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Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live. Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to w Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live. Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn't mean anything, maybe Neil won't regret losing it, but the one person Neil can't lie to is himself. He's got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko's not the only monster in Neil's life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil's one shot at getting out of this alive.


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Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live. Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to w Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live. Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn't mean anything, maybe Neil won't regret losing it, but the one person Neil can't lie to is himself. He's got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko's not the only monster in Neil's life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil's one shot at getting out of this alive.

30 review for The King's Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Read 2 | February 2019 i can't b re a t h e. Honestly this series has just caught my heart and hustled its way in to take a firm place on my favourites of all time list. Yes it's messy and imperfect. But it's flawed in such a raw way and the characters are just loveable wretches...I can't evenvennnn. I love Neil. I love his attitude, his vicious need to cling to love, and the way he and Andrew find some peace within each other, something to fight for when the world has only ever left them bl Read 2 | February 2019 i can't b re a t h e. Honestly this series has just caught my heart and hustled its way in to take a firm place on my favourites of all time list. Yes it's messy and imperfect. But it's flawed in such a raw way and the characters are just loveable wretches...I can't evenvennnn. I love Neil. I love his attitude, his vicious need to cling to love, and the way he and Andrew find some peace within each other, something to fight for when the world has only ever left them bloody. UGH I LOVE IT. ((i miss it badly already...is a yearly reread needed now? i think yes)) *:·゚✧*:·゚✧ Read 1 | February 2018 Well hi I caN'T BREATHE JUST GIVE ME A MOMENT. I think my heart might explode but IT'S FINE, EVERYTHING IS FINE. (Just kidding it's not fine ajdfkasld it's bloody brilliant.) Look, I like this series. I adore it. It's full of messy broken characters who find people to hold onto and that's just the kind of story that I love every. single. time. (I mean, it's even about sport?!? And I'm as sporty as an upsidedown turtle, BUT YET. Here I am.) ** Also full warning but I'm going to name the ship, and it's not really a spoiler, but it might be because it's SO SLOW BURN that it takes 3 books to really happen. So if you don't want to know who Neil ends up with...I warned ya mate. There's way too much to freaking say, so here's a list of things I loved: • EVERY FRIKKIN THING • haha okay shh I'll be more specific • so the character development (particularly of Andrew and Neil and Kevin) was so intoxicatingly amazing and I'm a fan • I love how it features mental illness and actually tackles it head on and doesn't romanticise it • It's FUNNY. I laughed out loud so many times • and i squeaked...yeah I don't know who I am now either • it's super long but somehow i wanted every page and more • it gets very dark, like darker than the 2nd book and that's saying something, so get ready to lose your mind • also this author does NOT HOLD BACK so people are going to get hurt • I HURT • I HURT A LOT • Coach Wymack is the ultimate mother and I love him • the team having a sleep over with Neil in the middle to keep him safe probably broke my heart • I even couldn't look away from the game section?!? • tHE ENDING WAS SO TENSE • and the ship omg Andrew and Neil are a gift to this world and nearly made me cry • (also can I say that I'm so so impressed at how much consent was pointed at in this book??? obviously Andrew's PTSD makes it a big deal for him, but the fact that this, basically an NA book full of aggressive mouthy athletes, stopped everything and every. time. waited for consent...it just made me really proud. I wish ALL books would do this. Always) • also every Fox character was precious • and like this is a FAMILY and i love them • also Neil gets so freaking hurt and just -- afjdskladfd • this book • I'm actually devastated it's over that is the only thing • wait till I fall into the fanart on pinterest, you'll never see me again I think it's worth mentioning that this isn't the kind of book where you condone all the characters' actions. They do hella problematic things. Andrew still needs to chill the heck out and some things he does are NOT ok. But, like I said in my review of bk 2: I think these characters are messy and sometimes awful and often times wrong, but I think the book showed them brokenly and realistically. Not necessarily as always good people. And the character development just makes me weep. I like. So much. Also the slowburn of the romance was perfect and painful and ahhh. My frikkin ship. I'm so glad I read this series! And I read it all in just a few weeks which is unreasonably weird for me, who loves procrastinating series. The characters were intoxicatingly addictive and the storyline was bloody and frightening and super dark and full of broken people who were no less fierce and loving for the sourness life dealt them. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF NOW. SCREAM PROBABLY. (I miss them already.) “There is no ‘this’. This is nothing.” “And I am nothing,” Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, “And as you’ve always said, you want nothing.” Andrew stared stone-faced back at him.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    “Fight because you don't know how to die quietly. Win because you don't know how to lose. This king's ruled long enough—it's time to tear his castle down.” The King's Men is one of the best books I've read in 2016, and maybe the best conclusion to a series ever - apart from Harry Potter. Nothing beats Harry Potter. Honestly, though, there are so many amazing series out there. However, only a few of them have an ending that's as amazing, or even more so, as the other books in a series. Loose/>The “Fight because you don't know how to die quietly. Win because you don't know how to lose. This king's ruled long enough—it's time to tear his castle down.” The King's Men is one of the best books I've read in 2016, and maybe the best conclusion to a series ever - apart from Harry Potter. Nothing beats Harry Potter. Honestly, though, there are so many amazing series out there. However, only a few of them have an ending that's as amazing, or even more so, as the other books in a series. Loose ends and too open or unrealistic endings happen often. Some examples are Angelfall, Starcrossed and even The Raven Cycle. Their last books just couldn't live up to their prequels. Luckily Nora Sakavic succeded to outshine the first and second book with this conclusion. The King's Men had everything and more: stunning characters and character development, thrill, suspense and excitement through a plot that exceeded expectations, and most of all a worthy and satisfying ending for everyone. People got what they deserved, and I got the conclusion I wanted. Even though I endured some stabs in my very weak heart and shed a tear or three. This series got better with every book. It played with my patience and my hunger for more. I read the whole series in only a week. This is one of the best examples for character depth as well as female empowerment and equality. I cannot wait to read more from Nora Sakavic, though it might be hard to write something that can live up to All for the Game. Find more of my books on Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    SO PROUD. SO PROUD OF MY PRECIOUS SONS. GO NEIL! GO KEVIN! GO ANDREW! GO FOXES! Ahhh, with Kevin I feel like singing Ham's part in Dear Theodosia: "Look at my son! Pride is not the word I'm looking for!" (also with Neil tbh, words can't describe how proud I am of him). I feel like a proud mom, is that weird? And I know I've said "proud" x1000 times in this short review, but I can't help it, THAT'S HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY FOXES. It is rare when an author makes me care so much ab SO PROUD. SO PROUD OF MY PRECIOUS SONS. GO NEIL! GO KEVIN! GO ANDREW! GO FOXES! Ahhh, with Kevin I feel like singing Ham's part in Dear Theodosia: "Look at my son! Pride is not the word I'm looking for!" (also with Neil tbh, words can't describe how proud I am of him). I feel like a proud mom, is that weird? And I know I've said "proud" x1000 times in this short review, but I can't help it, THAT'S HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY FOXES. It is rare when an author makes me care so much about a whole bunch of fictional characters. I normally just love the main characters and the ocasional side character, but Nora Sakavic made me really CARE about the whole team and the coach of the team. At this point, if Exy was a real thing, I'd be a fan. I need Exy teams in my life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    whAT A GOOD DAY TO THINK ABOUT ANDREIL AND HOW THEY ARE THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN EVER IN LITERARY HISTORY ANOTHER EDIT: You know how I'm always talking about how Andrew is my favourite character ever but I can never decently explain why I found this on tumblr and it puts words down okay Do you ever just hurt when you think about all the times Andrew must’ve taken beatings from his mother in Aaron’s stead? And how he almost killed a bunch of guys for being homophobic towards his cousin? How Andrew would literally stab aokayHISTORYANOTHER whAT A GOOD DAY TO THINK ABOUT ANDREIL AND HOW THEY ARE THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN EVER IN LITERARY HISTORY ANOTHER EDIT: You know how