(The Academy, #1)
~By: C.L. Stone
~Released: December 23rd, 2012
~Publisher: Arcato Publishing
~Length: 276 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Coming-of-Age, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Fiction
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.
~ 5/5 Roses ~
The depth of Sang's situation is heart-wrenching, and even more-so with the thought that there are really people who deal with the things she's dealing with. A look into her world, and her thoughts- doubts about her worth and self, especially- is only a small part of what makes this book so dynamic and intriguing.
All seven of "the guys" Sang meets and befriends are just perfect- they each have unique personalities, and are a perfect personification of the 7 typical stereotypical young guys. The nerd/leader, the serious grump/bad boy, the muscle/sweet-heart, the questionable musician, the always chipper passionate, the cocky ladies man, and the fun sporty jock. Each is a perfect depiction of a woman's image of that stereotype (and probably what every guy hopes to be, in one form or another). I found myself making comparisons to the 7 dwarfs from Snow White, and found the similarities to that story amusing. I loved each guy, and their combined concern and protectiveness for Sang makes them all that much more desirable.
The writing is very appealing- easy to read, flows smoothly and naturally. The descriptions are very well written, easily imagined, and depicted beautifully. Not overly wordy, but not something that makes you feel stupid for reading- perfect mix.
Being book one of a multi-book series, the ground work for the rest of the books was laid out, and very well. It's left me excited to read the rest of the series, and find out what will happen with the Academy, and Sang. I think it has the ability to be one of the next big hit series- certainly something to keep an eye on.
Most definitely a book I'd recommend- it would be appealing to most women, young or old, and probably many men as well.
*I received an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
I write things. Usually about cute boys and uncomfortable situations.
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~Originally published on July 15th, 2013. Re-posted for our #TBT Review!