Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Black and Green by C.L. Stone

Black and Green (Ghost Bird #11) by C. L. Stone
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Arcato Publishing
Genre: YA Contemporary Reverse Harem

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.

Finally!!  I have been waiting so very IMpatiently for one of these book to be all about either Dr. Green or Mr. Blackmore.  I can so happily say that this one features Dr. Green.  I am a happy camper indeed, and these books, again, just keep getting better and better.

What makes them so good are the characters, how well-drawn and thoroughly depicted they are.  I could imagine meeting these guys in person, so are so real to me.  I love them all. All, I tell you!!  But I was so thoroughly excited that this one featured Dr. Green, because he's one of my favorites.  And it did not disappoint, even amidst the turmoil and angst that is a direct result of Sang's father returning and turning her life and the status quo completely upset down.

I know some reviewers were disappointed that when Sang had to return home, she regressed a bit back to her previous personality prior to meeting the boys, but this actually didn't bother me in the slightest because it made sense.  You can't go through the sort of traumas that this girl has gone through and then be magically cured, despite the passage of time that has taken place.  Yes, she was removed from that home, hasn't lived there and been reminded of it, hasn't had to "return to the scene of the crimes" so to speak.  Anyone whose been through what she has can indeed find themselves repeating old behaviors once placed back into the environment where it occurred.  I felt it was a natural progression that was pretty realistic.  The whole question is whether she can fight through it and emerge once again to her new self.

I loved all of the Dr. Green interaction, as well as her interactions with the boys.  This is one of my favorite of the series so far, and I am eagerly anticipating the next one, again!!  Can't wait.

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