I'm always talking about how Andrew is my favourite character ever but I can never decently explain why I found this on tumblr and it puts words down okay Do you ever just hurt when you think about all the times Andrew must’ve taken beatings from his mother in Aaron’s stead? And how he almost killed a bunch of guys for being homophobic towards his cousin? How Andrew would literally stab anyone if he saw a mere scratch on Kevin, if Kevin gets a simple paper cut, if a single hair on Kevin’s head is ruffled, but would voluntarily split his own knuckles open without a second thought? It hurts when I think about Andrew’s hands around Kevin’s neck, how he almost blinded himself in pursuit of Neil after he was taken away. His disregard for the terrible, terrible act that had been committed against him, the violation of his own body; while he stared deeply into his brother’s eyes, afraid of the blood he wore that wasn’t even his own. Andrew’s fiercely protective streak could be seen to be just as human as it is perceived to be inhuman because that is how he shows his concern and the warped sense of love and family that he feels towards these people. Andrew Minyard was a victim of brutal abuse and instead of victimizing himself he was only ever so stronger for it. He looked at himself and saw something that was already far beyond saving but he would do anything to keep his inner circle from a similar fate, he would take a thousand beatings if it meant that this makeshift little family he’d found himself a part of didn’t get hurt. He literally never does anything without a reason and his crap sense of morality reflects the sort of awful environment he grew up in. He has killed to protect someone that he loves and I have no doubt that he would do it again. To him, the end justified the means. It’s not a healthy or acceptable way of thinking but for Andrew it was the only way. Yes, there’s no denying he’s messed up. No, he isn’t a good person, not in the basic sense, but he’s good where it counts. And that is just one of 2036372883 reasons why he will forever be a character so very dear to my heart Anyway ... it's not everything I would like to say about Andrew and how proud of him I am and how he makes me cry everyday but it's something --------------------- Better then that bright future was what he already had. A court that would always be his home, a family who'd never give up on him, and Andrew, who for once hadn't wasted their time denying that this thing between them might actually mean something to both of them. Now he couldn't help but smile, pull Andrew in. This was everything he wanted, everything he needed. And Neil was never letting go NOTES ON THE REREAD: - NEIL JOSTEN IS MY BABY !!! I love him so much. I mean y'all I have NEVER seen a character verbally drag someone on the same level Neil Josten drags like HE DRAGGED RIKO STRAIGHT TO HELL FIVE TIMES IN THIS BOOK EVEN WHEN HE WAS DYING ON THE FLOOR HE COULD CALL RIKO A PIECE OF SHIT. anyway I love him so much and he deserves all the happiness in the world - I finaLLY understand Andrew I mean I DID the first time by the end but I understand it so much more and everything makes so much sense and I will FIGHT anyone who shit talks Andrew Minyard because he has dealt with ENOUGH already w/o that and he's just I love him so much he's doing his best I'm so proud of him. But no shit Andrew is such a well written, complex character and I love that Nora Sakavic didn't sacrifice his character and wrote him honestly and he's just such a good, good character I love him - Kevin 'I've never been skiing' Day my son tbh he owns Exy so much and like he's just such a fucking dweeb when they go on holiday but he stays inside and reads history books #NERD. But anyway his whole drag and the way he OWNS the court literally daddy (ok when he comes in w/ the new tattoo and he goes out playing left handed MY FAV FIGHT THEM KEVIN FIGHT THEM) - Wymack is like the single least problematic person in the world he's such a good dad 2 them all and he's just such a great person how does he do it anyway tbh none of them deserve him but anyway - DAN AND MATT ARE SO CUTE !!!! FAVE HET SHIP !!!!! THEY ARE SO GOOD IM GONNA SCREAM - Allison: I aint getting sex. Nicky: Maybe if you ask Kevin very nicely "Kevin made a noise that was not human" omfg - tbh literally just Kevin's reaction to everything. constant sigh @ the team. constant irritation @ Neil. Trying to keep tiny irresponsible children in line whilst drinking vodka like its water HONESTLY Kevin is my third fav behind Neil and Andrew but tied with Dan I love him so much - Allison is such a queen and tbh be my irl friend - Aaron is a piece of shit he can go die tbh the bit when he's like "ur sleeping with Andrew bc he's 'easy pray'" kys Aaron TBH if you're one of those people who hasn't read this trilogy yet you probably should because these book fucked me up long time !!!!!! like wyd !!!!! it's so good everything about it from the plot to the characters (mostly the characters) but serious this trilogy is easily all time fave I even rate it above the raven cycle (shocking!) its just SOO GOOD. ORIGINAL REVIEW ------------------------------------------------ "All my love to you: to the person holding this book, who took a chance on Neil and the Foxes and Exy. Thankyou for believing in something crazy with me" I don't know why but I loved the authors note at the end. Maybe because I can't believe I managed to get so attached to this. I mean, a sport book?? That I'm now invested in for life ?? I can't believe I've fell in love with this much crazy I binged read these all in like, a week, and now I'm so sad to see it all go so soon ( why don't I read slower, dammit! ) Anyway, I guess I should talk about the actual book. ------- The King's Men picks up right where The Raven King left off. This is something I really like about these books - they don't have that annoying 3 chapter long reintroduction to the story at the beginning of each book that's basically filler chapters. It jumps straight back into the narrative and I love that so much. In the third and final book of the series, things between ( literally everyone ) are heating up. I felt like the pacing here was so good. There was never a dull moment I felt like so many things were packed into these 370 pages - without it being overwhelming. The pacing in every book is fantastic, but this one managed to pack in so much genuinely good plot points, character development and fun things like games and sniping conversations between the Foxes. I want to absolutely commend Sakavic for the movement of the plot here. All the necessary revelations and outcomes and things we wanted plot wise were finally given to us. It was so much plot and story moving, without ever dragging down the fun of the series which has always been the characters and the Exy. There is so much suspense, so many high tension scenes and so much grit. I love that these books are so dark and gritty and awful - but also fun and lights and hopeful. I love that these characters so through so many terrible, terrible ordeals and trials and tribulations but they still get up and keep going and we get to share both sides of that with them. Everything - the characters, the games, the overarching plots and the side plots blend so seamlessly I love it that so much is going on, without it ever being overwhelming. Everything we were waiting for happened, and it was glorious The series continued to be incredibly emotive to me. These are scenes and characters you really feel and who break your heart and make you cry and laugh and get angry. Ah, the characters. They are truly all assholes but I say that with the absolute height of fondness in my tone. There was so much character development here for Neil, Andrew, Allison, Dan but ESPECIALLY Kevin. I loved that so much. The characters are so central and driving in this story, if their plot points and development and dynamics weren't up to scratch you'd definitely notice. But in The Kings Men they shone and I'm so glad. Over 3 books I've come to know and care for all of them so much, and I'm really going to have a hard time letting them go. These books are just outstanding, exceptional. In the way they deal with trauma, in the way they show character development both great and small (yet touching, important, monuments in it's smallness ) The writing really has impact and I felt like I was totally immersed in the story. You know when you completely forget you're lying in your bed grasping a book because really you're right there with the characters, experiencing what they do, feeling as they do, as if you're standing right beside them?? That's me with these books. I'm going to miss these kids so much. I'm going to miss Dan fiercely objecting to anyone messing with her team. I'm going to miss Renee's quiet determination. I'm going to miss Allison's ridiculous splurge spending. I'm going to miss Matt's on-court fights. I'm going to miss Aaron's grouchiness and perpetual bad mood. I'm going to miss Nicky's loud mouth and endearing lact of tact. I'm going to miss Kevin's callous comments about no one being good enough and exasperated sighs everytime Andrew or Neil instigates a fight. I'm going to miss Wymack telling everyone to shut up. I'm going to miss Andrew's deadpan rebuffs and Neil's total inability to stop himself starting a fight. I'm going to miss Exy games and Kevin fangirling over UCR Trojans and Bee's cocoa and Sweetie's ice-cream and Roland's sly comments and the never ending bus rides. I seriously encourage everyone to read this or at least think about it. It's hard to explain what it is exactly but trust me this is the most heartbreaking sports team you'll ever come across and everyone needs to acquaint themselves with the Palmetto State Foxes. Never, not in a long time have I come to truly care so much for so many fictional characters. So long, my Foxes. I will miss you all! (Until the next inevitable reread anyway) (Thank god Nora Sakavic has a blog where she's published SO MUCH extra content I need more Foxes ASAP. ) my official foxhole court playlist bc I'm lame

