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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Foxhole Court

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julio Genao

    the book of no. no, (view spoiler)[teenagers are not typically ushered into nightclubs to knock back shots. (hide spoiler)] no, the NCAA would never permit (view spoiler)[a psychotic player to don a school uniform on the condition he be stoned out of his mind on antipsychotics the entire time. (hide spoiler)] no, (view spoiler)[antipsychotics don't actually get you high like that. (hide spoiler)] no, you don't go from (view spoiler)[come-down to withdrawal to i-will-fucking-kill-you within four the book of no. no, (view spoiler)[teenagers are not typically ushered into nightclubs to knock back shots. (hide spoiler)] no, the NCAA would never permit (view spoiler)[a psychotic player to don a school uniform on the condition he be stoned out of his mind on antipsychotics the entire time. (hide spoiler)] no, (view spoiler)[antipsychotics don't actually get you high like that. (hide spoiler)] no, you don't go from (view spoiler)[come-down to withdrawal to i-will-fucking-kill-you within four hours of your last crazy-pill. (hide spoiler)] no, marginally post-pubescent children wouldn't be able to (view spoiler)[set their mom's dead body on fire with gasoline and then bury the bones on the beach without getting caught once during the entire multi-hour operation (hide spoiler)] —and who does that, anyway? no, the human body cannot be reduced to (view spoiler)[charred bones (hide spoiler)] with (view spoiler)[gasoline (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[a couple minutes (hide spoiler)] , not even if it (view spoiler)[belongs to your crazy mom. (hide spoiler)] no, you probably can't (view spoiler)[drive a car for hundreds of miles while suffering the effects of a ruptured anything, never mind everything, not even if your kid is in the car with a book of matches and a gas can. (hide spoiler)] no, there is no team sport on earth that can be competently played if (view spoiler)[its team members are as likely to get into a fistfight with one another as with the opposing team (hide spoiler)] —baseball and the 1979 yankees notwithstanding. no, you can't shake off the effects of a (view spoiler)[concussion and climb out the window the next day after a minor coma and then walk 12 miles to sit pertly in someone's kitchen drinking a glass of water. (hide spoiler)] no, (view spoiler)[the yakuza do not have and never fucking came close to having a toehold in the carolinas. or new york. or san francisco. or anywhere local people know what you mean when you say the letters 'FBI' in a low, clear voice. (hide spoiler)] no, it is not possible to (view spoiler)[ play a fucking contact sport with knives strapped to your body (hide spoiler)] —and who seriously fucking does that, ever, anywhere, anyway? no, you can't really (view spoiler)[make up your own sport and your own recreational drugs in the same novel without sounding like you know nothing that is actually true about either sports or drugs. (hide spoiler)] no, you probably can't make this big melodramatic speech with your (view spoiler)[melodramatic fingers distending your melodramatic mouth—the entire melodramatic time you're speaking melodramatically. (hide spoiler)] no, one does not simply walk into mordor. no. okay? just—no. (view spoiler)[ I SAID NO. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    read 3 [janaury 2020] starting off my year right with these idiots rereads are the best for appreciating details you didn't catch the first times, and the biggest things I came away from with this reread were: (a) Neil genuinely forgetting people could be normal height after spending so long around Andrew, and (b) that oNE TIME Andrew protects Neil before they've even struck the deal what are these emotions, unasked for, i cannot. read 2 [february 2019] I am just here to raise both hands in the air read 3 [janaury 2020] starting off my year right with these idiots 😌rereads are the best for appreciating details you didn't catch the first times, and the biggest things I came away from with this reread were: (a) Neil genuinely forgetting people could be normal height after spending so long around Andrew, and (b) that oNE TIME Andrew protects Neil before they've even struck the deal 🥺what are these emotions, unasked for, i cannot. read 2 [february 2019] I am just here to raise both hands in the air and admit I am hella obsessed with this series. I've been craving a reread since I finished in feb last year...and omgsosghso being back with my Fox sons is just everything. I love these characters. I love the complexity, subplots, subtext and utter attitude problems of these disaster kids with their who have more scarring and ptsd than their tiny statures can handle. (And yes, they are tiny. Shout out to Andrew who is 5ft and literally shorter than me by one inch. FINALLY I'M TALLER THAN SOMEONE.) and i'm obsessed. i'm dying. leave me to analyse every single thing that comes out of Andrew's mouth in this book because O H B O Y does it hit in a different light now that you know his Feelings™ for a certain someone. also Neil is absolutely an argumentative little shit and I love him to death (also the audiobook is so good!! and the audiobook's cover is amazing!! why can't we have that cover everywhere!!) *:·゚✧*:·゚✧ Read 1 || February 2018 Holy wow that was super intense. I've had this on my TBR for absolutely forever and I swear, I started reading it and 2 minutes later I knew (a) I wouldn't be able to stop, and (b) I was going to need to read the rest ah hahahah. (YES I JUST BOUGHT THE SEQUEL TWO SECONDS AGO.) Moving forward. THINGS TO EXPECT FROM THIS BOOK: • a bucket load of absolutely horrible characters • literally everyone should be in therapy but ok • somehow they're awful but it's like??? I can't look away??? • Neil is an absolute precious cinnamon son • there is a hybrid sport called Exy (kind of like lacrosse) • there's a lot of college flotsam happening • THERE'S AN UNDERCURRENT OF GANG WARS AND DARKNESS • blood • bad decisions • unhealthy relationships • absolutely gripping writing • nasty boys protecting each other like nothing else because family don't end in blood, son * * um yeah I just quoted supernatural I don't even know anymore I see a lot of people comparing this to The Raven Cycle and like? I sort of get it. But also no. Just because it's about a bunch of broken boys doesn't really make it Ravenish!! But I also LIKE reading about bunches of broken boys so there's that. Although there's hella problematic things going on in here. I mean these teens do treat each other like trash a lot. Andrew is basically a sociopath (probably?!) and horrific. And I was NOT happy with a lot of the problematic elements. Like the overuse of the word r*tard (can you not...ever again) then in the nightclub (view spoiler)[Andrew drugs Neil against his will and Nicky kisses him against his will, which is absolutely sexual assault. Like maybe Neil didn't hate it, but he didn't give permission for it. Therefore it is not okay.. (hide spoiler)] But while there were problematic things in the book, I don't think it ever was condoning them. And that's the difference right? Like this book is full of hella broken boys and awful things happening and Neil does NOT brush off their nonsense. (Also I'm not sure why this book is being shelved as lgbt, unless Things™ happen later on?? So far there's no romance for Neil. Not so sure who I'd ship him with yet but I have Thoughts™.) CAN WE TALK ABOUT NEIL. He's scarred and damaged and on the run and fajdkslafd (coincidentally reminds me of a character I've written so I'm completely adoring of him) and just the way he reacts when someone offers to take care of him and he's like ???? Mind blown. He is PRECIOUS. And I wish him to stay alive that'd be nice. Also shout out to the coach for being the mother of these 10 delinquent idiots of the Fox team. Because they're literally like: Coach: I hate you all. Coach: also here's some cereal and a blanket and did you get a good night's sleep? I will beat you with a spoon if you don't look after each other Coach: now get out i hate you #TEAMCOACHISAGOODMOTHER The writing was also super addictive. I'm not sure if it was a "this is a trainwreck and I can't look away" or what?! Like I don't like sporty books. I didn't even like Exy! BUT I LOVED THE BOOK TO DEATH STILL. Most of the sporty scenes were at least short (why is sport so aggressive holy heck) and if my attention blinked over them it didn't matter. I was here for Neil's secrets and his complex relationship with Kevin and the way the relationships were all woven in messy knots. It's so so character driven and that's what I like to read about. So I mean, I just bought the sequel so guess what I'm doing this week. GOODBYE I NEED TO GO SEE IF THESE PSYCHOTIC AND HORRIBLE CINNAMON SCONES KILL EACH OTHER OR NOT.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    "I can see it. You've got that look in your eye that says you know where every exit to this dormitory is." The Foxhole Court was definitely a surprise, wherein I didn't get anything that I was expecting. However, I got a lot of which I didn't even know I needed. Note: All rights belong to the different artists that have created the (fucking amazing) fanart attached to this review. __________ Meet The Foxes "The Palmetto State University Foxes were a team of talented rejects and junkies because "I can see it. You've got that look in your eye that says you know where every exit to this dormitory is." The Foxhole Court was definitely a surprise, wherein I didn't get anything that I was expecting. However, I got a lot of which I didn't even know I needed. Note: All rights belong to the different artists that have created the (fucking amazing) fanart attached to this review. __________ Meet The Foxes "The Palmetto State University Foxes were a team of talented rejects and junkies because Wymack only recruited athletes from broken homes. His decision to turn the Foxhole Court into a halfway house of sorts was nice in theory, but it meant his players were fractured isolationists who couldn't get along long enough to get through a game." Danielle Leigh Wilds, #1 → Offensive Dealer Kevin Day, #2 → Striker Andrew Joseph Minyard, #3 → Goalkeeper Matthew Donovan Boyd, #4 → Backliner Aaron Michael Minyard, #5 → Backliner Bryan Seth Gordon, #6 → Striker Allison Jamaica Reynolds, #7 → Defensive Dealer Nicholas Esteban Hemmick, #8 → Backliner Natalie Renee Walker, #9 → Goalkeeper Neil Josten, #10 → Striker “Andrew bets you can outrun everyone on this team. Coach said you clocked a fourminute mile back in Arizona. That true? You're a little short to run so fast." "I like running," Neil said. "Fuck running," Seth said. "Learn to score. Word is you still can't score on Andrew." "No," Neil admitted. "Not yet." "When you do, you can talk to me," Seth said. "Until then, stay out of my way and try not to drag down my line too much." "Welcome to the Foxhole Court," Matt added” For those of you who go into this and aren't familiar with Exy (the sport that the foxes, alongside a bunch of other teams play - it's broken down on the authors tumblr I think the gang of misfits that all hated each other was one of the aspects of this book that I fucking loved. I can see how the comparisons with The Raven Cycle come in, especially with all the hardass and badass shenanigans that go around. However, in a way it is way more deep than what is shown on the surface. We get elements that I wouldn't have even dreamt this book could cover. "We have to talk. Something went wrong this morning." "We're Foxes. Something is always going wrong," Seth said, but he fished the remote out from The LGBTQIA rep is phenomenal in its soft approach. We get the Mafia, mental health, crime and justice, family... and most importantly - teamwork with a team that is hellbent on not working. "You lost. Your school is the laughingstock of the NCAA. You're a team with