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on 28 February 2014
Last summer I read a book called The Academy: Introductions and whilst it wasn't the best book ever it completely had me hooked since then I have been eagerly enjoying each new release in the series that just keeps getting better and better. I was very excited to hear a few months ago that the author was writing a New Adult spin off to the series that would be following a different Academy team.

This is set in the same world as C.L. Stone's other Academy series but stands completely apart and none of those books have to be read before this one. If you have read the other series all the way up to book 5 - Drop Of Doubt - then this is an even more amazing as there are a few little "treats" that will make you smile.

It is kind of hard not to compare this to the other Academy series. So far I am definitely preferring this - The Scarab Beetle series - to The Ghost Bird Series. This book started very powerfully and the action started here rather than us having to wait several books. Kayli is much more feisty than Sang and doesn't seem to need to be rescued all the time.

Kayli is the kind of female lead I love; she is pretty kick-ass but also has a realistic vulnerability. She has had to learn to be tough by protecting herself and her brother from an abusive, alcoholic father who does nothing to look after them. After picking one too many pockets in an attempt to get money for rent and food she finds herself being chased by a group of guys. Worried that she is about to get thrown in prison Kayli is somewhat surprised when they offer to pay her family's rent for a month, get her a job and help her brother get into College early in exchange for assistance with one little task.

What Kayli doesn't expect is for the job to end up a lot more complicated than she first thought and having to rely on the boys and their mysterious "Academy" to help her hide and stay safe. She also doesn't expect to find somewhere she feels that she truly belongs.

One thing you can expect from any of C.L's books is for there to be a large abundance of book boyfriends and Thief was no exception. You get not one but six, actually make that seven, amazing guys to swoon over and Kayli clearly has a complicated love life ahead of her. There is some romance in this book though it doesn't take over and Thief is more action driven than romance driven.

I NEED more and was really sad for this book to end even though it ended brilliantly. I am eagerly looking forwards to more in this series as this was such a fantastic start.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
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on 2 July 2015
I'm stuck on this one. On the one hand I quite enjoyed this book - the story was fun, there were plenty of characters so I didn't get bored and it was a page turner but on the other hand I felt the story was let down by the lead female character, Kayli. I liked that a chick was making a mark in a guys world but how she doesn't listen, doesn't act like a team player whilst in a team and hops from one guy to another is annoying and off-putting to me and it made me dislike her which put me off the story a little as every time she was around a guy I'd end up rolling my eyes and rushing to move past the scene.

All in all I would say to give this a go, the story was fun and I think a lot of people would like it ... it also helps that it's free :)
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on 1 June 2015
This is the first of the Scarab Beatle series. It's a parallel series with Ghost Bird, The Academy.
This is set with an older character age group than the Ghost Bird series. If you've read the Ghost Bird series this makes perfect sense. I love C.L. Stone's writing. However, this series is not just as good as the Ghost Bird. It's still fun to read and some characters, Brandon, Marc, Corey and Axel definitely carry their scenes well. I'd recommend reading the Ghost Bird series first. I read this book first and it only made sense when I read the Ghost Bird.
It will reduce the shock factor!
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on 30 July 2014
can't wait to read the next book the girl is portrayed kind of like a man eater if your a girl reading this you will get very jealous but I love the character raven in this book and suggest people to read this because I definitely going to read the rest the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the part just before the ending it could of gone so much smoother than it did but it's still a great book more like 4 and a half than 4.
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on 1 March 2014
I have read the ghost bird series and was really looking forward to this new series. C.L Stone is a great author and this book did not disappoint! I loved how the characters were from the Academy like the boys in the ghost bird series, but they were all so unique and I loved all of them! The main character is very funny and I cannot wait until Summer for the next instalment of both the thief and the ghost bird series!
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on 28 December 2015
Having read the other Acadamy series I gave this one a go while waiting for new books. Now I have two series to be addicted to. This one is slightly more adult than Sangs books, so if you were like me and waiting. Give them a try. I love how the two series cross slightly and how the author cleverly manages to write things into both series that tie up with each other.
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on 23 December 2014
An addiction in the form of C.L. Stone, her books draw you in. The characters make you want to learn more about them. Loved the Ghost Bird Series, just wish they wasn't so far apart. I read a lot of books. A lot are just same old same old. It's like a special jewel when you read an exceptional book, this and the Ghost Bird Series are special jewels.
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on 18 May 2014
I love how it overlapped with the ghost bird series, made me squeak like a teenage girl lol for those that do not know, the ghost bird series is another series for the academy. A must read. I love the lead in this, very headstrong and exciting, compete opposite to sang (ghost bird). The academy books make me smile inside and out.
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on 8 August 2015
Didn't want this to end and so hooked by all the different characters that I need to know what happens to them next. Some really funny laugh out loud quips.
Loved the fact that there were sooo many romantic choices for the heroine, look forward to see which one she chooses - hope she doesn't turn out to be a slang?! Lol
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on 28 February 2014
I did enjoy this book and read it super quick ! However during to me reading the previous series I did compare them and for that reason it comes runner up from the ghost bird series and so I can only give it 4 stars! But all the characters were brilliant and I can't wait to see how everything turns out xxx
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