Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Winning by Lara Deloz

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
House of Cards meets Election in this wickedly entertaining story about an uber-ambitious high school junior.

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Winning by Lara Deloza

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Winning “I am – and always will be – Queen Alexandra Miles.”

This was a YA story about a girl desperate to be Homecoming Queen.

Alexandra was really quite a calculating character who planned for things really well, it was just a shame that she used her skills to take other people down! I did feel strangely sorry for her though, especially given her father’s death and the fact that her mother didn’t really care about her at all.

“Between stealing my father and saddling me with Natalie, I know for sure I’ve been forsaken.”

The storyline in this was about the race to be Homecoming Queen, with Alexandra planning to raise someone up just to see how far she could make them fall, whilst still winning the crown herself. We did get some interesting twists thrown in though, and the pace in this was just about right.

“I can be loyal to Lexi and lust after Erin at the same time, can’t I?”

The ending to this was quite surprising, and I really hope that there will be a second book for us to find out what happens to these girls next!

8 out of 10

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