Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: The Healing Power of Sugar by C.L. Stone

The Healing Power of Sugar by C.L. Stone
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Arcato Publishing
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary

It’s been a week since Sang has attended any classes at Ashley Waters, and since then, everything has changed. Her school schedule has been turned upside down, and now, thanks to her absences, the school counselor, Ms. Wright, has suspended her. The fear of school officials getting further involved and looking to contact her parents has Sang and the boys forced into their best behavior. It seems that the once perfect student, Sang Sorenson, is now one of the school’s worst, and without explanation, because she needs to keep her lips tightly sealed. Academy secrets are becoming hazardous to keep.

The more that Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North try to protect her, the more inevitable her downfall seems to be. They do their best to make sure Sang stays in school and when she returns to classes, try to help her get back on the straight and narrow—she can’t afford to screw up anymore.  But then fate deals out a setback that cripples the whole team, and they need to make a move, it turns into a risky one. There’s no way to predict the outcome. If they fail, the boys may lose the job they were sent to do, and worse, they may even lose Sang.

Everything gets more difficult when it’s revealed there might be a traitor amidst the group. Desperate to fix things, Sang needs to stop the group from spilling secrets and find out the truth. And why all fingers seem to be pointing to Luke. The Academy, Magnanimous

This was a very interesting installment to one of my favorite series of the past year.  We got to see more of Luke in this story, which was great.  Luke is one of the characters I've felt has kind of melted into the background in recent books, so it was nice seeing him front and center and being the object of the story this time.

I love the mystery that the author created around look this time, and I have to admit, she had me questioning a lot of things I thought I knew about Luke.  This was a nice twist, and a nice opportunity for development.  All of the characters has had some amazing moments of complexity throughout the series, but this one really gave Luke some depth, and allowed Sang to see some new sides to him that she might not have seen before.

I love that that the overall storyline appears to be progressing on one front.  It feels like things are about to come to a head, and I am looking forward to seeing how they work it out.  I would have liked to have seen more progression on that front throughout this book, but I do know the author is slowly building us toward the overall story's big complex.

The taste of romance in the story was good, although I felt that it didn't progress as much as I've come to expect from prior books.  Don't get me wrong though!  There is romance, and I did enjoy it.  I just wanted more of it.  But I know it's coming.  Just from reading the excerpt from the back of the book, I have a feeling that the next book is going to center around one of the guy characters I've been waiting on since the beginning.  I'll look forward to seeing his reactions, and to see how Sang's new purpose plays out.

I know...that was a very vague review, but I be more specific without ruining the other stories for anyone who hasn't read it.  All in all, this was a good installment to the series and I am very, very, very much looking forward to the next book!!

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