Top of the Feud Chain by Lisi Harrison
Came out: May 17, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Source: Kindle Store
Age Group: Young Adult
Alpha Academy: Where betas get booted.Eccentric billionaire Shira Brazille founded the super-exclusive Alpha Academy on exotic Alpha Island to nurture the next generation of exceptional dancers, writes, musicians, and inventors. It' s a dream come true for one hundred lucky girls, but those not measuring up can be sent home at any time, for any reason. The one left standing will win worldwide fame. Who will it be?Skye HamiltonIs stepping up her game as Shira sheds Alpha Academy girls faster than skin from a will-pumiced foot. There's just one thing standing in her way: island bad boy Taz Brazille. Can Skye keep a dancer's poise, or will Taz throw her off the music once and for all?Allie A. AbbottFinally knows who she really is, and nothing is going to bring her down. Not even AJ, who just can't let go of the past. But she can Bring. It. On. Allie's come too far to be sent home without a fight.Charlie DeeryAfter bouncing like a dashboard hula doll between Allie and Darwin, Charlie finally has her BFF and Brazille beau by her side. But as the competition on Alpha Island reaches its boiling point, will her drive to win make her lose what matters most?If at first you don't succeed, you're not an alpha.
I am going to start out by saying that Lisi Harrison cannot write endings. Y'all know that I hate to write negative reviews, but this book was the worst of the series and that's saying something. First of all, the ending seriously sucked. No spoilers, but I noticed that Lisi Harrison likes making circular plots where nothing really happens except for the same thing with different people. That didn't happen in Alphas because there were only three books but you know how every writing teacher says not to end with "oh and then I woke up and it was all a dream" or something cheesy like that? That is what Lisi did (not the dream part, but the terrible ending part).Also, the description of the book didn't even happen! There wasn't any Taz-heartbreak or Charlie's competitive nature or Allie trying to fight. Nothing like that even happened until the end. And seriously? It was so unrealistic. The desert, the quick elimination of everybody, etc,.And it would be extremely unlikely that that elaborate scheme of Shira's could actually happen. Not only that, but it's impossible that it wouldn't have violated the girls' contracts! I wasn't a fan of this Alphas novel. It wasn't one of my favorites because of the ending.Also, I found myself hating the characters. They aren't best friends if they're always jumping at one another's throats! They're rude, manipulative, and obsessed with guys and popularity. It's like the Clique all over again and there is hardly any mention of the talented girls staying. There's not even any mention of talent, except for the first book. I liked it when they did scenes in the studio, the theatre, the writing classroom. But no, in this book, it's all about the backstabbing.Although, if you're looking for a quick, dramatic read, I suggest reading the first and second Alphas books and skipping the third.Recommended for anybody who loves: The Clique; Alphas; Perfect Shot; dramatic books; Going Solo; competition books, etc,.Why do you think AJ sabotaged the girls if she was in the PAP too?Possible book club questions:Do you think Mayday was out to get revenge for their roommate going home in the Paddle Battle?Triple has her own show and none of the girls harbor hard feelings. Why do you think that happened?What was your opinion about the ending?