It’s been a week since Sang has attended any classes at Ashley Waters, and since then, everything has changed. Her school schedule has been turned upside down, and now, thanks to her absences, the school counselor, Ms. Wright, has suspended her. The fear of school officials getting further involved and looking to contact her parents has Sang and the boys forced into their best behavior. It seems that the once perfect student, Sang Sorenson, is now one of the school’s worst, and without explanation, because she needs to keep her lips tightly sealed. Academy secrets are becoming hazardous to keep.
The more that Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North try to protect her, the more inevitable her downfall seems to be. They do their best to make sure Sang stays in school and when she returns to classes, try to help her get back on the straight and narrow—she can’t afford to screw up anymore.
But then fate deals out a setback that cripples the whole team, and they need to make a move, it turns into a risky one. There’s no way to predict the outcome. If they fail, the boys may lose the job they were sent to do, and worse, they may even lose Sang.
Everything gets more difficult when it’s revealed there might be a traitor amidst the group. Desperate to fix things, Sang needs to stop the group from spilling secrets and find out the truth.
And why all fingers seem to be pointing to Luke.
The Academy, Magnanimous (Goodreads)
So, I actually received an ARC copy of this book a few weeks before it came out (like I do with all of this author’s new releases). At that time, I didn’t have a kindle, so I downloaded it onto my Laptop… ibooks. When I get my kindle, what do I do? I forget completely about this book!!! How Could I forget about this book – this series is one of my all time favourites!! So, when I received an ARC copy of First Kiss last week – I obviously had to read it! I am just kicking myself right now.
For anyone who has read the other books in this series, we all know (just from the title) that the book is going to focus primarily on Luke… aka the sugar freak. In a way, I think this book helped me to get the idea of Luke being the baby of the group out of my head. Throughout the series, I have always viewed him as the smallest and the youngest (although I can’t actually remember if this is technically true) for absolutely no apparent reason. I think this book helped to develop him as a character to to see him as someone who could easily be a part of the group and the plan they have to get Sang to be a part of them.
Of course, the rest of the boys were perfect – as per usual. It is Thanksgiving in this book, so it was nice to see some of the things that America apparently does on this holiday. I have to admit, I don’t really know all that much about it except from the part where they eat a whole ton of food and spend time with the family. The Thanksgiving activities had me smiling throughout and I thought it was all very cutesy and helped to show progress with their relationships. Also, can I just say Mr Blackbourne! I am literally pining after his story and I really hope it comes soon!
I think Sang was a little to fast to jump to conclusions when it comes to Luke. She suspected him of things that he would never do and she seemed to break the cardinal rule of trust – which wasn’t even mentioned. I liked all the action scenes and I actually felt really sorry for Luke when it comes to North – because he is constantly on Luke’s case!!
The one this I will say is that there were a few grammatical errors, which I am afraid is going to have to lose a star for me. Whilst I love this book and this series, I really dislike simple errors that could have been ironed out during the publishing process.
All in all, I really adored this book and I do not feel that it is losing steam, despite being the 9th book in the series! I really look forward to reading First Kiss (which I am going to read next!). I gave this book 4/5 stars.
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