  5. 5 out of 5

    may ➹

    May stop rereading the emotionally destructive books and acting surprised when it breaks your heart again challenge failed ------------------- update: I thought I was free from this obsession for at least a little while but yesterday I read a fanfic and now I’m destroyed again update: this series has given me a book hangover and I’m unable to read anything unless it’s related to this and I’m deeply disturbed by how far this obsession goes [inhales deeply] AAAAAAAAAAAAAA/>/> May stop rereading the emotionally destructive books and acting surprised when it breaks your heart again challenge failed ------------------- update: I thought I was free from this obsession for at least a little while but yesterday I read a fanfic and now I’m destroyed again update: this series has given me a book hangover and I’m unable to read anything unless it’s related to this and I’m deeply disturbed by how far this obsession goes [inhales deeply] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH it’s fine everything’s fine I’m fine I’m just ignoring the fact that this series is over and distracting myself by crying 4.5 stars?? I don’t know??? this whole series is so messy but I’m obsessed with it??????

  6. 5 out of 5

    amy ☂︎

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lila

    My mind is blown away. There is a special kind of rush you get when you are having final book in series in your hands. It gets even more special when that closure comes after 2 years of waiting. But this kind of emotional satisfaction I am feeling right now you get only when book is everything you hoped to be and a thousand things more. The King's Men was definitely worth the wait. Last sentence of The Raven King gave us pretty much a big hint where will the plot of this book go: Neil and his team will do anything to meet My mind is blown away. There is a special kind of rush you get when you are having final book in series in your hands. It gets even more special when that closure comes after 2 years of waiting. But this kind of emotional satisfaction I am feeling right now you get only when book is everything you hoped to be and a thousand things more. The King's Men was definitely worth the wait. Last sentence of The Raven King gave us pretty much a big hint where will the plot of this book go: Neil and his team will do anything to meet Ravens in championship finals. But we know that's not an easy task: Foxes are down to nine players and that's the the least number of players they can have in their team and be allowed to compete. Team unity is still uncertain, with cousins barely tolerating upperclassmen. Kevin is a very much product of his upbringing and he is scared of doing anything against his former club. Andrew and Aaron's relationship was messed up even before the events in Nicky's house for Thanksgiving that led to Andrew being committed; and Andrew is... well, Andrew. Nobody can predict what will Andrew do. Oh, and let's not forget yakuza family who think you are misbehaved property and mobster sadistic father with penchant for blades... Running is not an option anymore. **** Ok, it all comes to this. Everything we waited for, happened here, in this novel. Stakes were already high ever since Neil joined the Foxes, but they kept getting higher and higher and I have to say that in this novel suspense was off the chart. You know how in traditional stories hero can be in all kinds of danger, but you just know he'll come unaffected because he's the hero? Nora never gave us this security blanket. When our boys were in danger, those were nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat moments and at one point I was genuinely afraid for Neil. In that way, I would say that this story dipped more into suspense genre comparing to previous, but considering the players involved, I expected nothing less than for showdown to be epic. There is also a season to play and championship to win. I am still baffled that Exy is just an imaginary sport, because author paid a lot of attention on details and descriptions. I'll just put my orange shirt with my gryffindor Quidditch scarf into my "sports they keep trying to persuade me are fictional" department. Anyway, championship is intense and with no player to spare, Foxes get into every game like their life depends on it. Rooting for underdog will never get old and it's plot theme I will never get tired of reading. But when I say that this book is everything we waited for, i didn't really mean just this. These are things we knew have to come down, but romance? I had no idea if this will even happen at some point. There was a possibility, but definitely not a promise. That's why I was never sure I can attach romance tag to series. Story was not about that and let's face it, Neil thoughts were pretty much asexual: Exy and murder-that's about it. :) Well... for a little mastermind runaway expert, our boy is so completely oblivious I was enjoying watching him falling in love. I don't want to spoil it much, but it was beautiful. It was perfect. It was everything. The amount of love I have for Andrew is impossible to measure. I always loved damaged characters, but Andrew grabbed my heart with every scene he was in. Andrew is apathetic by default and we read so many scenes with him showing lack of interest,so when he actually does something, it's so significant, so pivotal you want to cherish it. Also, another thing I immensely respect author did with with Andrew was the fact she didn't end it with him being fixed. His issues are just too severe and deep to be healed so easily. He will never be normal, but it doesn't mean he doesn't belong anywhere. I am not really sure which scene did it for me, but somewhere along the way, this story stopped being about Neil and started being about a team of nine messed up kids and their coach. We know that Foxes are ragtag bunch made of lost causes; kids everyone washed their hands off and they are team because Whymack believes they deserve another chance. In fact, Nora did this little cool countdown prompts with character's background on her blog and getting to know them better just cemented my feelings about Foxes. I fell in love with every single one of them. I cared for all of them. And this why you should read this. It's not really a story about Foxes trying to win championship. It's not about beating Ravens or Moriyamas. It's about beating the impossible odds life threw at them. And with people who love them in their team, nothing is out of reach. Go, read this, you will not be sorry. Ok, let's talk some numbers: -This is third and final book in series. So, if you haven't jumped aboard Nora Sakavic ship 1)you are missing out and 2)this is not a good place to start. Go back to The Foxhole Court since these books have to be read in order. -With 138K+ words, this is the longest book in series. -I still can't wrap my head around the fact that entire trilogy can be bought for 2$. 0_0 I would pay a lot more for quality I got from this author. -Rating is pretty self-explanatory but, all the stars, guys...all the stars...

