The Academy - Introductions

The Academy - Introductions by C. L. Stone Book Summary

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Introductions is the first book in The Academy Ghost Bird Series.
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.

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- My favorite series5 star

I’m not sure why this series speaks to me so much, but it’s my second time reading it and I just love the dynamics and the boys so much! Absolutely an amazing series.

- Interesting Book But Confusing Parts4 star

I started reading this book and the rest of the series starting in 2015 when I was in sixth grade. I loved the idea of the novel and the conflicts written in are very interesting and creative. The boys as well as Sang have their own, different, personality that’s unlike most series. However, as I reread the story, some of the ideas seemed strange: they haven’t even started sophomore year and yet all of the boys are driving (so they’re 15? and you can’t drive until you’re 16 1/2). The way they talk is also very mature for a 15 year old. Not saying young boys can't be mature, it’s just the way they speak seem like they’re 20 and not 15. Even the way they react to the bullies in the mall seems too extreme. It seems as though the author portrayed them as older but wanted to keep them in their sophomore year, making the story even more unrealistic. Otherwise great book and series, love it to bits!

- Amazing!5 star

This series is absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait for the next book to drop!

- I love this book but...5 star

This book was amazing I just wish all the other ones were free so I can continue to read them

- It’s a dream5 star

It was addictive and I loved each this one, you won’t be disappointed

- I mean I liked it4 star

I really liked this book, it was entertaining and does make you want to keep reading like every good book should but I have seen some other comments about the writing being immature and I might have to agree with them. Before I read the book I checked the reviews and there was one in particular I found interesting. It was basically about the writing being childish and immature. It said how they mentioned the word smirking, smirk, or smirked on every page so I went into the book expecting that and it was definitely not as bad as this person stated but there was something else that irked me. The word blush, blushed, blushing, or something indicating blushing appeared on every page and it was a tad irritating. Every thing that happened someone had to be blushing, even it was just a normal thing or not a good thing, someone was still blushing. Besides this, overall, I thought the book was very interesting and captivating. I did enjoy the read.

- Introduction Is AMAZING5 star

I love this book!!!! Can't wait to get all the books in this series

- By Adventures with Brianne5 star

I absolutely LOVED this book. I could not put it down. It was a good introduction into the series and introduced all the characters in an interesting fashion. I enjoyed reading it and have since purchased the rest of the series that are already out and finished those within a couple of days. Great series and can not wait for the rest to come out!

- Addicting!5 star

Whether you are just starting out or you have been reading for a while, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. Not long ago, I picked up ready. I first started with audiobooks, so I could clean and do other things while I was "reading". Then I can across this book. I only say saw the first book and didn't realize that it was a series. When I first started reading it, I fell in love. I though that it was so easy to read and to follow. I felt real to the point where I felt like I could feel what was going on within the book. C.L. Stone has such a good way of making you feel like what is going on in the book is real life. I couldn't put this book down, so at the end when I finished and I realized that there were 8 or so other books after, I died of pure happiness. I am currently on my second time reading the WHOLE series and I love it just as much, if not more this time. Lets be honest, who wouldn't have died to have a group of boys this loyal to you at her age?

- Love love love it5 star

Best book series to the day!!

- Awesome!!5 star

Absolutely amazing book. One of my favorite series! More people should know about how amazing these books are

- Addicting5 star

I downloaded the first book for a car trip because I was bored and needed something to read. I didn't put it down until I finished it. The writing is so good! Sometimes I have to force myself to put it down so I don't finish it all at once and have to wait a few months for the next to come out. Totally worth the money! I hope someday I can be this great of writer!

- In love5 star

When I first met the guys, it was kind of like "Okay so basically all these guys are heads over heals for Sang." Odd. But as I kept reading, things around that sort of cleared up. I absolutely love all the boys in their own special, individual ways, but I have to say, if I got the choice of dating one, it would be a tough decision between Silas and Victor. I love that Victor plays piano because I do too! But I would probably choose Silas cause I absolutely love him. Like crazy. Thank you for this book. You have a fan girl right here. I recommend unless you don't like a little language. (Even if you don't, it's worth it- trust me!)

- 💖5 star

I try to hide/ignore the newest book for as long as I can. I know I will read it in a day or two and then I go a little crazy without it right after. Because I know that I won't have another dose for a while. Ahhh, the suspense! I'm still waiting for the next audio book. The first one was great. She really found the greatest voices. Okay, now back to waiting...

- Get these books you won't be sorry.5 star

I stumbled onto this book by accident and I must say it is awesome and with every book it only gets better. Ms Stone can you please clone yourself so we can get more of these fantastic books?