no concept of teamwork." "Lucky for you," Neil said. "If we were a unified front you wouldn't have a chance against us." The Plot The amount of hype that surrounds this series is something that you can't even put to words. With a fanbase that strong, one is cautious treading into the story. So here I am, about to make an ass out of myself. Although, I loved how character driven this plot was, I also felt like it was one of the story's shortcomings. It dragged on for quite a bit, and I only found myself getting into the story at about 75%. After reading a couple reviews on this however, I found that a lot of people say that the storyline reallllllyyyy picks up in the second and third book. Because I actually did like TFC quite a bit, I'm most probably going to read that this week if not next up. As much as the Foxes disliked each other at times, they disliked their opponents more. They were still too fractured to be truly great, but they were good enough to give him chills. Neil finally understood how the Foxes made it to third place last fall and scored a spot in championships. The writing felt very mediocre, as it skipped through a lot of character names and it felt confusing following a heavy scene sometimes. I wish I could say it thrived through its amateur cliches, but... The Banter "Coach says he's got potential." Matt looked at Neil. "Andrew says you're fast." Neil frowned. "When did he say that?" "When do you think, wiseass?" Seth asked. "We talked all kinds of shit about you after you booked it." The banter in this book was amazing to say the least. If I could rate the book only on the humor and the quirky hits we get between characters, it would hands down be a 5 star read. I also loved that the author integrated three girls on the team with completely opposing personalities to even out all the testosterone that was flying around. That goes without saying however, that each and every guy on the team had such a brutally honest and real persona to them, that the whole thing mixed together gave you the best fucking Exy team on the planet. "We'll tell everyone you're there for conditional early practice. Chances are half of them will believe it. You won't be able to fool the rest, but that doesn't matter. Foxes are Foxes for a reason and they know we wouldn't sign you if you didn't qualify. That doesn't mean they know specifics. It's not my place to ask, and I'm sure as hell not going to tell them." Furthermore, the dynamic between the coach and the kids was something I loved. I fucking loved Wymack, not just as a side character but as a coach! He was one of those characters that I was skeptical about in the beginning, but as I read chapters I slowly started to like him more and more. Although, the dialogue was at times unrealistic, it was a very minor fallback in the grand scheme of things. "All right," he said, then promptly forgot what he was saying when he got a good look at the back of the bus. "Damn it all to hell. Hemmick! You were supposed to wake them up ten miles ago." "I don't want to die," Nicky said. Neil and Andrew "Hey, Pinocchio," he said without looking at Neil. The cheer in his voice was too mocking to be real, but Neil doubted anyone but the Foxes noticed. "Time to run. This one's for you." Someone scream 'slow burn' louder for the people at the back. Andrew and Neil was something of a conundrum for me. During the first 3 quarters of the book, I really did not know how the writer was going to be able to pull the chemistry between the both of them off. It all seemed like a mess to me, and both of them did not look like they would be good together. I really loved Andrew... he's still a mystery to me and I can't wait to slowly solve him through this trilogy. He is the foxes' "deadliest investment" and if that doesn't get you intrigued, then damn.... I thought I was a tough crowd. I also can't wait to read how Neil's time with the foxes unfolds, he is truly a cinnamon role that needs love and a family because fuck knows, he's suffered enough. But then the last 25% of the book turned up, and it hit me like a bag of bricks. It's unconventionally perfect and I love how it was broken and not yet there and everything that a Young Adult book needs when there are so many serious overtones in it. “God damn it, Minyard. This is why we can't have nice things.” I also love when an author bends the rules of YA, and shows that it doesn't really take romance (or dense romance) for that matter, to make a book successful. The chemistry between the characters and the feeling of a group of misfits coming together to make something bigger is enough. "Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit." Between the pep talks, powwows, bus rides and midnight practices - I could feel why so many people have fallen (like myself) in love with these group of outcasts just trying to live life. It's so much more than what you think it is and if you haven't already read it... then give these kids a chance. You (probably) won't regret it. "You play like you have everything to lose." "Welcome to the line."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Who needs a TV drama when you have The Foxhole Court? Danger, intensity, sports, addiction, illegal activity, reckless characters… You have it all. One thing you do not have, however, is this: romance. Not yet, anyway, though the author teases you here and there. The first time I picked it up, two years ago, I did so because I saw the theme ‘‘lgbt’’ in its book description, and I was desperately in need of a sexy gay ship. And so when I read the first chapters and realized that no romance seemed to Who needs a TV drama when you have The Foxhole Court? Danger, intensity, sports, addiction, illegal activity, reckless characters… You have it all. One thing you do not have, however, is this: romance. Not yet, anyway, though the author teases you here and there. The first time I picked it up, two years ago, I did so because I saw the theme ‘‘lgbt’’ in its book description, and I was desperately in need of a sexy gay ship. And so when I read the first chapters and realized that no romance seemed to be developing between the main character and another guy, I started to lost interest. It takes time for it to appear, and even now I have no idea if it’s going where I think it is. But seeing how popular this series is, I decided to give a second chance, with my friend Yusra, this time without expecting anything. Boy was that the way to go. Going into a book having no expectations whatsoever means that there’s no way you can be crushed with disappointment. First time I tried reading it two years ago, I gave it a one-star-rating, so it could only go up from there. This story is crazy, as are the majority of the characters. And they all have such a huge presence in the story that it’s hard to not notice them or pay them no mind. They are messed up in their own respective ways. No one is perfect. That’s the point… bringing together a group of misfits that both hate and love each other and train them to become one single family on the field. Well that needs additional work, but I’m excited to see them play some more. Funny thing is, I actually don’t bother with sports in real life, but somehow I was on the edge of my seat reading the sports-related scenes in this one. Now I really want to go on Amazon.ca and buy the hard copies and frame them and put them on my bedroom walls and stare at them every night before going to sleep... and what is happening to me? Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    “It's about second chances, Neil. Second, third, fourth, whatever, as long as you get at least one more than what anyone else wanted to give you.” First and foremost, I want to thank May for giving me the emotional support I needed while reading this book: Secondly, holy shit, I didn’t think I’d actually like this. What even is my life? Friends, I couldn’t put this down. I read it in 24 hours and no regrets were had. This was way darker than I expected, but I became so damn invested in this “It's about second chances, Neil. Second, third, fourth, whatever, as long as you get at least one more than what anyone else wanted to give you.” First and foremost, I want to thank May for giving me the emotional support I needed while reading this book: Secondly, holy shit, I didn’t think I’d actually like this. What even is my life? Friends, I couldn’t put this down. I read it in 24 hours and no regrets were had. This was way darker than I expected, but I became so damn invested in this main character and I honestly fell in love with him and his story from day one. I know this is a bit of a polarizing read, but if you enjoyed Fence and The Wicker King then I think this story is for sure worth a try for you! Especially since it’s free on Amazon US! Basically, this is a story about a boy that has been on the run practically his entire life. Neil is currently living in a small town in Arizona, trying to stay on the down low, but he can’t stay away from his one love; Exy, which is a sport that is sort of a mix of Lacrosse and Soccer. But Neil is homeless, able to fit all his possessions in a duffel bag and is currently sneaking into his school’s gym to sleep. But his Exy coach notices where he has been sleeping, but he also notices the pure talent that Neil harnesses on the Exy field and sends a video to possible college recruiters. And the Foxes from Palmetto State University’s Exy team like what they see when they come and recruit Neil. PSU is a newly reformed and up-and-coming team, who are known for taking in kids who normally don’t get second chances, but they are even more hyped this upcoming season because they now have Kevin Day (AKA: The Son of Exy) playing for them. Neil knows the smartest move is to stay out of the spotlight, but he is so very tired of running, especially running from the only thing that brings him happiness. But friends, I fell in love with these players so damn quickly: ➽ Neil Josten - Ready to fight for and protect at all costs. ➽ Andrew Minyard - Still sus and I’m still not sold on. ➽ Aaron Minyard - No opinion yet, but I know all my friends hate. ➽ Allison Reynolds - Badass princess that I stan. ➽ Nicky Hemmick - The actual best. ➽ Seth Gordon - My fucking face when. ➽ Renee Walker - My chill pacifist who I already adore completely. ➽ Matt Boyd - My heartwarming pure boy. ➽ Dan Wilds - My actual queen. ➽ Kevin Day - My actual king. My favorite Fox. Also, the thing I am most invested with in this entire story is him and Riko and everything that went down and everything that is going to go down. (Breathtaking art by llstarcasterll!) But besides these foxes, who I mostly adore, my favorite part of this book was just seeing Neil tired of feeling like he didn’t have a home, and finally not only accepting that fact, but willing to finally carve out something for himself, completely and utterly unapologetically. Again, I’m not saying that what Neil is doing is the healthiest of circumstances, but seeing him realize that he is worthy of a home, of a family, and of love, was just so damn beautiful. And I know that this is just going to increase during the next two books! “Hope was a dangerous, disquieting thing, but he thought perhaps he liked it.” Overall, I just really couldn’t put this down. This is for sure a very character driven book. And I’ll be the first to say that these characters are for sure mostly morally grey and they do a lot of sus shit. But… my love for Kevin and Neil just overpowered all the other questionable teammates. But I’ll talk to you all later, because I am immediately picking up The Raven King! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and trigger warnings for a lot of drug use, talk of overdosing, underage drinking, loss of a loved one, talk of suicide, mention of cutting, drugging someone, jokes about rape, physical abuse, talk of past parental abuse, ableist insults, homophobic slurs (the f word), and use of the r word. 🦊 Also, this film adaption fan-cast by Jamieson added ten years to my life. Buddy Read with Sol & Amy! 🧡

