Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1) by Ali Dean

Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1)

When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there’s no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can’t wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But, upon ...

Details Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1)

TitleBlack Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1)
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Young Adult, High School, Contemporary

Reviews Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1)

  • Sarah
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Ali Dean.) “Before I can remind him why we stopped in the first place, he uses one hand to pull my own goggles away and the other to hold me steady before he claims my mouth with his.” This was a good YA romance featuring winter sports.Ryker was an absolute jerk in this book. He was mean, rude, and a bully, and I really didn’t like him, he...
  • Klinta
    Full review.This book started so horrible that I couldn't pick it up to continue for more than a week, but once I did, it seemed that it is over the super awkward, unbelievable and terrible part. At least for some time... Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty unbelievable story, yet, it was bearable and even interesting at time. I lacked connection with the characters, I could relate a bit to Ryker, but somewhere in the middle I stopped liki...
  • Fran
    Cute read!
  • Books to Liv by
    Title: Black Diamond Author: Ali Dean Rating: 2.5 stars HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes (hide spoiler)] “Ask me? You never ask, Ryker, you just take.”He smirks, still staring at the fire. “That’s only because I’m afraid you’ll say no.” This book started out with a bang.Hero and Heroine were at each other’s throat in no time and I was like: Oh, finally! Gimme some good ol’ angst. Unfortunately, after 5 chapters the all plot went d...
  • Mo
    This book is set in such a fictional type ski academy it was hard to relate to the characters. I liked Roxie, but she wasn't fully fleshed out. Ryker is such a vague, hot, controlling character whom I felt didn't have enough back story to be interested in. I still can't believe what Aspen and Winter did to Roxie because she definitely could have died. I understand her anger and sadness over her perception of Ryker's involvement with leaving her o...
  • Aliyeh
    Five Roxie StarsI loved this book and I absolutely love Ryker black! There's just something about their connection and his personality that is just so perfect for me! Let alone this book does give off slight tijan feels which is always great to have.
  • T.H. Hernandez
    I was excited to start the next series by young adult/new adult author, Ali Dean. I adored her Pepper Jones series, the way she writes strong females who excel in sports with a heavy dose of angsty romance, and Black Diamond fits that formula to a T. Roxie Slade is a determined skier and a force to be reckoned with in her small Vermont town, but when she has an opportunity to train with the best of the best at the Stark Springs Academy in Colorad...
  • MB
    I don’t read many sports-oriented YA romances, so Black Diamond was refreshing to read. I absolutely loved reading this book, and especially enjoyed all of the drama, romance and exciting sports events.I first want to talk about the romance. This is a major part of the book that I really enjoyed. If you can’t already glean from the synopsis, romance blossoms between the two main characters, Roxie and Ryker. I liked the two’s chemistry and h...
  • Em
    If you love a well-written sports romance with a terrific heroine, this book is definitely for you! Roxie ranks as one of my top book female athletes of all time. She is so relatable - she's incredibly talented but doesn't yet realize her full potential, has insecurities like everyone else and has a good moral center that allows her to flourish as a person and athlete. She's a great friend and teammate with a good sense of humor who happens to be...
  • Arzumcan
    Another amazing book from Ali Dean... I was received a copy of this book to read and review it. I highly suggest you guys to read it if you are into kick-ass heroines who do sports with a hear-warming romance plot.So the story starts with Roxanne coming to a new school where only the best winter sports' athletes attend to. So she works her ass off to deserve her place there. She is strong, fierce and determined. At first I thought this book was g...
  • KittyKat
    *This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*This book started off interesting but quickly became less and less enjoyable. First off, for most of the book the reader is oblivious as to why Ryker Black basically runs the whole place (Stark Springs) and this is supposed to be the main element of the plot according to the blurb. Instead most of the plot is taken up by the main character Roxie wondering what is going on and ...
  • Whit
    Dnf @ 77% I know I'm so close to the end but I really don't want to finish this. Ryker is supposed to be this powerful, possessive man but he's a wimpy, emotional, vulnerable baby. Roxie started as a tough girl that didn't take his crap and almost immediately turned into this submissive little puppy that followed his orders. And OF COURSE. Of course Roxie's best friend Ben (I think that's his name) seems like he has feelings for her. That's the m...
  • Chelsea
    Elite school of talented spoiled kids? Count me in.I love character development but this book didn't have any. I almost stopped reading halfway through, I didn't see any resolution occurring between characters.The hero is perfect and rich. He is a complete jerk that orders everyone around. I didn't buy his back story either. It was very unrealistic.The heroine was a mary sue. Overall I would pass this one. There are a lot of young adult options o...
  • Darlene Avery
