Review of “Black and Green- The Academy, Ghost Bird Series” by C.L. Stone

Black and Green
Title:
Black and Green 
Author: C.L. Stone
Series: The Academy – Ghost Bird Series
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Pages: 435


BLURB:

Sang Sorenson’s father abandoned her and her sister, leaving them to fend for themselves for months. He’s returned, and finds Sang is missing. He demands she return. Right now.  Her Academy team doesn’t want to risk losing her ghost status and she doesn’t want to put them in danger, so she reluctantly returns home, but is comforted that she will still be monitored by them.  But the second she opens the door, she discovers her father has made changes that will affect her entire future. His decisions will make them a normal family.  Normal is no longer what Sang wants. It would kill her Academy career before it ever started. Not to mention it would end the special, new, and still-fragile relationships with the guys.  Sang struggles with her family, her identity, and where she truly belongs. Now that the entire team knows about their romantic relationships with her, tensions are mounting, tearing the team apart from the inside.  Only, Dr. Green isn’t going to lie down and roll over by playing by the rules. Not anymore. Not while Sang is at risk.  His heart can’t take leaving her in that house one more minute. He needs her. They all do.  

Chronicle Review by Wendy

This is the first review I am writing of this book series, although it is the 11th book in this saga.  Eventually, I would like to write a review for each of these books (yeah, okay…let’s just say it’s been added to my ‘To-Do’ List).   

I love this story! The characters in this series are relatable, each having flaws and strengths. Sang is one of my favorite protagonists. Even though I am fortunate in never enduring a fraction of the abuse she has suffered, I strongly connect with her thought processes and understand her actions  This book picks up exactly where the previous book left off (The Academy – First Kiss).  C.L. Stone does an excellent job of making seamless transitions from one book to the next.  Each book is a continuation in the story line. At times I feel like the story timeline is moving too slow.  This is probably because the events in each individual book seem to happen over a period of days or weeks compared to the reality of waiting for the next book release, which covers so many more months!

Black and Green goes more in depth into the up-bringing of the adorable Dr. Sean Green.  Until this point, only little snippets of his back-story were revealed. In this book, Dr. Sean finally crossed the invisible line that has separated Mr. Blackbourne and Dr. Green from the rest of the family.  For multiple reasons, Dr. Green will understandably still have to keep one foot on the other side of that invisible line, but I am so glad that his character feels like a more integrated part of this Academy family.

This book series has a lot of characters to keep straight, but C.L. Stone somehow introduced two new characters and made them an exciting and unexpected addition to this story.  We meet another imposing mother-figure for Sang to assess and be tortured by (Oh, sorry, I mean deal with), fortunately this time she has the help of her new-found Academy family for support.   Jimmy turned out to be completely opposite of my expectations when he was first introduced.  I was surprised by his refreshingly non-cliché personality and actions.  I also appreciate how C.L. Stone resurrects characters who have taken a bit of leave of absence. 

Just as each of the other books in this series has ended, Black and Green’s conclusion leaves me anticipating the next installment of this intricately woven story with it’s endearing characters.  The Academy-The Ghost Bird Series-Love’s Cruel Redemption, book 12, is “coming soon”.  Here’s to hoping that doesn’t mean an entire year from now!  

 

Wendy’s Rating: 5/6

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Review of “Sold to Him” by Wattpad Author nightimeshadows

Sold to Him

Title: Sold To Him
Author: Wattpad Author – nightimeshadows
Series: N/A
Status: Ongoing
Parts: 46+
Genre: Romance

 


BLURB:

Daren Night is ruthless, cruel; one of the most feared men in the world, but he has always been intrigued by the idea of having someone of his own. Someone he could take care of and love. Someone he could show a different side of him to. Someone who would love him endlessly.  He’s had his eye on one girl in particular. A girl who has been broken beyond extent and torn to pieces by her drug addicted mother, who owes him for all of the drugs she’s taken from him without pay.  Due to this, he’s found a perfect time to get what’s his. He’s given the mom a chance to pay him back by something other than money: by giving him her daughter…

Wattpad Review by Audrey

I wanted to read this book since I was and still am currently have troubles with one of my own stories. I am constantly trying to find and scour Wattpad for anything to help me with character development and themes. Starting this book, I was fairly excited. Not only was the primary character the author chose to write out of a male, but the topics of abuse both mentally and physically I thought would really help me and shed light on how I can write some of my own scenarios.

Sold to Him, without a doubt, was way different than I was expecting it to be. Right off of the bat, the beginning left me startled and confused. The emotions the main character, Daren, was feeling, although human, baffled me as he claimed that he “loved” Aria, the main female lead. Going back to my memory of Romeo and Juliet, this fast startling proclamations left me a little angry. Daren had not even talked to Aria before saying this. On top of this, Daren was meant to be a gang leader, and even though I respect the author’s choice of not making him the typical gang leader, I felt that he was too emotional. I found contradictions like this throughout the book. He would think one thing, but act on a completely different instinct.

