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.
This story begins with Sang deciding she needs to get away from her life. So, she decides to leave in the middle of the night in the rain. The problem, however, is she didn't think this through very well and when she gets knocked down by a dog and hurt things go a little down hill. After that she meets Kota and his six friends who are all boy-men who will be going to the same school as her. And although she thinks a few things about them are strange she's finally excited to have a friend let alone seven. But their secrets they are keeping from her, and she herself has some secrets and a horrible mother that's going to be a major issue.
This first book in the series was a great "introduction." It really got you interested into the plot and left you just curious enough to want a lot more. I will say I want to strangle Sang's mother. Oh man, that woman made me so mad I could spit fire. But I loved the way Sang handled the situation even though it wasn't a good situation. The only thing that really bothered me was how fast Sang seemed to trust these boy-men. It was a little bit frustrating but other then that I enjoyed the plot and all of the main characters! And I look forward to reading more.