Introductions (The Ghost Bird #1) by C.L. Stone


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. 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.

Song For This Book: 
Boys Boys Boys by Lady Gaga


This series is my ‘total indulgence, so different from what I typically read that it’s almost embarrassing but who cares’ series. If I go by my ‘rules’ of what I like and don’t like book-wise, I should hate this series. But I love it.

I came across this book when I first signed up for BookBub. It sounded interesting enough, and more importantly, it was free. So I downloaded it and it sat on my Kobo for about two months because I completely forgot about it. At least, until I was home sick from work, and desperate for something to read because my eyes were getting cross staring at my computer.

I was hooked on the first chapter, and after I finished, I went online and got all of the others that were out at the time (maybe up to book six or seven? I don’t remember now).

This book is a bit tricky to discuss, because there isn’t much of a story to it. It’s called Introductions, and essentially, that’s what it is. There are that many major characters in this series. When I got to later books, I was glad for it, because it made keeping track of (and slowly falling in love with) all of them a whole lot easier. But it’s kind of funny when you’re reading it, because it’s basically just introductions written in story-form.

The Good Points of Introductions:

This series involves a very atypical romance, which is a bizarre but pleasant change. I tend to find romance rather dull most of the time, so having some new elements and scenarios to see worked out is nice. We only get a little of this in Introductions, but it’s the start. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The characters are extremely well developed, with their own styles, voices, and preferences. We get to see a lot of character in this book, and you get to know them pretty well.

It is a very easy read, and not overly long (about 150 pages?). It doesn’t take long to get through, and doesn’t take a lot of effort to read.

The electronic version free on Amazon and Kobo (and likely anywhere you get e-books)! So if you hate it, at least you didn’t have to pay for it.

The Downsides of Introductions:

This is a self-published book, and therefore the editing is questionable. If you have a hard time overlooking spelling and grammar mistakes, you might struggle to read this one.

As I’ve said, there isn’t a lot of story to this book. It’s laying the groundwork, so you don’t get a lot of story to run with.

I’d love to write more, but honestly, with the book being what it is, it’s hard to come up with a whole lot more to say, without starting to talk about later books in the series. I did really enjoy this one, and have kept up to date with it since. I opted for a 3.5 rating because of the lack of plot and the spelling errors, despite the fact that I am a little addicted to this series. If you’re looking for a fun, easy read with hot guys, I definitely recommend it, especially as the series gets much better, with more drama and action, with progressing books.


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