Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird, #3) by C.L. Stone

Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird, #3)

Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother’s extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They're determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family. Their solution: complete invasion of her life.Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means. It takes more than blood to make a family and they want Sa...

Details Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird, #3)

TitleFriends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird, #3)
Release DateAug 26th, 2013
PublisherArcato Publishing
GenrePolyamorous, Reverse Harem, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, High School

Reviews Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird, #3)

  • Future Slayer Girl
    Now that I have come down from my anger ball I think I can logically review this book. C.L. certainly upped her game on this one! Not only did she take the Mother's abuse to a whole brand new messed up level--we know WHY the abuse is happening in the first place. I wasn't buying what everyone was selling me that the cancer made her 'crazy'. Then I noticed the just as crazy older sister wasn't getting ANY punishments. It was all in Sang's hands. S...
  • Nereid
    Now if someone had told me that I would like a series about nine hot guys and a naive young girl, I would have said you were kidding. I usually read more books about the supernatural and kick ass females so this is a change of pace for me but a welcome one. There is no sexual overtones to this book and just a hint of innocent romance so it is suitable for the younger teens and addresses such darker topics like child abuse. The boys are the kind o...
  • Siv Therese
    WHY OH WHY DO I ALWAYS FINISH THESE BOOKS SO FREAKING FAST?!Several times I just had to take a breath and slow down, just to enjoy the superb writing, the surroundings, the interactions, the drama, action, secrets, reveals, love, touches. But somehow I can't stop devouring C.Ls book like a chocolate starving girl... wich I always am btw. Family vs Friends. Different, similar, revealing, but still oh so secretive. There are some loose ends that ge...
  • Alaina
    Second time read. First time review.Okay, first off, her mother's abuse game was strong. Not in a good way either. I HATE HER MOM SO FREAKING MUCH that I'm not even upset one bit that the Academy took her away. Good riddance if you ask me. Then there's her dad, mr. douche who doesn't know how to be a real father because he's too busy trying to fake ass bitch to some other family. Fuck him. I also hate Marie because she's a god damn twatwaffle. No...
  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    I have the "hots" for North and Mr Blackbourne... I love them!!!
  • Nicole Renee
    This series is highly addicting. I'm only disappointed when I finish reading the book and I have to wait for the next book to be released. C. L. Stone is a great storyteller.
  • Amber
    Honestly, I can't get enough of these books! C L Stone writes in such a way that I studiously read every. word. on. the. page!! I love all of the boys and how they stick up for Sang and how they love her so well! Have never written a review since my membership about a year ago, and felt that I HAD to write one for this series. Seriously, every book keeps getting better!Kota has a soft place in my heart. I think it's because he was the one that fi...
  • Debbie
    This installment should be called Snow White Does Errands with Her Hottie Dwarves.... It's one over the top fantastical montage (with shopping and makeovers!) after another. Unfortunately there is no introduction of plot until the last 20 pages. Don't get me wrong, some of the montages are really enjoyable, but you can't make a cohesive novel by stringing together vignettes. One or two of these would have been enough threaded together with the pl...
  • Rhea_Sways
    I am still not learning from my mistakes!!My curious cat still has 7 more lives left. Seems as if I will use all of them reading this series.I just want to know or see some actions with all the Hs and the h..
  • Sharon Mariampillai
    My favourite boy is North. Silas is my second favourite. Then, Mr. Blackbourne rounds out my top three. I am sorry to Kota, but Mr. Blackbourne won me over in this book. Each boy brings a special and unique quality to the book. This was a fantastic sequel. It is something totally different than what you usually expect from an author. I think it makes the story fresh and new. I can't wait to read Forgiveness & Permission next! Overall, an amazing ...
  • ❧ Cristina ☙
    Dropped at page 160. Too repetitive and boring. Maybe I'll pick it up in the future.
  • Kayla
    This series is honestly so good and now I have to read ALL the books. I'm not stopping now.
  • Mel
    DNF'd at 14%. This book and series is all kinds of problematic and unrealistic. I mean, really, I thought Sang would chose one guy but no. Seven guys and two adult men should not all be in love with one girl who may or may not be bipolar or at least have some other undiagnosed psychiatric disorder. The last thing a girl in such a state should have is the romantic attention of 9 guys who all pass her around like a bottle of cheap booze at a school...
  • Jennifer
    I was so excited that the third book in this series came out. I like each of the characters for different reasons and C.L. Stone does a wonderful job describing them so that I have my own vivid perfect picture of each of "the boys" in my head :-) I laughed really hard in this book (shopping with 7 boys at The Mall and Kota's Mom/haircut/Date scene were my favs) and I cried at parts too.My favorite part was the end when the POV changes from Sang t...
