Series: The Ghost Bird Series #1
Publisher: Arcato Publishing on December 23, 2012
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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.
This is actually the second time that I am reading books one through four—the first time around, I didn’t get the chance to write up reviews for them, so I figured I’d reread them!
I loved this book the second time around just as much as I loved it the first time around. This first book basically gives us an introduction to the main character, Sang, and the boys that make up the Academy team that attends her school. There wasn’t too much action in this novel—but we did get a firm understanding of what each of the boys was like, what Sang was like, and it definitely set the stage for book two as the boys start their secret mission at the high school, Ashley Waters.
Sang is the female character of the book. Sang has a paranoid mother and a neglectful father, so she hasn’t had much of a normal life so far. One night, she sneaks out and runs into Kota. From that moment on, her life changes for the better. Sang is a really shy character. She hasn’t had much social interaction in her life so she tends to blend into the background with no problem. It was interesting to see her reactions to the boys. She’s a bit secretive because of her selfless nature. I think that she’s definitely going to be a character that we see a lot of growth from in the rest of the series.
This book is unique in that it has a reverse polygamy premise. I know that sounds weird, but it is actually really well written, much like the New Adult companion series, The Scarab Beetle Series, that I have reviewed here as well. In this case, though, there isn’t really any romance in book one, especially because these characters are significantly younger than the main characters in the Scarab Beetle Series. So here’s our boys:
Kota: Kota is the quasi-leader of the group. He is the first one that Sang meets. He is really intelligent and determined and he makes a great leader of the group, although he appears to be one of the least aggressive on the team.
North: North is the tall, dark, and handsome one. He’s a bit reserved but he is definitely already protective of Sang (well I mean, they all are but still). He rides a motorcycle too!
Silas: Silas is Greek and big and sweet. He is also very protective of Sang. He’s like a gentle giant!
Gabriel: Gabriel is pretty flamboyant. He’s really into art and hair and clothes and makeup, but he is definitely not gay. He’s a really hilarious character and I can’t wait to see what other shenanigans he brings.
Victor: Victor is definitely a quiet one. He’s a musician and he plays the piano. He definitely provides a lot for Sang. I am really interested to see him open up more.
Luke: Luke is North’s brother. He’s really funny and definitely provides comedic relief along with Gabriel. He is super sweet too. I love him so much (as much as Kota…and North…and Silas…and you get the point)
Nathan: I would give Nathan the title of the athlete. He pretty much lives alone in his house. He’s definitely protective but not overly so. I would say that I know the least about him so far.
Mr. Blackbourne and Dr. Green: These two are the older ones of the group and the official team leaders. They are posing as teachers in Sang’s school. Dr. Green is pretty lighthearted while Mr. Blackbourne is really serious and kind of scary. But there’s a certain appeal to it.
As I mentioned, there isn’t really romance in this book. There are initial fluttering of feelings but nothing really happens.
Introductions was definitely a thorough introduction to the Academy boys and Sang. I am interested to see what happens as the boys start their mission at Ashley Waters High School and how Sang will, inevitably, get caught up in the middle of it.