Blog Tour- The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Posted May 26, 2021 by stuckint in Blog Tours / 2 Comments

Hello everyone! I am thrilled for my tour on the tour for The Ivies by Alexa Donne hosted through Turn the Page Tours.

You can find the whole tour schedule here.

About the Book

The Ivies by Alexa Donne
Published by Crown on May 25, 2021
Pages: 320

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.
Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

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About the Author

Alexa Donne is the author of Brightly Burning and The Stars We Steal, YA sci-fi romance retellings of classics set in space out now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her next YA, THE IVIES, a thriller set in the world of competitive college admissions, will be out in May 2021 from Crown/Random House. A graduate of Boston University, she works in TV marketing and has done pro bono college admissions mentoring since 2014. A true INFJ, in her “free” time she mentors with WriteGirl, runs the Author Mentor Match program, and manages one of the most popular writing advice channels on YouTube. She lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. You can find her in most places @alexadonne.

My Thoughts

This ya thriller is a compulsively readable story about five girls who have one goal, get into the Ivy League schools and make all their dreams come true. That is of course, untill admissions go sideways and one of them ends up dead.

Our intrepid narrator is Olivia, a member of The Ivies whose middle class upbringing and scholarship student status make her the outsider of the insular group. When both Olivia and one of the other Ivies Emma get admitted to Harvard on Early Decision, Emma ends up dead and the other Ivies are at the top of the suspect list.

Olivia, wondering if Emma might have been murdered because of her admission to Harvard, takes matters into her own hands to try and uncover the truth.

The book has a very claustrophobic setting, surrounded by prep school elitism, cutthroat competitiveness, and plenty of academic and personal sabotage. Reading about it all made me nostalgic for grad school admissions and my decision to avoid certain universities because of how competitive students in certain programs were.

Ultimately, The Ivies was 5? of murdery fun, with plenty of twist and turns. While I guessed the big reveal of the novel, I still really enjoyed this one and recommend for anyone who loves books like One Of Us Is Lying and Pretty Little Liars.


Up for grabs is ONE (1) finished copy of The Ivies by Alexa Donne. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will run from May 23rd to May 30th at 12 AM CST. To enter, click the link below!


What About You?

Have you read The Ivies? What did you think of it? What did you think of my review? Let me know in the comments!

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