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With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. GratefulWith an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they've sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she's forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another?Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy.The Academy, ever vigilant....

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Introductions Reviews

  • Ren
    2019-06-03 21:43

    Yesterday, I walked in my sisters room to see her heavily engrossed in this novel. When I asked her if it was good, she rapidly shook her head no.A novel that is terrible yet irresistible. Color me intrigued.It was only after I read this that I could truly understand.It was a massacre.I lost so many good brain cells.God bless the fallen.How to explain.This is (essentially) what I read:Snow white runs away from her wicked stepmother trips and lands in the very welcoming arms of her dwarf friends. they want to keep her because she cooks rather nice, and, well, they are all really enjoying those hard ons she supplies with her coy looks. Does she pick one? Oh no, snow white has a voracious emotional appetite, and the cunning to secure all seven dwarfs. They promptly kiss her feet, suck her fingers, and feel up her young, tender body under the guise of checking out her injuries from all the abuse klutzilla endures. The only thing missing in this book was snow whites orgy by the pool side.Jokes jokes. That's not it.. well not entirely. How about this version?Young beautiful, naive, clueless, innocent, helpless, loyal (blah blah you get it) Sang Sorenson is the nicest girl on the block. Somehow she has a sweet disposition in spite of the years of abuse and neglect from her parents, and it invites seven male gods to knock down the walls around her guarded heart. No, no, these gods are not actually dwarfs, but rather dogs- Sang's made them her bitch, and not in a good way. They enjoy giving her shit and taking care of her, yet the way they treat her... Sang doesn't exist, just Soccer Ball. Everone like's Soccer Ball, cause everyone gets a turn kicking her around! And the letdownsJust when I thought there would be a bona fide threesome, what do i get? nothing!Lets not forget the nicknames. It might just be me, but i felt every nickname like a bullet to my fucking brain.I get it. You want them to all have cute nicknames for her, so we can't elevate one of these testosterone filled fucks above another. Well that would never happen, cause guess what? THEY ALL LIKE HER The. same. exact. way. literally. no difference. Yes, Yes,I understand north has the brooding thing, Luke has the sexy face, and Gabrielle- uh i mean Gabriel- has the metro-sexual thing going on... etc. I get it. I do. But they all blush the same way, react to her giggles the same way, have the same inability to say no to her Mary Sue facial pout. Yeah, apparently Sangs pout has the ability to decimate Gabriel like a fucking avada kedavra.When you can fit seven personalities in 3 dwarfs, the seven is just overkill. Diversity? I think not. I'm not even gonna touch on the secret of the academy, cause to be honest, I'm not sure anyone gave a flying fuck. Everyone is entranced by the budding romance between the emotionally blind, socially inept wreck, and her seven horny, rich, stalkers/bodyguards. I'm just trying to muse on how this would work out when the boys balls descend and they realize they actually want to fuck her. She has the perfect setup- seven dwarfs- one dwarf for every day of the week!I'm gonna amuse myself by guessing who she'll put out to first. Since the Soccer Ball is the antichrist of feminism, I'm guessing Kota with his alphaness, will win first. Hmm, lets not put Victor out of the count yet, he does buy her tons of shit. Loose riches, loose bitches. But don't worry, eager readers who are warned this book is like black tar heroin, Sang WILL get with all of the guys; that's how you play soccer after all, the ball gets passed around.I mean its not Sangs fault almost every man with a pulse believes she'll hand out her vagina on a golden platter... And its not her fault that all the nice characters resemble abercrombie and fitch models and all the evil characters have the ugly gene... And that ALL seven boys LIKE and WANT her in their exclusive group that nobody has joined since the fourth grade. I mean really where's Grumpy? North is a piss poor replacement. Was Grumpy exiled cause he didn't agree that Sang was the equivalent of the messiah?It's really not her fault. It's just not believable.I think whats most embarrassing about the whole thing is that I'm almost finished with the series.Make of that what you will.

