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Introductions: The Ghost Bird Series: #1 [Kindle Edition]

C. L. Stone
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Book Description

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.


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USA Today Bestselling 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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Product Details

  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arcato Publishing; 2 edition (December 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASPRPXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Troubling Story Line for a Young Adult Series January 28, 2014
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This series starts out innocently enough when an abused and very troubled young girl (and her sister) meet a group of supposedly "heroic" young boys who try to help her. Aside from any shortcomings in the writing, if you follow the series from books one through five, the story line becomes quite troubling for what appears to be a series targeted at a young adult audience. Sang's interactions with the seven boys become more and more intimate (and unrealistic) as the story progresses and, I felt more and more uncomfortable with where the story line was going. In book five--**SPOILER ALERT**--the proposal is made that Sang should "marry" all seven of the boys, and the there is talk of "conditioning" her to the idea. Sang goes from being abused by her mother to being abused by a series of young men. What makes it worse is that this is done in the guise of "saving" her. I just can't see advocating polyandry as an appropriate young adult story line, and I can't recommend any of the books in this series.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She Blushed, He Blushed, They Blushed, Everyone Blushed! November 19, 2013
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I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. It was okay I guess. New girl moves to town. Has super strict parents that are also sort of abusive. She meets seven boys who are all "around her age". (It seems like almost every teenager she meets is described that way.) The boys take an instant liking to her and they take her under their wing so to speak. The book only takes place over....about a week I think? I'm not really a fan of those types of books. Anyway, the boys all want to protect Sang (the new girl) from her crazy parents, which is something she's never experienced before because she's never had a friend before. But the boys have a secret they are keeping from Sang. It seems like we'll find out what that secret is in the second book.

As of now, there are 4 books in this series and this first one was free. I can honestly say that I'm interested enough about what the boys secret is, to possibly buy the second book, but I don't know if want to know badly enough to spend $3.99 to find out. We'll see.

My hesitation comes from, I guess the writing style? I'm not sure exactly. I can't put my finger on it, but something felt off during the entire time I was reading. Repetitive maybe? Or Juvenile writing skills? I don't know. What I do know is that I found myself skimming through some sections. When the book started to go into too much detail for things, I found myself skimming. Here's an example:

"I pulled my hair out of the mess on top of my head, untangling the clip. I held the clip with my teeth and twisted my hair again, replacing the clip in a quick movement. Drips fell on my neck as the tips of my hair spilled out from the top of the clip.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next book June 7, 2013
By ACReads
Format:Paperback
I seriously can't figure out how I feel about this book - I certainly don't dislike it... but it was 280 pages devoted to exactly what the title says - introductions. I don't think that it was necessary to devote an entire novel to the introductions of the boys. After a while, I found myself becoming frustrated because I wanted to get to the meat of the story which unfortunately, never came. I think that I would have benefited from learning about the boys and experiencing their individual interactions with Sang in the midst of action... rather than reading a novel that felt like a long prologue.

Sang is a teen who lives in an abusive home and after becoming fed up with her parents' stifling household, she decides to run away. After living so tightly under her overbearing mother's thumb, Sang has almost zero exposure to kids her own age - and that shows. During her interactions with the boys, Sang comes off as overly fragile... so much so that I pictured her staring up at the boys with wide and admiring doe eyes. It was pretty hard for me to relate to her because of this. She was overly adoring of the boys, too apologetic and timid, and too quick to assume that she was burdensome to the guys. I don't have any problems with the boys' characters necessarily, but the sheer amount of them felt incredibly overwhelming.

Despite my hesitations about Introductions, Stone set up enough of a story that I am intrigued and I want to continue on with the series. I just want to know what the heck the Academy is!

This review was originally posted on www.acreads.blogspot.com.
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81 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 50 shades of Grey for Middle Schoolers... February 7, 2014
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I am stunned that this book has so many good reviews... there must be a lot of horny, socially awkward, 13 year old girls on Amazon.

First and foremost, this book is in desperate need of basic editing. I had no idea something with so many incomplete sentences could get published. Doesn't this woman have an editor?! This reads like it was written by a 10th grader, and not a particularly articulate one.

I might've been able to get past the strange absence of editing if the story had been original or interesting but this is basically fan fiction- a girl who's never had any friends moves to a new town and is befriended by a group of 7 unbelievably gorgeous, charming, powerful, and smart guys.

Not only is it unrealistic that such a group of high school guys would even exist, it's unrealistic that a group of high school guys would randomly decide to be best friends with a dorky, depressed new girl and buy her an iPhone after two days of knowing her so that they would always be able to reach her. The book reads like an unpopular girl's daydream.

The author attempts to make her story more legitimate by adding abusive parents and a "dangerous" public school, but these "plotlines" are poorly explained and barely disguise what is essentially a book about how 7 hot guys make one socially awkward girl blush. Seriously, that is basically all that happens in the 270 pages.

Not only is the story stupid, it's sexist.. the protagonist acts like a helpless, weak, naive, little girl and the guys are obsessed with "protecting" her the entire time. They choose her classes for her, give her hair a makeover, and basically insist that she do everything they say.

In conclusion- don't read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Writing and Plotting Need Great Editor
While it tries to be deep and amazing and epic, Introductions is none of these things. I am struggling to think of how to describe this book, as it is one of those that tries to... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ink and Page
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a grasping story
Not the best introductory book to a series I've read. For one, there were too many characters, and I kept wondering what is the purpose of them all? Read more
Published 23 days ago by Colette Ngo Ndjom
1.0 out of 5 stars I did like this book until they pulled out the F word ...
I did like this book until they pulled out the F word in the second chapter. I mean come on!
Published 23 days ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Want This Series To End! Best Book World I've Ever Lived In!
I am in love!!! 7 guys. At first your ready to fall for Kota. Then you meet Victor. And, your like, "Love triangle, who doesn't love a good love triangle? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Pansy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
This is a very well-written and intriguing book that keeps you turning the page and wanting more! I loved meeting Sang and learning about her and then some of the guys as well (Yes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hannah Even
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really awesome amazing plot twist and want next book sooo bad! I loved this book and love the character description!!!
Published 1 month ago by dolphinsea22
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the whole series so far!
Published 1 month ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I enjoyed this book, though I feel that it took a really long time to set up. I'm only just beginning to brush the surface and the book ended. I'll be picking up book two now.
Published 1 month ago by cmbjrb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it sooooo addictive
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
This book is so awesome and addicting!!
Published 1 month ago by Lizzy Baker
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling 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

Sign up for email updates to get release dates, exclusive behind the scenes info, freebies and series sneak peeks!

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Find her at:
http://clstonebooks.com/
https://twitter.com/CLStoneX
http://www.facebook.com/clstonex
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869072.C_L_Stone

Published through Arcato Publishing
http://www.arcatopublishing.com/


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