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(The Scarab Beetle #5)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,882 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Someone tried to kill Kayli Winchester. That someone is going to pay.

After going overboard and nearly drowning, Kayli regroups and joins Axel, Corey, Brandon, Marc, and Raven back on board the Lucienda. This time, she's brought reinforcements. Liam and Henry join the team in an all-out hunt for a killer. It can't be too hard; there's only so many places to hide on a cruise
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published October 17th 2016 by Arcato Publishing
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Lisa Mann I think volto is combination of people. I think it's Karen , Derek , and wil. Wil for the computer stuff, Karen for the diving and talking , and Derek…moreI think volto is combination of people. I think it's Karen , Derek , and wil. Wil for the computer stuff, Karen for the diving and talking , and Derek feeding Karen information on the academy. At the football game where sang has to be away from Nathan , she thinking on Derek and Karen relationship , and just how much he told her. And, all 3 have crushes on sang. Derek hides his through Marie (less)

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Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-rh
Wow, that ending!! I never saw it coming...10 stars!!!
RH Reader
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
*listens to the crickets as we anxiously await Hoax's release*
Marguerite (M)
Rating : 4 stars

that end.
Goddammit, i need the next book.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This entire series seems to end on cliffhangers
Oct 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: idiotic-plot
The plot was so dumb and the characters so inept that it completely outweighed any redeeming features the romance might have had for me. It's like a bad spy movie written by an adolescent who never bothered to do any research or actually work out the plot properly.

So many ridiculous things about that whole ship thing that I can't even name them all. (view spoiler)
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into this one and it makes me so sad. I've never been a fan of Kayli before, but instead of disliking her in this book, I just found myself bored with her. I wasn't even frustrated with her decisions like I usually am. I just didn't care. And the boys barely had any time to shine.

I think I might shelf this series from here on out. I only read it for the sake of loving Sang and her boys and hoping for cameos.

But that doesn't change the fact that I'm still OBSESSED with the Ghost Bi
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the end of book 4, Kayli and Blake were thrown overboard. Were they getting to close to revealing who was stealing money from Ethan, or was one of the guys in the Academy group upset because Kayli finally admitted that she has been flirting with all of them and is unable to choose among them? Kayli and Blake make it back to the ship and try to figure out who was responsible for their attempted murders and what was the motive. Unfortunately, one of her guys is a main suspect. Lots of things ha ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I'm giving Hoax 4 stars and a place in my favorites shelf.

Can you believe it?
I still can't believe it. Specially because it takes place right after Accessory which I STILL HATE WITH ALL MY GUTS.

Full review to come.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Omg that ending tho, what is gonna happen to my darling?! I need the next book right now!! Cl stone please write faster
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
OK... The 5th book in The Scarab Beetle series didn't do much for me. Maybe because there's been quite a while since I read the previous 4 books and the momentum is just simply gone. I had forgotten the 'group' chemistry and happenings. I guess it's always the risk factor with series.

I always loved Raven's character. I have something for book-Russians. Exotic... yet not really because Russians are just across the border from me and plenty of them in Estonia. So, that would allow me to always pu
Jane Curry
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Too much fluff, not enough explanation. Unrealistic acceptance from the guys, their strong personalities just willingly giving the heroine everything with no questions asked. It's not the characters she has built in the previous novels. I expected a little resistance before agreeing, not just rolling over and giving in with no second thought and having the guy from the other team explain to them all at once so we didn't get their reactions until afterwards was a huge cop out. Extremely disappoin ...more
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-l-stone-books
This book was so so good and it was hott. I enjoyed it so much!! Cannot wait for the next one :)
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I didn't start out liking this series as much as the Ghostbird one since the characters and the overall feel of this series was so different, but with the last 2 books (Accessory and Hoax), i'm having to re-evaluate some of my earlier thoughts on this series.

