The Rivals (The Mockingbirds #2)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 6, 2012
Challenges: Sophomore Challenge, Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 5 stars
When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn’t do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that’s been given to her, she’s now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.
It isn’t rape. It isn’t bullying. It isn’t hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don’t add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.
As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.
Daisy Whitney did something magical with The Rivals – she managed to craft a sequel I loved even more than The Mockingbirds, which was one of my favorite books of 2010. Riveting and intense, The Rivals is everything I was looking for in a sequel.
It had been awhile since I read The Mockingbirds, but within the first three pages of the book Daisy Whitney made me fall back in love with the world she has created with The Rivals. It was at this point, I was completely hooked and the only point in which I put it down was to go eat dinner. It was a book worthy of being carried with me as I walked around, rode the T, and anywhere else I needed to go.
I loved that the plot was hard to guess – it was a bit of a mystery trying to figure out who was behind what. The Rivals is a whole new ball game after what happened in The Mockingbirds, and I really wasn’t expecting any of it. I love the scenes between Martin and Alex – they are so adorable together.
The cast of characters I grew to love in The Mockingbirds was only expanded in The Rivals. Not only do you get to know the characters from The Mockingbirds better, but a few new characters who are pretty fabulous are introduced.
The Rivals by Daisy Whitney is a book to add to your must read pile. I am a complete and utter idiot for waiting 2 months after its release to read it, as it was just so incredible. Daisy Whitney is such a talented author, and I cannot wait to read the next character’s story she chooses to share with us.