First Kiss by CL Stone: Review

Posted June 22, 2016 in review Tags: ,

First Kiss by CL Stone: ReviewFirst Kiss by C. L. Stone
Pages: 377

Series: The Ghost Bird #10
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: The Healing Power of Sugar, Black and Green
Also by this author: The Other Side of Envy, Black and Green
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The time has finally come for Sang Sorenson to be formally introduced to the Academy. Protocol dictates the boys keep the details of Sang’s official introduction to the Academy a secret from her. The only thing they can advise her to do is to work on what will become her mantra: She is determined to stay with her team, no matter what.

Despite her wishes, however, the boys are second-guessing her place with them, concerned for her safety. With dangers all around and threats closing in, some of the boys are questioning if this is the right time to bring her to meet the Academy at all.

Sang is challenged with being the brave face among them and instilling the confidence needed to keep her with them. However, in order to appear compliant with the Academy’s rules, she has to be willing to listen and try their suggestions. As the boys have suspected and feared, the council wants to see how she’ll work with a different team. An all-girl team. She has no choice but to go along with the proposal or risk losing a shot at the Academy.

But when the Academy’s inner world is revealed to her, Sang knows that she’s finally found her place—somewhere she belongs—and she sees a future with them. The deeper she gets, the more she sees how she can make a difference. Learning what she is capable of and the impact she can have, she feels obligated to help. There’s so few girls, and they need her.

The guys try to stick to their plan, but every team must pay their debts, and the cost of keeping her might be more than any of them can afford.

It’s up to Sang alone to prove to the Academy where she truly belongs—but can she resist the call of a new team that needs her?

The Academy, Inside

First Kiss
The Ghost Bird #10
CL Stone

what i think

I am insanely obsessed with this series. I recently started listening to the audio as well and it only reminds me how much I love it! Seriously, LOVE IT!

First Kiss is book 10 and you MUST read the books in order. By this point, all the guys, except Kota, know about ‘the plan’. Sang goes to ‘Academy camp’, is formally introduced, and has to face her future. Will they let her stay with the boys? Would they try to force her to join a ‘bird team’?

Sang admits a few of her triggers that are causing her to black out after a particularly scary episode. Because of this, her experience at the camp was interesting to read because it really reminded me how much Sang has gone through. Her PTSD is something she has hidden from most of the guys but by the end, they all know. She also has to admit it to Academy elders, which was very difficult for her.

I won’t spoil it for you-you need to read to find out if she gets to stay on the team or not, if the academy will even accept her, and if Kota is okay with the plan.

The book does end with a bit of a cliffhanger; Sang’s father reappears and demands to see her…WTF!

PS-Check out CL Stone’s website for great sneak peeks and spoilers!!

  • POV: 1st (Sang)
  • Tears: yes
  • Trope: reverse haram
  • Triggers: none of the incidents that caused Sang’s PTSD are retold, but they are obviously still an issue
  • Series/Standalone: Series
  • Cliffhanger: a little bit!
  • HEA: ? sort of….

if you liked

Fallen Crest series by Tijan, Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken, The Divinicus Nex chronicles by A and E Kirk…then you will probably like First Kiss!

where to get it

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USA Today Bestselling Author, C. L. Stone once lived in Charleston, SC, and currently lives among Cajuns. She writes about cute boys and uncomfortable situations, usually mixed together.

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3 responses to “First Kiss by CL Stone: Review

  1. 10 books?? Holy cow! That’s a long contemporary series. I do like that you’re so obsessed with these books though so I’ll have to try!
    Great review!

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