  • Helen 2.0
    2019-06-02 14:25

    A book version of Japanese reverse harem animes, except everyone is suburban white. And constantly blushing.Is the cover guy supposed to be Kota? That is SO not how I pictured him.The Academy series revolves around Sang, your typical straight white virgin with a psychotic family, zero personality, and 9 (as in NINE) guys chasing her ass like it's God's gift to man. I would be less annoyed about this situation if any of the characters could deviate even slightly from the cliched, but nope. Sang is so dull she might as well be a mannequin - but if I hear ONE MORE BOY talking about how "you're not like other girls, Sang" I swear I will slap the offending party right out of the book. She just sits around, silently blushing and wallowing about her self esteem issues. How is this "different" or "special"??? At one point, she mentions Vivaldi's Four Seasons and everyone acts all impressed that Sang is cultured (when that piece is about as famous as you can get in terms of classical music. Come on, EVERYONE has heard of Vivaldi before.) Basically, Sang is an average girl with an average harem.The title, "Introductions", pretty much says it all. We have a couple of chapters and Sang meets a new guy in each chapter. That's it. Nothing else happens.I've seen many other people mention this series' frightening ability to fail as a literary work and yet still be completely addictive. I have to concur. I finished this book, thought, "Thank God that's over," then promptly reached for the next book. What is going on here?

  • Lynanne Carroll
    2019-06-18 20:41

    I started reading this book because the synopsis sounded fairly interesting, and because it was free. Mostly because it was free. I kept reading because I honestly *could not believe* it was so awful. I just kept waiting for it to get better (it never happened). I've reviewed quite a few YA books on Goodreads, Amazon, and my blog...and not one of them has been THIS BAD. This is what happens--no spoilers, because there ISN'T ANYTHING TO SPOIL:Sang meets each guy from this enigmatic, cliquish group, is fawned over by pretty much all of them, and blushes repeatedly because of their unexpected sympathy and friendliness. Literally. Except...no, even that makes it sound better than it is.You may be reading this and thinking to yourself, c'mon, that's ridiculous. No book is THAT bad. Well, dear reader, this one is. What I describe is all that happens. Worse, it happens like 12 times because she meets a different guy in each chapter...and they all respond in the exact same way. Of course, in the beginning, it doesn't seem all that bad; you meet a nice guy who treats Sang well (unlike her psychopath of a mother), and it seems sweet. Blossoming love, perhaps? Or at least the start of a good friendship for her to finally start living. But then you realize that you're reading the same story over and over again with each new guy she's introduced to...and then you wonder, is there any point to this? Nothing about these characters is "complex" (as another reviewer claimed); they are all practically identical to one another in personality, and all happen to fall for Sang just because. (Again, I mean that in the most literal sense imaginable.)I am *astonished* that this book has a rating of 4 stars. I mean, seriously, I would've burned this book if it hadn't been electronic. You might think I'm being harsh. Tactless. Heartless. Maybe I could've been more tactful. But this book deserves every single 1 star rating it receives, and I don't anyone to misunderstand my meaning when I say that this book is not worth reading, much less *buying* and reading. If I could, I'd give this book 0 stars. If you are contemplating reading this book, you should first contemplate whether or not you want to pluck your own eyes out with a fork. My guess is the answer will be no, and you can take that as your cue to move on.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-27 17:23

    I love this series so much! I just found out about this a few days ago, and after reading the summary, I told myself that I had to read it right away, which I did! C.L Stone surpassed my expectations. It got me hooked from the first chapter. I keep wanting more! I've read all five books already, and I can't wait to read the next!Did I mention that this series has 9 SWOON-WORTHY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS? Oh yeah.Here's my dream cast:SANGKOTAVICTORSILASNATHANGABRIELLUKENORTHDR.GREENMR.BLACKBOURNE

  • Kadbury
    2019-06-09 18:35

    I can't rate this book. I can find SO MANY faults with this book but I'm still dying to read the sequel. I guess I would put this under my guilty pleasure books tab in goodreads because I just couldn't stop reading this book and I have no idea why! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it has seven hot guys in it. You heard me ... SEVEN guys.The plus point of this book is that there isn't a love triangle/heptagon yet and the male characters are different and draw you to the story.Each of the male characters is intriguing.The characters are just introduced in this book but I can't wait to find out more about them.My main problem with this story so far has to be the main character.I have mixed feelings towards Sang. She's too naive,trusting and pretty much a walking cliche but I still pity her and can't seem to hate her.I think I might have liked this story much more if it was told in dual POV or from somebody else's point of view.Also, I don't like how some "issues" are being handled in this book.The plot is interesting yet confusing at the same time.I noticed that not much happens in this book. The book's title isn't misleading at all it just introduces us to the characters and hints at some mysterious secret.I'm pretty sure the main story hasn't started yet.Overall, I have no idea how to rate this because I couldn't put this book down no matter how much it frustrated me.I think the next book will help me decide whether this series is any good or not.

