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A book version of Japanese reverse harem animes, except everyone is suburban white And constantly blushing.Is the cover guy supposed to be Kota? That is SO not how I pictured him.The Academy series revolves around Sang, your typical straight white virgin with a psychotic family, zero personality, and 9 (as in NINE) guys chasing her ass like it's God's gift to man I would be less annoyed about this situation if any of the characters could deviate even slightly from the cliched, but nope Sang is so dull she might as well be a mannequin but if I hear ONE MORE BOY talking about how you're not like other girls, Sang I swear I will slap the offending party right out of the book She just sits around, silently blushing and wallowing about her self esteem issues How is this different or special??? At one point, she mentions Vivaldi's Four Seasons and everyone acts all impressed that Sang is cultured (when that piece is about as famous as you can get in terms of classical music Come on, EVERYONE has heard of Vivaldi before.) Basically, Sang is an average girl with an average harem.The title, Introductions, pretty much says it all We have a couple of chapters and Sang meets a new guy in each chapter That's it Nothing else happens.I've seen many other people mention this series' frightening ability to fail as a literary work and yet still be completely addictive I have to concur I finished this book, thought, Thank God that's over, then promptly reached for the next book What is going on here? Sometimes a book's ability to suck blows my mind. It is like an accident you can not take your eyes off and each bad gory detail just leaves you stunned.Now let me tell you the biggest NO, I mean the biggest NO NEVER in all books Men telling women/girls how to dress Men telling women/girls how to speak Men telling women/girls how to behave Men thinking it is ok to judge women/girls and tell them what is appropriate and what is not. Men talking I am ok with jokes..I am ok with role play (DD/lg)..I even love reading about H who gets all bothered and jealous about their h. WELL I AM NOT OK WITH AUTHORS PROJECTING THE NOTION THAT IT IS OK FOR RANDOM MEN TO TELL YOUNG GIRLS/WOMEN WHAT TO DO! In YA/NA, I see it as a recurring theme and it is not endearing or ok!Example. Very blatant ones at least! She's going home to change before she's allowed to register So let me get this straight, you will DENY a girl her right to education and demand she change in order for a man to control what's in his pants. I don't think it is appropriate for her to wear it, Mr McCoy said Last time I checked. she didn't ask you whether it was or was not. To top it off, another man goes to justify Mr McIcan'tkeepitundercontrolinmypant's behaviour. I think he means well He reached out, surprising me and touched the collar of my shirt he buttoned it up to the top and smoothed down the fabric of the collar And so you know, he said If you wear a short skirt, you should keep your top modest As a lady, it will make you lookelegant 1 Don't touch her you creep2 Refer to the above instructions!3 I did not know you wrote the fucking handbook on how to be a lady. no an elegant lady4 5 6 7 For god's sake someone get this author to an institution where they teach how to respect women or give the author a do over at life because if you are living your life disrespecting women you are doing it wrong!! I said it! If she feels the need for guidance she will ask In the end it is what makes her happy I do not understand why it is so hard for the society to understand the small concept of a woman's/girl's happiness? Why is a man's happiness and opinion held above a woman's??? I believe a proper review of the book has already been done by many fellow goodreaders I just felt this concern needed to be addressed. I started reading this book because the synopsis sounded fairly interesting, and because it was free Mostly because it was free I kept reading because I honestly *could not believe* it was so awful I just kept waiting for it to get better (it never happened) I've reviewed quite a few YA books on Goodreads, , and my blogand not one of them has been THIS BAD This is what happensno spoilers, because there ISN'T ANYTHING TO SPOIL:Sang meets each guy from this enigmatic, cliquish group, is fawned over by pretty much all of them, and blushes repeatedly because of their unexpected sympathy and friendliness Literally Exceptno, even that makes it sound better than it is.You may be reading this and thinking to yourself, c'mon, that's ridiculous No book is THAT bad Well, dear reader, this one is What I describe is all that happens Worse, it happens like 12 times because she meets a different guy in each chapterand they all respond in the exact same way Of course, in the beginning, it doesn't seem all that bad; you meet a nice guy who treats Sang well (unlike her psychopath of a