The time has finally come for Sang Sorenson to be formally introduced to the Academy. Protocol dictates the boys keep the details of Sang’s official introduction to the Academy a secret from her. The only thing they can advise her to do is to work on what will become her mantra: She is determined to stay with her team, no matter what.
Despite her wishes, however, the boys are second-guessing her place with them, concerned for her safety. With dangers all around and threats closing in, some of the boys are questioning if this is the right time to bring her to meet the Academy at all.
Sang is challenged with being the brave face among them and instilling the confidence needed to keep her with them. However, in order to appear compliant with the Academy’s rules, she has to be willing to listen and try their suggestions. As the boys have suspected and feared, the council wants to see how she’ll work with a different team. An all-girl team. She has no choice but to go along with the proposal or risk losing a shot at the Academy.
But when the Academy’s inner world is revealed to her, Sang knows that she’s finally found her place—somewhere she belongs—and she sees a future with them. The deeper she gets, the more she sees how she can make a difference. Learning what she is capable of and the impact she can have, she feels obligated to help. There’s so few girls, and they need her.
The guys try to stick to their plan, but every team must pay their debts, and the cost of keeping her might be more than any of them can afford.
It’s up to Sang alone to prove to the Academy where she truly belongs—but can she resist the call of a new team that needs her?
Song for This Book: Secrets – OneRepublic
This review will contain some spoilers from previous books, but not from this particular book. It’s a bit hard to avoid when you’re reviewing book number ten in a series.
I had come so close to getting beyond that mood where all I want to do is read the Academy books. And now I’m right back there, because this book is just so good! This series is such a guilty pleasure, because I feel like I shouldn’t enjoy them nearly as much as I do.
This book was exactly what I’ve wanted from the series for so long! Finally, we get to have to some answers about the Academy, and see more of Sang and her world than just the guys. Not that we don’t get to see the guys as well, but there was a lot more to it, and it really started to feel like the series was pushing ahead and getting somewhere brand new.
The Good Points of First Kiss:
We finally get to see more of the Academy and learn about how it works! A lot of it was stuff you might have sort-of figured out if you also follow the Scarab Beetle series and the cheat sheets, but it was nice to have it all laid out, and details filled in.
It was awesome to see Sang working with some other people. And not people who are trying to hurt her. It created a new dynamic for her, and gives a bit more insight to the kind of person she is when she isn’t surrounded by the guys. All of the new characters are fantastic, as well.
It was really neat to have the folks from Ghost Bird and those from Scarab Beetle come together a bit. I have not been able to get into Scarab Beetle as much as Ghost Bird, but still.
Kota’s book! I absolutely adore Kota, so it was great to get to his book. I wish he had been around a lot more, but it did work, and I was pleased with where everything ended up.
The Downsides of First Kiss:
As with every other book in this series, the author really needs to get a good editor on this. While better than some others, there were still a number of very obvious mistakes that should have been caught before this was released.
I feel like there were some loose ends that should have been tied up. Maybe they will be later, but it seemed like something that should have been done sooner, as it was never major details.
I didn’t like the name of the book. I don’t understand how it fit, and it wasn’t explained. And it’s cheesy. Minor detail, though.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to go back and re-read all ten books again, even though I have a ton of other books still sitting on my TBR. Back to waiting on the next one, I guess.
Has anyone else read this series? What did you think of this instalment?