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. (Goodreads)
I have had this book on my TBR for quite a while now after reading a couple of reviews about this series. I thought I would read it today since I wasn’t doing much of anything and I am glad I did! It was a quick read which introduced the characters that we will be dealing with throughout the series. I quite like the idea of an introductory book before setting the scenes later on so that we at least know who we are dealing with before hand.
Sang is an isolated teenager due to her mothers illness and the fact that her father is almost never there. The reader actually feels sorry for Sang when looking at the relationship between her and her mother and the rest of her family because it is almost like she lives with a bunch of strangers. It is understandable as to why she is constantly sneaking out and keeping her friendship with these seven hotties a secret.
It almost seems too good to be true when she meets all of these charming young men? Teenagers? who treat her kindly and respectfully and who are genuinely nice people. Who also all happen to be friends… and members of the Academy. Of course we don’t know what the Academy is yet or what they do etc. However, I am sure that we will find that all out soon enough. I think if I had to pick a favourite from the boys it would have to be Luke based on the chocolate chip pancakes! Or maybe Silas… I don’t know. Decisions decisions…
This book is worth a read and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Ghost Bird series and finding out what happens! 🙂 I gave this book 4/5 stars.