Like stated before, I was excited that a male was the lead since most stories are written out of a female’s point of view. Though, as I read, I couldn’t help but feel that Daren was closer related to how a girl would be portrayed. I wasn’t expecting the book to be void of emotion, or be all about women, but I would have liked to see a more true representation of how a man thinks. Having two older brothers, I am not lost on how they think either.

I know this review can be looked at as harsh, but not every book you read is a grade A book. I commend nightimeshadows for writing her story, it takes guts. You have to take all Wattpad books with a grain of salt since nothing is a final draft, but the grammar and sentence structure was not distracting and it was one of the things that the author did a pretty good job with.

Audrey’s Rating: 2/6

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REVIEW OF “ILLEGAL MY ASS” BY WATTPAD AUTHOR MAKEANDOFFER

Illegal My Ass

Title: Illegal My Ass
Author: Wattpad Author – makeandoffer
Status: Completed
Parts: 52
Genre: Humor


BLURB:
Mia Hastings was never one to follow the rules.  Her brother knew it, her best friend knew it. Everyone knew it. She lives for the moment, doing whatever she feels and thinking of the consequences later. Her main goal in life is to live it.

Mia’s brother’s best friend Drake O’Connell was never big on rules.  The judge who sentences him to 2 years in prison knew it.  He is known for being the badboy, partying and womanising. His charm, good looks and obnoxious behaviour made his life pretty easy and his main goal in it was to have fun. He had lost 2 years of his life locked up, so he was determined to make up for lost time.

So when these two people are thrown together, both without a care in the world, issues of their own and more secrets than an episode of Pretty Little Liars, you can expect a story full of laughs, tears, arguments and felonies.  They might be breaking the law, but both Mia and Drake are about to find out that when it feels wrong, it is ALWAYS more fun

Wattpad Review by Audrey:

Illegal My Ass was funny from the start, straight to the finish. Living up to it’s Humor genre, I found myself laughing at the comments the characters would make throughout the story. Although the humor was crude, it is what made the story, and I am a person never to stray away from crudeness. I have read more from makeandoffer and her style is not limited to this one book.

I commend the author for her use of characters. Often you will find that with many people being introduced, it gets confusing and you wish for a more simple cast. Even though Illegal My Ass had a lot of characters and parts within it, I was able to keep the people straight, only mixing things up every now and then. Throughout the book, I noticed that most of the characters were moderately the same. Drunk teenagers that were living their life to the fullest.

The situations these characters encountered were all over the place, but in a good way. Sometimes it felt like there was no major conflict, but as the story progressed, the outcome became clearer and clearer. Because of these situations, your liking for the characters was strengthened, but not to the point of loving them like you do with your favorite novels.

As I said earlier, makeandoffer is a very talented writer that brings life to her books by using wit and humor. Very wisely is I may add. Illegal My Ass is not my favorite book that I’ve read on Wattpad, but it is definitely going onto one of my Reading Lists.

 

Audrey’s Rating: 4/6

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Review of “Cage of Darkness” by Jennifer Anne Davis

Cage of DarknessTitle: Cage of Darkness
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Reign of Secrets (Book 2)
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Pages: 219

Blurb:
While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything.  Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar.  In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive.

Chronicle Review by Audrey

Allyssa is a girl of quick wit and an uncontrollable mouth. Being caught in a situation where she must only rely on her wit and inner strength to guide her as she is caught in enemy territory. Being alone with no one to trust, Allyssa has to face all of her fears, some that she didn’t even know that she had. Adding in a new alliance with a possible friend, Allyssa is in the middle of a family affair that may end her life.

Once again, Jennifer Anne Davis didn’t disappoint. Cage of Darkness is a book that once you start you cannot put it down. I know this personally as I finished it in one day, start to finish. I can not tell you how many times I chanted in my head for something to happen, or for one of the characters to achieve their goal. Of course, a book would not be a good book without some twists and turns throughout. Adding in the element of a new alliance with a prince, my mind started to root for a new outcome as my alliances changed (this does not happen very often to me).

I am a sucker for adding in the beloved characters from the previous series (True Reign). This adds in a feeling of home and comfort that books like these need throughout. The ending especially! The cliffhanger end made me smile, laugh, and have to breathe in and out a couple of times. I am anxiously waiting for the third book coming out later this year!

 

Audrey’s Rating: 6/6

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Review of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Series: N/A
Release Date: 1925
Pages: 180


BLURB:
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

Classic Challenge Review by Audrey

The 1920’s was an era of economic incline, at least for those involved in the Stock Market. The Great Gatsby is the written work of Fitzgerald that showed the prosperous side of the 20’s.  Fitzgerald added in the important message that money cannot buy you happiness. The book follows a young man named Nick as he navigates his way through the high class and the destruction money can bring with fortune.  The Great Gatsby was very well written and although the author never truly stated how the characters felt, I was able to jump into the lives of Gatsby, Nick and whoever else was in the story.

The Great Gatsby was one of those books that as you get older, you can go back to it and discover new things that will impact you. This book is not lolipops and rainbows. It shows a truth about the way the world works and how easily it is to turn your back on the ones you “love”.  Along with the heartbreak and deception throughout, the unfulfillment that fills Gatsby is very relatable to everyone on the planet. We are all constantly trying to do better and do more, even if it does not look like it. Because of this, we are never satisfied, even when getting the thing we think we want most (in this case, that being Gatsby’s love interest).

