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The Other Side of Envy

(The Ghost Bird #8)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  6,101 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Sang Sorenson dreams of what life might be like for her in the Academy, but joining isn't as easy as simply writing an exam or passing an interview. She'll need to pull the team together to get them on her side in order for it to work, which is harder than it sounds. The boys will do anything to protect her, which, for some, means keeping her out.

But that’s not all that’s
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Arcato
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The actual rating I'm giving this book is 3.5 stars. Don't get me wrong, I still love the gang but this just didn't do it for me. Quite frankly, I'm a bit disappointed on how this book turned out. I really wanted to love this one. It was boring.. I guess, I was just looking for more action. Nonetheless, I'm still hooked and I can't wait for the other books.

P.S. We need more of Mr. Blackbourne!!!! :D



Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*

I think I'm finally ready to write this review. And over time, I've started to recognize the problems within this plot line and that's why it has been downgraded for me, from a 5 star to a 3.5.

Because let's be honest here. Nothing really happened in this book.

The best way to look at these books is as if you're watching a TV show. There are episodes that are action packed and you're constantly trying to keep up with what is going on throughout them. There are car chases and wild rescues and face
Amina Hull
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.l Stone: Write. The. Book. Faster.
What Makes Patri
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come! This is getting more and more interesting!
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

I'm really staring to hate this series.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I swear... April 2015 just CANT come more slowly!! Why why why why why?????
And it doesn't even have a cover yet!!

Two months left! TWO MONTHS LEFT!! TWO. MONTHS. LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This series is THE BEST!!! LOVVVVVE SANG AND THE GUYS!! I can't even choose a favorite!!!
CANT WAIT for this to come out!! LOVE. THE. GUYS.!!!

On C.L Stones blog it says there are going to be 20+ books in the series!!!!!!!
It should be made into a Tv series!
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished House of Korba and DYING to read this next!! April 2015 come faster, please please please.
Secretly Adorkable Readers
review to come closer to release!!!
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
100% worth waiting for. Get the tissues and make sure you have a free day because you are not going to be able to put this magnificent book down. This book is definitely a tear-jerker, but has happy moments as well. C.L. Stone's writing grabs your attention from the first few words, to the very last one. I couldn't have asked for it to be any better. ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"They don't date anyone else. They're with me"

NOW we're talking. This is what I was waiting for. I loved this freakin' book so much!

I'm still floating like Sang. I don't even know where to start.

Gabriel❤...Gabriel Joseph Coleman was the best. You make me want to go all 1D on you (that's bad)

Poor Gabe is so insecure, so damaged. His stepmom is kinda crazy. But, as Sang says, he's beautiful and I completely adore him.(view spoiler)
Feb 13, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-release
[May 6 2015]

Finished at last!

[April 30 2015]


I keep flipping through a few pages and then closing it, again and again and again. I want to read it, but at the same time not complete it fast and spend the next few months in mortal agony. Instead, I'd rather torture myself with the expectations.

Do you even know how hard it is to have the book and not finish in one go?!
Shannon Rogers
I've been waiting very impatiently for this book to come out and was lucky enough to receive an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Well, honestly, I'm just as in love with this series now as I've ever been. This latest installment was such a welcome addition to the series. It was perfect!

This time around, the focus of the story is Sang and Gabriel. I loved having an opportunity to get to know Gabriel on a deeper level, as I feel like he was one of the remaining guys that we k
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I was so anxious to read this book. I was counting down, excited and more than eager to get my hands on it. I feel like the months of waiting were more like years! I even re-read all the other books in the series in the past few weeks just to prepare for it... and then all I got was this boring drivel. I am seriously pissed. And now it's going to be another SIX MONTHS of waiting for the next book! Seriously, the best thing in this book, was the sneak peek of the next book
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
BR with Melissa :D
Has everybody kissed Sang exept Mr. Blackbourne and Kota? Hard to keep track...
Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)
Reread 7/16/19
Reread 12/13/16
Jody McGrath
I love this series...but I had a few problems with this book. First though, the things I liked...
1. Gabriel. He is awesome and he seems the most real of all of them to me. Teenagers, attitude, and insecurities all go together. He has the perfect combination of attitude and insecurities. He is moody and sometimes lashes out. That is real to me.
2. The gang. I like all of them. Some are more believable than others, sometimes I can't see how their personalities would lead to friendships so close, bu
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Eep they keep getting worse and worse to me. I started enjoying them but now not so much.
Paula  Phillips

When it comes to The Academy books, I am always forever in two minds. Part of me loves them and the characters in the books, but the other half of me gets so frustrated with them at the same time. So much that I want to scream and tell them all to talk or at least grow up. The Other Side of Envy was one of the most frustrating ones that I have read so far in The Academy series as it was like seriously Sang, stop playing games and set the boys including Mr. Blackbourne and Dr. Green and simply te
Tara Zormier
Shit! I read it too damn fast and now it's OVER.... Nooooooooooooo! Oh my goodness I love Sang; I just adore her! And Gabriel, my heart (sigh)!