  6. 5 out of 5

    amy ☂︎

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Let me introduce you to my most recent obsession: “Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit.” Oh, joy. I have gracefully avoided writing a review on any of these books until I have read them all, because I honestly couldn't stop reading until I was through with the whole trilogy. Now I don't remember my feelings on this first book anymore because I am overwhelmed by the GREATNESS that is contained in the other two books. So now, my review will consist of: REASONS WHY Let me introduce you to my most recent obsession: “Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit.” Oh, joy. I have gracefully avoided writing a review on any of these books until I have read them all, because I honestly couldn't stop reading until I was through with the whole trilogy. Now I don't remember my feelings on this first book anymore because I am overwhelmed by the GREATNESS that is contained in the other two books. So now, my review will consist of: REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE ALL FOR THE GAME TRILOGY BY NORA SAKAVIC ● First of all, the first book is free, and the other two are under a pound each. Like, you legally get this whole trilogy in all its glory for under two pounds. Why wouldn't you give it a try? You have literally nothing to lose. You can also buy paperback versions of this on Amazon for about ten pounds each, but as I prefered the inexpensive version, I read all three books on my phone, the first one on my kindle app and the other two on iBooks. I do think I might purchase the physical copies now, though, because I WANT them on my shelf. ● The characters. All of these people are so complex and interesting and flawed. Seriously, especially if you are a fan of The Raven Cycle (which is pretty character-driven IMO), you might want to have a look into this. "How are you getting along with your teammates?" "I'm pretty sure the majority of them are clinically insane." ● The sports. Now, hear me out. I am literally the least sportive person in the world. I don't care about any sport in the slightest and the only time I ever do is the FIFA World Cup (feeling of companionship and unity, yada yada, you know.) I thought the sport aspect would bore me, but it absolutely didn't. If you've read and liked Winger by Andrew Smith, it's a bit like that, but so much more intriguing, because Nora invented this particular kind of sport for the series itself, and the history and background is just so cool. Trust me, you might end up loving it. If not, do not despair - there's so much more to it, Exy is only a part of a whole. ● Issues. Like, okay, I would have to give a lot of trigger warnings for this one, including mental and physical abuse, drug use, rape, mentions of self-harm, depression... Everything you can think of, basically. But this is exactly what I think contributes to making this story so deep and the characters so complex and what eventually also contributes to topics being addressed such as the importance of consent, the importance of family and friendship, the importance of having a purpose in life. ● LGBT. Not really a spoiler - there are gay and demisexual characters and it's very well-handled, in my opinion. Good writing. “I don't swing either way.” “Bullshit,” Nicky said. “I don't.” [...] “When you say you don't like being touched, is it because you don't like it at all or because you don't trust anyone else enough to let them touch you?” “It doesn't matter.” “If it didn't, I wouldn't ask.” “It doesn't matter to a man who doesn't swing.” [...] “I've said all year I don't swing and I mean it. Kissing you doesn't make me look at any of them differently. The only one I'm interested in is you.” ● The plot. It might not sound very interesting when you first look at the synopsis, but it is, it so is. ● Andrew Joseph Minyard. Who is basically like Ronan Lynch and Joseph Kavinsky in one person. I love him. "Honesty suited Andrew because he was an instigator at heart and his opinions were often unpopular." "Tick tock, says the clock. Get out of my room.“ So in conclusion: The writing is well done, the characters are complex and interesting and real, the plot is thrilling and disturbing and all-encompassing at times and makes you think a lot about some things, there is diversity and it's basically free. Also, the series gets better with each book. The Foxhole Court was pretty good, The Raven King was oooooomg and The King's Men was just unbelievably awesome. This series has quickly become a favourite of mine and I think it should be more known and out there, because it's so so underrated. “This is about everything it took you to get to this point, everything it cost you, and everyone who laughed when you dared to dream of something big and bright. You're here tonight because you refused to give up and refused to give in. You're here where they all said you'd never be, and no one can say you haven't earned the right to play this game. All eyes are on you. It's time to show them what you're made of. There's no room for doubt, no room for second guesses, no room for error. This is your night. This is your game. This is your moment. Seize it with everything you've got. Pull out all the stops and lay it all on the line. Fight because you don't know how to die quietly. Win because you don't know how to lose. This king's ruled long enough—it's time to tear his castle down.” READ IT. YOU'RE WELCOME.