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    2019-06-12 18:33

    “Will you stop being cute? Your nose is smudging the window. My god, you’re worse than a puppy,”My casting:Hmm... I actually like it. Strange, considering there's an incredible weak female character.. But the more you got to know her, the more you felt protective of her. I just wanted to hide her from the cruelty in this world!“Will you buckle in? It’s bad enough we kidnapped you.”Luckily, now she has 7 amazing boys protecting her! There is no doubt in my mind that she will get romantic with one of them, perhaps there will even be a love triangle coming, however I'm both nervous and excited to find out who it will be :D"I was empty. Strangers in a strange family.” The book was not my usual kind of book.. It was a bit, I don't know, too innocent? I'm not sure this "interest" will keep up, however I cannot wait to see what will happen, to see if Song becomes a stronger person.. That will be interesting, and hopefully better than this one! It felt good to read something I'm not used to atm :) Hopefully this feeling/emotion will continue, so I can keep up with this series :)! “Fuck thinking. Thinking hurts the team. Jump.”

  • Rhea_sways
    2019-06-18 19:37

    Sometimes a book's ability to suck blows my mind.. It is like an accident you can not take your eyes off and each bad gory detail just leaves you stunned.Now let me tell you the biggest NO, I mean the biggestNO - NEVERin all books. Men telling women/girls how to dressMen telling women/girls how to speakMen telling women/girls how to behaveMen thinking it is "ok" to judge women/girls and tell them what is appropriate and what is not.. Men talking I am ok with jokes..I am ok with role play (DD/lg)..I even love reading about H who gets all bothered and jealous about their h.. WELL I AM NOT OK WITH AUTHORS PROJECTING THE NOTION THAT IT IS OK FOR RANDOM MEN TO TELL YOUNG GIRLS/WOMEN WHAT TO DO! In YA/NA, I see it as a recurring theme and it is not endearing or ok!Example.. Very blatant ones at least! "She's going home to change before she's allowed to register" So let me get this straight, you will DENY a girl her right to education and demand she change in order for a man to control what's in his pants.. ""I don't think it is appropriate for her to wear it," Mr. McCoy said." Last time I checked.. she didn't ask you whether it was or was not.. To top it off, another man goes to justify Mr. McI-can't-keep-it-under-control-in-my-pant's behaviour.. "I think he means well.""He reached out, surprising me and touched the collar of my shirt. he buttoned it up to the top and smoothed down the fabric of the collar. "And so you know," he said "If you wear a short skirt, you should keep your top modest. As a lady, it will make you look more elegant."" 1. Don't touch her you creep2. Refer to the above instructions!3. I did not know you wrote the fucking handbook on how to be a lady.. no "an elegant lady"4. 5. 6. 7. For god's sake someone get this author to an institution where they teach how to respect women or give the author a do over at life because if you are living your life disrespecting women you are doing it wrong!! I said it!If she feels the need for guidance she will ask.In the end it is what makes her happy I do not understand why it is so hard for the society to understand the small concept of a woman's/girl's happiness? Why is a man's happiness and opinion held above a woman's??? I believe a proper review of the book has already been done by many fellow goodreaders. I just felt this concern needed to be addressed.

  • Melissa (Ever So Mela)
    2019-05-23 17:46

    I have a problem here. Legit problem.You seethis book- more like series-stands for EVERYTHING I dislike in reading. It has a weak-ass female character, cliché male leads(every single one you can think of; and notice how I said leads as in plural) and an absolutely nonexistent plot. It has such a clean romance (or nonexistent for that matter) that a freaking 10 year old could read this and just such unbelievable scenes where I'm just like WTF?!But I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't stop reading and I am irrevocably and irredeemably addicted-like an addict on meth- to these books. I basically stalk the author's page, like , weekly to see updates. I think she voodood-is that a word?- the books. They have a spell on me. HA! Super cheesy! See what I mean? Legit problem.I hand over my get out of jail free card<\b>

  • Melissa
    2019-05-20 15:42

    This is for Books 1-3. Book 1 I got as an Amazon freebie and ended up buying the other two immediately after. I did notice a few typos here and there, but girlfriend is **cranking them out** and they really only need very little tweakage. So.Yeah, you know what, I'm not gonna lie, I read Books 1-3 in like, a 12 hour span. Unashamed girly goodness. I'm also kind of rooting for all of the guys, which ....I think is probably the point. <_< >_>Content warning: domestic abuse. I was okay reading it, but it gets a bit intense in some places and I can see it really setting some people off. The book descriptions don't do a great job of explaining just HOW horrifying her home life is.This series is "I need some TOTALLY FLUFFY girl time with some cute boy action."

