Original Title: The Foxhole Court
Year Published: 2013
Published by: Smashwords Edition
Number of Pages: 262
First Sentence: “Neil Josten let his cigarette burn to the filter without taking a drag.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
When I first started this book I set myself up for it being one of those crappy free Kindle books. I think it was because the writing wasn’t what I expected. But two chapters later I was hooked and I finished this book in a matter of hours. And immediately started the second book. I even read parts of these books during breaks at work, that’s how invested I got.
Neil is not a hero. He is a broken boy with a terrible past. But he loves exy and he has so many endearing qualities. He is just so sweet and innocent at times and then proper badass at other times. I loved him and his will to just survive.
Andrew is definitely mentally unstable. He is not a nice person, but he was made that way, not born to be mean. And I liked him very much. Sure, there are things he does that I don’t agree with but I couldn’t even bring myself to get mad at him. I loved his overprotectiveness when it came to Kevin, and that was what made me truly love him. Kevin btw, is so extremely interesting. Exy is his life and I loved that despite him being only concerned with exy, he comes off as pretty complicated.
The rest of the characters all play a huge part in this book and prepare to have around 10 new favourite characters. I loved them all, despite some of their actions which are just stupid. This book has some very strong women with pasts that they aren’t made to be ashamed of. Instead they are admired (by the other main cast) by the others, although some of course give them flack for it.
The plot is really interesting and definitely gets you hooked. I was desperate to know what was going to happen next and it doesn’t disappoint. The exy scenes were fun to read as well and I don’t think there were any parts I found unnecessary or boring. Btw, exy is a sport that is a sort of more violent version of lacrosse and played indoors. I loved that it had a plot that went beyond just normal teenage woes, and actually delt with some more darker themes.
It gets really violent at parts though. So if you are squeamish then consider yourself warned. It never goes beyond physical violence and drug use, but some of it is done without all characters consent (the drugs). It also deal with some mental instability which is handled in a very interesting way.
Do I recommend it?