  8. 4 out of 5

    diannarhys

    after what felt like 90 years after finishing this headache and slump-causing awful book, my tear-stained review is now up aaahhhhhh First off, I just want to say that if you loved this book and you're my friend, there are no hard feelings for me. We all have different opinions and I hope you'll respect mine as I do yours. I still love you guys. Believe me when I say that I am deeply annoyed down to my soul that this book didn't work out for me. I was so ready to love this but shit happened. \ after what felt like 90 years after finishing this headache and slump-causing awful book, my tear-stained review is now up aaahhhhhh First off, I just want to say that if you loved this book and you're my friend, there are no hard feelings for me. We all have different opinions and I hope you'll respect mine as I do yours. I still love you guys. Believe me when I say that I am deeply annoyed down to my soul that this book didn't work out for me. I was so ready to love this but shit happened. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Okay. I'll start with what I liked about this book: 1. The fact that Exy is a co-ed sport and that it doesn't matter how tall you are to play this game. And that teeny-tiny bit about second chances. 2. I got this for free on Kindle. 3. Umm... I think that's it? I almost added how it has openly gay characters but when I think of Nicky and how he annoyed me so much, I just can't do it. LGBTQ+ rep characters are good so please don't make me hate them. Now on to the things that made me pull my hair out a.k.a. Why I Think This Book is Trash, shall we? As a writer myself, I do pay a lot of attention to the writing style of the book I'm reading. That is personally what makes or breaks a book for me. I notice a lot of tiny details like how a particular paragraph flows or if the transition was good, etc. It doesn't really take much to impress me, I mean, I read smutty books that are 99.9% sex scenes and only 0.01% logical plot. I don't mind very simple writing as long as you can relay your story. (Think fairy tales!) But man, THIS BOOK. (!!!) My main problem with the book is the writing style. It was stunted and awkward and worsened my reading experience. I found myself rereading several passages over and over again just to see if I read that totally absurd scene correctly. It fucking tested my comprehension skill. I feel like the writing style is being purposefully difficult so that it can hide just how fucking terrible everything is in this book. As one reviewer said, It's like the book is screaming at your face, "I'm trying really hard to be difficult to follow. Can you see the difficulty?" Well, book, you shall be pleased with yourself because not only did I see the difficulty, I felt it in my very bones. SAME, GURL. SAME. Every chapter is info-dumpy, too much irrelevant talk and legit nothing was happening. It was too descriptive in the wrong parts. Like I don't get enough descriptions on how the characters looked, their mannerisms, etc. (except for Andrew always hurting someone when they wake him up) I can't even tell how most of the characters looked like. It became so exhausting to read I even had a mini-slump halfway in the story. "Exy was a bastard sport, an evolved sort of lacrosse on a soccer-sized court with the violence of ice hockey, and Neil loved every part of it from its speed to its aggression." Another thing I hated about this book: EXY. As a sports fan, the fact that the author invented her own sport without clearly any idea of how real sports worked just irked me so much. Was it laziness? Because there are tons of sports out there and all you have to do is do something called research. Maybe it's because she wanted a co-ed sport but still, I just hate how messy this fantasy sport is. Given that it is a very significant part of the story, it wasn't given much thought. Sorry, but this is not acceptable to me. You want to create something new? Well at least make it realistic. (QUIDDITCH, BITCH!) I find it so absurd that someone can just create a sport out of nothing and make it one of the most popular sports worldwide in only 30 years? Even Quidditch took hundreds of years to be popular! Unrealistic things about Exy: "His decision to turn the Foxhole Court into a halfway house of sorts was nice in theory, but it meant his players were fractured isolationists who couldn't get along long enough to get through a game." - That is some fucking fantasy. Please. Team sports don't work like that. Even a football player with an inflated ego would know that you can't go anywhere with a team like that. - Drugs. No way a coach would let his players get away with that. And hello, there's this little thing, that doesn't always work tbh, but sometimes does...called antidoping you know? - Professional players training on their own, without their coach. AHHAAHAHA THIS IS A JOKE. - a pro team without reserve players on their roster? - A professional player refusing to train with his teammates, save for two of them. Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me? - A player carrying knives on the court. WTF? "Wymack rarely interfered in the fighting. He let them brawl and then punished them with intense cardio and excruciating drills. Seemed he'd long ago decided his team could only function by testing themselves against each other and establishing their own ranking." - And a lame ass coach. If you have no authority over your players I suggest you go home, man. AND IT'S OFFICIAL. THIS BOOK'S CHAPTER 11 IS THE LONGEST AND MOST USELESS CHAPTER I'VE EVER READ IN MY LIFE. It's basically a second after second telling of what happened in the most boring game in history. Another thing that just frustrated me and had thrown me deep into the nine levels of hell is how little research the author made regarding everything mental health-related she used in this book. God. The things that were written here only perpetuates stigma against mental illnesses and people who are affected by them. The author made these stereotypical characters and made them behave in a disgusting way that is no way related to these illnesses. Words like suicide and psychotic were thrown around lightly in this book that just profoundly displeased me. I have a lot to say about this, but I suggest you check out my notes and highlight in this book. Just beware, there might be spoilers ahead, so I advise you not to check them out if you haven't read the book. Also, if I got it correctly: A court-induced mania? Is that real? Because that sounds disturbing to me. Like who would want mania? Who thought it's a good idea to force someone to develop mania just to lessen aggressive behavior??? Wtf. Shouldn't it be more on the likes of anger management or something? Or is the author trying to use Kendra's Law here but can't put it into words correctly? Or maybe the use of the word mania here is incorrect? I definitely think so. And as if I hadn't had enough of this torture, there's even some kind of rape joke! Tadaaaaaaaaa! The one thing I was excited about this book is that people told me there's gay romance here. But honestly, I can't see myself enjoying a romance in which the MC falls for someone who forced himself on him, or drugged him, or kidnapped him, threatened him several times or bullied him. It's not okay just because they're boys and not girls. Unhealthy relationships shouldn't be justified because "boys will be boys." Aaaaaand, if your family drugs you, makes you drink when you don't want to, take knives to family games, has a member who is a psychopath, threatens to kill you and even tries a couple times....... Yep, that sounds like family to me. I almost forgot how fucking bland the characters are too. I felt like the author's recipe for these characters are annoying, boring, and everything not nice. Like the ACOTAR series, I've heard that this series is so good, and that the first book isn't that great and that I'd have to push through it, but one can only push through so much. At this moment, I can't say that I'll read the following books in the series. If you enjoyed this book, good for you. Seriously, I'm happy for you. Maybe my bullshit shield is just so much more sensitive nowadays. ya girl is just going to gather my receipts and then I'll get back to anyone with the full review buddy read with the Percy to my Monty

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    “It’s not the world that’s cruel. It’s the people in it.” Man, this book. I don't remember the last time a story captured me as much as this one did. I totally forgot about my surroundings, read till late at night and couldn't get enough. That's what makes for a great book. The many characters and the fact that I've never read a sports book before confused me in the beginning. But especially the characters. They are mean, have hidden motives and complicated pasts. Andrew is the biggest bully on the “It’s not the world that’s cruel. It’s the people in it.” Man, this book. I don't remember the last time a story captured me as much as this one did. I totally forgot about my surroundings, read till late at night and couldn't get enough. That's what makes for a great book. The many characters and the fact that I've never read a sports book before confused me in the beginning. But especially the characters. They are mean, have hidden motives and complicated pasts. Andrew is the biggest bully on the lot. He makes me mad. He's ruthless and aggressive and doesn't respect boundaries. It doesn't hurt to not be an ass, and the way Andrew treats people is inexcusable. Nicky is another two-faced bully. That's why I was glad for all the good people on the team. Matt and Dan, Renee and Coach. All of those character have incredible character-depth and seem so real. Their relationships and stories fascinated me. I just have to keep reading this series to know where everything is going. The plot was okay. It was a very character driven book, so there was enough excitement as it is. But I'm hoping for more suspense in the sequel. And more romance! What happened to the promised m/m romance? Or romance in general? Cause there was not a single trace anywhere. So I was waiting for the gay and not getting it. That, however, is not the authors fault, but the genres the book is sorted into. Anyway, I'm glad the sequels gave me the romance I was waiting for. This is such an amazing series. Find more of my books on Instagram