Tensions are extremely high in this book and I found myself flying through the book and craving the next one (Tempest, I think its going to be called?) much like a sugar deprived kid in a candy store with no supervision (lol
Mary McFarlane
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I loved this book but then again I love both series of the Academy boys. I couldn't believe everything that happened, had many moments where I would have a mini freak out about what was happening in the book. Now I just have to wait for the next one!
Jun 10, 2016 marked it as to-read
When is this book coming out?? It's July already!!!
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another addicting story to the series!!
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have to give 2 stars to a book I was forced to skim everything but the romance in. The romance angles- PLURAL🙌🏼- are so good, but the rest of this series is BEYOND ridiculous. As in, unreadable ridiculous. A bunch of kids running around solving (incredibly uninteresting) crimes the FBI should be handling is laughable, but I just can’t resist the reverse harem allure. I had to abandon her Ghostbird series, it was just too immature and YA. But this series is so much more fulfilling... and after ...more
Hoax begins when Kayli is thrown overboard by someone trying to kill her. She and Blake make it back to the boat to help the guys, and figure out what's going to happen next. But, as they start to investigate again, Kayli and all the guys end up finding out how they really feel about each other, and if they wish to have a relationship with Kayli.

As they get distracted with relationship drama, more and more people seem to be after Kayli and no one knows why or who.
But, that won't stop Kayli no m
Marjolein Van meel
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
its a nice read but i didn't like it as much as the first parts. kayli and the boys were running around the cruise ship a lot, just like in the previous part. it was hard to keep track on where everyone was and the running around kept going on for so long i kinda lost interest. the love shizzle takes a turn that keeps me saying u-huh, suuuuure in my mind. highly unlikely. but still, fun to read. i am a sucker for love shizzle, can't help it
God damn these fucking books. Ugh. Who knows when the next one will come out.

Overall this Scarab Beetle series hasn't topped the Ghost Bird, I love the "adult" element and lemme just say... Raven and Corey.... Whew!!!!!!!!!!!! HOT!

The plot sucked, I want more on her relationships w the guys... we will see what then next one brings.... whenever then next one comes out.
Patti Ashley
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I love this group

I am a little worried by how easy the boys are accepting this new relationship. I wish the story had not spent so much focus on running around after random characters. Enclosed on a ship would have been the perfect time to force conversations. I was glad to be reading about the group but would have enjoyed more interaction with the core characters.
Geleen Faye
Okaaay! Things are shaping up in terms of Kayli's connection with the guys! I cannot wait for the next book.
Samantha Urrutia
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Coming October 17. Preorder on Amazon
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I loved this book! It gave me all of the feels and it sucks that I have finally caught up and now I have to wait for the next book to come out. The book was fast paced and constantly had my attention. It picked up right where Accessory left off with Kayli and Blake in the motel with Liam. It starts off with them waking up to go get back on the boat. I was actually surprised how quickly they got back.
Kayli has grown so much since the first book yet she is still who she ha
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
C. L. Stone is easily one of my absolute favourite authors out there. I could easily jump into any one of her books and know that I am going to love it! It has been a while since I read the previous book in this series and I didn’t feel like I was missing any information or that I needed to go back and remind myself as to what happened.

This book starts exactly where the previous one left off. There is no time lapse in between the ending of the previous book and the start of this book, which I qu
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
These books give me so much anxiety, but they’re like crack! I seriously can’t look away. The plot ‘twist’ revealed in this one was super predictable from the moment they boarded the ship, but that’s okay.

Kayla drives me absolutely INSANE. She’s the most reckless and ridiculous character possibly ever. Like she’s sick, having memory issues, knows there is something physically wrong and still insists on rushing in, following, ignoring requests for her to stay put. They have to physically restrain
Mariana P-Murray
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pretty good

I definitely enjoyed this one more. The previous one was a but boring until I got toward the end. This book had more adventures and craziness which I seem to enjoy.
I've decided to ignore the weirdness because I enjoy the storyline otherwise.
Pretty curious as to how things will work out still though. I really wish I knew more about her brother.
As for the connection to the Ghost Bird series, it really annoys me that this one isn't caught up to that one yet. So it confuses me trying
Sandra Wolfe
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great series!

The Academy is awesome! I waited forever to read scarab beetle because I didn’t think I would like Kayli. I was completely wrong. I really like her and the guys are just as awesome as Sang’s guys. Now I have to wonder if Blake is going to join the academy and if Kevin is going to leave or join a different team. We already know Kayli is going to be at the camp trying to join. She seemed so angry while talking to Sang. I can’t wait for the next books for both Academy series.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angela James
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So exciting!

Holy Shiitake Mushrooms Batman! This book was everything! So exciting...Gah. I mean, eep, like omg hahaha Can you tell I'm wound up? I don't even know what to say right now, I don't wanna talk, I want to gush and squeal and read the next peace out homies! You should go read it too but only after you read the need to do that like right now immediately asap hurry up and go
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