  8. 5 out of 5

    rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi

    this is the only book ~~~~~~~ this 🙌 was 🙌 everything 🙌 he 🙌 wanted 🙌 everything 🙌 he 🙌 needed 🙌 and 🙌 neil 🙌 was 🙌 never 🙌 letting 🙌 go 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 i would die for this series, these characters and everything about it ~~~ first reread in 2018 lmao this is still so good so damn goooooooood and so damn gaaaaaay and pls remind me who i was before i read this series bc i dont remember it in the slightest anyway andrew and neil are the softest boyfriends and it's just facts ~~~ psa: this is the best andreil fic there is and if you haven't read it yet BLESS YOURSELVES 11/8: apparently it was my 7th this is the only book ~~~~~~~ this 🙌 was 🙌 everything 🙌 he 🙌 wanted 🙌 everything 🙌 he 🙌 needed 🙌 and 🙌 neil 🙌 was 🙌 never 🙌 letting 🙌 go 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 i would die for this series, these characters and everything about it ~~~ first reread in 2018 lmao this is still so good so damn goooooooood and so damn gaaaaaay and pls remind me who i was before i read this series bc i dont remember it in the slightest anyway andrew and neil are the softest boyfriends and it's just facts ~~~ psa: this is the best andreil fic there is and if you haven't read it yet BLESS YOURSELVES 11/8: apparently it was my 7th read im not sure if it's pathetic or inspiring *looks at the camera like in the office* ANYWAY this is still the best thing that happened to me several months ago (it hasn't even been a year since i first read it lmao) and i love this so MUCH AND I LOVE MY FOXES AND I WOULD DIE FOR ANDREW AND NEIL this book brings so many EMOTIONS I FEEL EXHAUSTED I don't think i will ever be able to write a review for this but this series is really really important and means so much to me ❤ i hope nora sakavic releases something asap i love her 15/3: so i just literally accidentally reread it today somehow i was like hmm remember thirsty andrew and then i decided to check couple of moments and smh i ended up rereading an entire thing i have no chill 8/2: one day i will write a decent review for this book series but my emotional stance won't allow me to do it (it'll be all over the place and i'll probably will die of pain and crying) OOPS I DID IT AGAIN i will never get over this series i seem to have a tendency to reread aftg every month (it's not even intentional jeez) and tkm is honestly the best book in the series and the best series conclusion and aftg is the best contemporary series in my life and nothing can top this okay ANYWAY, i did a thing nobody asked for (it was actually my primary reason to reread it at first since i got my fabulous paperbacks and decided to have one w/ them) i,,,,counted every time neil josten said something/someone is fine AND HE SAID IT 41 TIMES AND 28 OF THEM ARE "I'M FINE" (i know u dont need this information pls dont judge me) you can see the proof in the spoiler tag (view spoiler)[ orange stickers (yes it was intentional i had to buy them) are for "I'm fine", blue for the other "fines" (hide spoiler)] i'm so obsessed with this series it's honestly embarassing 500/10 all stars in the world for this book good shit right here please read it upd who cares what nonsense i said in my old review honestly Better than that bright future was what he already had: a court that would always be home, a family who'd never give up on him, and Andrew, who for once hadn't wasted their time denying that this thing between them might actually mean something to both of them. Neil hadn't even noticed the silence at first, too distracted by his dizzying thoughts. Now he couldn't help but smile and pull Andrew in. This was everything he wanted, everything he needed, and Neil was never letting go i love dying with a smile on my face okay so this series is hands down the best contemporary anything i've ever read will i ever stop loving it? will i ever stop rereading it? will i EVER get over it? nope this is so important and it discusses so many important issues you should all read it fight me on this but this is a masterpiece also GODDAMMIT NO ONE CAN TOP ANDREIL AS A COUPLE i wasnt able to put these quotes in my status updates so please read them here and cry with me Andrew kissed him like this was a fight with their lives on the line, like his world stopped and started with Neil's mouth. Neil's heart stuttered to a stop at the first hard press of lips against his and he reached up without thinking. His hand made it as far as Andrew's jaw before he remembered Andrew didn't like to be touched. Neil caught hold of Andrew's coat sleeve instead and knotted his fingers in the heavy wool AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA "Stay," Andrew said, and leaned down to kiss him. Time was nothing. Seconds were days, were years, were the breaths that caught between their mouths and the bite of Neil's fingernails against his palms, the scrape of teeth against his lower lip and the warm slide of a tongue against his. He could feel Andrew's heartbeat thrumming against his wrists, a staccato rhythm that echoed in Neil's veins. How a man who viewed the world with such studied disconnect could kiss like this, Neil didn't know, but he wasn't going to complain. this scene overall is so hot please lend me a fan "Last I checked you hated me," Neil said against Andrew's mouth. "Everything about you," Andrew said. Neil pushed himself up a bit. "I'm not as stupid as you think I am." "And I'm not as smart as I thought I was," Andrew said. "I know better than to do this again. Perhaps it's the self-destructive streak in me?" theyre also my sons but whatever please also remember that andreil canonically will live together WIT H TWO C A T S mess i also recommend all of you to read all extra content because there are a lot of moments explained and discussed, also glimpses in the past and future of foxes also there is this fic Lessons in Cartography which you can basically treat as a 4th book like i do I LOVE FOXES SO MUCH I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW IT this series might've started a little messy and ridiculous (not when you read it 983q2893729th time though but the finale is perfect and the best thing in this world) i love it so much i want to marry it i'll probably add lots of things to this review because i'm planning on rereading this series until im dead 6 hrs since this rereading and im still contemplating everything and screaming internally (ive read this book almost ten times already jfc how to let it go) upd: btw just finished this fic and this is a goddamn masterpiece (also long as hell but worth it) (also if you need fic rec try reading armies by the same author that shit is so good) also: im still obsessing over this series and shit seems like im going to reread it like every fucking month upd// so ive accidentally reread this book second time right after finishing it the first time help noticed couple of things I didn't notice the first time tho all the Foxes are so precious SQUAD GOALS "You are a Fox. You are always going to be nothing." Andrew stubbed his cigarette out. "I hate you." "Nine percent of the time you don't." "Nine percent of the time I don't want to kill you. I always hate you." "Every time you say that I believe you a little less." "No one asked you." With that, Andrew caught Neil's face in his hands and leaned in. I LOVE boyfriends

  9. 4 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    Beautiful. Heart wrenchingly, agonizingly beautiful. You won't know what it means to be happy and alive until you've read this series. Honest to god it's so fucking amazing. Andrew freaking Minyard. NEIL fucking JOSTEN. Leave me be. Don't mind me while I go and tattoo their names on my face. JK. But really tho. (cries for days)

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Girl Murdered by Her TBR

    THIS BOOK... I CAN’T... I NEED MORE... DESPERATE FOR MORE... HELP... NEED MORE... I'm going into a rough book withdrawal. I don't think I'll get over it, like... ever...

  11. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    More pain ahead with my support group ♡♡ Our Very Own Wymack (Em), Renee's Imposter (Sil), and The Kid Who Thinks She's Andrew (Pragg) ♡♡ How do you write a review for a book that so thoroughly ruined you? Don’t know? Me neither. Huh, we’ll just have to see where this goes. Throughout the entire series, I’ve been wondering how I’m going to manage to live when I finish the last book. Well here I am now, crying with a serious book hangover and a black void swirling in my heart. I miss my babies a lot. “The Foxhol More pain ahead with my support group ♡♡ Our Very Own Wymack (Em), Renee's Imposter (Sil), and The Kid Who Thinks She's Andrew (Pragg) ♡♡ How do you write a review for a book that so thoroughly ruined you? Don’t know? Me neither. Huh, we’ll just have to see where this goes. Throughout the entire series, I’ve been wondering how I’m going to manage to live when I finish the last book. Well here I am now, crying with a serious book hangover and a black void swirling in my heart. I miss my babies a lot. “The Foxhole Court was the only home he needed; the Foxes were his family. The King’s Men is the third book in the Foxhole Court series and is just has heart shattering as the previous book – no wait, this one is worse. :) I’m serious, this book has made me cry so much and feel so much pain that had my heart aching and actually had me considering to skip a few parts just to get to the part where everything gets better. I didn’t though. Cause I’m not a weaksauce reader. “He'd come to the Foxhole Court every inch a lie, but his friends made him into someone real.” Neil goes through so much character development throughout the books I’m so proud of him, omg. *wipes cheeks* I’m not still crying. Obviously I got over it. Obviously, I know they’re just fictional characters. OBVIOUSLY. This whole book left me as a blubbering mess (kinda like how I am now with this review). Neil “I’m fine” Josten is my precious child that needs to be protected at all costs, that poor kid, someone GIVE HIM A BLANKET AND SOME ICE CREAM, PLEASE. I keep every single one of these characters close to my heart. They are so special and broken and beautiful and strong. So very strong. I’m going to miss reading about them and their antics so much. Also, let it be known that I am Renee Walker and Renee Walker is me. We are one. This series is going to stay with me for a long, LONG, time. I have no words beyond this. If you wanna sum up the entire series in a picture, here you go: #Accurate Nora Sakavic, congratulations, you have thoroughly ruined me. 5 stars!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    There could be 500 more pages of all of them doing literally nothing, and I would gladly read it. This book will forever be my favourite thing in the world. [1st read 20/06/2017] [2nd read 24/07/2017] [3rd read 26/01/2018] [4th read 14/06/2018] [5th read 09/07/2018] [6th read 14/04/2019] umm— nooo, I’m not obsessed *sneaks out to get a fox tattooed on forehead* *** Wow. I just found Nora Sakavic's tumblr... how have I not looked for it sooner, idk... I have all th There could be 500 more pages of all of them doing literally nothing, and I would gladly read it. This book will forever be my favourite thing in the world. [1st read 20/06/2017] [2nd read 24/07/2017] [3rd read 26/01/2018] [4th read 14/06/2018] [5th read 09/07/2018] [6th read 14/04/2019] umm— nooo, I’m not obsessed *sneaks out to get a fox tattooed on forehead* *** Wow. I just found Nora Sakavic's tumblr... how have I not looked for it sooner, idk... I have all the answers I needed. I can die in peace now 🙏🏻

