Schooled in Revenge by Jesse Lasky

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Publisher: Hyperion
Genre:Adult/ TV Spinoff

Review by Phil

Synopsis ( Winters is young, beautiful, and the heiress to Napa's prized Starling Vineyards. She is also in love with the perfect guy at least that's what she thinks until he helps take everything that was once hers. With no place left to turn, Ava finds herself on Rebun Island, Japan, the site of Takeda's revenge school, where she trains to be mentally and physically strong enough to take revenge. On the island, Ava meets Emily Thorne, who has recently returned to training with Takeda. Emily shares her wisdom with Ava about revenge and the importance of looking for justice in a world where enemies thrive.
Four others are on the island preparing for their own personal vengeance—a handsome but guarded man, a feisty young woman and the guy who will do anything to protect her, and a girl who has no memory or idea of who she is or why she's on Rebun. Conflicts arise, bonds are formed, and romance even blooms. The trainees learn that their missions are intertwined. All roads lead back to Ava's home in Napa and Starling Vineyards' annual gala, and if the group attends, each will gain the chance to exact revenge. But to get there on time, they must leave Japan and Takeda before their training is complete. Are they ready? Will they succeed? Will they even survive?

My Thoughts (Spoiler Free)

Before even starting this review I should point out that it is very loosely based off of the TV show Revenge on abc, some characters are from the TV show, and while the book doesn't give away any spoilers, I think it would help a lot if you finished the first season of the show before reading this.

I started watching Revenge about a month ago and got really into it, so the second I saw that there was a spinoff book I knew I had to read it. Unlike the TV show though, this book doesn't live up to the standards that most people expect from it.

Revenge is about a girl named Emily Thorne who seeks revenge on the people who ruined her fathers life which caused his untimely death. Schooled in Revenge, is basically the same premise as Revenge, except with a girl named Ava who lives in Napa Valley rather than the Hamptons, and her grandmother dies instead of her father. (Her father might be dead too though, I don't really know).

The writing as a whole was entertaining enough, but the storyline was just lack-luster. Honestly it was just boring. I feel like throughout the whole book nothing really happened, and when something did happen, the reasoning was just silly. Also, as a side note, I wish I could count how many times a chapter ended with the word "revenge", it was repetitive and really annoying.

This book gets a bored 2/5 stars, and I will most likely not be picking up the sequel.


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