mother), and it seems sweet Blossoming love, perhaps? Or at least the start of a good friendship for her to finally start living But then you realize that you're reading the same story over and over again with each new guy she's introduced toand then you wonder, is there any point to this? Nothing about these characters is complex (as another reviewer claimed); they are all practically identical to one another in personality, and all happen to fall for Sang just because (Again, I mean that in the most literal sense imaginable.)I am *astonished* that this book has a rating of 4 stars I mean, seriously, I would've burned this book if it hadn't been electronic You might think I'm being harsh Tactless Heartless Maybe I could've beentactful But this book deserves every single 1 star rating it receives, and I don't anyone to misunderstand my meaning when I say that this book is not worth reading, much less *buying* and reading If I could, I'd give this book 0 stars If you are contemplating reading this book, you should first contemplate whether or not you want to pluck your own eyes out with a fork My guess is the answer will be no, and you can take that as your cue to move on. I love this series so much! I just found out about this a few days ago, and after reading the summary, I told myself that I had to read it right away, which I did! C.L Stone surpassed my expectations It got me hooked from the first chapter I keep wanting ! I've read all five books already, and I can't wait to read the next!Did I mention that this series has 9 SWOONWORTHY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS? Oh yeah.Here's my dream cast:SANG KOTA VICTOR SILAS NATHAN GABRIEL LUKE NORTH DR.GREEN MR.BLACKBOURNE I can't rate this book I can find SO MANY faults with this book but I'm still dying to read the sequel I guess I would put this under my guilty pleasure books tab in goodreads because I just couldn't stop reading this book and I have no idea why! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it has seven hot guys in it You heard me SEVEN guys.The plus point of this book is that there isn't a love triangle/heptagon yet and the male characters are different and draw you to the story.Each of the male characters is intriguing.The characters are just introduced in this book but I can't wait to find outabout them.My main problem with this story so far has to be the main character.I have mixed feelings towards Sang She's too naive,trusting and pretty much a walking cliche but I still pity her and can't seem to hate her.I think I might have liked this story muchif it was told in dual POV or from somebody else's point of view.Also, I don't like how some issues are being handled in this book.The plot is interesting yet confusing at the same time.I noticed that not much happens in this book The book's title isn't misleading at all it just introduces us to the characters and hints at some mysterious secret.I'm pretty sure the main story hasn't started yet.Overall, I have no idea how to rate this because I couldn't put this book down no matter how much it frustrated me.I think the next book will help me decide whether this series is any good or not. Rating (for the whole series) : between 1 and 5 starsOr 15 starsDepends on the day.UPDATE: My version of Sang: Character C L Stone © Drawing Marguerite L ©Lesson 1: Have a harem, you get free stuff.Welcome to the Academy universe The world's most dangerous drug that no rehab can cure.Lesson 2: Practice the magic pout, you get free stuff.Lesson 3: Seduce a fashion wanabe, you get free stuff.Lesson 4: Be pathetic, you get free stuff.The Ghost Bird series is awful.It's also one of my favorite guilty pleasures on Earth We have Sang Beautiful, cute, pretty, loyal, innocent, broken, fierce, trusting, loving, caring, adorable, perfect and dull as fuck heroine We have the guys Nine clones guys that all want a piece of her golden vagina self and are the only ones wearing clean clothes in the whole state We have the Academy, which after two series and sixteen books we still know nothing about And then we have some kind of mystery that after two series and sixteen books we still understand nothing about not that we give a shit.The perfect recipe for a disaster.I love it.Rules of being a Bird in a Dog world:1 Trust the people that lie to you all the time;2 Don't ask question about any sketchy organization;3 Be cute;4 Don't be black or asian, because there are none in South Carolina;5 Blush A lot;6 Wear pink and like girly stuff to reassure your boys of their masculanity;7 Be a virgin and act like it;8 Don't wear jeans without a belt;9 Know your classical music;10 Be a doormat;11 Act like a lost puppy to bring out the protective side of your numerous boyfriends.The Ghost Bird will give you cavities with all the sweet sugary moments, will make you puke in your mouth a lot a bit and will make you very disappointed with yourself half of the