    Black Diamond, Stark Springs Academy Book 1, is one of those books I just stumbled upon and got caught up in immediately. It does have a lot of angst and drama. However, I feel in love with the main character Roxie Slade and her take no prisoners attitude. I loved that she doesn't back down and shows that young women can stand up for themselves. Looking forward to the next to books in the series.4 Stars!!!
  • Rina Smith
    I was given an ARC of this book, and am happy to say that This was a great book. I would put this in the like of Tijan's A Whole New Crowd and Van Dyken's Elite. I loved Roxie and her ways. Such a strong young lady trying to make her way among the cream of the crop and not understanding the rules of their way. Stayed interesting the entire time.
  • Princ3ss
    Oh how I love teenaged drama. Ryker Black is something else. He certainly was an an asshole with a God complex. I liked how Roxie called him on most of his BS. This story felt like an introductory of sorts with a lot more to be uncovered.
  • Julie Rogers
    there is a difference between a bad boy and an abuser...
  • Sam Kozbial
    I am such a fan of the Pepper Jones books, and was excited to read more of Dean's work. In Black Diamond, Dean introduces us to Stark Academy. Stark is a winter sports academy, where only the cream of the crop survive. Our heroine, Roxie is a latecomer to the academy and on scholarship. These are not the only characteristics that set her apart at Stark, as she is one of the few fall under the spell of Ryker Black. Things I liked-I really liked th...
  • Megha P
    The power imbalance is borderline unhealthy.
  • books are love
    Received in exchange for a honest review.The book began slowly for me. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. We start with alot of mystery and weirdness. Weirdness about Ryker Black. Monica, Roxie’s roommate, begins it all with how she changes her attitude as soon as Ryker comes into the room. It was freaky one moment she is sweet as pie and the next looking like a deer caught in headlights. Her paranoia was a bit much at first but as th...
  • Gill
    I received this entire series from Netgalley in return for a review and I am sorry but I finished the first book and could not go on. What did I just read? It’s like 50 Shades of Grey for teenagers but without the questionable BDSM, just straight up possessive, controlling behaviour. Is that supposed to be a turn on?Ryker made steam come out of my ears every single time he opened his mouth, he was a giant jerk manchild that couldn’t deal with...
  • Andrea Willey
    This book was a nice change of pace. It had a strong female lead that didn't just bow down to the guy. She held her own and was still able to show compassion and love in spite of having a strong personality.
  • Jennifer
    I typically don't read YA anymore, unless it's some kind of post-apocalytpic/sci-fi/dystopia kind of story, since I just find regular YA characters dumb. And most of the time the plots silly, too. And let's not forget all the drama, angst and overall ridiculousness caused by teenage hormones. So imagine my surprise when I decided to read this book. I enjoyed the Pepper Jones series, not because it was YA sports romance, but because Pepper was awe...
  • Gemma Weir
    Check out more of my reviews on my blog StarsBlack Diamond is book #1 in the Stark Springs Academy Series, I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.I’ve read all of Ali Dean’s books to date, I think it’s fairly obvious I’m a fan but there’s always that element of doubt when it comes to a new series. Will it be as good as The Pepper Jones books? (Which I loved)...
  • Ana Quiambao
    I am not that particular on my books, but I usually prefer those with characters that are strong, independent and outspoken compared to damsel-in-distress-I-need-to-be-saved kind of girls. And Roxanne Slade is definitely the former – a fighter! That just makes this story more enjoyable. It’s a kind of book you would want to read on a cold winter day, with hot chocolate on your hand. The story has a relaxing vibe into it yet each word strikes ...
  • Elle Fielding
    *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to author Ali Dean.*4.5 Stars!I knew nothing about this book when I started reading it, but I hoped it was another sports romance. I love a good sports romance. More importantly, I love the way Ali Dean writes sports romance. Black Diamond does indeed fit this category and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Stark Springs Academy is a completely different world and I was sucked right in fr...
  • Maria Aguilar
    I'm giving this a 4.5 stars because it was that good for me.The story begin with Roxie, who got accept to this high class school known as Stark Spring that is well-known for making the best skier, figure skater or anything that has to do in the winter sport champion or making them up in the world. When she got there she notice that something is off from this school and the answer to that question is on person: Ryker Black. He is the one that is r...
  • Ulyssa
    This book is about Roxie Slade moving to Stark Springs Academy. She thought it was shady when she arrived, but was even more curious when she met Ryker Black, the so-called Principle of Stark Academy. Everyone listens and obeys Ryker, everyone except Roxie. This story tells us how Roxie learns how Stark works and her consequences for not obeying. There may be a love story in between the events occurring. Why don't you read it and find out?I enjoy...
  • Suzana Thompson
    I have never been into sports, but I'm enjoying these sports themed books. I don't know much about skiing, but it seemed to me like the author really did her research. I liked that Roxie wasn't the perfect athlete and that she had to work hard to improve. It made her relatable and someone to root for. I've also always liked the outsider storyline in which the character has to adapt to a new environment. Roxie immediately starts off on the wrong f...