  • Future Slayer Girl
    2019-06-06 18:45

    Please allow me to collect my feelings over the WTF I just read emotions hanging all over me. This is one of those series that has the addiction level of crystal meth for any book loving individual. I have to say what I expected of this book, what NOTHING that I actually got. What I got was a pretty heavy dose of mystery, angst, underlying tones of romance, and seven--erm no--nine hot high school age boys (I kind of feel terrible calling them boys because they act way to much like men only they have all the bent up aggression that teenage boys have that is the ONLY reason this works.)Ok. So the lead character and narrator of our story is Sang (yeah that bothers me too. What is up with these young adult names? Is Emily or Stacey just too much to ask for? They worked well enough in Baby-Sitters Club and that was my all time fav series as a child!) its opens with what appears to be her running away from home. Then she stumbles upon Kota--aka hottie number one. Through the course of the book Sang mets the six other boys in this odd group along with two teachers. She learns they are part of the academy and that is about all I can tell you without blowing up the whole plot. The writing isn't totally strong. It is written for a lower age group than me and yet I was still going WTF at the end and went and bought the other two books because apparently sleep and getting actual work done wasn't an option while reading these books. What we do know is that Sang is living in a very abusive and dysfunctional household. Her father neglects her and her mother doles out punishments that could possibly ride glaringly close to the mother in Sybil. It is a big intense and heart wrenching, and I totally believe a few, if not ALL the boys in the group are falling in love with Sang. *I recieved a copy of this book from Aracto Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Meredith
    2019-06-07 15:18

    I received this book via Net Galley for an honest review.When I finished this book I had to stop and think for a minute. Technically, nothing really exciting happens. It’s called Introductions, and it’s just that. Each character in the series is introduced. There are eight main characters: Sang, Kota, Nathan, Victor, Silas, Gabriel, Luke, and North. Each boy is introduced through their first meeting with Sang. We meet a few other minor characters including Sang’s deranged mother (think Mommy Dearest), her sister Marie, and two professors at the high school Mr. Blackbourne (bad cop) and Dr. Green (good cop).Sang is extremely naïve, almost a bit overboard for me. But then again her mother is crazy and administers cruel forms of punishment on her daughters for simply talking to someone. So I guess her inexperience and social awkwardness are understandable. She is definitely a sheltered child because when she first meets Kota she follows him back to his house (in her defense she was injured when Kota’s dog pounced on her). It’s late at night, a stranger offers to help clean up a few scratches for her (even though her own house is only feet away) and she even spends the night. Basically she does every thing a girl should NOT do when meeting a total stranger.Of course Kota is harmless and instantly needs to take care of the helpless Sang. He introduces her to his group of friends and they all immediately become protective of Sang. For her part she is just thrilled to have friends. It’s all a bit strange, which is really the entire tone of the book. Something is off or hidden from the reader and you just can’t put your finger on what it is. I know I’ve seen movies like this before. The ones where it ends and you’re left scratching your head trying to figure out what it was all about. Sang shares several sweet moments with each of the boys making the friendships feel real. She takes an unexpected swim with Nathan after he shoves her in the pool, Silas worries about her and calls her house to make sure she's all right after a creepy run in at the mall (which leads to some crazy punishment from wacko-mom), Luke shares his dreams about opening a diner with her and there are more. Honestly the guys are too sweet, too caring, and overall just too perfect. Other than a few run-ins with her mother and a sleezeball at the mall, not much else happens. So when I finished the book I was surprised I wanted more. I want to know what on earth the Academy is. I want to know more about the odd group of seven boys that seem too good to be true (every girl would love to be the lone female in the group). I want to know how Sang plays into everything. Why are the boys so concerned for Sang's safety at school? Who on earth are Dr. Green and Mr. Blackbourne? And what is up with Sang's deranged mother?Overall I would place this book in the bizarre yet completely addictive category. This book is full of BOYS! I can’t understand how a book that really isn’t about anything other than character introductions left me wanting more. So I’m off to get the second book in the series, First Days, and hope that some of my burning questions are answered.

