Book Review: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
Wooow! I can't believe it took me so long to read this! Like many, I've seen this book all over tumblr and bookstagram, but for some reason never picked it up until a couple of days ago. I've even had this book in my kindle library for a bit now because I got it for free when it was on sale.
Real quick *trigger warning* for anyone who hasn't read this series of is planning on it-there are definitely some mature scenes. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you are sensitive to drug and alcohol abuse or even reading about physical violence then this may not be for you.
That being said heres a little bit about the book:
Neil is our main character and, boy, does he had a lot of baggage. He's been on the run from his crime lord father for eight years. In high school, he starts playing a sport called Exy. He's good enough that he signs with the Palmetto University Foxes. At first he wants to reject the offer, but realizes this may be his only chance to have any kind of future. Now he's joined a team with a lot of their own problems and he has to navigate through all of their collective issues on top of his own.
Was that too vague? haha. I always try really hard not to spoil things too much. The synopsis on Goodreads might tell you a bit more. BUT, here are a few reasons why I really recommend this book!
1) I'm drawn to books with a darker tone and lots of secrets.
And this book most definitely carries that. In a lot of ways this has a thrilling aspect to it. Neil tells us a lot of his problems right off the bat so the tension isn't us trying to figure out what his secrets are, but in how Neil navigates around hiding these secrets from his friends who also have a lot of secrets and issues. That's a big part of the story, how their coach always takes in kids with problems and helps try to rehabilitate them and give them a second chance. So every character on the team has some issues that make for a realistic story.
2) These books are cheap.
For U.S. kindle readers these books are 99 cents each. You can buy a physical paperback copy on Amazon for $8.99. You really can't beat that kind of price especially this book is- in my opinion at least- really GOOD.
3) I love pseudo-family dynamics.
Toward the ends we see that against all odds these intense, crazy characters have found a kind of home with each other. I love that idea of family not being defined by blood and in choosing your own. Its one of my favorite tropes. In this book, most of the characters (actually pretty much all of them) don't even like each other and yet they become incredibly connected to one another. It makes for some really awesome, complex relationships.
4) This is very character driven.
I've seen some other reviews mention this as a criticism. As in, this book was all character driven and had very little plot. To an extent I can see why people mentioned this, but honestly when the characters are this good I can let the plot slide a little. Not to mention this is a relatively short book. On my iPad it was only a 250 page book and it ended a little abruptly. I'm sure we'll get more into the nitty gritty in the next installment, but for now I'm very content with the direction this series is going! I can't emphasize enough how intriguing these characters are. And trust me, we meet quite a few of them. They fact that the author made all of them memorable and distinctive is a pretty incredible feat, in my opinion.
All in all, I think if you like how mind-trippy Maggie Stiefvater's books are (in particular The Raven Cycle) or how dark and twisted Leah Raeder's books are then this will most definitely appeal to you! So far we have a wide range of characters and something tells me that there are more secrets to be spilled. Especially with that mild cliffhanger at the end!
Some favorite quotes:
- "It's not the world that's cruel. It's the people in it."
- "Hope was a dangerous, disquieting thing, but he thought perhaps he liked it."
- "'University,' he said quietly. It sounded like a dream; it tasted like damnation."
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