Book Review: Introductions by C. L. Stone

The Academy #1
Author: C. L. Stone
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: December 23rd 2012
Review Source: NetGalley

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.

I am conflicted to write this review. I heard great things about this book and when I finally got around reading it, I just cannot help but wonder why. This just didn’t do it for me. BTW, I love the cover but I really didn’t enjoy the story.

For the most part of the book, we are introduced to many characters. I mean we are introduced to a new character in every chapter. And the sad part is there is no story. We do get a story at the very last pages of the book. How do you think I felt when I was done with it? I thought I would be reading about a mystery but instead I was introduced to many characters and I just couldn’t keep up with all the boys naming.

All of the boys seem unrealistic. I wish they would exist but they are far beyond from fairy tales. I do love how they take care of Sang. Even though they just met her, they take care of her like she is a fragile doll. For the most part, she is. Sadly, it really didn’t trigger any emotions out of me. They way it was explained was a bit too dull.

I guess this book truly live up to its name. It is an introduction of all the characters of this series. It does intriguer you to buy the second book to know what really the mystery of all of these male characters is and what the academy is all about.

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