- Really?3 star

Trying to keep going. I think I'm on chapter three... Anyways, the all seems ridiculous. This insecure little girl accidentally runs into a really hot guy and within less than 24 hours he and his equally hot friends are in love with her and so overly protective. Oh and better yet, even though she's so convinced she's ugly, strangers at the mall can't even stay away from her addictive beauty. Giving it a little more time but this seems so elementary.

- Great Series Starter!!5 star

The Academy Series are by far the best books I have ever read! They have a lot of different elements in them. So if your looking for a good series starter, try this book!! The books get better with each ones that come!

- The best5 star

This is one of my favorite series of books great book

- LOVED IT!!!5 star

OMG THAT WAS AMAZING!!!! I LOVED it! 5 stars no doubt!


A very easy read. The story line is a little too soft and fluffy for my liking, BUT the characters are very endearing and lovable. Third book in and I'm not terribly eager to read the next installment, but I will read it just to see how it ends since I love the characters so much!

- 😍😭MUST READ😭😍5 star

I just finished the ninth book, literally cried when it was over. I absolutely love this series and have been reading it for a long time. Looking for a new series I absolutely recommend this one. Also, I wrote the author, the lovely C.L. Stone, to ask her about a fan fiction idea and she wrote back. I'm absolutely in LOVE with this series and all of the boys. Just when you start to think something bad about one of them, you fall in love with them all over again. In all, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is better than this series. 😘😊

- oml5 star

so, if you want to read this, READ IT. it is literally the best series I've ever read. and, I kid you not (I've been counting), I've re read the entire series, 38 times. so, I highly suggest you read it too!

- The. Academy5 star

Enjoyed this book very much

- Lovelovelovelovelove5 star

I loved this book!!! This girl is my spirit animal! 7 boys all to herself ?? Like.... Girl, show me your ways! A must read!

- Amazing5 star

Love it!!! My god I finished this in less than 24 hours and I'm about to start the second book. This is great. So interesting and really makes you feel everything the characters are feeling. I'm in love!

- Hi5 star

I love these books. Can't wait for more!!!!!!

- LOVE ❤️5 star

THE BEST! i cant wait to bought the rest of the series … this “forces” you to turn the page to know what is next. read it in a day >.< 7guy+1girl well 9 includes mr green and mr blackbourne. <3<3<3

- Books5 star

I love your work I hated reading before I picked up your book now I can't put them down

- Lets just get this straight5 star

As the title suggests I want to get to the point and the point is this book is great!! I started reading the other series first and I really got into it who wouldn't fall for Corey and Brandon and Marc? Well I was looking for other books in that series and I came onto this series. At first I started to read it and i only got about ten pages in before I called it quits I usually hate romance novels but this is different I love it so much!! These guys are sweet and sensitive and I think I am talking for all the teenage girls out there when I say that I would happily date any of these guys besides maybe Gabriel. But that is beside the point some of you guys say it is drawn out and I think it kind of is but that is what I love about it!!! So many books these days are about zombies and nuclear stuff and I am ok with that but this seems semi plausible this series but those books do not my best friends are guys anda few of them are like this P.S. I also love how they do martial arts I do too!!!!😎😎😎

- Amazing5 star

HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK was soooooooo amazing

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Never read another book like it!

- Well....3 star

It was ok, but there is a reason it's called introductions, cause that is all this book is. Introducing all the characters through different chapters. Though all these boys seem like dreams personified, I was looking for some actual content. This series looks like it has potential but I was slightly bored and won't be reading the next book until it becomes free. Which means it was kind of pointless to read all these introductions...

- Best book EVER!!5 star

I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down! I love love love the characters and the story line and each book it just gets better and better! Can’t wait for more books to be realeased and absoloutly reccomend the book to everyone looking for a great series to love cause this series is fabulous I’ve read it again and again and every time it’s just as captivating!

- Thirsty Girl’s Dream5 star

This series is absolutely captivating and completely addictive! Perfect for dehydrated individuals like myself who like romance - the men in this are smoking. Would also recommend C.L. Stone’s Scarab Beetle series which is similar.

- AWESOME5 star


- Confused1 star

I don't know if I was reading the same book as everyone else but I found it boring. It's literally an introduction of all the characters. Not much of a story line besides a girl who meets guys that attend 'the academy'.

- Love5 star

Love these books! I'm just so sad when I run out of books in this series to read. I'm up to the eighth book! Can't wait 'til the next one! Hooked on these, they're so addictive. Keep writing C L Stone!