As I was reading this book, I do not think that I truly appreciated the impact it did have on me. But now, months later typing this up, I understand how well written and molded The Great Gatsby really was. I would recommend reading this book to anyone, even if the book did have its boring moments where it dragged on. Everything in this book was there for an importance, even if it did not seem like it added value at the time of reading.

Audrey’s Rating: 5/6

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June 20th Release Date for C.L. Stone’s “The Academy-Black and Green”

Black and Green

I am a very faithful follower of both Academy Series by C.L. Stone, but the Ghost Bird series is my favorite!  This is the one series that I always get every book immediately after it is released.  The release date of the 11th book in this series was originally scheduled to come out late 2016!  This has been a long wait for us not-so-patient avid Academy readers! I received an email Wednesday notifying of the release date of June 20th!  Yay!  I just pre-ordered my e-book! My plan is to try to go back and review each of these books to post on our Chronicle page….What is that saying about the best laid plans?… Below is the blurb from this highly anticipated new read…

–Wendy–

BLURB:

Sang Sorenson’s father abandoned her and her sister, leaving them to fend for themselves for months. He’s returned, and finds Sang is missing. He demands she return. Right now.

Will he call the police if she doesn’t?
 
Her Academy team doesn’t want to risk losing her ghost status and she doesn’t want to put them in danger, so she reluctantly returns home, but is comforted that she will still be monitored by them. 
 
But the second she opens the door, she discovers her father has made changes that will affect her entire future. His decisions will make them a normal family.
 
Normal is no longer what Sang wants. It would kill her Academy career before it ever started. Not to mention it would end the special, new, and still-fragile relationships with the guys.
 
Sang struggles with her family, her identity, and where she truly belongs. Now that the entire team knows about their romantic relationships with her, tensions are mounting, tearing the team apart from the inside.
 
Only, Dr. Green isn’t going to lie down and roll over by playing by the rules. Not anymore. Not while Sang is at risk.
 
His heart can’t take leaving her in that house one more minute. He needs her. They all do.
 
The Academy: Worth Risking All

Review of “More Issues Than Vogue” by Wattpad author BellaLunaa

More Issues than VogueTitle: More Issues Than Vogue
Author: Wattpad Author – BellaLunaa

Series: Sequel is In-Progress on Wattpad now
Parts: 25
Genre: Chicklit

    Wattpad Featured Novel


BLURB:

Haley Monroe has moved to the Big Apple and is ready to start her internship at Forward Magazine, the hottest best selling lifestyle magazine in the country. Everything is set into place:

Overpriced tiny apartment? Check.
Sadly single? Check.
Friendless in new city? Check.     

Determined to set off with a fresh start and (clearly) positive attitude, she spends her first night in New York doing something that someone as organized as Haley is, would never dream of – a one night stand.  Well, almost. If you consider leaving Nate – the hottest guy she’s ever set her eyes on – naked in his apartment, a one night stand.  And to make Haley’s life complete, the new owner of Forward magazine just started his first day at the office. Haley instantly recognizes her new boss.  She almost had a one night stand with him.                             

Wattpad Review by Wendy:

I enjoyed Haley Monroe, the main protagonist, and her internship at Forward Magazine.  Haley is refreshing because she is one of the few characters I have recently come across who is hardworking, dedicated, talented…AND who displays modesty through her caring nature.  As a borderline OCD organizer and fellow introvert, I related closely to many of Haley’s issues. 

I love that she caught herself in a situation that would compromise her personal morals and she controlled herself!  Even in a state of drunkenness and clouded judgment, she had enough sense to realize she was on the verge of crossing a line that could not be un-crossed.  This decision alone gave her so much credibility to me! Like the rest of us, she still manages to get herself into other questionable circumstances.  Because I personally connected with her thought processes, I understood them and in turn respected most of her choices.

Haley grows so much as the story unfolds, both in her professional and personal life.  The author, BellaLunaa did a great job of revealing Haley’s internal debates.  I was cheering for Haley as she stepped out of her comfort zone and made the effort to forge new relationships.  By opening herself to fresh experiences and unfamiliar people, she is able to cultivate genuine friendships.  Of course, by exposing her heart, she makes herself vulnerable to feel hurt too.  Throughout the book it is clear she learns the positive experiences she gains from being open outweigh the pain and issues she must stumble through. 

Each new relationship Haley incites is with distinctly different, quite believable and (mostly) likeable characters.  Although not completely predictable, the actions of each individual seemed logical with who I understood them to be.

There were a few grammatical issues, but not enough for me to take away from the overall story.  The love triangle was mild and not even frustrating because even when Haley wasn’t sure of her own emotions, the author scripted it in a way so I understood Haley’s feelings and rationale. I enjoyed this book and I added the sequel, More Issues In Aruba, to my Wattpad library.  With my personal memory issues and my lack of patience issue, I will wait to start reading the sequel until it is finished on Wattpad.  I’m looking forward to it.

Wendy’s Rating: 4/6

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