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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
"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...
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Createspace
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Nov 26, 2013 Mollydee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, adventure, fiction, childrens
This was one amazing book! The author was nice enough to send me a copy and I want to thank him very much. This is a great book for young and old. It is I would say an adventure, mystery, fiction.

It is about a boy named Bobby Ether who, one night, is taken from his home and believes he sees his parents die. Thinking he has nowhere to go, he is taken and goes sort of willingly to "The Academy". He does not quite fit in there. But he soon finds the other kids that do not quite fit in and makes goo
Dwayne Keller
Dec 16, 2013 Dwayne Keller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Great story. Very well written and captivating. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The story starts with a teenage boy playing basketball at school and something unexplainable happens. Next thing he knows two different groups of people are trying to kidnap him. The action is nonstop and intrigue is top notch. Who can he trust, who can he believe and what is really happening. A superb start to a new series.
DelAnne Frazee
Feb 02, 2014 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Bobby Ether And The Academy
Author: R Scott Boyer
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 9-12-2013
ISBN-10: 1482084821
ISBN-13: 978-1482084825
Pages: 368
Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Paranormal, Magic, Suspense
Overall Rating: Very Good

It all started at a basketball game. Bobby Ether and his team the Bayside Bruins were playing the Coopertown Crows. The game was almost over and the Bruins trailed by two points. With seconds to go they needed to get to th
Aug 04, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Though there are some echoes of Harry Potter here (orphaned boy discovers he has extraordinary abilities and is whisked off to a school for other kids with extraordinary abilities), a tightly woven sci-fi conspiracy and Eastern religious themes make Bobby Ether a truly unique beast.

Bobby, the protagonist, is relatable and believably flawed. Most of his friends and enemies are well drawn, particularly Jinx
May 16, 2014 Honeypie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2014
4.5 Stars

After N years, I finally finished Bobby Ether and The Academy. I'm not really sure if I'm happy with it or not.

Ughh. RSB, why did you have to do that?? After all the time I spent reading your book??


Anyway, *surprisingly* I think I really enjoyed reading it. It's one of those not rare moments when I felt that I'm able to escape "reality" and travel to Tibet with Bobby and all the other characters.

I've always been fascinated with the concept of faith, and spiritual energy and the li
Feb 11, 2014 Priyanka rated it it was amazing
Just posted this review on my blog - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.


Genre: Fantasy

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Bobby Ether and The Academy was a great book. I loved the storyline where a person seemed nice, then was portrayed as evil, and then turned out to be nice. The writing style of the author was interesting because the focus of the chapters changed often.

Bobby Ether is a boy who has "miraculous" abilities. He is
Dec 07, 2013 Meghan rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Sep 29, 2014 Koeur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: CreateSpace
Publishing Date: September 2013
ISBN: 9781482084821
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 2.9/5

Publisher Description: Join Bobby and his best friend Jinx as they avoid school bullies, a suspected assassin, and meta-human henchmen alike to unravel the many mysteries of the Academy – the ancient and enigmatic monastery in Tibet where kids with extraordinary potential are sent to study. But is the Academy truly what it claims to be?

Review: Covert art
Oct 04, 2014 Earicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Energy Hidden Within

This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Bobby is a normal kid. He has a normal life. He has school and home and sports. He thinks the worst thing in the world is that his parents aren't here at the championship game... And who is that strange woman watching him so intently? He knows he has never seen her before in his life! Why is she so interested in him? This is the fateful day when everything changes. He knows that his shot is going to fall short and
Karen Cole
Mar 18, 2014 Karen Cole rated it really liked it
A boy loses his parents, discovers he has unexplained powers and is whisked off to a mysterious academy where he'll be taught how to use his gift. Sounds familiar? Thankfully despite the obvious initial similarities Bobby Ether isn't another Harry Potter and the Academy is most definitely not Hogwarts.
Bobby isn't magic, we quickly learn at the start of the book that there is no such thing as magic. Instead a few people are able to control energy and use it to work for them - or against others. B
Elizabeth Webber
Mar 02, 2014 Elizabeth Webber rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of YA and/or fantasy you need to read this book. Now. Capisce? Bobby Ether and the Academy is an adventurous tale exploring the power of children, the mind, friendship, energy, and magic. Okay, well maybe not magic because according to one of the characters "There is no such thing as magic." It looked a lot like magic to me though!

I was captivated from the first chapter by our young hero, Bobby. After experiencing some pretty odd things followed by some pretty terrible things,
Mar 27, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: twitter
This was given to me for free in exchange for review

This was a nice story with some good lessons to be learned.Although a childrens book it is a read for all ages! I enjoyed it a lot!

This is a story that middle school age children can identify with. It deals with friendships, trust,learning responsibilities and even dealing with bullies.

The main character's name is Bobby, but I think I like Jinx the best! He and Bobby become friends and end up on that journey together. They both learn lessons th
Heatherly Whiteside
Mar 17, 2014 Heatherly Whiteside rated it really liked it
An entertaining read full of twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages. It's a little dystopian, a little sci fi, and a lot fun! I loved the characters of Bobby, Jinx, and Lily and many students will identify with each of them. The transcendental theme of belonging v. being your own person will ring true with middle schoolers today. More significantly, they will enjoy the the excitement of discovering the truth behind Bobby's abilities, the connection with Cassandra, the ...more
Stephen Dole
Feb 10, 2014 Stephen Dole rated it really liked it
Bobby Ether follows a fairly familiar pattern - a young protagonist demonstrates an exciting new ability, they are taken away to a school to learn about it, and adventure ensues! However, there are some really interesting ideas here.
Germ Magazine
Jun 14, 2014 Germ Magazine rated it really liked it
This book was a great adventure. R Scott Boyer brings a fresh take to the “magical school" genre with twists and turns and an excellent hook at the end. Needless to say, I can’t wait for the sequel.
Feb 12, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a fun read that I would recommend to anyone who is 13 and up who likes exciting adventure type books. Very enjoyable.
This book is a very typical middle grade story about a child who discovers he has special abilities, and gets whisked off to a magical school. The first problem is it follows the typical story far too closely, and there's little original about the plot and it is very cliche.