  10. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    DNF at 48%. This book wasn't doing anything for me at all. No attachment was formed to the story or characters, so I quit. --------------------- It's free. Naturally, I bought it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    first rule (and blatant common sense) for reading stories about a sports team: make sure you like sports. ooops. my bad. but ignoring the silly made-up sport of exy, choppy and inconsistent mess of writing, lack of plot, and confusing details, i actually really bonded with neil!?? like, im pretty sure hes now my son and i will see no harm done to him ever. i have a feeling that the next book is going to be better in terms of story and pacing, so im willing to keep going with the series, if only first rule (and blatant common sense) for reading stories about a sports team: make sure you like sports. ooops. my bad. but ignoring the silly made-up sport of exy, choppy and inconsistent mess of writing, lack of plot, and confusing details, i actually really bonded with neil!?? like, im pretty sure hes now my son and i will see no harm done to him ever. i have a feeling that the next book is going to be better in terms of story and pacing, so im willing to keep going with the series, if only for neil alone. ↠ 2.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    Buddy Read, Part One with Alison! ;) Actual rating: 2.5 stars I'm sorry; I had to! xD (In case you DID want to know...foxes bark like dogs!) Calling this a gay mafia sports romance trilogy is a pretty accurate description! It's about Neil, who is a player of this really weird sport called Exy (more on that later), who is recruited by the worst-ranked team in their division (the Foxes), which is comprised of a band of seriously messed up misfits (especially that nutter, Andrew)...while Buddy Read, Part One with Alison! ;) Actual rating: 2.5 stars I'm sorry; I had to! xD (In case you DID want to know...foxes bark like dogs!) Calling this a gay mafia sports romance trilogy is a pretty accurate description! It's about Neil, who is a player of this really weird sport called Exy (more on that later), who is recruited by the worst-ranked team in their division (the Foxes), which is comprised of a band of seriously messed up misfits (especially that nutter, Andrew)...while simultaneously worrying about an extension of the yakuza, who funds the rival, best-ranked team (the Ravens). Maybe I've read too much NA sports romance and NA mafia romance, but this book tried to tackle TOO MUCH. It's like the author went, "Mafia romance? Sports romance? Hey! Why not BOTH?!" This choice just made the plot of the book seem too far-fetched, making the novel come across more as well-written fanfiction, than a genuine book. I mean, it was just so...RIDICULOUS. Sakavic should have chosen one topic, rather than both. It would've made for a much stronger book. I don't know what you consider to be spoilers or not, so read the remainder of my review at your own risk. Aka: SPOILER ALERT! Let's start with the characters. I'll be honest. The only one I actually care about is Neil. That's it. He's my darling cinnamon roll. My poor, abused and scarred baby. Should any harm come to him...imma gonna shoot someone. AND THAT'S A PROMISE. I do love the trope of found families though, so hopefully my precious Neil will end this trilogy with the support system he DESERVES. Everyone else? Meh. *shrugs* My second-favourite was Coach Wymack. Although I liked him, for someone who professed wanting to give his players another chance at life, a do-over essentially (which he admittedly did -- I especially liked the scene where he told Neil that he'd never put his hands on him)...he was such an enabler! What kind of coach permits drugs and alcohol?! Do the players not get drug tested?! What kind of coach permits such violent behaviour?! The ones I've met have always wanted a united team and basically forced them to be one, but Wymack just let them go at each other's throats! What the heck?! Moving on to Andrew...oh boy, is this bloke PSYCHOTIC. He just goes around throwing people against walls, hitting them with Exy racquets, threatening them with knives, drugging them against their will, blackmailing them, basically controlling what friends Kevin is permitted to have...the list goes on! (Yes, I know his backstory already, but that doesn't justify it). I found nothing good about his character. Kevin went from being a bully one second to a doormat the next. Nicky was also sketchy (I guess it runs in the family lol). He did a lot of things that I was uncomfortable with. Just give Neil his space! I ADORED Matt! He definitely had that older brother personality. I loved how protective he was of Neil. I <3 him. Riko was more like a caricature of a villain, rather than being an actual one. Everyone else was pretty one dimensional and under-developed, so I don't have much to say about them. Now, Exy. Oh dear. Why?! WHY make up a fake sport that is essentially just lacrosse? (The only fake sport that I'm interested in is Quidditch, thank you very much. FLYING BROOMS). It's not like people don't like sports books! I don't play a single sport currently, but I still enjoy reading books about football, US football (rugby with padding), hockey, Formula One, boxing, kickboxing, swimming, skiing, etc. IT IS LACROSSE. There is literally a lacrosse racquet on one of the book covers! If I'm being honest, I was just playing out various lacrosse games from Teen Wolf in my head whilst reading, haha. This entire book felt like a rather slow, 200-page prologue. Not much occurred, except for the last 25 pages. I think that this trilogy would have been better suited as a duology. As someone who can read 600-800 page books in one sitting --if I'm interested enough, it should not have taken me three days to get through 200 pages. Regardless, I have heard that these get better as the trilogy goes on, so I'm excited for that, even though I already partially know what happens, being the Spoiler Queen that I am. ;) So...I LIKED this, but I didn't LOVE it. *shrugs*

  13. 5 out of 5

    may ➹

    I forgot how outstandingly Meh this first book is compared to the other two how did I have the motivation to keep reading the next books

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

    This novel is about Neil Josten. Freshmen at Palmetto State University. Hiding from his ruthless, crime boss father. Obsessed with Exy. Runs faster than you. Generally when someone says "This book reads like fanfiction," that is not a compliment. It usually means one or more of the following things: - The characters are unbelievable. - The main character is a self-insert and/or they are the epitome of perfection. - Typos. Grammatical Errors. Misspellings. - The plot is nonexistent or poorly This novel is about Neil Josten. ✘ Freshmen at Palmetto State University. ✘ Hiding from his ruthless, crime boss father. ✘ Obsessed with Exy. ✘ Runs faster than you. Generally when someone says "This book reads like fanfiction," that is not a compliment. It usually means one or more of the following things: - The characters are unbelievable. - The main character is a self-insert and/or they are the epitome of perfection. - Typos. Grammatical Errors. Misspellings. - The plot is nonexistent or poorly constructed. - 50 Shades of Grey *cue scary music* In this case, I don't mean to imply any of thee above. When I say this book reads like fanfiction, I mean I read it the same way I used to read some of my all-time favorite fanfiction stories back in the day. With a joyful but ravenous intent. It gave me that feeling I've had before where you're left staring at your computer screen wondering if maybe this anonymous author has portrayed truer versions of your favorites than their actual creators. The main characters here are literally a pack of misfits & troubled individuals, and they're all absolute savages, which is perfectly fitting for such a wicked plot as this one. I said "Oh my God" and "Jesus Christ" out loud more times than I care to count while reading this, it was just that entertaining. Also I took a particular liking to the sport Sakavic created for her team, Exy, which plays like a mash-up between Soccer & Rugby with all the violence of Hockey. It's interesting to try and imagine how the game plays out on a court & its brutality feels like a solid parallel to Neil's life, both on & off his team. I also happen to find Neil's passion for it quite charming. My only quip with this novel is the writing. It's not that good, folks. It's not dreadful, but it lacks that polished consistency that comes from a professional editor. Names were repeated too often in some sections, not enough in others. A couple confusing leaps between events here & there. Some cheesy dialogue that I can't imagine anyone saying in real life. However, I'm definitely excited to find out more, as this installment is pretty short on answers about the overarching mystery that is Neil Josten. All in all, a strong, attention-getting debut. Side note: Half-way through this I realized that if you squint the cover of this looks like 4 corn dogs about to be dipped in some corn dog-colored sauce...