  • Siv Therese
    2019-06-14 17:30

    For a starter - this book is amazing. I've read too many books to account for, and can easily plow through 2-5 books a day if I'm not studying or working. And sometimes after I've read a book, I would like to read it again. This is one of those books. Usually I'm more into "kick-ass-heroines",but Sang, well she's got more strength than one can imagine. And not to mention the boys... Oh the BOYS! Wow! If your totally into multiple boys vs one girl, this is the book for you. And there are so many secrets and hidden factors, that just makes me want to scream for more and more and more. I've never written a review before, but I really had to give this book and the author the credit it deserves. And I cant wait to read book 2! SO C.L. STONE - please please please release book 2 soon.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-27 16:41

    Never have characters in a book captured my heart like those from C.L. Stone's Academy Series!! For the first time EVER in a romance series, I honestly have no idea which of the 7( yes I said 7...although you could honestly say 9) main male characters our heroine Sang will choose. And every time I read through the series (which is 4 times currently) I lean towards a different guy!! I would not recommend this book for children under high school age unless you are ok with A LOT of strong language. There are also some great discussion possibilities about abuse and if Sang and the boys handle these situations in the best and safest way possible. Do yourself a favor when downloading The Academy: Introductions and pickup First Days ($3.99) and Friends vs. Family ($3.99) while your at it. Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for 'Forgiveness and Permission' which has an estimated release date of October 29th!! If you can't get enough of Sang and The Boys checkout the Facebook fan page - Hidden Hearts: The Academy Boys.

  • ~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
    2019-06-07 13:28

    Wow, what a great beginner book for a series! It is, just as the title implies, an introduction- not only to all the various complex characters, but also the the unique situation they're all in, and the mysterious and exclusive "Academy." The depth of Sang's situation is heart-wrenching, and even more-so with the thought that there are really people who deal with the things she's dealing with. A look into her world, and her thoughts- doubts about her worth and self, especially- is only a small part of what makes this book so dynamic and intriguing.All seven of "the guys" Sang meets and befriends are just perfect- they each have unique personalities, and are a perfect personification of the 7 typical stereotypical young guys. The nerd/leader, the serious grump/bad boy, the muscle/sweet-heart, the questionable musician, the always chipper passionate, the cocky ladies man, and the fun sporty jock. Each is a perfect depiction of a woman's image of that stereotype (and probably what every guy hopes to be, in one form or another). I found myself making comparisons to the 7 dwarfs from Snow White, and found the similarities to that story amusing. I loved each guy, and their combined concern and protectiveness for Sang makes them all that much more desirable. The writing is very appealing- easy to read, flows smoothly and naturally. The descriptions are very well written, easily imagined, and depicted beautifully. Not overly wordy, but not something that makes you feel stupid for reading- perfect mix. Being book one of a four book series, the ground work for the rest of the books was laid out, and very well. It's left me excited to read the rest of the series, and find out what will happen with the Academy, and Sang. I think it has the ability to be one of the next big hit series- certainly something to keep an eye on. Most definitely a book I'd recommend- it would be appealing to most women, young or old, and probably many men as well.*I was given a complimentary eBook copy of this book, by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Brenda
    2019-06-05 17:22

    Not to sure how to review this book. So I'll leave you with this......THERE ARE 7 SWOON WORTHY BOYS IN THIS BOOK.Caught your attention didn't I?! Seriously read this book, nothing much happens but it'll hook you in!

