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REVIEW: “The Foxhole Court” by Nora Sakavic


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.


Guess what?

I read a YA book!

And it’s not even an m/m book!

But wait for it, it gets better.

There’s absolutely no romance either!

And it’s about college kids and sport!

*I’ll just pause here for Susan to pick herself up off the floor* ……

So if it’s not an m/m book and there’s no romance, why on earth did I read it?

It was free, I was bored with the norm, I wanted to shock Susan and Kate said it was good.

Now how on Earth do I convince you to read something that’s normally not my thing? Especially when I can’t even begin to tell you what I just read.

Will my rating convince you?


Okay, what if I said I’ve already finished the second book and I’m totally dumbstruck over how extraordinary this was is?

Urghh… allow me to expand then.

I’ve never read something with such a slow build and reveal that held my attention so absolutely.
It’s the characters that do it for me. A bunch of fractured talented mis-fits who wouldn’t be misplaced amongst the cast of Lord of the Flies managed to hold me rapt. There are few characters that can intrigue, frighten and enrage me and then call on my empathy to confuse me.
The Foxhole court has a whole cast of conundrums to unravel, each with their own dangerous demons and haunting pasts. Secrets, lies, threats, drugs, death and there’s the game.

Exy – a new age game similar to hockey and lacrosse, but much more violent. For some of these kids it’s an obsession, for others it’s a chore but for all of them it’s a chance when they never had one to begin with.

I don’t know what else to say to convince you … I mean, I could send over a murderous midget with a manic grin to convince you, but Andrew doesn’t take orders well. He’d sooner stab me in the face, so I’ll ask you nicely to read this.
Okay, it’s not perfect, it takes a little while to get into but once you are there, there’s no giving up. This really is one of the special ones. Highly recommended.



Title: The Foxhole Court
Author: Nora Sakavic
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 140
Release Date:  January 15, 2013
Purchase Links:  Smashwords

11 comments on “REVIEW: “The Foxhole Court” by Nora Sakavic

  1. ilhem3606
    September 19, 2013

    I’m so going to read it, then #2, then I’ll mope around until #3 with you guys!


    • loederkoninginkatinka
      September 22, 2013

      Great review Shelley!

      And me too Ilhem. Can’t put off reading this much longer. Especially not now that Shell promised to knit an orange scarf for me..


  2. shelley
    September 19, 2013

    Yay! Another body to mope with :) But before you slump I want a full psych profile from you – I really want to know your take on these characters Ilhem.


  3. marilenalena
    September 19, 2013

    You know we got promised a relationship in book 3. But I’ll believe it when I see it.


    • shelley
      September 19, 2013

      What?! … For reals? I know it was hinted at but a promise? Yes! That’s good enough for me :)


  4. Sheri
    September 19, 2013

    wellll, since you asked nicely (grins) I’m adding it.
    No seriously, you’ve caught my attention and I don’t mind YA every once in awhile. so hold onto your murderous midget, I’m headed to my tbr list right now :)


    • shelley
      September 19, 2013

      Ais said that this would be better labelled as New Adult, but even then …it’s quite dark even for NA :/ Probably why I loved it so much :)


  5. Allison
    September 19, 2013

    Even though I don’t read much YA and I almost never care for anything with sports in it I just might check this out!


    • shelley
      September 19, 2013

      I hope you do Allison. There is a darkness to it that feeds the mystery behind each one of these characters. And I was sooo involved in the game, that I shocked myself! Ha!


  6. Marwa Ahmed
    September 19, 2013

    Well, I love reading reading YA books so I’m definitely adding this to my tbr list. Awesome review! :)


  7. syleegurl
    September 20, 2013

    Yup…I’ll definitely read it once the 3rd one comes out. I NEED A COUPLE!


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