  15. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    Decided to delete my original review bc it was trash I love my boys so much. It was so interesting reading this back and understanding it so much more. The first time I was so confused by everyones motivations and why they were the way they are. Makes a lot more sense now. riko please choke review to come

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grace (BURTSBOOKS)

    I'm not even sure if I liked this but I do know IM HYPE AS HELL FOR THE SECOND BOOK RTC

  17. 5 out of 5

    ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡ (semi-hiatus)

    3 / 5 stars oh god i have no idea where i should begin. there are lots of mixed feelings about it and it’s really hard to review. so, please don’t mind me if this review got a bit messy. first of all, i think it must be my mistake that i have so little knowledge of sports which is the reason why i couldn’t get into this book as much as i should. so this one i blame myself then not the book. but the thing that i want more from the author is the explanation about ‘exy’ thing. i read until the end ❥ 3 / 5 stars oh god i have no idea where i should begin. there are lots of mixed feelings about it and it’s really hard to review. so, please don’t mind me if this review got a bit messy. first of all, i think it must be my mistake that i have so little knowledge of sports which is the reason why i couldn’t get into this book as much as i should. so this one i blame myself then not the book. but the thing that i want more from the author is the explanation about ‘exy’ thing. i read until the end and question marks are still popping in my head. it would be better if i could understand it more. second, since there are many unexpected things and situations occurring in the book so it might sound interesting because you couldn’t predict what will happen next in the story, right? i thought like that at first but when i read though it, ummm what should i say, it makes me got a question that ‘does this book really have a plot like this or the author just keep adding more and more stuff in the story?’ i hope it’s the former. third, talking about the situations, i don’t know if it’s only me or not but i think most of them are so unrealistic. i can’t deny that i enjoy reading it because i do. it’s really entertaining but yeah, it’s kinda unrealistic and it makes me feel uncomfortable. fourth, the author’s writing style. i think she could write it better than she did, i don’t know. maybe she write it well already but the problem is me myself or in fact, she didn’t write it well enough. fifth, the characters. i haven’t found my favorite character yet since many of them are err......... but it would be fun to know them better in the other books! i bet they also have a good side not only a bad one. however, though i didn’t like it as much as i hoped, i’ll continue reading this trilogy because i extremely want to know what will happen in the story. p.s. the last 10% is the best part of the book and i loveeeeee it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    Thinking about it twice, and at the risk of getting lynched hardcore side-eyed forever, I must admit that I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. I don't know, we just didn't...click. The writing was a bit meh and the characters...well, they weren't awful (or were they?) but let's say I'm not exactly a fan. All my friends seem to like/adore/worship this series, and then there's me. Not giving an absolute darn. Takes all sorts, I guess. What can I say, c'est la vie. \_(ツ)_/ Thinking about it twice, and at the risk of getting lynched hardcore side-eyed forever, I must admit that I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. I don't know, we just didn't...click. The writing was a bit meh and the characters...well, they weren't awful (or were they?) but let's say I'm not exactly a fan. All my friends seem to like/adore/worship this series, and then there's me. Not giving an absolute darn. Takes all sorts, I guess. What can I say, c'est la vie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  19. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    This book was a fucked up mess. I debated DNF'ing at 60% but decided to skim read the rest to see if anything redeemable would happen, but nope. i'm so angry i don't even feel like going into what a trash fire this was.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I initially read the Foxhole Court because people always compare it to the Raven Cycle which I love. And those people were right, but pretty early in the book I started to love it for what it is not just because it's similar to trc. These characters are complex and messy and so is their world. No, this isn't a book with magic, but it has crime lords, murderous fathers, and lovable teenage psychos. We follow one sports team's arc from people who are a danger to each other to people who protect I initially read the Foxhole Court because people always compare it to the Raven Cycle which I love. And those people were right, but pretty early in the book I started to love it for what it is not just because it's similar to trc. These characters are complex and messy and so is their world. No, this isn't a book with magic, but it has crime lords, murderous fathers, and lovable teenage psychos. We follow one sports team's arc from people who are a danger to each other to people who protect each other from danger. If you started to turn away with the words sports team, WAIT! Trust me I'm not a sports person either, but it's less about Exy, and more about the kids who play. This book is dark. These kids are messed up, and I loved it. The author doesn't resort to angst or frustrating miscommunications to move the plot along, and yet this book is full of messy relationships and people and situations. When you start you don't really understand anything that's going on, but that's what makes it so interesting. Slowly, we start to understand Neil and the other foxes and why they do the seemingly insane things that they do. It feels like a murder mystery book, but really it's about teenagers hitting each other on and off the court. They speak multiple languages, they do drugs, they get into fights. Is it the most realistic, real to life book ever? nooooo, but that's part of the appeal. Favorite character? Andrew Minyard. I do not understand him at all, but I will. I'm determined to. He's like Ronan Lynch and Kavinksy from trc combined into one highly medicated, angry, talented, and loyal individual. Why does he protect his people? Why is he able to? I couldn't tell you at this point, but I think he's the most complicated character I've read in a while. And obviously the character that the other characters in the book call a psycho is almost always my favorite. I was sucked into this book from start to finish. It helps that it is free on ibooks, but I'll probably end up buying a physical copy because I loved it so much. I could not stop reading it, and I've already got the next one downloaded and ready to go. (written at first read)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yonaily

    How did this book managed to get so much popularity on tumblr??? It is simply a joke, a not even well-written piece of a book that doesn't just lack of an actual plot but has the most boring, mind-blowingly annoying as f*ck characters I've met in a while. I congratulate myself for reading the entire thing. 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 How did this book managed to get so much popularity on tumblr??? It is simply a joke, a not even well-written piece of a book that doesn't just lack of an actual plot but has the most boring, mind-blowingly annoying as f*ck characters I've met in a while. I congratulate myself for reading the entire thing. 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. Knowing that he has to keep a low profile for the rest of his life if, you know, he wants to stay alive, Neil joins the Foxes. Who cares, YOLO# right?? The kid's been doing so well running away from the Japanese mafia and his father's enemies to start acting dumb now. Disappointed but not surprised. OK, how can someone create an sport out of nothing and make it one of the most popular in only 30 (!!!) years??? Too good to be true. Exy is a sort of mix between cricket and tennis? All I know is they use rackets and have a goalkeeper. I hardly remember the vague descriptions and that's because they made me even more confused. It was not clear to me how Exy worked and that's a shame because I love sports. The Foxes are the worst-ranked team of the league yet they have a professional and ex champion playing for them. Anyone who understands how sports work would know that there's something fishy about Kevin being part the team. They suck. They literally have no replacement for their players. At all. Their coach allows them to use DRUGS, practice on their own or not even practice at all. I am sorry but there's something called antidoping @ Nora Sak*vic. They barely had one match in the whole book, and they lost. The foxhole court was the only home he needed; the foxes were his family. If your family drugs you, makes you drink when you don't want to, takes knives to family games, has a member who is a psychopath, threatens to kill you and even tries a couple times....... Yep, that sounds like family to me. (view spoiler)[They're actually Lannisters (hide spoiler)] Neil is boring. Kevin is pointless. Andrew is a drug-addict/psychopath/should be in jail/banned from ever playing Exy again moody teenager who will probably kill one of his team members in the future. Nicky is like that black friend who's always saying dumb and funny things in Hollywood comedies. Coach is the babysitter that has to handle their BS because the Foxes can never act like normal college athletes, God forbid them!! Do not even try it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Reread 2018: Listen it’s 11:57 and I have 3 pages left. I finished it before midnight even if I had half a page left. I just needed to be back here with these characters. ———————————————————— Reread 2017: I forgot how slow this first book is. I love it, and it's essential for the whole trilogy, but on its own it does not offer much. I will say though this book holds its own in the trilogy because without a strong start this series would fall apart. ------------------------------------------------ Reread 2018: Listen it’s 11:57 and I have 3 pages left. I finished it before midnight even if I had half a page left. I just needed to be back here with these characters. ———————————————————— Reread 2017: I forgot how slow this first book is. I love it, and it's essential for the whole trilogy, but on its own it does not offer much. I will say though this book holds its own in the trilogy because without a strong start this series would fall apart. ------------------------------------------------ The thing you need to understand before I write this review is that when it comes to making me read a book, I'm easy. You literally just have to say "this is good" or "I liked this" and I'll probably be interested. It's why I'm an obsessive book buyer, I buy anything I've heard of. So backtrack to February. My friend Miranda tells me that there's a series all over tumblr that everyone is obsessed with. She says it's amazing. So naturally I'm sold. But I don't read Ebooks so I wait 2 months for them to get published and another month for it to get to me. And what did I know about these books? Zilch. I couldn't have told you a single thing about them. I assumed lacrosse based on the cover of book 3, but otherwise nothing. What I ended up finding was fantastic. This is an extremely amazing character driven world. I LOVED the characters. And by love I mean I love how Sakavic wrote them. I actually despised 99% of them, but she wrote them so well, so realistic, that it's so good. This isn't a plot driven story. Yes there's a plot and it's intriguing and fast paced, but it's also not about the plot. It's about the characters and their relationships. Which brings me to the best part of the book. THERES NO ROMANCE!!!! None. Not even a little bit of an inkling. There are 2 minor relationships that aren't even mentioned basically. It's fantastic. The drama in this book is "real!" And the quotations are because like this is not a realistic story. But still. It's kind of funny to me that 85 people on Goodreads have shelved this book m/m romance since there's none at all. I wanted to rate this 4.5 stars but I bumped it to 5 stars because of the shocking ending. The way Sakavic delivered it had me gasping. The character's mannerisms made it such a well done and shocking moment. Definite must read series. And if you're still not sold: book 1 is free on Amazon/kindle etc and book 2 and 3 are 1$. This entire series can cost you only 2$ if you get the Ebooks. So worth it. Around The Year in 52 Books Challenge #52 - A book published in 2016 (Since I bought the physical copies I'm using their publishing date)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ais

