Monday, 25 January 2016

Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1) by Ali Dean

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Ali Dean.
Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s not a place for the weak.
No one here tolerates wimps.
If you can’t handle it, leave.
Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world.
When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But, upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator.
Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he’s gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it’s his fifth limb, but he’s cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won’t put up with it. She’s here to train, and she doesn’t care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn’t permit defiance. Not without consequences.

Black Diamond by Ali Dean

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1) “Before I can remind him why we stopped in the first place, he uses one hand to pull my own goggles away and the other to hold me steady before he claims my mouth with his.”

This was a good YA romance featuring winter sports.

Ryker was an absolute jerk in this book. He was mean, rude, and a bully, and I really didn’t like him, he did grow on me a bit as the book went on though. Roxie was headstrong and determined, and I liked how she stood up to Ryker and put him in his place, even when she ended up punished for it.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked the parts about the skiing. We also got quite a sweet romance, even though Ryker wasn’t very likeable at times, and this really made the book for me.

The ending to this was good, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

7 out of 10

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