Worse than a thief, is a liar.
Kayli Winchester can finally let go of her thieving past and for once walk on the right side of the law. She’s had enough of the hustle and is determined to become the good girl.
But her brother, Wil, is still missing. On the hunt for him, she discovers something worse than a missing sibling: Marc, Raven, Axel, Corey and Brandon. These aren’t just scoundrels with hearts of gold. They’re flat out criminals. But they’re criminals who need her.
In a ruse to draw them away from her brother and learn more about this so-called Academy, Kayli joins them on a mission to Florida in search of a missing little girl. Kayli will do anything to make sure her brother is safe. She’ll find their leader. She’ll discover their intentions. She’ll infiltrate their ranks. And if they try to threaten her brother or herself, she’ll burn them all.
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After events in book 1, Kayli is now unsure of who she can trust. The Academy boys seem nice enough but when she discovers secrets from their past, she now wonders if The Academy is something she should get mixed up in or if she should run as fast as she can.
Parts of Liar seemed a little rushed to me. All Academy books take place over the span of just a few days but I have never really had a problem with it before. It works well in some of the other books but not so much for this one. I think it is in part because this book is more mature in terms of sexual content (though it is mainly just kissing) and the multi-boy/don't know who to choose aspect. The romance(s) seem incredibly rushed and less realistic than they would be if the storyline was simply altered to span weeks instead of days.
Despite the romances feeling too rushed I did enjoy them. C.L Stone is very good a creating characters and romances that you can root for. I like how all the guys have very different personalities rather than being carbon copies of both one another and the typical NA love interest (though don't worry ladies - there is both a tattooed bad boy and a millionaire, no rock stars though, sorry :P). Some of the guys haven't quite won me over as much as others and so far in this series I DO have a favourite; it simply has to be Corey with his nerdy cuteness and you also know he would be such a romantic.
If you have read all of the Academy books so far including The Ghost Bird series then you will love some of the revelations in this book. Like with Thief, there are moments that relate to occurrences and mysteries from the original Academy series. These are fantastic little gems for fans of the original series.
This isn't my favourite book in this series or it's sister series as the were several elements that just didn't work for me but overall it was a good book. I definitely plan to stick with this series as I know from experience that C.L Stones books just get better and better as each series goes on.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
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