  13. 5 out of 5

    ✧ k a t i e ✧

    "Neil had been doing one stupid thing after another all year long and this had turned into the best year of his life." THIS. SERIES. HAS. RUINED. ME. I haven't read a series in a long time that I was so emotionally invested like how I was with this one. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this story, let alone be so obsessed with it the way I am now. This series took me by storm, and I am glad to have ended my year (ehh, it's close enough to say that) with this series. I loved how "Neil had been doing one stupid thing after another all year long and this had turned into the best year of his life." THIS. SERIES. HAS. RUINED. ME. I haven't read a series in a long time that I was so emotionally invested like how I was with this one. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this story, let alone be so obsessed with it the way I am now. This series took me by storm, and I am glad to have ended my year (ehh, it's close enough to say that) with this series. I loved how Sakavic wrote these characters. I loved how she messed with your emotions. I loved how I was on the edge of my seat in most of the book. I loved how it ended. I just loved every.single.thing. So, thank you Nora Sakavic for making me a complete mess over the past week. I cried. I laughed. I cried some more. And I smiled. So, once again, thank you Nora Sakavic for this amazing series. This series will be with me for a long time, and I will never forget these characters. If you haven't read this series, you need to. It's one of the best series I have read in a long time. This series deserves all the hype it has. "He'd come to the Foxhole Court every inch a lie, but his friends made him into someone real."

  14. 5 out of 5

    imts

    "Is your learning curve a horizontal line?" Nora Sakavic is officially one of my favourite authors ever. That's literally all I can say about this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    Re-listen 2/2019 Hello. My name is Cupcake and I'm a Foxes addict. It's confirmed since I legit just power listened to 12 hrs, 33 mins of this book. Despite the so so narration the story itself is so captivating that it almost made it a non-issue. Almost. If I didn't love this series so much I probably wouldn't be so passionate about the narration, but these characters deserved someone phenomenal rather than mediocre. I probably won't listen to it again in the future Re-listen 2/2019 Hello. My name is Cupcake and I'm a Foxes addict. It's confirmed since I legit just power listened to 12 hrs, 33 mins of this book. Despite the so so narration the story itself is so captivating that it almost made it a non-issue. Almost. If I didn't love this series so much I probably wouldn't be so passionate about the narration, but these characters deserved someone phenomenal rather than mediocre. I probably won't listen to it again in the future but it was still nice hanging out with the Foxes again and getting caught up in their story all over again. And now I'm verklempt all over again that it's over again. 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE SERIES🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 Undoubtedly superlatives will fail me in this review. Thankfully, there are eleventy-seven lazillion other reviews so I will try to keep this short. Try, being the operative word. I would say I loved this series but considering it has consumed my life for the past several days, robbed me of sleep and occupied my thoughts, "loved" feels insufficient. It became my obsession. For anyone who hasn't read it, I do believe this originally was one big fic that due to its whopping size (clocks in at just over 1200 pgs) was broken up into 3 books for publication. I say this because I believe it was meant to be read as one story. The Foxhole Court isn't meant to be read as a standalone. It will likely leave you wanting due to some horrific shenanigans that occur amongst the Foxes. I'm not ever going to condone the events but somewhere during The Raven King I understood why they did what they did. Nevertheless, it is 1/3 of the story and only reading it is a disservice to the story arc as a whole. Primarily because Neil's first love is Exy and through Exy he's introduced to the other great love of his life, so if you're a romance reader like me you gotta stick it out. The Foxhole Court illustrates his undying passion for the game to perfection. He fell in love with Exy as a boy. Circumstances of his life stripped it from him and then through a series of events gave it back. In a vain effort to give his life some meaning after he's lost everything he lets himself have Exy again as a high school senior at a small school in Millport, Arizona. He never in a million years thought his play at a an unfamiliar position as a walk on would put him on Palmetto State University's radar. But it did. David Wymack, coach of the Foxes, and his team have some rather unorthodox recruitment tactics but they succeed in signing their new striker and getting him to South Carolina in the end. While Neil reacquaints himself with his love of Exy, I fell in love with Neil. Trust me, no one was more surprised by this development with a character like Andrew hanging around but it's true. Neil has lived through hell, literally, and somehow someway he's retained a fundamental kindness and selflessness. He's the most resilient character I can remember ever reading about. He's not going to quit. Not ever. Exy's the only thing that's ever given him anything back and he's going to give it his all until he's got nothing left. A gamer through and through and that sort of passion has a way of galvanizing a team. He brought tears to my eyes with his devotion and loyalty to the Foxes. He will sacrifice himself time and time again for them. Course his mouth puts them in the crosshairs more than once but I loved that he wasn't going to let his fear stop him from protecting them or stand in the way of his dream. His passion and drive make them more of a cohesive unit than they've ever been which makes their small, rag tag team that's been ignored and discounted by everyone more dangerous than anyone could've foreseen. It also nets Neil something he's never had before: a family. That hit two of my most treasured reading experiences: making a family and team unity. All for the Game is heavily weighted in sport. If you are a sports fan and this book doesn't get your adrenaline pumping... I... *shrugs* I don't even know what to say. As a huge sports fan, I'm not embarrassed to say that a couple games made me verklempt. It's the classic tale of David vs. Goliath. They're outnumbered. They're inexperienced. But they've got heart, grit and determination. And they've got each other. Exy has brought these people together but they also share a checkered and varying degrees of horrific pasts which makes them connecting with one other (at times) challenging. Neil is very intelligent but he's also oblivious when it comes to recognizing other's actions for what they are. So it's left to the reader to decipher and decode those actions through Neil's self-abasing prism. There isn't a lot of overt romance. Neil sees his future as a finite entity and everything in his life up to now has been evanescent, as is life on the run. But as he finds his place amongst the Foxes you can see hope flicker to life. He begins to trust them and finds himself increasingly drawn to another. These two are unquestionably soulmates but they have absolutely no idea how traditional romantic relationships work nor, I suspect, would they be interested in engaging in that sort of squishy marshmallowness. Truthfully, they would be nowhere near as interesting if they were. He didn't know what this thing between them was anymore. He didn't know what he wanted or needed it to be. He just knew he had to hold on for as long as he could. There is very little sex content (lots of kissing and one oral scene that's not titillating) but there is a WHOLE LOT OF VIOLENCE. Be forewarned. The bad wrong starts in The Foxhole Court, gets worse in The Raven King and made me MURDEROUS! With the dramatic conclusion occurring in The King's Men which made my skin crawl. I'll just say, it wasn't anywhere near bloody enough for my tastes. But I am a vengeful bitch. Fear not, it does end happily for more than just the primary couple. I don't think it's possible to read this and not become invested in all of these characters. They are all layered and complex and have surprises up their sleeves. Is this series perfect? Nope. It could've been paired down, it's sometimes redundant, the game of Exy is a fictional one but the rules of the game weren't given until The Raven King. I don't know how the NCAA wouldn't have cracked down on the Ravens antics long ago nor can I fathom how these players could perform optimally after the way they treat their bodies (trigger warning for drug usage). Some of the events are far-fetched, outlandish even and one thing in Neil's backstory just doesn't not add up for me. But I'll tell you what, it's says something to me if a story can sink its teeth into me like this one has and that is something I can't discount. Not only could I not put it down, but... I can't even believe I'm about to say this after 1200+ pgs, but I'm sad it's over and I wish there were more. #certifiable So I'll be burning an audible credit soon (possibly three depending on how the first one goes) so I can re-experience this once more when it releases. Here's hoping the narrator doesn't fuck it up. Believe the hype. 13K+ ratings/reviews and an average of over 4 stars isn't a lie.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    'Reread' via audiobook December 2018: WafrEocLmEJkeIOerknMiofElaeA = !!! ^^^That's me resting my case here: perfect narration for a perfect book/series! ❤ ---------------------------------------------- “Stay,” Andrew said, and leaned down to kiss him. Time was nothing. Seconds were days, were years, were the breaths that caught between their mouths and the bite of Neil's fingernails against his palms, the scrape of teeth against his lower lip and the warm slide of a tongue against his. He could feel Andrew's heartbeat thrumming against his wrists, a staccato rhythm that echoed in Neil's veins. How a man who---------------------------------------------- 'Reread' via audiobook December 2018: WafrEocLmEJkeIOerknMiofElaeA = !!! ^^^That's me resting my case here: perfect narration for a perfect book/series! ❤️ ---------------------------------------------- “Stay,” Andrew said, and leaned down to kiss him. Time was nothing. Seconds were days, were years, were the breaths that caught between their mouths and the bite of Neil's fingernails against his palms, the scrape of teeth against his lower lip and the warm slide of a tongue against his. He could feel Andrew's heartbeat thrumming against his wrists, a staccato rhythm that echoed in Neil's veins. How a man who viewed the world with such studied disconnect could kiss like this, Neil didn't know, but he wasn't going to complain. The romance between Neil and Andrew is probably the slowest slow burn in the history of slow burns, but I loved every goddamn minute of their – how did Neil call it? - oh, yes, not-relationship! ;-) Oh, God! It is really hard for me to say good-bye to the team, especially to Neil and Andrew, who are so dear to my heart and I can tell you without lying that they are still in my head, even if I have finished this book a day ago. Be warned that this will be more of a rambling than a decent review because my feelings are still all over the place. In my review of The Raven King I said I was seeking for revenge, revenge for the things Riko did to Neil aaaaand... I got it! ;-) On the court... (Thank goodness not this time! Finally – finally! - the team did not only act like a team, it was a team! The path was not only rocky, there were holes the size of the whole Foxhole Court, but after being back to square one at the beginning of this book, what they achieved on the court spoke volumes of how far they have come with all their problems and differences.) … but also aside of it. Yes, Andrew! Yes, I heard you saying 'revenge is a motivator only for the weak-willed'! I've said the boys are still in my head, right? ;-) So let's say I got justice. At what cost? Phew, for a moment I almost felt bad for Riko. Um, no... scratch that! That would be a lie! But believe me when I say that you don't want to mess with the mafia! Speaking of mafia... In case you haven't read this book yet: remember the 58% mark! You should stock up on whatever makes you happy because you will need it. That's when Neil's past caught up with him and it almost killed me. I guess, you know the feeling when you cannot read fast enough to see if everything is going to be okay, but at the same time you dread to turn the page because you are really terrified of what is going to happen next? Yep, this was one of those situations... If I could marry a book character this would be Coach Wymack. He made me laugh so hard with his sarcasm and his dry comments, but I also loved his way of handling the boys and girls and his devotion to the team, like a mother lion defending her cubs. But what I loved the most were Andrew and Neil and their character development. Andrew... with his sociopathic tendencies, his protective streak of everyone he decided to protect (even if his methods were more than twisted and questionable sometimes), but most of all that he allowed Neil to come near, despite of his experiences during his awful childhood. And Neil... who refuses to give in to anything that threatens to compromise all he ever wanted. Better than that bright future was what he already had: a court that would always be home, a family who'd never give up on him, and Andrew, who for once hadn't wasted their time denying that this thing between them might actually mean something to both of them. This was everything he wanted, everything he needed, and Neil was never letting go. This review has been posted on Dirty Books Obsession

