The Academy: Friends vs Family (Year One, Book 3 of the Ghost Bird Series) by C. L. Stone [Book Review]

      Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother’s extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They’re determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family. Their solution: complete invasion of her life. Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means.

    It takes more than blood to make a family and they want Sang in theirs. In this third book of The Academy series Sang experiences a taste of freedom and what it’s like to truly be cared for…to be wanted. Sang learns a bit more about the boys’ broken families and the boys discover more than they could ever have bargained for about Sang’s. The Academy was the answer to their problems. Could it be hers? Sang’s actions will force her mother to reveal a startling truth. A truth that will change Sang’s life and the boys’ lives in unpredictable ways. Forever. The Academy, Allegiance.


Greetings Readers!

*I just want to say that I am more excited about writing these blogs than I have been about writing anything else. I am reading book five of the series right now and I’m trying to read this one slower than I usually read, but let me tell you that it’s hard!!  This book though is way more exciting that than the first two were, and I hope you’ll think so after my review and then reading the book yourself. 

*In this book, there is more interaction with Sang’s family than in the last two.  In the first two chapters Sang’s mother gives her for such a severe punishment that she could have died and the boys have had just about enough.  Sang’s father is gone throughout the book, but he plays a major part in the book!

So, I liked how there was a major incident in the first couple of chapters in this book and that lead to several revealing facts about some of the boys and why Sang’s mother is the way she is.  Stone did a good job with adding more interaction with Sang’s mother and sister in this book.  I felt that all we knew about Mrs. Sorenson was that she was always sick or punishing Sang for some little thing that most parents wouldn’t normally freak out about. 

*In the middle chapters, there is an incident with Marie and Danielle—the next-door neighbor girl—where they take all Sang’s clothes and leave her with things that she doesn’t fit in anymore or Danielle’s brother’s clothes.  Then Gabriel and Victor finally get to take her shopping for new things like they’ve been wanting to for a long time.  Not long before this Sang’s mom destroyed her room looking for the notes given to her by the non-Academy boys in school and was the cause of the punishment that almost killed Sang and had the boys take drastic measures to keep her safe.  The boys have a first ever sleepover with Sang after the shopping and then swimming at Nathan’s. 

The shopping and sleepover chapters are my favorite part of this book.  Sang learns to trust the boys a little more and we learn more about Gabriel and how his mind works and more about how Victor feels about Sang.  I liked how Stone had Sang notice more about the boys physically, but she didn’t make it too sexual (that’s the only word I can think of). 

*In the last chapters, we learn something shocking about Sang and her family dynamics and that the Academy boys (that include Dr. Green and Mr. Blackbourne) want to “adopt” her into their group and in the last chapter, the one for the boy’s point of view, they make some rules that make the next two books more interesting!!

All I’m going to say is that I did NOT see that coming!!! It was a complete shock……well sort of, because when you put the pieces together from all three books it makes sense.  But I didn’t find anything wrong with this book, grammatically or otherwise, and I will post up the next book’s review as soon as I can.  With Christmas just around the corner it’ll be harder to write and read or read and write. So, if I haven’t posted in a week or so, don’t worry!! I’ve at least got the first draft written and have been trying to edit it and getting it to you as soon as possible, all while cleaning house, wrapping presents, making Christmas dinner and visiting family!! Let me know what you thought and have a fabulous day and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


Love ❤


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