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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. 

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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: #2,126 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Troubling Story Line for a Young Adult Series January 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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31 of 33 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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74 of 86 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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40 of 45 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not the best book but it's okay if you just want something ...
I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this book it's a little weird. I'm not done with it yet. Something is off but I'm just not sure what it is. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alyssa Ortega
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVED this book
I absolutely LOVED this book. I could not put it down. It was a good introduction into the series and introduced all the characters in an interesting fashion. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Brianne's Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I honestly didn't think I'd like this book when I read about her...
I honestly didn't think I'd like this book when I read about her relationships with all the guys but once I started reading, I could not put it down! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Introductions to characters
Love the book. Wish it wasn't just the introductions though. Then it would have gotten 5 stars.
Published 10 days ago by Allaroundhorse2011
3.0 out of 5 stars but the writing is not great.
Interesting story, but the writing is not great.
Published 10 days ago by Ted H Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all the books in this series!!
Published 11 days ago by sher
2.0 out of 5 stars Introductions
Introductions was certainly something different. It kind of had a serial vibe, since this really was just an introduction to the characters. There's no plot whatsoever. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Academy Introductions book 1
This is a very interesting book and look forward to reading the series. This is a little more for a young adult, but aren't we all young at heart?
Published 11 days ago by Kahne9kc
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs some serious schooling
This is the complete review as it appears[...] at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Academy "Introductions"
This is the best book that I have read beside Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. I have been looking for an appropriate teen book for 3 years and nothing has caught my interest... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
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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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Find her at:
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http://www.facebook.com/clstonex
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869072.C_L_Stone

Published through Arcato Publishing
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