RELEASE WEEK REVIEW: Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Page Count: 432 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. After all, not only does it look great on college applications, but it officially puts each of them in the running for valedictorian, too.

Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.

As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?

With heart-pounding suspense and relevant social commentary comes a high-octane thriller from debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.


I have never read dark academia before but Ace of Spades has set the bar quite high!!! I’m in love with both the main characters and I cannot reccomend this enough! It’s an incredibly queer, Black and dark YA thriller and I couldn’t put it down! (wlw and mlm main characters with dual POV)

Devon is the character that you’d easily root for from the beginning while Chiamaka sort of grows on you. Halfway through I was so much more interested in her POV than in the beginning but both of them are very interesting. The way I literally suspected everyone else to be Aces though😂

It’s terrifying and fascinating at the same time. I expected some twists but most of the reveals were a complete surprise and I’m stunned! You know those things where you cannot say anything about the plot because anything could be a spoiler? This is it! This is an experience and I would never spoil it for anyone. All have to say is WOW!!!!!!

Rep: Nigerian-Italian WLW MC, gay Black MC

TW: racism, homophobia, blackmail, outing of a queer character, violence

*ARC provided by the publisher by via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Buy It: Amazon USAmazon UK 


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