    Okay. Let me just say. This book is awesome. I pretty much fell in love with it from the beginning and I was happy to see that my affection for it didn't waver at all throughout. Anyone who knows me probably knows I really love dark and twisted things. I really love to get to know what makes a character tick, and why do they react as they do, and along those lines I love seeing said reactions and getting the reason for it later rather than being told from the start what everything means. I love Okay. Let me just say. This book is awesome. I pretty much fell in love with it from the beginning and I was happy to see that my affection for it didn't waver at all throughout. Anyone who knows me probably knows I really love dark and twisted things. I really love to get to know what makes a character tick, and why do they react as they do, and along those lines I love seeing said reactions and getting the reason for it later rather than being told from the start what everything means. I love figuring things out along the way. I love lots of things, but mostly I love things that don't bore or frustrate me. I went into this expecting I wouldn't be that into it because truefax, I don't like sports. I figured whether it was a made up sport or not would not affect my ability to focus on a book about something I don't like. Boy, was I wrong. Although Exy is a lot of the reasons for why people meet and interact, and there are scenes involving Exy games, the story is not about Exy. It's about all these characters who are varying levels of fucked up, and it's about figuring out why a little bit but mostly they're so awesome together I would have been content even without knowing why. And that's a feat because my sense of curiosity is as intense as a dead cat's. One of the things I think is coolest about this book/series is that she doesn't rely on the usual handicaps for moving things along. Silly misunderstandings aren't the main source of drama in this because even without misunderstandings there's plenty going on that keeps everyone in varying levels of truth and lie and obscurity. The things that happen all make sense. They don't feel contrived. They may feel like, "Whoa holy shit, what's up with that?" and "Why did s/he ___?" but it's because we don't yet know the reason for it, and when we do get the reason, even then it's bit by bit. I'm not doing a good job of explaining why this delighted me so much, but it did. It was more like a true mystery without the overtures of going into it blustering about making it a True Mystery. Sometimes I can feel the weight of an author pressing on the plot or characters to make this or that happen, but I didn't feel like that at all in this. I felt like things were unraveling as they went, and we got just enough information at a time to understand the basic context of why Neil thought this or did that, but even then we never got the whole story at once. Like Neil is so guarded he keeps secrets from, and lies to, even the reader. Freaking awesome, I tell you. I don't want to give spoilers so I won't go into specifics on anything, but if you couldn't tell, I heart this book. And I heart this author for writing it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    |3.5 stars| This was such an interesting book! I’m excited to read more about the foxes. {Review to come}

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword

    1 “DISAPPOINTMENT” Stars ”It’s not the world that’s cruel,” Neil said. “It’s the people in it.” Buddy reading this with my personal Monty The expectation is a horrible thing, I realized while reading this book. The funny thing is that I wasn’t expecting awesome things because many people hate it. I was just expecting sport, m/m romance, and somehow a bit of darkness involved. Did I get what I asked? NO. Therefore I look like this everytime I talk or think about it: It’s funny for me to think back 1 “DISAPPOINTMENT” Stars ”It’s not the world that’s cruel,” Neil said. “It’s the people in it.” Buddy reading this with my personal Monty😍 The expectation is a horrible thing, I realized while reading this book. The funny thing is that I wasn’t expecting awesome things because many people hate it. I was just expecting sport, m/m romance, and somehow a bit of darkness involved. Did I get what I asked? NO. Therefore I look like this everytime I talk or think about it: It’s funny for me to think back at my reactions pre-reading the foxhole court. I would see people giving it 2 stars, or bad reviews on youtube and I would get mad. I would be annoyed by it, even though I hadn't even read it, I don’t why I did this, to be honest, brainwashed?. Ironically now I am here as one of those people I use to get annoyed by to say I HATE THIS BOOK AND GAVE IT 1 STAR. Karma is a bitch you all I feel so guilty every time I say this because I had a classmate in hs named Karma. MANY OF MY FRIENDS LOVE THIS AND I AM SORRY I AM HATING YOUR FAV BOOK, but I cannot lie to myself. I hope you can comprehend as I try to grasp your love for it and don't hate me for this. A resume of my progressive reaction while reading this: 1.confused 2.CONFUSED 3.Re-reading each paragraph 3 times because I couldn’t get it. and here i was thinking i was an idiot because there wasn’t big as words but I still couldn’t get the whole thing. I wasn’t alone in this one thankfully. 4.Waiting for the gayness…. spoiler. I never received it. 5.Rapey jokes…. KILL ME. 6.Confused 7.WTF WTF WTF (view spoiler)[ Yakuza was involved and I am still here like, wtf I got into. Forget the sports romance team union thing I was waiting for. (hide spoiler)] 8.Annoyed 9.HATE EVERYONE 10.CAN’T CONNECT WITH ANYBODY. 11. 1.000 years after still waiting for the gayness. 12.RAGE. 13.WTF WTF….Chapter 7. I JUST NEED TO ERASE MY MEMORY. 14.Annoyed at Neil 15.I may already be 100 years old but I am still waiting for the gayness. 16. Oh, a bit of hope, enjoying this a bit. WAIT for NO. STILL NO. 17.Annoyed at Neil 18.Andrew can choke and die and I will be happy 19. A HUGE WAVE OF RAGE THEN AGAIN. 20.Let’s finish this abruptly. FUCK ME. I AM STILL FUCKING WAITING FOR THE GAYNESS. Not surprisingly my first thought after reading it was: WHY THE FUCK IS THIS LABELED AS M/M romance? This is false advertisement you all and I am annoyed. I don’t care in the next books appears a gay ship, but all I care now is this book, in which there WASN’T A GAY SHIP. So I am so so so so mad. The writing: IT CONFUSED ME. And it was so simple which is freaking ironic, I honestly didn’t got many things, and I couldn’t connect with the characters at all. Plot: I don’t even know what is the plot. Is a mix of multiple things, which I am honestly still trying to grasp. Characters: I kinda liked Neil until he became a fucking idiot because I was so annoyed by the constant talk of I need to run and leave, did he ever? no. The only character I was okay with was Renee and Matt. I fucking hate Andrew and Nicky with my soul. Gayness: THERE WASN’T unless you count rapy jokes and forced kissed for which I will rather pass. Now my people here kept telling me this was a character driven story and all that jazz, but I couldn’t connect with the characters at all, especially because I was 100% confused by the way the acted which was pretty fucking psychotic. I am still so confused about what happened in the story, I AM STILL IN WTF STATE. Now here it comes a spoiler rant because why not I am on a roll: (view spoiler)[ MAFIA REALLY? Like wtf. Maybe it could be cool for some people and dark but for me just felt over the top. Andrew drug problem never was fully explained, and even when Neil got the information that it was because of some fight and couldn't get it still. Also how a fucking teen psychotic boy is stronger than the yakuza and a possible serial killer? It really goes over my level of imagination. Also the fucking Andrew parties??????!!!! LIKE WHY. Why did the book need to add a forced drug scene and pass it as something normal, when I for once it had gone through that would be dying from a breakdown because NOOOOOOO. Nightmare okay. Nicky can fucking die without an apology accepted because he was awful. I don’t know what else can I say because I feel like I read the other things in drowning mode, so slow yet so fast and couldn't care less. (hide spoiler)] When I get to a masochist mood I will maybe pick up the rest of the series, to see if my friends are right and this gets better. NO PROMISES THOUGH, this reading experience made me feel rage levels like never before. This book sucked my soul and threw it in a toilet. I felt void and couldn't pick up any book next. I hope after I wrote this review my feeling leave and can continue my reading journey. Pre-review thoughts: I think this is a polarizing book, you either hate it or love it, and most of my GR friends LOVEEE IT. So let's see where I fall into. EXCITED, give me all the gayness. There was no gayness, apart from rapey jokes, kill me, please. Oh And forced kisses, to which IUGH I AM LITERALLY SO DISAPPOINTED I WANNA PUNCH SOMETHING. Maybe you will get my review tomorrow, maybe. I feel this book has placed me in a reading slump. I feel like I will never pick up a good book in my life, I don't why but that's how I am feeling right now.

