“Oh, Neil, unpredictable as he is unreal.”
Title: The Foxhole Court
Author: Nora Sakavic
Why you should read this book: Because this is a dark and twisted book and even in its darkness it’s going to make this story incredible.
Summary from Goodreads:
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
“Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit.”
I can’t believe what I’ve just read. This was an incredible book, complicated characters, dark pasts, drugs and a really weird sport I don’t understand and maybe never will.
I can’t tell you the main character’s name because I don’t know it. He goes by Neil Josten but that’s not his real name. He is running away from really bad people and he reinvents himself often. Now he has brown hair, brown contact lenses and a brand new name. We get to know a little bit about what happened to him and why he is running away and is afraid someone is coming for him to kill him.
Kevin, someone he knows from his past, reappears to offer him a place in an exy team at a university. Exy is a weird sport, I don’t get it, Neil seems to be obsessed with it. He doesn’t want to accept Kevin’s proposal because he is afraid he might recognize him and it will put his life in danger, revealing his true identity. He accepts, he wants to play, he wants a little security and wants to see what he can do.
His teammates are a bunch of weird and complex human beings. We have the twins, Andrew and Aaron, their cousin Nicky, then we have Neil’s new roommates Matt and Seth, Matt’s girlfriend Dan and her roommate Renee and of course Kevin.
Andrew is a very important character, he is crazy, he was in jail, he is legally obliged to take medicines to calm him down and has a weird obsession with Kevin. We learn how deep their connection is and why throughout the book and I think he is hiding something, I can’t wait to find out what. He is unpredictable and, don’t ask me why, but I find his crazy grinning face fascinating. I have problems.
Kevin is a mystery. Can I trust what Andrew said about Neil or is it only his interpretation about what Kevin wants to do with him? The coach explained Kevin’s situation, very dangerous and a little over the top, and things got serious. It wasn’t only Neil with a dark past but also Kevin, and what a messed up past. They are both pretty unlucky. I would love to see them interact more, talk a little bit but I don’t think Neil wants him to recognize his true self so it’s off the table, at least for now.
By the end of the book so many TERRIBLE things happened. One that could’ve been totally unexpected if it wasn’t for a spoiler read by mistake only a few hours ago. I can’t believe he did that!! These people are scary and I can’t see a way to win against them. I am so afraid of what might happen next!
“Hope was a dangerous, disquieting thing, but he thought perhaps he liked it.”
Do I recommend it? Of course, I think that if you give this trilogy a shot you won’t regret it.