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2019-06-18 13:18

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  • Aimee
    2019-06-12 19:22

    Finished reading it recently. Got caught up with a bunch of other books so sorry it took me awhile.When I saw the title I just though, "Okay, it's the character's first day at a school." Not completely it, Almost the entire book was dedicated to introducing the guys. Should have been obvious by the title, though. I didn't like the main character. She seemed too fragile to me. I was confused by her actions with the guys. It seemed she had a crush on all of them. There were some grammar issues here and there. The whole book was a cliche to me. Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Daiane
    2019-06-03 15:27

  • Adrienne
    2019-06-16 20:38

    Why did I take so long to read this? This one was one heck of a page-turner! It's so difficult to find books worthy of 3+ stars so I wasn't expecting much from this. But damn, this was amazing. The characters were all very likeable and I enjoyed every minute of getting to know them. The ending was such a dramatic cliffhanger -- I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on book two! There were some grammatical errors in some parts of the book but overall it was a really great read and I never once got bored while reading it.Sang's strict and overbearing parents has kept her sheltered almost her entire life. She's not allowed to make friends, she doesn't own a cellphone or a laptop and her mother mistreats her at home if she doesn't act the way she's supposed to. When she meets Kota and the other boys she's thrilled and thinks that she finally has a chance at normalcy. But the smart, chivalrous and nearly-perfect guys she met aren't what they seem. They keep secrets of their own. And they have this secret language that Sang doesn't understand. Who are they really? And what is their friendship all about?Favorite characters: Kota and Nathan. (If Sang ever gets to date one of them, I want it to be either Kota or Nathan. Sang seems to have a crush on all of them but I hope in book two she gets to uncover all of their secrets and will eventually fall for Kota. Heh.) Victor is oh-so-sophisticated in my eyes but super-friendly. I'm not sure about Gabriel... his character still confuses me. (He wasn't shown much in the book, too.) Luke was adorable! I could easily picture him in my mind. He's 'guy bestfriend' material. And North and Silas? Well, they still scare me. I have a feeling though that lurking beneath both of their huge, muscled frames is a soft side. After getting introduced to every single one of them I was feeling jealous of Sang. She's so lucky she got to befriend seven fantastic guys!A million thanks to the author for providing me a free copy of this book. I am absolutely grateful for the opportunity to read and review your work. Looking forward to the sequel!

  • Brittain *The Baddest Female*
    2019-06-20 15:32

    *blinks in confusion*What in the world did I just read?Was there a plot? Was there action? I'm so confused. And yet...... I HAVE TO READ THE NEXT ONE This was honestly exactly like the title says. It is all introductions. But pleasant ones with hunky boys. I can't really fault Sang for being extremely confused and still somehow completely ok with it. I know I would have in high school. Hey-oooMoving past Sang, let's talk about "All Those Boys!" as my great-grandmother would have said. (She and her husband ran an all boys camp and she was a flapper in the 20's. She would have loved this book) A friend said it was like a harem and it really is. I love that Sang isn't taking advantage of it though. She isn't saying "Jump!" and they all attach themselves to the beams in the ceiling. Kota is clearly the ringleader of the whole thing but they are all so cute and caring. I just want to put them in my pocket and take them to concerts with me to keep the creepers away. One bone to pick though with one boy. Of all the things in God's great universe, why in the world is one of the boys ahairdresser . When I read that, I immediately pictured my hairdresser who has a thing for sparkly jewel encrusted cowboy boots and lecturing me if I am ever late to one of his appointments. That's what I see when I envision Gabriel.I feel like this book was set in the South just because it is supposed to be the desert of the beaux arts but it didn't really talk about that besides using our copious forests down here as an escape.I don't want to read the next one or spend money on it...but I know I will.

  • Pao
    2019-06-14 20:44

    One of the best books a I've read so far this year. The Academy- Introductions is a very intriguing and misterious book that, as its title says, is an introduction to meet the characters part of these series. The best part: not only one guy to drool over, but SEVEN BOYS (yes...SEVEN DREAMY BOYS) and all of them are so nice and sweet (not in a boring fairy tale way)to our female character Sang, who is an isolated and insecure girl as a result of a having a paranoid mother, an absent father and a weird sister. Sang's way of being is understandable knowing the situation she lives in, and this group of guys comes right in to give her their friendship and acceptance.I loved a lot of things about this book, mainly: 1)The mistery, the book ends and leaves you with a lot of questions about the guys, The Academy, the professors, etc. 2)Sang's awful family situation (not the family itself), I honestly get bored to read about leading characters with a perfect life and family, the wonderful cheery bff and the handsome irresistible bad boy. It probably sounds weird but I like better books with sad and hard plots not due to just a heartbreak or something like that.I completely enjoyed reading this first part of the series (I checked and there is going to be The Academy #3, 4 and 5 *_*), and I'm at the same time suffering and looking forward for book #2, suffering because it is already published and I can't have it (excuse me for my whining), also read the excerpt and I want more. Thanks to Patchwork Press via Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Lina
    2019-06-19 14:33

