Customer Reviews: Ambition (Private, Book 7)
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HALL OF FAMEon May 8, 2008
In Legacy, Easton Academy's oldest building burned down, and it was all the Billings girls' fault. After all, it wouldn't have happened had they not snuck out to crash the biggest party of the year. Which is why Cromwell, the new headmaster, has decided to shut down the Billings hall once and for all. As president at Billings, Reed Brennan cannot allow that to happen. So she makes a deal with Cromwell -- she will host a fundraiser to raise money for the school. Cromwell agrees, but on one condition: she has to raise five million dollars. And no, her multi-billionaire friends are not allowed to fork over the cash. So she sets her plans into action... or maybe Noelle is the one arranging everything. Is Noelle, control freak that she is, trying to outmaneuver Reed, making her seem incompetent in front of their friends? To make things worse, Josh is dating Ivy. Ivy, the mysterious Easton student who hates Billings more than life itself. At least they have THAT in common! To top it all off, Reed is still getting e-mails from Cheyenne, and now she's getting other things that had once belonged to her as well. Someone is messing with her, wants to drive her crazy, but who? And why? But not everything going on in Reed's life is bad. All of the men at Easton want to go out with her -- the president at Billings, the It girl of the moment. But all she really wants is Josh, or does she? After all, the thought of Dash and Noelle back together makes her physically ill...

Once again, Kate Brian has outdone herself with another riveting installment of this entertaining teen series. There is more drama, more problems for Reed, and in this one she'll really see the trueness of Noelle's power and wrath. The only bad thing I can say about this installment is that I am not happy with the cliffhanger because it means I'll have to wait till September -- for the release of Revelation -- to find out what happens next. The story itself is readable from beginning to end, but there are those errors that bug me, like Brian's lack of continuity when it comes to the characters' physical appearance. It appears that Josh's eyes are now blue. Will they be green again in the next installment? I still have a hard time picturing many of the secondary characters because, with the exception of a few, their appearance changes with each new installment. And I'm not talking about a different shade of hair color. A character that had at first been described as olive-skinned and dark-eyed suddenly becomes a blue-eyed blonde, etc. I do hope Brian has a better grasp of her own characters in the future. Other than that, I LOVED this book. I think it's the best one since Untouchable and, as said before, I very much look forward to reading Revelation. Read this, but if you're new to it, you have to start from the very beginning, with Private. These are NOT good standalones.
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on May 9, 2008
Reed Brennan fled to Connecticut's Easton Academy to get away from her Podunk town of Croton, Pennsylvania, and the craziness that enshrouded her family like a black cloth. The hallowed halls promised intelligence, safety, and the ability to hobnob with some of the most elite, fashionable, and prestigious people in the country. To Reed, Easton was everything; especially after she met the Billings Girls. Girls with the power to do, or accomplish anything. Reed craved to be just like them. But now that she's in, she's had to do nothing but contend with drama...the worst being murder. Reed thought that Easton's killing spree was all in the past. She's about to be proved wrong.

If there was one thing that Reed Brennan never could have expected, it was to be voted as president of Billings House. But she was, and now she holds the illustrious title. Pretty surprising since she's nothing but a scholarship student, while the rest of her classmates are the all-so-powerful privileged ones that people would do anything to be. But someone had to take over the spot after Cheyenne Martin decided to off herself. Luckily, Reed has Noelle by her side to get everything running smoothly; and to, hopefully, put the memory of her ex-boyfriend, Josh Hollis, and his budding romance with her enemy, Ivy Slade, in the past. But even with Noelle there, things are not going to be easy. After being blamed for burning down one of Easton's most historical buildings during an off-campus jaunt to crash the Legacy party, Easton's Headmaster Cromwell has decided to close down Billings. That is, unless the girls can raise approximately five million dollars for Easton. The task seems difficult, but Reed and the rest of the Billings girls have access to some of the most powerful, and elite individuals in the country. People who would love nothing more than to save Billings. Enlisting the help of her housemates, Reed puts together a gala fundraiser full of glitz and glam, determined to meet Headmaster Cromwell's challenge, and keep Billings alive and kicking. But in-between making sure that everything is perfect for the fundraiser, and preparing for Thanksgiving break, Reed will have to find a way to dodge some of Easton's hottest boys who are suddenly in hot pursuit of the now single Billings president. And, much to her chagrin, avoid the rumors that Cheyenne Martin was actually murdered, and didn't commit suicide; while simultaneously catching the person who has decided to take Reed, and Billings, down.

