Review: Introductions by C.L. Stone

October 1, 2013 Book 4

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery
Series: The Academy, #1
Publisher: Arcato Publishing
Publication Date: December 23rd 2012
Source: Provided by Author

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My thoughts: 

In this book, we see Sang, a girl whose agoraphobic mother is driving her insane. Sang wants to leave, so in the beginning of the book, she does. By leaving, she meets Kota, a mysterious boy who wants to help her. Kota, and his group of friends: Victor, Silas, Gabriel, Luke, North & Nathan, unknowingly take her in. Seven incredibly gorgeous guys who all want to be her friend? Who want to protect her? This is all too good to be true. Especially when Sang realizes that these boys are keeping secrets from her. If she learns the truth, will she still want to be friends with these boys? Could Sang’s mom be right in assuming that no one is to be trusted? Well, there’s only one way to find out…

Introductions for me was just what the title suggests: An Introduction. This book feel like a prequel to what’s actually going to happen further on. I didn’t see much character development or plot-wise development, but either way, I still enjoyed it.

I couldn’t really connect with Sang that much, even though she and I share a kind of similar situation. Up until a few years ago, I was a very sheltered child, but not to the extremes that Sang was. Still, there was something about this believable premise that just seemed… unbelievable for me. Her agoraphobic mother was ridiculous most of the time, and I always felt like giving her a few slaps to see if her brain would start functioning. Anyways, well Sang seemed way too introvert to me. She was constantly criticizing herself and over-thinking everything she said. (Which I totally understand, but still don’t like).

Anyways, what made me keep reading this book were just seven little words: Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North. These boys are the boys that get pulled out of every teenage girl’s fantasy. They were all incredibly hot, loyal, protective, funny and overall sweet.

Right? It seems too good to be true! That’s why I read this story! I kept waiting for the inevitable flaw in them, and I never found it! These boys are perfect, too perfect, which is why I’m so interested in reading the second book.

This book’s ending definitely left you wanting more. I passed the last page and basically screamed in frustration because I couldn’t believe the author would just play with us like that!

Overall, although the character development was weak and the plot wasn’t as complex as I would’ve wanted it, I did enjoy the book. If you’re looking for a light, guilty pleasure kind of read, you should pick this book up.

 Rating: 3.5 stars

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  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    The problem is, I am not a fan of downright perfect boys, I like flawed ones that are still sweet so I’m not sure if I’d like this book at all, sadly 🙁

    Great review though, love! <33

    • Normally that would have been offputting for me, but I was looking for a way to escape all the “serious” books, and I just dove right in to this one. I love flawed boys because they seem so much more real. Thanks, Melanie 🙂

  • Interesting, sounds like its just setting up for the story here. I like how it covers agoraphobia though, although it sounds like it wasn’t done very well here. Great review Melanie!

    • Yeah it wasn’t done very well, but I’m hoping that the next book is much better. Thanks for stopping by, Jeann.