By: R Scott Boyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Year published: 2013
Date read: 12/2/13
Recommended by: Someone I once knew, then the author contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading it, r2r
Summary: “There is no such thing as magic.” That's what the mysterious stranger named Cassandra tells Bobby after helping him escape from the small army of secret agents who surround his house. The elegantly dressed older woman with the fancy car takes him someplace that appears safe, but can she be trusted?
Only a few hours earlier, Bobby won his middle school championship basketball game with a miraculous shot, a shot too incredible to be luck. Afterward, Cassandra shows up, claiming to know Bobby’s grandfather - a man he hasn’t seen in years - and asks Bobby to go with her.
Now the fourteen-year-old boy from the LA suburbs is not sure what to believe. Cassandra claims to have answers, but nothing she says explains why his parents are missing, what the goons outside his house wanted with him, or why inexplicable, seemingly magical things keep happening.
Thus begins an epic blend of young adult urban fantasy and spiritual fiction that takes readers on an grand adventure from indoor forests to vast archives; from a labyrinth of jade mines, to encounters with a mother bear turned spirit guide and the dire secrets hidden within her lair. Along the way, Bobby will learn that, while there may be no such thing as magic, there is powerful energy within us all. In fact, the entire universe is connected by energy, and he has the rare ability to control it.
Join Bobby and his best friend Jinx - whose abilities never trigger the intended effect - as they avoid school bullies, a suspected assassin, and meta-human henchmen alike to unravel the mysteries of the Academy - the ancient and secret monastery in Tibet where kids with extraordinary potential are sent to study. But is the Academy really what it claims to be?
A mysterious locket given to Bobby by his clairvoyant grandfather may hold answers, but first he and his friends have to figure out how to open it. Meanwhile, the leader of the Academics, Headmistress Grayson, has an agenda of her own––one that involves using Bobby for her own nefarious ends.
Can Bobby solve the mystery surrounding his grandfather and uncover the truth about the Academy before falling prey to the headmistress’s diabolical scheme? A fun, fast-paced adventure story, Bobby Ether and the Academy is a mind-bending, page-turning foray into a super-charged spiritual world full of excitement and wonder.
This was really a fun story. It starts with Bobby making a basket during a game, a basket that he shouldn't have made. He makes some friends, learns a lot about himself, finds out that a lot of the things he believed to be true aren't necessarily so, takes on some evil adults and much more. I can't wait to see what happens to Bobby next :)
Favorite character: Jinx
Favorite line: "Words cannot be written on the pages of a book that is closed."