joy
Ace of Spades
Finished in less than 48 hours!
One of the best books i've read this year so far! This is such an incredible and interesting read, I stayed up late into the night reading because of how a... READ MORE
Caitlin Woodall