The second problem is there is too much swearing to class it as a middle grade, so it has to be categorized as young adult. The plot is too simple for young adult (not to say middle grade stories are simple). It would have b
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (June 16)

I received a digital copy of this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Bobby finds out he has a special talent. He also finds out about a secret Academy hidden in the mountains for people like him. He also, also finds out that a secret Academy for people like him is not necessarily a positive place to be.

Booby Ether and the Academy has a very original premise. The book has a real focus on power comin
May 01, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it
Bobby Ether and the Academy by R. Scott Boyer is an intriguing Young Adult story that starts with Bobby making an impossible basket in the final game of the middle school basketball season. His parents didn’t make it to the game but a strange woman, named Cassandra was there. Cassandra claims to be a friend of Bobby’s grandfather and says that she is there to protect him and take him someplace safe (after a quick trip home for a change of clothes). While they are Bobby’s home, some strange men ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Lakin rated it liked it
Bobby Ether and the AcademyGoodreads 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...

This was an interesting book of adventure. After Bobby discovers his ability he is never really sure who he can really trust. This book had a lot of action and s
Gina Hott
Sep 18, 2014 Gina Hott rated it really liked it
Hott Synopsis:
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
Apr 13, 2014 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Bobby Ether is a fourteen-year-old basketball player when the book begins. While making a rather desperate 3-pointer, he notices the ball do something odd; it seems to get an extra push from somewhere. In the locker room after the game, he meets a mysterious woman named Cassandra. She says she's a friend of his grandfather and that she has come to take him somewhere safe. Another group is also trying to find him and take him away. Which one should he believe? He eventually winds up at a place ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
I am sorry to say I did start out sort of judging this book from the cover. I thought it looked a little as if an amateur had done it, which made it look a vaguely childish.

I found the plot hard to believe. I was wondering why this supposedly intelligent teen believed anything and everything he had been told. Honestly if I was a teenager I think I would be insulted. He had a character talk to him about things within his life he had never heard before. Later another character told him the first c
Angela Oliver
This is a well crafted and engaging read with some unexpected turns to the plot and a somewhat different take on the whole "magic school/academy" idea.

My only negative comments are the language. I believe this is intended for the middle school age group, but the use of relatively soft expletives like: hell, bitch, bastard and even a few harder ones like shit, litter the text. Now, I am aware that kids DO talk like that (and use the rather more hardcore ones too) but I feel a little uncomfortable
Jan 29, 2014 DavidO rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this children's fantasy novel. The characters were relatable and the dialog was good.

However, the main character was incredibly stupid in some ways. I mean, just ridiculous the lies he willing swallows for no apparent reason other than it served the plot. Also, it takes him half the book before he starts being proactive instead of merely reacting to his situation. That is to say, he spends the first half of the book doing whatever everyone else tells him to do. That made it very hard f
I thought the book was okay. It was clearly written for a younger audience and I could see some of my fifth graders enjoying it.

I did have a few problems with it. One, I thought there were a few curse words thrown in for no reason. For myself, I don't mind cursing in a book if it fits. This didn't really fit and I know that it would be a problem for some parents. It didn't need it, so why put it in?
The other big problem I had was that Bobby just isn't that likable or smart. He wasn't unlikable
Sep 30, 2014 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Given To Me For An Honest Review

R. Scott Boyer's book, Bobby Ether and the Academy is one that has to be read. It is full of surprises, has many twists and turns, and is really fast paced. A book that you will not be able to put down. It is about 14 year old Bobby. He is kidnapped and taken to a monastery on top of a mountain in Tibet. Bobby faces many losses, questions authorities, fights evil, finds out important truths and races to stop disaster. This book is a page turner. It is a fun read.
Jun 26, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
Bobby discovers he has a strange power and the next thing he knows he's kidnapped by Cassandra. He is then kidnapped by two men and taken to the "Academy" school where he is told that Cassandra is the evil one and that the Academy will help him deal with his new power. He discovers the headmistress of the Academy is his long lost aunt and he has a cousin Jinx. This is a great middle school read that will keep boys and girls enraptured with the story and the school. It is the first in a series ...more
Excalibur Snape
Nov 15, 2015 Excalibur Snape rated it liked it
This book is a middle grade book.
I found it very confusing.
It is fast pace and interesting.
Not going to carry on with the serious.
This is not a bad book it is just not my cup of tea.
It sort of makes me think of an x-man/Harry Potter crossover.
The writing is interesting and the concept is cool.
It diffently isn't boring and it is fast pace.
It just not memorable. It's enjoyable as you are reading it but once you put it down you forget why you found it enjoyable.
I really don't care about the chara
La La
Jun 25, 2014 La La rated it it was ok
The only reason this would be considered YA is because of the profanity. It reads like a MG story, and a cliche one at that. I should have known better than to read a book whose Goodreads page compares it to Harry Potter and Life of Pi, lol!! Publishers should know that comparing a book to best sellers is a black mark on a book, to bloggers. The only reason I read this book after seeing that was to pump up my percentages on Netgalley. This book was a huge disappointment. It also could have been ...more
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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, an
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