    Started and finished the first ten books in three days. Welp. I need more. My addiction is real. I can't get enough of sweet, adorable Sang and her band of sexy, heroic misfits. This series is dangerously addictive. Seriously. Don't start unless you want to sign your heart away. (So start it anyway. You know you want to.) xoxoLINA

  • Marguerite (Lady RH) ❀
    2019-06-06 17:25

    Rating (for the whole series) : between 1 and 4 starsOr 15 starsReally depends.Welcome to the Academy universe. The world's most dangerous drug that no rehab can cure.The Ghost Bird series is awful.It's also one of my favorite guilty pleasures on Earth.- We have Sang. Beautiful, cute, pretty, loyal, innocent, broken, fierce, trusting, loving, caring, adorable, perfect and dull as fuck heroine.- We have the guys. Nine guys that all want a piece of her golden vagina self and have enough personality to fit into only three.- We have the Academy, which after two series and sixteen books we still know nothing about.- And then we have some kind of mystery that after two series and sixteen books we still understand nothing about -not that we give a shit.The perfect recipe for a disaster.I've read it three times already.I'm fucking addicted.What you might want to know:(view spoiler)[- Hanging around people that lie to you all the time is okay.- Not asking question about a sketchy organisation is also normal.- Sang is not like the other girls.- She likes pink and wears skirts.- She's different.- Veeeeeryyyyy different.- There are no black or asian people in South Carolina.- I became a pro at multitasking; i can roll my eyes and have a stupid grin on my face at the same time.- I have a huge love/hate relationship with those books.- Having a bite mark tattooed is weird and gross as fuck.- I'm a bit of a masochist.- Sang is not like the other girls.- I have no shield against cuteness.- Having nine boyfriend is seriously difficult to handle.- I might have a soft spot for super pretty heroines.- I'm gonna have smiling wrinkles very soon because of it.- I adore their unecessary drama.- Sang and her guys are the only people around that clean up well.- The others look like shit.- Sang is not like the other girls.- It's more convernient to have a rich as fuck guy in you harem.- So is to have a fashion king.- I hate this series.- I can't get enough of it. (hide spoiler)]The Ghost Bird will give you cavities with all the sweet sugary moments, will make you puke in your mouth a lot a bit and will make you very disappointed with yourself half of the time.You should definitely check it out if you haven't yet, it's so worth it.

  • Muse-ic ♬
    2019-05-25 13:29

    4.5Wow that was awesome! But tooooooo short!Only 163 pages, are you kidding me????This first introduction to the series which happens to be called "Introductions" is free on Amazon Kindle, so go get it, and I dare you to deny being even a tiny bit attracted enough to keep going! Guys there are literally 20 books in this series, although not all of them are out yet!!!! I'm so excited! However, I was just scrolling through all the book titles and "First Kiss" is book #10. Guys, I can't wait that long!! Also how on earth am I supposed to pick only one of these seven extremely amazing males?! Literally they are so perfect you know you're reading a book.....sadly.So Sang kind of has a crush on these seven dudes, who are her friends, all at once. I don't blame her for it. She's innocent and naive and has an abusive mother who breathes fire at the idea of "boy." It's a new experience for her! Not only is it a new experience, but DAMN did you observe those fine specimens?Seven guys that are all physically well-built in different ways, each unbearable attractive in a different way, all of them so kind, so gentlemanly, so supportive, so tender, and so trustworthy!?SIGN ME UUUUP!Buuut only if they were sophomores in college, not high school, lol ^_^ I don't yet have a favorite boy. They're all so awesome!Sang's mother....I hate that b*tch! I don't even know what her father is up to. Nor her sister for that matter. Why on earth has she (or the boys) not called the police to report domestic abuse yet? It's entirely justified, and she could go live with one of the boys, since she's not yet 18. Why?