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Rereading these books made me appreciate them even more. Especially this last one. These characters are so complex that spending more time with them can only make me love them more. I could rant for pages about The Foxes and what Nora Sakavic did with these books. On of the things I appreciate most is how she was brave enough to take the triggers and topics that make people squeamish and address them head on. It's not for effect or to add some angst in. She shows how people live the best they ca Rereading these books made me appreciate them even more. Especially this last one. These characters are so complex that spending more time with them can only make me love them more. I could rant for pages about The Foxes and what Nora Sakavic did with these books. On of the things I appreciate most is how she was brave enough to take the triggers and topics that make people squeamish and address them head on. It's not for effect or to add some angst in. She shows how people live the best they can when faced with impossible difficulties. These characters are so flawed, but they're also some of the strongest characters. Spoilers - - - - She also stresses again and again verbal consent in a way I have never seen in a YA book (or any book for that matter?). She understands how people's minds process trauma and how it affects their relationships. I noticed a lot more this time around how Neil is the only one who understands Andrew. It's the reason they work despite everything Andrew has endured because Neil stops when Andrew says no, and he understands without Andrew having to explain himself. (which Andrew never explains himself.) The first time reading these books, I was really focussed on Neil and Andrew. This time Kevin drew my eye a lot. His development in the last book was incredible. I saw it the first time, but this reread it hit me in the gut. Kevin never had the spine to stand up for himself after all the abuse, but watching Neil for the last few months, he decided to try. When he got his tattoo changed, I wanted to cheer. When he talked to the press about Wymack and Riko, all bravado and strong words, I realized just how far he'd come. I loved seeing that, and Kevin became just as much a favorite as Neil and Andrew. These characters will continue to occupy my thoughts for a very very long time. They make me laugh (looking at you Nicky Hemmick), and make me sob (that's you Andreil). I'm really grateful for these books and the impact they have had on me. Favorite trilogy ever that's for sure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    BR/third reread (for me) with Lorenzo (it was her 10th time smh) Oxford should update their dictionary to spell love as a n d r e i l _____ 05/02/2017 Re-read with my little vixens Em ♡ May ♡ Pragya ♡ even though I was slower than all of them and they finished ages ago but oh well I'm just so grateful for having found this series. It has helped me in more ways that I can write here because I'd get too personal. Its fandom is one of my favorites out there and its characters feel alive in my hea/>Re-read BR/third reread (for me) with Lorenzo (it was her 10th time smh) Oxford should update their dictionary to spell love as a n d r e i l _____ 05/02/2017 Re-read with my little vixens Em ♡ May ♡ Pragya ♡ even though I was slower than all of them and they finished ages ago but oh well I'm just so grateful for having found this series. It has helped me in more ways that I can write here because I'd get too personal. Its fandom is one of my favorites out there and its characters feel alive in my head like few others do. Idfk what else to write so please go check out my friends' reviews because they already said everything. _____ Review after original read (November 18th to 21st, 2016) deleted for the cringe