- OMG5 star

I 💝 this book. I have re read it a gazillion times and am reading it again!!! Sooooo amazing

- So addictive5 star

I just couldn't put this book down! AMAZING

- Absolutely loved it!5 star

This book is the first I've come across that I've never been bored on a single page! From start to finish, I loved the drama, romantic interactions and comedy (in some scenes). If I put together all the hours I spent reading this book, I'd say it's less than 20. It's that good! I couldn't put it down! I even stayed up late to read this, and I've never done that before! Definitely a good book to read for those who love teenage romance and drama :D

- GREAT5 star

Fantastic book. I enjoyed all the characters and am still asking questions. Couldn't put it down

- Excellent5 star

Love all the characters and the plot. Very interesting story!!! :D

- FABULOUS5 star

this is one of the best books ever! hopefully there is more to come in the series! Great Job C. L. Stone keep it up

- Incredible story5 star

I've just discovered this book & loving every minute of reading it!! Just bought the other 2 books & can't wait to finish it !!!

- Only a few bad things4 star

The story line absolutely terrific I loved every page! The only parts I didn't like was the grammar, spelling and punctuation in some parts but other wise awesome book.

- Addictive4 star

So addictive. I ripped through the first three books in this series in four days. It's such easy reading that leaves you wanting more.

- LOVE IT!5 star

Fantastic series, easily hooks you in, seriously can't wait for the next book

- Chrissy5 star

I loved this book the story is not what you think it is going to be.

- Sang5 star

This book grabbed me and hasn't let me stop living it since I keep looking over my shoulder and catching myself day dreaming about what if situation for spin offs it's just amazing the thrill of this book


I loved loved loved this book and the entire series so far. There are complicated characters, and there are a lot of characters in the books, yet each are described so well that each are so essential to the story. I love the protagonist, she is strong-willed and not like all the weak female protagonists in other books. I can't wait for the fourth book to come out in October!!! Such a good and enrapturing novel and over all, series so far.

- Can't wait to read the next one!4 star

I really liked this book and looking forward to reading the next one. I need some answers! Love all the boy's and Sang. Her mother is a bit scary, you'll understand once you have read that part.

- Nikki :-)5 star

Absolutely Fantastic I loved every second of it , couldn't put it down ... Think I might even read it again !!!! Want more more MORE!!!

- Addicting romantic adventure!5 star

These books are terribly hard to put down!! A must read for anyone looking for a bit of romance mixed with adventure and a bit of comedy! Every book will leave you wanting more

- A must read!5 star

This book and series will take you on an emotional roller coaster with sang and the boys. I love it.

- Amazing5 star

Get the next book and fall in love with the academy boys as they all try to help Sang. The book is filled with great characters and promise of a great series of books a must read. Who will you pick?

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- Amazing5 star

This book was so good I couldn't put it down. I have read all of the book in the series and have been on the edge of my seat for the next book to come out

- Must Read5 star

I love, love, love, this book couldn't even put it down. Only to me a day to read and left me wanting more.

- Amazing!!!5 star

I absolutely loved this book! I am just entranced with the whole story line. I don't normally buy stuff in app stores but I will more than likely be buying the series when I can!!!

- A great Introduction4 star

Introductions is just that; an introduction to a truly interesting cast of characters. Each chapter is a new moment and a new friend for Sang to meet. Sang is someone who has ghosted through life under the radar, secluded to the point that she doesn't know how to act around people, what it means to be friends or have someone who will be there for her. It is intriguing to watch as she begins to open up to each new person she meets. In Sang's mind, there is the constant question of, is this what friends do, is this how friends act, do you smile here, do you casually touch there. The reader is also introduced to what Sang refers to as a "difficult family". Sang's experiences are horrible, but the fact that she is still willing to pick herself up and try to maintain her new friendships keeps the reader cheering. The book ends far too soon, but then again, it is merely meant to introduce, to entice, and it does a very good job. **Originally posted on goodreads

- A Twisted Adventure5 star

This story had major crushes and twisted pasts. This was an amazing book and I recommend it to those who like secrets and twists within the plot.

- Page turner!!5 star

I'm on book three in just a week. Wonderful writer! The characters really come alive.

- Love5 star

Best book ever waiting for book five

- Loved it5 star


- What's not to love?5 star

I absolutely loved this book! The characters are all dynamic, ideal, and better yet, hot! Usually with the guy characters amazing, the main girl is annoying as heck. But not in this series! Sang is the girl you wish you were (well in some of the cases). Lovely people, characters, and plot! Best way to start a great series! I'm dying for the 5th book:)

- Mind blown5 star

This book was so amazing! I love all of the characters, the plot, everything. Stone did such a fantastic job that I keep coming back for more and more. This is really a must-read. I'm eager to read all of the books in the series and I hope Stone continues to write such great books!

- Great5 star

I freakin love this book. It's sweet and it captures you it makes you want to be their and help her out. I like how it captures you.

- Best best book ever!!!! Get this book now!5 star

I loved this book its soooo amazing! It's a page turner and once you begin reading, you wont be able to stop. Its a really good book. This is a fantastic book and i cant wait for the rest of the series.

- Amazing5 star

This book had me turning the pages until it was over! It was so good!

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