  • Laura
    2019-06-11 13:43

    3.5 starsIntroductions is a reasonable start to what seems like an interesting series.The only problem with this book is the plotline, there isn’t one. This book introduces us to Sang, her interesting family life and the boys who become her friends. To me reading Introductions didn’t feel like I was reading a full book and instead felt more like reading just the (admittedly detailed and well written) opening to a book. This style of writing, though unsatisfying, allows the characters to be well developed.Each chapter introduces us to a new character and by the end of the book each and every one feels like a friend you have known for years. Sang’s perspective on the world is refreshing due to the somewhat unique way she has been raised by her mother. Her life is interesting and I want to know more about it and the boys also add their own element of mystery.This series has so much potential. Whilst book 1 took its title literally and did little other than introduce the story I am hopeful that more action will happen in book 2.This book did grab me enough to make me buy the sequel immediately.*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way.*

  • Regina
    2019-06-17 16:28

    4.5 stars. This the weirdest 4.5 stars I've ever given a book. I will collect my thoughts into a coherent review soon.I wasn't really sure how to review this book, but I tried. It was very different from anything I have been reading lately, and I REALLY ENJOYED IT. I LOVE the characters, and can't wait to see what the second book in this series has to offer.Ok, you can find my official "review" here:http://mereadalot.com/2013/07/30/intr...

  • Kiera
    2019-05-22 16:41

    This book is hard to describe. Nothing much happens in it, but it somehow keeps you hooked. The writing is excellent, the characters are amazing... and that's pretty much it. I know it's just setting up the series, but it does it in such a way that really makes you want to keep reading. The characterisations are really what make this story worthwhile.

  • Nomuh
    2019-05-25 18:46

    My ratings: 5/5 | 10/10Oh my... I needed this book!The first book in the ghost bird series is an amazing contemporary book that introduces us a lot of great characters, both female and male. It's the kind of book that can melt hearts, make you dream and is overall a good book to relax and read quick. It's so sexy but also cute and I found myself engaged in the characters lives and secrets.

  • Kristin (KC)
    2019-06-16 21:21

    *AMAZON FREEBIE*10/8/13http://www.amazon.com/The-Academy-Int...

  • Robin
    2019-06-12 18:32

    Note: this is a new review/note - posted 12/26.Review Tally - based out of 5OVERALL: 5 STARSStory/Plot: 5 - I know what you're saying: "A 5, honestly?!" And I gladly admit yes for two reasons. The first is I just love this series and to be honest I just re-read it this evening. Second, this book is mainly an introduction to The Academy series by C.L. Stone. Anyone who has seen my reviews/notes knows I don't like to drop spoilers and I will try not to, but I cannot help fangirling about this series. Re-read Value: 5 - Just got done re-reading it. I am quite sure it won't be the last time and if I am honest with you, I knew I was going to re-read it the first time I read the book a few months ago.Continue Series: 5! - I need to up this one. I cannot wait until the next book is released.Characters: 5 - Unquestionably, a HUGE 5. The characters introduced so far make this series so gush worthy. Kota. Victor. Silas. Nathan. Gabriel. Luke. North. Dr. Green. Mr. Blackbourne. 9, count them, 9 HOT sexy gentlemen - and I mean TRUE Gentlemen in the full sense of the word, not the crap society refers to as "Gentlemen" - who are absolutely perfect and willing to rush in and be rescue Sang if needed, no questions asked. Then there is Sang herself, traumatized since she was younger and just now being pulled out of shell by meeting 7 best friends who welcome her with open arms. I am envious, jealous and care about her all at the same time.Cover: 5 - OMG I love this cover. I like to look back at it and think, yep, this is Kota. I don't know if it's because I read a lot of comics, Graphic Novels, and Asian comics, but I love getting a picture of the characters in my head as I read. I wonder if there is anyone else out there who has the book come alive or play out like a movie in their head as they read like me. I have to admit I find it a pain. Regardless, I like an idea of what people look like or how they appear or act, because if not, my tiny brain substitutes what's in there. Genre Fulfillment: 5 - YA Romance, check. I could drop SPOILERS here because I have read past this first book, but I will just say if you're considering checking out this series - of which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! - there is more to it than just a Young Adult Romance story.Personal Involvement: 5 - There is no end to my fangirling and gushing about this series. I think my friends and family are getting tired of me asking them "Did you check out The Academy series I told you about?" "What?! Why not, the first book is a quick and easy read. You'll probably finish it in one night!" "Fine, do what you want. But let me tell you now, if you become as addicted to this series as I am, don't come gushing and crying to me. I don't know you!" Well I hope I don't come off too rude, although I think that was an exact conversation. *sigh*