5 Things To Know about Black Diamond

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Black Diamond by Ali Dean is a young adult novel filled with competition, cute boys, as well as mystery and intrigue.  Not only that but it takes place at a boarding school for winter athletes (think skiing, skating, snowboarding).  How cool!

1.  I will say right off the back that I do not like Ryker Black.  I know that it was kind of the point of the story, but I found his behaviors manipulative, rude, and ultimately mentally abusive.  Run, Roxie.  Run as fast as you can.  I do not condone his behaviors and therefore I cannot ship their "romance".

2.  That being said, I did find Black Diamond pretty enjoyable.  I love stories about boarding schools (Harry Potter and The Gallagher Girls are prime examples) so I really enjoyed reading about a special school for winter athletes.  I thought the skiing scenes were well written and taught me a little more about the sport.

3.  I love the friends that Roxie makes at her new school.  Monica, Ingrid, Misha, and Liam all made me smile.  They were fun side characters to read about.  Some of the awkward things Ingrid said made me laugh.

4.  Roxie was a lovely protagonist.  She's surprisingly self aware and just generally comes off as a good person.  She's tested a lot in this story by Ryker and The Posse (um, yeah.  Kind of a silly name) but she handles her bullies like a bad ass and show's them that she is fierce and won't give up.  I also enjoyed how she seemed to actually care about her other students.

5.  I know there are more books in the series.  I love this world that Ali Dean has created so I'm very tempted to pick up the next books.  But I also find Ryker to be kinda awful.  Sure, he was nice to Roxie in the end of this book but that doesn't make up for how he treated her for most of the school year.

P.S.  Guys like that don't deserve nice girls. *shaking my head*

P.P.S.  If you like fiction about sports and athletes, make sure to also check out Ali Dean's Pepper Jones series!  I've only read the first book so far but I'm excited to start the second one soon. :)

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Pepper Jones Novels

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  1. Nothing like a High School story to make you feel old! haha Well, I am not entirley sure this was for that age range but either way! I felt old reading the Harry Potter books to be fair. I am going to check this one out. I am not big into sports but I do love stories centered around schools, much like yourself.

    1. It's been a while since I read HP to be honest. Maybe it's time for a re-read as an adult! haha