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The Wicked Oath by Michael L. Lewis - Book Tour & Review

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The Wicked Oath

A wicked conspiracy. A diabolical offer. Survival: a matter of life or death!

Behind the walls of Blackleigh, a prestigious public boarding school in northern England, lurks wickedness and bullying. Those in power form a conspiracy to devise any means to expel certain boys. Surviving for their victims becomes a matter of life and death...

Jonathan Simon, in his second year, returns to school to find that ruthless prefects – Sleeth, Tunk and Miller – are in charge of his house. Things take a turn for the worse when the new Headmaster starts, and Jonathan and his friends are targeted.

As the pressure mounts, friendships become closer and scheming increases as unexpected revelations occur. For Blackleigh, the year is just beginning...

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My Review
The Wicked Oath is a dark young adult novel set at a private all-boys boarding school. While it is the second book in a series, it can be read on its own, although reading book one would probably give even more insight into the goings-on at the school.
I did find the book a bit slow at first, and it was a little hard to get into. Once it gets going, though, it's a pretty decent read.
I can't say I particularly cared for many of the characters. A lot of them are awful, although I did like Olivia, and Jonathan wasn't bad. 
There is a sense of foreboding throughout, and with each turn of the page, readers will wonder what sort of punishment the prefects might dole out next. 
Sensitive readers may want to proceed with caution, or avoid altogether, because the book is a bit dark, and it deals with some serious subject matter. 
Overall, the book was a pretty good read, although I did struggle a bit to get through it. 
If you're looking for a YA read that deals with darker subjects, give The Wicked Oath a try.
3.5 stars from me.

Author Bio –
Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

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