I am, I mean, I just, I don't have the words.

How much more can my girl take before she gets to the good part of life? How much longer does she have to feel unwanted, unloved, and cast aside before one of the guys tells her how loved she is by all? They need a family meeting and they need to talk about what is happening in their family. Ok, ok... I need
Ms. Stone:
Hurry. Up.
*makes nonsensical noises by moving her finger up and down over her lips* That's what reading the Ghost Bird series is like. It's a bunch of painfully slow nonsense that you just kind of roll with because you can't help yourself.

Sang hasn't changed. She finally gets clued into the plan, which it to have her date every single guy in her team, and even gets some advice from the woman of the original harem team, Lilly, yet she sits on the information and acts like a clueless twit. So help me god. S
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
McCoy's return has Sang hiding out with Gabriel, who is rather embarrassed by his home life. Even as he and Sang get some alone time to get to know each other, Gabriel loses a lot of confidence by comparing himself to Victor and the other guys. He starts to distance himself. It's up to Sang to reassure him.

This is becoming one of my favorite YA series. It has plenty of action, but the romance is very slow burning. I still appreciate how respectful the guys in the Academy are towards Sang, even t
Suzy Seerden
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-selves
Another great book!!
Joy Ellis
WARNING this is a more of a rant and there are spoilers

lately I feel as if the details don't match up in this series. I think this was in the third book but she's telling her dad that she's sixteen, next thing you know she's still fifteen and about to turn sixteen. The time also throws me off. One moment it's morning the next paragraph it's late at night. I feel like there are things mentioned but we forget about it. Like what about Will? He gave her his phone number and we just left it at tha
Can I just reverse time and reread the entire series for the first time? That is how much I love these books. Sang and the boys are so amazing and I am so happy Gabriel got his own book and got to spend one-on-one time with Sang. I have to say Gabriel is my favorite and I loved every single minute of this book and I will now probably go into a state of depression now that it is over. The next book can literally not come here soon enough and I am physically in pain waiting for it alread
Sharon Mariampillai
I love Sang, she is the best heroine ever. I hate the bad stuff that she goes through. Also, I love how the boys protect her. I think it is intense yet beautiful. They make the story funny and serious when it needs to be. I wonder how she is going to choose between the nine of them. I think she will have to get married to them all.

My favourite boy is North. Silas is my second favourite. Then, Mr. Blackbourne rounds out my top three. Each boy brings a special and unique quality to the book. I lov
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Bethyboo ღ The Book Addict ღ
This series is so difficult to binge read. Sang is just... I don't even know. I understand why she is the way that she is, but I'm currently 8 books in and I feel like she hasn't really made much progress. She still keeps things from the guys and her inner monologues are extremely annoying at times. I know it wouldn't be this bad if I hadn't read 8 books in two days but yeah. I'm at least happy the romance aspect is moving along and I'll still continue the series since I do want to know what hap ...more
I really liked the story and the fact Sang finally got some info regarding the Academy. I loved the kisses.
I felt the book just cut off in the middle of the story though. Its supposed to be a series not a serial.
There was no big revelation or conclusion. It kind of felt half finished - like when they make two movies from one book just to make money....
This series ruined my life the last week. I COULD NOT STOP READING!

I can't even think of anything intelligent to say about these books... I just need more. And for f#cks sake- PLEASE let Sang finally get laid... Hopefully by Mr Blackbourne.
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“I can’t look at you anymore. I just want to kiss the fuck out of you. There’s no way...What the hell would you want with a guy like me?”
A guy like him? Was he kidding? Beautiful Gabriel, my ever-demanding artist. What in the world was he thinking?”
“At first, he threatened me, saying if I left, you’d be heartbroken. Said that he left and you were crying because you thought I’d run off, and he was going to drag me back to you. Said if I ever left you again, he’d beat the shit out of me.”
“The truth is, I almost considered leaving,” he said quietly. “When I thought about it, I was sure it wouldn’t work. We’re young. We’ve been through a lot of shit. We think we know what we want. I didn’t know how I was so stupid before. Thinking we’d just go on like we’ve been doing.”
“The thought of leaving, I hated it. My heart hurt. Bad. I didn’t want to. I told him that. He said that’s how you know it’s the wrong thing to do. If your heart hurts just thinking about leaving, don’t leave. He asked me how I felt about staying. I wasn’t sure, but it didn’t hurt.” He pressed his lips to my forehead then and as he spoke, his lips tickled my skin. “He said then it might be because the path isn’t clear, but maybe it was still in the right direction.” He kissed my forehead. “Motherfucker’s a psychologist.”
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