  26. 5 out of 5

    sandeep

    4/5 Stars Starting this book I had very high expectations based on all the hype around this series and I was definitely not disappointed. The characters are very interesting to read about, they are complex and complicated which makes you want to continue reading. I'm not the biggest fan of sport which made it difficult to enjoy the Exy scenes but after a while, I started really getting into them. This book didn't have much romance which I enjoyed even though I prefer my books to have romance. A 4/5 Stars Starting this book I had very high expectations based on all the hype around this series and I was definitely not disappointed. The characters are very interesting to read about, they are complex and complicated which makes you want to continue reading. I'm not the biggest fan of sport which made it difficult to enjoy the Exy scenes but after a while, I started really getting into them. This book didn't have much romance which I enjoyed even though I prefer my books to have romance. A book with humour, sass, crime, mystery, action and a loveable protagonist. What's there not to like?

  27. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    "Welcome home, Neil." I'll start by saying I absolutely fell in love with this book and this series and finished all of them in 3 days. This series is about a fictional sport, relationships, and INTRIGUE. Honestly I'm horrible at plot descriptions but I think this book works better if you go into it knowing as little as possible. Because non-sports fans will still probably love this even though that's a component of it. The most special thing about this book for me was the complicated "Welcome home, Neil." I'll start by saying I absolutely fell in love with this book and this series and finished all of them in 3 days. This series is about a fictional sport, relationships, and INTRIGUE. Honestly I'm horrible at plot descriptions but I think this book works better if you go into it knowing as little as possible. Because non-sports fans will still probably love this even though that's a component of it. The most special thing about this book for me was the complicated characterization. If you've read any of my reviews you know that characterization is the #1 thing that can make or break a book for me (world building can choke idc). And this book truly stands apart from anything else I've read. None of the characters introduced are flat and that SHOCKED me since there was so damn many of them (blame the sports aspect I guess). I also appreciated that characters with trauma actually exhibited those signs and didn't automatically become chipper and cured when someone was nice to them? There was nothing about this book that I didn't love. However, I will say that the writing style might bother others. The language is NOT at all flowery, and I've heard some describe it as "telling not showing." I personally think that the writing worked really well given the subject matter and the main character and it didn't distract from the story itself. But that being said having read reviews before reading this I was able to see how some could be bothered.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✧ k a t i e ✧

    "Don't look back, don't slow down, and don't trust anyone. Be anyone but himself, and never be anyone for too long." I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book. All I knew that there were people who said it was really good. And the only reason why I actually read the book instead of it sitting in my TBR for months was that I got the whole series ridiculously cheap on Amazon. But I do not regret that decision to scrape up a couple bucks for it. I'm not one to normally read "Don't look back, don't slow down, and don't trust anyone. Be anyone but himself, and never be anyone for too long." I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book. All I knew that there were people who said it was really good. And the only reason why I actually read the book instead of it sitting in my TBR for months was that I got the whole series ridiculously cheap on Amazon. But I do not regret that decision to scrape up a couple bucks for it. I'm not one to normally read character-driven plots. But these characters were so well written that I didn't care that it was character-driven. I wanted to know more about each character, their backstory, where they came from, why they are the way they are. That was one of the (small) issues I had with it. I wanted more of Renee, Dan, and Matt. I am not a sports person. I am the last person to come to with anything sporty. Which was major reason I was nervous to start this book because I knew it dealt with sports. The only sport I can tolerate is lacrosse (thank you Teen Wolf). My mild interest in lacrosse made me not hate Exy. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a super unique sport that, once again, I wanted more. My only problems with this book in a way aren't really problems. I was left wanting more, which I think the first book in a series should do. It should make you really interested to pick up the next one. It should leave you wanting more and to satisfy that desire for more. There is nothing better, in my opinion, than finishing a book and instantly picking up the next one in the series because you have to know what happens next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jiana

    DNF @ 48% I tried, ok. I tried. I TRIED SO HARD FOR THREE DAYS. But I just can't bring myself to push through this book anymore. It's literally one of the most boring things I've ever read. I don't know where it's headed. I don't care one bit about any of the characters. I skimmed through most of the chapters and I'm 100% positive nothing of importance was happening anyway. I was so excited for this, alright? BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE ONE BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. It was info-dumpy, too much irrelevant DNF @ 48% I tried, ok. I tried. I TRIED SO HARD FOR THREE DAYS. But I just can't bring myself to push through this book anymore. It's literally one of the most boring things I've ever read. I don't know where it's headed. I don't care one bit about any of the characters. I skimmed through most of the chapters and I'm 100% positive nothing of importance was happening anyway. I was so excited for this, alright? BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE ONE BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. It was info-dumpy, too much irrelevant talk and again, legit nothing was happening. I've heard that this series is great and that the first book isn't that great and that I'd have to push through it, but one can only push through so much. I'm done. So. DONE. My friends here adore this series and promised me it gets better with book two. I do believe them, but I just can't tolerate this book anymore. IT WAS JUST SO DULL. UGH. SKJDHJSDHJ. I can hear my friends' hearts breaking over this because they adore this series. But oh well. This book is definitely not for me. I MIGHT end up asking my friends to spoil this book for me so I can read the sequel, but I don't know. * * * Buddy reading with my loves: Em, Sil, Maymay and Prag

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    [EDIT : I don't have the spoons to review it right now, but I detailed a bit more in my Friday Nope! post on my blog.] TW - drug use, ableism E V E R Y W H E R E, abuse, suicide jokes, rape jokes, gay slur, ableist slurs, suicide of a MC, intense bullying (and I'm probably forgetting some - I'll look through my notes ASAP) Alright - I've seen the major complains about this book, and they're usually about the astounding amount of suspension of disbelief we need to get through it. And yes. I agree. [EDIT : I don't have the spoons to review it right now, but I detailed a bit more in my Friday Nope! post on my blog.] TW - drug use, ableism E V E R Y W H E R E, abuse, suicide jokes, rape jokes, gay slur, ableist slurs, suicide of a MC, intense bullying (and I'm probably forgetting some - I'll look through my notes ASAP) Alright - I've seen the major complains about this book, and they're usually about the astounding amount of suspension of disbelief we need to get through it. And yes. I agree. This novel does not make sense. Exy, the sport the author made up from scratch, does not make sense. Nothing makes sense. YET. I thought, oh, fuck it, I'll tell myself it's fantasy and go with it. I should have been okay then, right? NOPE. I am sorry but I honestly cannot believe that so few reviews warned about the tremendous amount of ABLEISM The Foxhole Court deploys. We get pages and pages of ableist slurs, rape jokes, suicide jokes, gay slur, horrible rep about medication (what the hell is that???) and I would never recommend it to anyone because of it. I don't even need to point to the general nonsense and the straight on ABUSE Neil, the MC, gets through from his teammates (it's horrible. okay?) - the ableism should speak for itself. Just, no. Love your favorites, I will NEVER judge you for it, but please, warn readers. The Foxhole Court is such a trashfire, I don't even know where to start. RTC.

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