Introductions by C.L. Stone
Publisher: Arcato Publishing
Publication Date: December 2012
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.
The first thing that captured me about Introductions by CL Stone was the cover page of the novel. It had a schoolgirl in uniform, and the first thing that came to mind was that the Academy was some sort of private school, where children are recruited at a tender age to learn some spy stuff; a story quite similar to the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. Since I had actually enjoyed that series, I decided to take a chance on the Ghost Bird series.
Sang Sorenson, a “newbie” in both the public school and the neighbourhood, comes from a broken home. Her father has the art of neglect down to a pat; and her elder sister is, quite frankly, a glorified bitch. Her mother is a psychotic woman, who believes in “punishing” Sang for her so called wrongdoings. Mrs. Sorenson keeps telling her daughters about the evil and violence of the outside world and how men are evil, and will rape them, without a second thought.
Sang, who is an innocently curious girl, figures that things can’t be as bad as her mother claims. She then decides to spend the night in an abandoned house across the street, as a way of escape. On her way, she bumps into Max, Kota’s dog. From then on, she meets the rest of the family, and they develop an unusual friendship. She takes to sneaking out of her house to meet them, and they take to trying to protect her.
In reality, this book/story doesn’t have an actual plot- it just happens. Maybe it’s because of the fact that “Introductions” is just what it says it is: an introduction to the academy, and to Sang’s life. Each chapter introduces us to who will later make a vital part of the Ghost Bird series.
After reading this book, though, I was convinced that getting my hands on the rest of the series (and any other CL Stone book) would be totally worth it.