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ais

    There are no spoilers in this review, for anyone wondering. -- I just spent all of Sunday rereading the first two books in the series so I could read the third, that I only recently realized had come out. I always get a little worried going into the end of a series, because sometimes the whole previous story gets ruined by choices made in the last book or episode or movie or whatever. Well. Not the case here. I don't even know why I worried. The second book left off on There are no spoilers in this review, for anyone wondering. -- I just spent all of Sunday rereading the first two books in the series so I could read the third, that I only recently realized had come out. I always get a little worried going into the end of a series, because sometimes the whole previous story gets ruined by choices made in the last book or episode or movie or whatever. Well. Not the case here. I don't even know why I worried. The second book left off on a really intense point, and the third book started off seamlessly. I tried to write a short review and couldn't because here's the thing: this series is fucking awesome. Any time someone asks me for a m/m series recommendation I ALWAYS recommend this (and Raised by Wolves by WA Hoffman) because this legit is in my top three favorite GLBT series. (RbW and Captive Prince being the others) One of the reasons I love those three series, and especially this series, is because they all have one thing in common: they are stories about things I normally don't like or wouldn't choose to read about, and they are told in such a way where I love the everloving hell out of them. In this series' case: sports. Thing is, I actually really hate sports. There's an active dislike going on with sports, for me. I would rather do almost anything in the world than have to watch a sports game for even an hour. Just, horrendously boring to me. And yet I devoured this three-book series that has a central theme of sports because 1) Exy is pretty cool--I doubt I'd watch any games if it were real life but it's also a game I'd be more likely to think is mildly interesting, and mostly 2) goddamn these characters. I can't really explain to you right now my love for this series. I love that the main characters are seriously messed up individuals and that this is a theme throughout the series. I love that there wasn't some lame thing at the end to force the very destructive and twisted characters to suddenly be "normal" as some sort of superficial happy ending. I actually thought several times throughout the third book how good the editing was (so props to the betas by the way!) because there were very, very few mistakes I found in the text. There were two or three places where, in all honesty, I wish it had been written a little differently: namely, it skimmed a bunch of stuff that I would have liked to have actually seen snippets of dialogue and interaction from, or even better, have the whole thing written out. And a few things that felt like they came a little too easily for everything that had come before to get to that point. But notice how I put 5 stars on this? Yeah. I'm not docking this thing even an iota of a star because it deserves all 5 stars and more. This book had some just, freaking awesome scenes. One in particular I was reading like HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT NO WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS CAN'T HAPPEN RIGHT? and then I looked down at the page count and was like WTF HOW IS THIS ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE BOOK?! Also, there are some parts that made me laugh out loud (because of perfectly timed sarcasm or a particularly twisted response to something). I noted several of them because they were great XD Maybe sometime I'll amend this to add them in but I don't have my nook readily available right now. I can tell you one thing, though. This would make a great movie series. And yes, I would watch three movies about this even though sports. Dude, I would watch a whole TV show about this. Let me end on this: I really love the characters but especially Neil and Andrew. The issues they have are so perfectly understandable for them and their lives that it's fantastic and yet they also--I mean, I know I said it before, but seriously. Twisted. But not in a bad way, not in a way where it's making a judgment call about who they are as individuals. I just mean like, definitely not the norm. Andrew has some very extreme reactions to things, and Neil's moral compass is not aligned with most people's. I mean, Andrew physically threatens even his own family members and holds them at knife point, and Neil barely even acknowledges murders and blood and violence but instead focuses on other things. But they also aren't soulless, any of them. Like, despite Neil's high tolerance for violence and seriously skewed moral compass, when he first sees Andrew threaten a family member into silence like described above, he breaks it up and when Andrew leaves he says to the family member, "That is not okay. Don't let him get away with that." Things like that are what I love so much about this whole series, and what continued into this last book. Everyone has facets. And there's a progression of the characters and relationships. Neil definitely grows as a person, Andrew does, everyone does. But Neil especially, you can see the subtle way it happens in places where he doesn't realize his own value. I also like that the book for the most part just goes hardcore into whatever it is it's addressing. Oh, and the relationship--the way it was done was perfect. Nothing was forced in that didn't need to be there, but enough was put in that as a reader I knew exactly what was happening and when and how. Really, really well done on that, because that can be a delicate balance. Nora: please charge more for your work, seriously. I want to give you more money for this. It's unconscionable! Anyway, I will continue to recommend this series any time I'm asked. In all honesty, I do think this series is #1 in my three favorite m/m series list.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    5 Stars According to GR, over 15,000 people have read this book. Almost 12,000 of those readers rated the story 5 stars. I was only about 7% in when I decided it was going to be full stars from me, too. The ratings don’t lie. This story was FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC! Read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Neil had been doing one stupid thing after another all year long and this had turned into the best year of his life. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 After some time alone or in the company of enemies Neil finally understands that he would do anything for his team - for his chosen family. Anything. They promised each other to never lose a game ever again - and now they fight with everything they have to hold this promise. But Neil’s past is more dangerous than anyone of them can imagine and suddenly death threatens the Foxes. If I compare all three b Neil had been doing one stupid thing after another all year long and this had turned into the best year of his life. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 After some time alone or in the company of enemies Neil finally understands that he would do anything for his team - for his chosen family. Anything. They promised each other to never lose a game ever again - and now they fight with everything they have to hold this promise. But Neil’s past is more dangerous than anyone of them can imagine and suddenly death threatens the Foxes. If I compare all three books with each other, I’ll probably choose this one as my favorite. It was full of action, friendship, drama, fights and a little bit of something more 😉. I enjoyed it immensely, especially the last 50% or so. I couldn’t stop reading. All in all I’m super happy that I finished this series. It was so much fun and I love my Foxes with my full heart. 🦊 Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I never had a choice, my heart chose Neil and Andrew as my favorites faster then my mind understood. Their background stories, their personalities, their loyalty and bravery. It was so fascinating and heartbreaking to see that some things they couldn’t quiet understand and sometimes because of their uncertainty they reacted strange and sometimes really bad. While reading this book we really understand this complicated characters and saw how they improved and developed in a positive way. Finally, finally my babies can be happy♥️ By finishing this book I can’t deny my love for the Foxes any longer. Every one of them now has a place in my bookish heart. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 "This," Neil flicked his finger to indicate the two of them, "isn't worthless." "There is no 'this'. This is nothing." "And I am nothing," Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, "And as you've always said, you want nothing." Oh finally finally my ship has sailed! I’m so happy. Because of his strong run-and-survive-senses Neil never had friends, never really cared enough about anybody and never ever put his life in danger for the safety of others. But when his Foxes and especially Andrew are threatened, Neil sacrifices himself without doubting the decision for one minute. But every time he thinks he will come back and they will throw him out - they show him how much they care about him, how much they love him and want to protect him. And I think Neil needed some times to realize that, but when he did he started to form the Foxes into a real team. And I loved it so much. Finally Neil had a family that loved and cared for him and finally he opened up about everything. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Well, even though I loved this book more than the others - I was still a bit bored ca. 7-10% of it and thought about dnf‘ing the book. But only a little bit. I doubted that something interesting would happen but then the book was like „hold my beer 🍺“ and there was so much going on and I couldn’t stop reading because I was so hooked. So, as a new member of the Foxes fandom - read till the end because you’ll love it. He'd come to the Foxhole Court every inch a lie, but his friends made him into someone real. P.S. I’m kind of sad that it’s over? Is it too early to reread this book? Hm 🤔

  22. 4 out of 5

    sandeep

    5/5 Stars This series destroyed me in the best way possible. I just love these characters so much and their character development. I could read hundreds of pages of them doing literally nothing. I just found Nora Sakavic's Tumblr with all the answers I needed. I can die in peace now. FINALLY THE ROMANCE I WAS WAITING FOR! And it was so worth the wait, it was just beautiful. (view spoiler)[I ju 5/5 Stars This series destroyed me in the best way possible. I just love these characters so much and their character development. I could read hundreds of pages of them doing literally nothing. I just found Nora Sakavic's Tumblr with all the answers I needed. I can die in peace now. FINALLY THE ROMANCE I WAS WAITING FOR! And it was so worth the wait, it was just beautiful. (view spoiler)[I just adored Neil and Andrew relationship (if you would call that?) it was so much more than just romantic attraction, it was based on trust and honesty which is as important. (hide spoiler)] And the ending was perfect! Trigger Warning:(view spoiler)[This book has torture and mentions sexual abuse (hide spoiler)] I just found it difficult to read, my heart ached. Neil Josten deserves all the happiness in the world. Words can't describe the amount of love I have for him. And yes, Neil Josten has taken the tile of being my favourite male character of all time. Will I be reading this again in the near future? A hundred times yes!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy

    I can't express how deep my love for this series goes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Re-read 8/5/17...still just as freaking awesome !!! Re-read 4/10/17 Wow.....I don't even know what to say after finishing this series. I have started these books because Susan told me to, and by now we all know...when Susan tells me to do something I listen :P She was right though, as usual. These books blew me away !! I can't thank her enough for this wonderful rec !! You are the best ;) I don't really want to go into the storyline, because there are so many awesome r Re-read 8/5/17...still just as freaking awesome !!! Re-read 4/10/17 Wow.....I don't even know what to say after finishing this series. I have started these books because Susan told me to, and by now we all know...when Susan tells me to do something I listen :P She was right though, as usual. These books blew me away !! I can't thank her enough for this wonderful rec !! You are the best ;) I don't really want to go into the storyline, because there are so many awesome reviews for these books already. I will tell you that they put me through the wringer. I cried, I cursed and I almost destroyed my Ipad out of anger. But it also made me extremely happy !! I can honesty say that this is the first YA book, that made me feel so much and I'm sure all three of them will end up in my top ten list for 2017's most favorite books. Don't however go into these books expecting a lot of romance, hearts and flowers and steam, because you won't find them here. You will find so much more though. You will find friendship, family, strength and honor. There is a bit of a "romance" going on, but not in the traditional sense, which for me, made it even better and more. “This," Neil flicked his finger to indicate the two of them, "isn't worthless." "There is no 'this'. This is nothing." "And I am nothing," Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, "And as you've always said, you want nothing." Andrew stared stone-faced back at him.” This is all you are gonna get from me. I don't want to spoiler anything, but I also know there are so many wonderful reviews for these books. Please go and read them, they are awesome and if I can't convince you to read these books, those reviews surely will !! I will never hear the words "I'm fine" again without thinking of Neil ;) Thank you Susan, Marte and Maggie for the buddyread....sorry for my impatience ;)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    I feel like I just finished a marathon. I took a short break between book 1 and 2, but I read 2 & 3 back to back. These are not short books and book 3 was the most intense of all. It was well worth the effort as this series went immediately into my very exclusive all time favorites shelf. I'm not going to really review it. One, because there are tons of wonderful reviews for it already. Two, because it's quite impossible to review this book without spoiling the previous two in the I feel like I just finished a marathon. I took a short break between book 1 and 2, but I read 2 & 3 back to back. These are not short books and book 3 was the most intense of all. It was well worth the effort as this series went immediately into my very exclusive all time favorites shelf. I'm not going to really review it. One, because there are tons of wonderful reviews for it already. Two, because it's quite impossible to review this book without spoiling the previous two in the series. It's an intense, extraordinary work of imagination. It deserves to be read without spoilers. It's also an indie work, so the typos are rampant. I'm usually the first one raging about them. But in this case, if the author's choice was between publishing without sufficient proofing and not publishing at all, then I'm forever thankful she chose to share this phenomenal story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    "I didn't say anything then because I knew I'd look out for only me when the world went to hell. I don't want to be that person anymore. I want to go back for you." GUYS. GUYZZZZZ. There's this, like, weird ache happening in my chest? And my eyes are like.... dripping and wet? AND HELP SOMEONE HELP I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGGGGSSS!! NORA SAKAVIC WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, YOU MONSTER?! I just sent my brain to her room for not making me read this sooner. I know I didn't seem too ecstatic in my review for book 1, but HOLY HELL if "I didn't say anything then because I knew I'd look out for only me when the world went to hell. I don't want to be that person anymore. I want to go back for you." GUYS. GUYZZZZZ. There's this, like, weird ache happening in my chest? And my eyes are like.... dripping and wet? AND HELP SOMEONE HELP I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGGGGSSS!! NORA SAKAVIC WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, YOU MONSTER?! I just sent my brain to her room for not making me read this sooner. I know I didn't seem too ecstatic in my review for book 1, but HOLY HELL if I knew what was to come, I'd gladly rewind and pick this up the SECOND I heard about this series. It took until the end of book 2 for me to understand what the hype was all about, but the build up to all that happens in The King's Men IS. SO. WORTH. IT. The feelings this book pulled from me..wow. I haven't felt this obsessed with characters since I've read The Raven Cycle. "This," Neil flicked his finger to indicate the two of them, "isn't worthless." "There is no 'this'. This is nothing." "And I am nothing," Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, "And as you've always said, you want nothing." I know the blurb makes this sort of sound like a sports YA novel, but don't be fooled. IT IS NOT. It is so so soooo much more. In summary the All For The Game Series is about: A group of college students who have been dealt the absolute shittiest cards in life, who have been put together to play a sport that serves as an escape for some but a prison for others, who don't know how or care to get along, but decide to fight and band together and learn that family isn't always what you're born into, but can be who you choose. It's about recovery, and struggles, and not forgetting your past but learning to deal with it and finding out that sometimes, leaning on the ones around you can make it just a little bit easier to get through the day and sometimes, love comes unexpectedly. But mostly, it's about a lost boy named Neil who only knows how to run, but finds people who give him so many reasons to stay. "I've never belonged anywhere or had the right to call anything my own. But Coach gave me keys to the court, and you told me to stay. You gave me a key and called it home." It was sexy and surprisingly romantic and scary and brutal and funny and touching and not at all what I expected and just..just..EVERYTHING. "Yes or no?" "It's always yes with you," Neil said. #ADREILFORFUCKINGLIFE The Foxhole Court (All for the Game Book 1) CURRENTLY FREE! | http://amzn.to/2m5ya6v The Raven King (All for the Game Book 2) | http://amzn.to/2m3VukY The King's Men (All for the Game Book 3) | http://amzn.to/2F7dljV *credit to gifs here. Find Me On: Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    february 2018: well, tears again, see you in a year February 2017: Why does everything have to end ? Like, I understand the story can't go on forever, I understand I should be happy Nora Sakavic has an amazing Tumblr - even though I already read everything she wrote so .... yeah - but I'M SAD BECAUSE I HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE. I truly believe this book is the best of the trilogy, first because it's the longest one - and god knows I would have wanted it even longer - and second because a/> february 2018: well, tears again, see you in a year February 2017: Why does everything have to end ? Like, I understand the story can't go on forever, I understand I should be happy Nora Sakavic has an amazing Tumblr - even though I already read everything she wrote so .... yeah - but I'M SAD BECAUSE I HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE. I truly believe this book is the best of the trilogy, first because it's the longest one - and god knows I would have wanted it even longer - and second because a LOT of things happened during these 411 pages. And it's so hard to write a review about this book, because you want to talk endlessly about this series but you also don't want to spoil people who haven't read it - like wtf are you waiting for seriously ? - and you end up writing something lame because you're heartbroken and so freaking happy at the same time. So I guess I'm gonna end this review here because look at the mess I wrote above, I'm digging my own grave... OKAY BYE. “Fight because you don't know how to die quietly. Win because you don't know how to lose. The king's ruled long enough - it's time to tear his castle down.”

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    Ahh! I'm having withdrawal after finishing this amazing book and series. The final book completed this series so perfectly. And each character was so well written that we got to see them develop throughout each book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lily ☁️

    ➳ 3 1/2 stars me, since book one: [impatiently waits for the ship to sail] Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’

  30. 4 out of 5

    ♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔

    **Update 08/20/19 - this book still has me fucked up in all kinds of way. and the epilogue was still bullshit teasing. *sobs* *Update 05/01/19 - it has barely been a month (ironically my birthday is 05/07/19) - still don't fucking talk to me. i. can't. stop. reading. fanfiction. because. i. miss. my. boys.* Don’t fucking talk to me. I will not be coming out of a dark room for eternity. I am ruined. I am broken. I am a mess.

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