  • Tomoe-Aurelia
    So, we have the Academy always there in the background, 1 girl, 7 guys (I don't count Mr Blackbourne and Dr Green for the moment) which are sweet, sexy, adorable, caring and so on and so on ... So yeah, I think it's safe to say that I'm addicted to this series !
  • Heather
    OCTOBER CAN'T GET HERE FAST ENOUGH!! Seriously, I am an adult and this series has me hooked.
  • Taryn
    I am so torn. You see, Sang is such a godawful protagonist that I just want to bore a rusty screwdriver into my temple to escape her mind-numbing idiocy. However, this story wouldn't work with a more confident, self aware girl. Sang basically has to be a complete and utter doormat to make anything that happens in this series semi-believable, because I don't know if I could root for a girl (not that I root for Sang) that willingly dates and flirts...
  • Chloe
    Grrrr!!!! Sang's family is so frustrating, especially Sang! She's so dutiful to her family even after all the things they've done to her. I wanted to slap some sense into her. On the other note, I fell more deeply in love with the boys *swoons*. They all tried to protect Sang at every challenges thrown at her, it borders in to overprotective. Probability of all of the boys already in love with her is probably 98%, that includes Dr. Green and Mr. ...
  • Pao
    Well, just as I said before, it's getting better and better. I'm completely addicted to The Academy!. The story is growing and getting stronger, this time started with such a hard and shocking scene that I honestly couldn't believe what I was reading. I loved it. I love how it keeps surprising me constantly, how it makes me laugh, and thankfully I had plenty of that with Gabriel *.* and Kota's mom. The plot is so contrasting and flowing it gives ...
  • Bethany
    Please see my full review hereI LOVE these books, I love the idea of an unconventional, poly-amorous relationship between Sang and the Academy guys, and I truly hope that C.L. Stone continues in that particular vein, realizing that her readers may not be opposed to that, as it can be done without sordidness and will be a welcome change from the whole Team Boy A vs Team Boy B. It will allow for a Team Everyone, and then everyone wins :-)
  • Gloria Schroeder
    Can't believe how much I've loved this series! I'm not one to reread books but I've read all 3 twice already. Love the characters and how well I feel I know them. Looking forward to learning more about all of the guys and how Sang fits into their plans.
  • Emily
    This is definitely one of the best series I have ever read. The dialogue seriously had me cracking up. I love it.First read 09/06/13
  • Michele
    I can't decide how I feel about these books... I keep wanting to know what's going to happen next so I buy the next book, but I'm also kind of weirded out by them.
  • Jennifer
    The boys from the Academy really get a chance to show Sang how much they care about her in this installment of the series when her mother increases the abuse to dangerous levels. The guys rescue her physically and emotionally. Sang learns that family doesn't necessarily mean blood. At the end of the book, Sang (view spoiler)[ is freed from both her evil - turns out, stepmother - and her father. Yep, she learns that her mom is not her mom - whoa! ...
  • Marsha
    Hallelujah! We are finally getting some long awaited answers in the Ghost Bird Series. From the beginning the author has kept the reader in the dark about Sang's background as well as the true nature of the Academy. In "Friends vs. Family" we finally get some much awaited answers without too much being revealed.Sang's mother's behavior has reached an all-time high in the abuse department but we finally discover the true nature of her illness. We ...
  • LailaBC
    OMGAWD! things are heating up. There has been a number of heart stopping moments here esp. involving Sang's abusive mom. But the academy boys are always stepping up to the rescue. Finally my hunch about her mom was right. And her dad was just as awful abandoning them like that. Sang really need to learn to be selfish this time, they don't deserve her sweet mercy. Meanwhile, the academy boys are trying to provide all the emotional and material sup...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog A story of Snow White and the seven cute boys who protect her probably shouldn't work as well as this series is doing - yet somehow by the end, even though there is no real romantic frontrunner in this enjoyable harem series yet, one is hooked.In volume 3, Sang's mother ramps up the paranoia and punishment. But a weekend spent with the boys and a makeover puts Sang into a ...
  • ♡ Booklish ⛈ ☔Feelings ♡
    This series is addictive but storyline is bit weird for me . Maybe I have never read polygamy themed books thats why . The story is repetitive . Sang find herself in trouble and the boys are here to help her step by step , even tell her what to wear what to not . Damn !!
  • Searcy
    Second read review:This is one of the more frustrating books in the GHOST BIRD series in which all of Sang's problems at home come to a head. As a result, FRIENDS VS. FAMILY doesn't give the "feels" that so many of the other books do.There are a lot of potential trigger issues here for readers to deal with as Sang's abuse escalates and she begins to deal with PTSD-related issues. The story is darker and more introspective, and involves a lot more...