time.You should definitely check it out if you haven't yet, it's so worth it. .FREE DOWNLOAD ⚖ Introductions (The Ghost Bird, #1) ☪ With an agoraphobic mother and a barelythere 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 aloneWhen 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 friendsOnly 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 heartthrobbing intimacyThe Academy, ever vigilant The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America #1) ☪ With an agoraphobic mother and a barelythere father No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy 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 Hokuto no Ken - Ken, le survivant Vol.10 because for her being different meant being cast out aloneWhen her family moves to a new school district GTO Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity To Lure a Proper Lady she quickly bonds with the boys Screening Sandy Hook: Causes and Consequences hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friendsOnly 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 Georgia Courthouse Disasters 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 The Z Club or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another?Meet Kota Sacred Sins Victor Skinny-Dipping Silas Oklahoma, a History of Five Centuries Nathan The Murder at the Vicarage Gabriel Beyond the River: A Novel (Heartlines) Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty Unending Devotion (Michigan Brides, truth and mystery Unending Devotion friendships and heartthrobbing intimacyThe Academy Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Japan ever vigilant “Will you stop being cute? Your nose is smudging the window My god, you’re worse than a puppy,” My casting:Hmm I actually like it Strange, considering there's an incredible weak female character. But theyou got to know her, theyou felt protective of her I just wanted to hide her from the cruelty in this world! “Will you buckle in? It’s bad enough we kidnapped you.” Luckily, now she has 7 amazing boys protecting her! There is no doubt in my mind that she will get romantic with one of them, perhaps there will even be a love triangle coming, however I'm both nervous and excited to find out who it will be :D I was empty Strangers in a strange family.” The book was not my usual kind of book. It was a bit, I don't know, too innocent? I'm not sure this interest will keep up, however I cannot wait to see what will happen, to see if Song becomes a stronger person. That will be interesting, and hopefully better than this one! It felt good to read something I'm not used to atm :) Hopefully this feeling/emotion will continue, so I can keep up with this series :)! “Fuck thinking Thinking hurts the team Jump.” I have a problem here Legit problem.You see this booklike seriesstands for EVERYTHING I dislike in reading It has a weakass female character, cliché male leads(every single one you can think of; and notice how I said leads as in plural) and an absolutely nonexistent plot It has such a clean romance (or nonexistent for that matter) that a freaking 10 year old could read this and just such unbelievable scenes where I'm just like WTF?!But I just couldn't put it down I couldn't stop reading and I am irrevocably and irredeemably addictedlike an addict on meth to these books I basically stalk the author's page, like , weekly to see updates I think she voodoodis that a word? the books They have a spell on me HA! Super cheesy! See what I mean? Legit problem.I hand over my get out of jail free card\b My Rating: 3.5 StarsSang would give anything to be able to make a fresh start and reinvent the girlintheshadows she has become Maybe this move to a new home and school would be it Ye, Sang had no idea just how much her life would change…C.L Stone’s INTRODUCTIONS is exactly that, an introduction into Sang’s new world outside of her dysfunctional family’s influence The night she met Kota would be the start of changes she could only dream of, seven modelhandsome boys, all friends, all drawn to her, tuned to her needs, all students from the mysterious Academy.As we are introduced to each boy, witness their interaction with Sang and each other, one thing that hit me was the thought: Is this a YA reverse harem story? Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?Pretty much a meet and greet of characters, there is still an underlying mystery that begs to be revealed At this point there really isn’t much movement, but each character is given a thorough introduction, including what seems to attract them to Sang individually.I’m hoping the meat and potatoes of the story that is hinted at will become a full blown feast in following books!Series: The Ghost Bird Book 1Publisher: Arcato Publishing; 2 edition (December 23, 2012)Publication Date: December 23, 2012Genre: YAPrint Length: 206 pagesAvailable from:| Barnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: