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Friday, January 3, 2014
Bad things come in 3's right???? Somehow I got more than three! I had pneumonia, then an abscess above a tooth in my jaw bone and blood clots in my legs. That's three! Then we moved and While cleaning out the belongings in our new house from the previous tenants I got bit by a brown recluse and got test results back telling me that my kidneys are starting to go south! That is enough! I refuse to have anymore bad stuff happen to us! This blog will be back up and running next week even if I have to do reviews from a hospital bed!

Speaking of reviews, I read this really awesome book. I loved it so much I contacted the author! It is not one of the genre's I normally pick but I stumbled across the first book in the free list on Amazon. I am so happy that I did! This book was great! let me give you the synopsis before I give you the review. 

 Introductions by C.L.Stone
http://www.amazon.com/Academy-Introductions-Year-One-Book-ebook/dp/B00ASPRPXM/ref=la_B0095VSC9Q_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388790743&sr=1-1

 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.



My review:

I was able to relate to the characters and was astonished by how how easily I fell into the story. I was not even mad as I normally would be at the ending. It is a cliff hanger but now a cliff hanger. I guess I need to explain that a bit better. I read the last page knowing that something was going to happen in the next book but I also knew that the author very generously tied up a lot of the loose ends in the story. Normally you get a story with a cliffhanger and it just stops. There is no actual ending and you are left going "Really you are just going to drag me inside and then dump me out until the next book come?" Ms. Stone did exactly what she said she was going to do in this book she introduced us to the characters and to the issues they dealt with. I ran to the next book when the author kindly gave me review copies.

The second book:
http://www.amazon.com/Academy-First-Days-Year-Book-ebook/dp/B00C82VVM4/ref=la_B0095VSC9Q_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388790743&sr=1-2

Sang Sorenson used to be the invisible girl in class. As a new student to Ashley Waters High School, Sang hopes that her new friends will be the change she’s been craving and will make fitting in a breeze.

But Academy students aren’t there to take it easy. The high school is overcrowded and rife with violence. When fights begin, Sang will uncover the true reason the boys traded in their private school life for a public one.

This year, Sang will no longer be invisible. This year, Sang is a target.

The principal and vice principal are hot to take Sang down, and her own mother is determined to entrap Sang forever in her belief that the safest place to be is in the shadows. Despite this, Nathan, Luke, Kota, North, Silas, Victor, and Gabriel will discover Sang’s unyielding loyalty.

And they will sorely need it.

The Academy, supremely influential.


My review:

The first days is exactly what it covered, we see the beginnings of love and how well they are adapting to not only a new school for Sang and her new friends but also how Sang adapts to not being the invisible student. We all know what that is, I think. I know exactly who it is, because this is one of the things that helped me relate to Sang. I was the invisible child in some of my schools. I loved Sangs courage and the genuine care that the boys exhibited through out the novel. I was surprised when I got to the end as it again held a cliff hanger that didn't make me mad and I quickly moved to the next book. 


The third book in the Academy series:
http://www.amazon.com/Academy-Friends-Family-Year-Three-ebook/dp/B00ET5PQEC/ref=la_B0095VSC9Q_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388790743&sr=1-3
Synopsis:

Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother’s extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They're determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family.

Their solution: complete invasion of her life.

Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means. It takes more than blood to make a family and they want Sang in theirs.

In this third book of The Academy series Sang experiences a taste of freedom and what it’s like to truly be cared for...to be wanted. Sang learns a bit more about the boys’ broken families and the boys discover more than they could ever have bargained for about Sang’s. The Academy was the answer to their problems. Could it be hers?

Sang’s actions will force her mother to reveal a startling truth. A truth that will change Sang’s life and the boys’ lives in unpredictable ways. Forever.

The Academy, Allegiance


My review:

My first words at reading this  just "Wow! Her mother is nuts and not in a good way!" Not that there is a good way to be nuts but she definitely was missing a few colors in her fruit loops! I loved the way you can see the team actually forming their family together. You see the hesitations and the acceptances of each other and the plight they are facing. I wondered the pages and had a ton of questions, most of them were answered by the end of the book and I found myself charging towards the fourth book that is out.

The fourth book!

http://www.amazon.com/Academy-Forgiveness-Permission-Year-Book-ebook/dp/B00G950LIQ/ref=la_B0095VSC9Q_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388790743&sr=1-4
Synopsis:

Sang Sorenson's abusive mother is secure in a hospital, and her father has vanished to a new family of his own, leaving Sang and her sister to fend for themselves. Sang is hanging by a thread, and her only hope is a group of boys she feels she barely knows.

She's never really alone. The Academy team has stepped in, promising to protect and care for Sang. Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North take over, showing Sang they can be depended on for anything. But just because the parents are away, doesn't mean Sang's life has become any easier.

The newfound freedom will have a higher price than any of them had imagined.

Principal Hendricks now wants to use Sang to exploit Academy secrets. Mr. McCoy has his own dark plans for her. Enemies are closing in. Sang will need to learn to believe in the boys, and the boys will need to learn to trust her if they want to survive their rivals.

And each other.

The Academy, Relentless Trust


My review:

This book opened up a whole new can of worms for the group of teens and adults that formed this unusual family. We found out a great deal of things and held on to our chairs during one dilemma after another seemed to rear its ugly head. Sang and the gang have a lot on her plate and I look forward to book five to come out and tell me all about them. I was left wondering what exactly is in the boxes though and I am hoping the next book tells me something. That was my only complaint about this series, the fourth book left us with a real cliff hanger and a couple of unanswered questions. I cannot wait until book 5 comes out!

About the author!

C. L. Stone once lived in Charleston, SC, and currently lives among Cajuns. She writes about cute boys and uncomfortable situations, usually mixed together.
You can email her at clstone@arcatopublishing.com
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1 comments:

Ab Shepherd said...

Hope your health gets better soon. *hugs*