Words cannot describe how I feel about Kate Brian's AMBITION. Once more, Brian has managed to pen a story that is equal parts mystery and scandal, crafting more and more drama that works to absolutely reel the reader in. As Billings' new president, Reed has begun to display more maturity, determination, and, dare I say it, ambition. While her devastation of losing Josh is written all over her face, she manages to stay strong in the face of every challenge that she meets. Noelle, on the other hand, seems to be more domineering than in the past - if that's even possible; even reverting back to some of her old nitpicky ways. I thought that the conflict between Noelle and Reed was a long time coming; but can't help but feel that Sabine may have some tricks up her sleeve, as she seems to be spurring conflict between the two. There also seems to be suspicion within the Billings house, which even the reader feels as they examine each and every character. The addition of Reed going out on various dates added a little lighthearted humor to the otherwise oftentimes dreary, haunting storyline; while the illustrious gala that takes place works to make the reader want to don her finest and head out for a night on the town. Another scandalous novel that sets the pace for future PRIVATE additions. A decadent indulgence!

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
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The series keeps getting more compelling. I don't know how the author keeps finding new ways of upping the ante on these books and making them more suspenseful without it feeling contrived, but she has been very successful. As soon as I get one of these I curl up with it and don't want to put it down until I have finished, and this was no exception.

In this book, Reed is forced to deal with the fallout of the Legacy party, and Billings looks like it will be shut down. Reed can't let that happen on her watch, and the Billings Girls come up with a plan. Of course, there is other fallout from Legacy, and Reed has to deal with the loss of her boyfriend and the knowledge that she betrayed Noelle.

It becomes clear that someone is out to get Billings House, and that person will stop at nothing. Of course, Noelle and the Billings girls are equally determined.

This was excellent from start to finish, and if you have been reading these books, I am sure you don't need me to tell you to go out and get this one - you are probably already as addicted as I am.
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on June 4, 2008
Surprises and secrets continue to bloom at Easton Academy, but the Girls in Billings Hall should be used to the unexpected.

After the death of Cheyenne Martin, the Billings' Girls are continuing to recuperate and move on with their lives. Their first mission was to elect their newest president and it's no surprise that Reed is the chosen one. From the death of Thomas to discovering what some of the girls at Billings are really like, Reed is just the choice, since she does know how to handle what gets thrown at her. Of course, whenever you are at the top, there is someone to bring you down.

You don't have to wait too long for trouble to surround Billings Hall. The death of Cheyenne has not been solved and the police want to get all the answers they can. The interrogation happens when the girls are planning a special event that will help them get on the headmaster's good side. Even though she is Josh-less, Reed isn't finding it too hard to find a date. Choosing one can be a little difficult, since she needs someone who can grab Josh's attention and his emotions.

Her feelings for Josh have not yet evaporated, especially since he is one of the reasons why she came back to Easton. And her little incident with Dash is still under wraps, but as we all know, nothing stays a secret forever.

It's up to Reed to figure everything out and make things better. But if all of her secrets are revealed, and the ones she can turn to are betrayed, once she finds the answer to all of the problems, it may well be that no one will be there to help her get through it. Let's just hope Reed can fight these next obstacles before she gets knocked off her high horse.

As always, Kate Brian does a fantastic job continuing the series with even more suspense and fresh story lines. Reed continues to be a strong character and the Billings' Girls continue to be scandalous. With an ending that will make your jaw drop, fans of the previous novels will be satisfied with this next installment, and still yearn for more.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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on July 3, 2009
Ambition is the seventh book in the Private series. Reed finds herself up against the head-master and the Easton alumnae after a fire destroys one of the buildings on campus. A fire that occurred while Reed and other students were sneaking off campus to attend the Legacy, an annual, exclusive event.

Reed comes up with the idea of a fund raiser in NYC and asks several of her Billings sisters to assist her with the planning. One of which is Noelle. As Reed coordinates meetings and appointments, it appears as though Noelle is trying to sabotage her.

Meanwhile, everyone on campus is shocked to learn that Cheyenne's suicide may have been a homicide instead. Another murder investigation on campus.

Just as things are starting to look up for Reed, the secret she's been hiding since the Legacy, is revealed. One night, one mistake can change Reed's life at Easton forever.

Like the previous novels in this series, Ambition is a quick read. While reading, I couldn't help but feel this novel is more of a "filler" to prepare the reader for Revelation, where Cheyenne's murderer is revealed. There are a lot of clues in this book and hints about what's to come. I'm looking forward to reading the next book soon.
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on February 26, 2009
this book is very never know what is going to happen and things just happen out of no where have to read the 1st.2nd.3rd.4th.5th.6th books to understand any of it.
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on May 20, 2008
I expected more out of this book. The entire series has left me in suspense and wanting more, until this book. It wasn't horrible but the ending left more to be desired.
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on July 11, 2009
Kate Brian never disappoints in her novels. You'll want the entire set and mark your calendar for the next.
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on October 21, 2016
Great read. Unbelievable ending.
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on October 11, 2015
LOVE this series!
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