Bobby Ether and the Academy (#1) by R. Scott Boyer

Bobby Ether Book ReviewOn a day that started like any other, Bobby’s entire world is turned upside down. Kidnappings, murder schemes, and special abilities that border on magic are suddenly a part of his life. His adventures take him to an Academy in another country where other children with similar abilities learn how to control their (non-magical!) power. Bobby Ether must deal with bullies of all sorts and unravel the truth about his family, his abilities, and the Academy itself, before it is too late.

For me this was a sweet book. I have no specific complaint, no moment that felt particularly off. The real problem is that there was no stand out moment either. There were a few surprise twists that were greatly appreciated, but overall it felt like a shadow of some other books. As this is only Book 1, there is obviously more mystery to come and what I hope for most for the rest of the series is that it goes further. I want to see Bobby and the others’ abilities more clearly defined. I also want to be more wowed by their skills overall (maybe not necessary in what they can technically do but in the ways they apply those skills). Most of all, I want to see what makes this story unique.

Some interesting groundwork is laid in Book 1 of Bobby Ether and his story, and there is certainly potential, but I want the story to really delve into the characters’ emotions and motivations. The best books for me are the ones that make me want to be a part of their world. This one isn’t there yet, but with more development, maybe it could be.

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