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Review | Bobby Ether and the Academy

Hott Synopsis:

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Bobby Ether thinks he’s a normal guy until a fate-filled basketball game when an impossible wish comes true.

The next thing he knows Bobby is the object of a kidnapping. His parents are no where to be found and Bobby doesn’t know whom to trust. He can either go with the person he knows is a liar or her adversaries that run some type of an academy. School officials couldn’t be evil, right?

Soon, Bobby finds himself in a world of amazing feats and miraculous discovery — so much better than magic.

But what is the price?

Hott Review:

What I liked: Bobby Ether and the Academy was a terrific book! It was long, but there was so much adventure and intrigue that sometimes it just felt like I was too slow a reader!
This is a perfect book for a middle-grader and possibly for some reluctant readers but due to it’s length reluctant readers may not make it completely through. I personally can’t wait for the next book in the series – it’s one I’ve added to my personal TBR list.

What I didn’t like: There is some controversial religious material in this book that not all parents are going to allow. One of the underlying plots of the book is dissention between the Academy and a group of monks over God. For example, one section reads:
​“Now you’re saying that there is no God?”
“I’m saying that all Gods exist. Or more accurately, God exists if you believe in him, because the only thing that matters is thought. By believing, you manifest that reality to some degree— you manifest God.”
This is not a huge part of the book nor does the author try to convey any religious beliefs, it’s simply a part of the plot.


Author: R. Scott Boyer
Source: Author
Grade: A
Ages: 8+
Steam: YA+ | There is quite a bit of foul language
Setting: Tibet
Series: Bobby Ether, 1

Author Bio:

R Scott Boyer grew up in Santa Monica, CA and still resides in the Los Angeles area. Graduating from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996, he started writing Bobby Ether And The Academy with the goal of blending YA fantasy with spiritual fiction.

Nowadays, Scott splits his time between helping his father manage an insurance brokerage, playing with his Shepherd-mix rescue dog Patch, and writing the sequel to his first book, the soon to be released Bobby Ether and the Temple of Eternity.

More information about R Scott Boyer, as well as information about his upcoming books can be found here:

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