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(The Hero Chronicles #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The Midwest lies in complete ruins after a catastrophic disaster kills tens of thousands and leaves hundreds of thousands injured. Nicholas Keller emerges out of the devastation as a shining light of hope for all. But his newfound fame comes with a price that his aunt will not let him pay. They flee into the shadows in order to protect his secret. However, as Nicholas begi ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published 2012 by Kenwood Publishing Group
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Gretchen Hohmeyer
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, reviewed, on-amazon
Thank you to the Kenwood Publishing Group for this ARC!

Nothing frustrates me more then a book that doesn’t live up to its potential. When I read the blurb for this book, I expected a novel full of excitement. I actually liked how vague it was, because then I didn’t really know what to expect.

The problem is this book is not like the blurb at all. Well, except for the vague part.

The entire premise of this book is that Nicholas has to move every year to avoid…something. The blurb attempts to expla
Nicole Peterson
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicholas is starting school two hours away from his home town. This year he is coming under a change. Some may think good and others, not so much. He decides to take football. This year it's gonna be different from the past. His father played when he was in high school and excelled at it, so Nicholas does it as an homage to his father. He is the first underclassmen to play in varsity. His Aunt Cora, whom he calls mom, has him drop out. He's bringing too much attention to himself and it frightens ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Secrets is one of those stories that grab you from the beginning and continues to get better by the minute. I was so pulled into this story that I stayed up late to finish it because I just had to see what was going to happen. In the beginning of this story I was a bit confused because the story starts off with Alex. Alex is walking to school when a stranger asks him if he has seen what has happened. Alex is a little confused because he has no idea what the person is talking about. As he goes to ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-paranormal
Secrets. The hero chronicles book 1

This is a fun read. A cross between I am number 4 and Smallville from the perspective of a ya male this has been a perfect read for the genre!

It is fast, really fast bit is one of the smoothest reads I have read in ages. It has romance though nothing explicit and some humor. With action and secrets and even sport in it I cannot help but think that it would appeal to all ya male readers and most if not all female readers in the same age category.

I loved this bo
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yalit
Read full review at CBY Book Club on June 1st:

This story frustrated me until I got so fed up, I gave up. I think what mostly annoyed me was the fact that it had so much potential to be great. It had almost all the compotents it needed to be an enjoyable fantasy story for kids, but it needed better execution and more thought into the actions and motives of its characters to make for a more logical unfolding of the plot. Nicholas was an interesting characte
Nov 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Middle Grade Boys
Recommended to Thalia by: Publisher
Read the review on my blog:
I received Secrets for review in return for an honest review. Nicholas Keller isn't your typical teenager. Five years ago his life changed forever his parents died in a disaster that killed thousands, and he emerged with a secret. He lives with his aunt now who pretends to be his mother to help avoid unwanted attention that they would draw otherwise. Every year on August tenth they move to a new city to start a new life all over, attempting to blend in as much as they can. Since the disaster fiv ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Secrets is a very appropriate title for this book! It sucked me in right from the get go. In the first chapter we are introduced to Alex Taylor. On his way to school he is asked if he has seen "The strange lights in the sky that look like clouds with rainbows trapped inside." That, for one, had me instantly intrigued. I wanted to know more about it right away, but the author switches gears, and all of a sudden something terrible happens. By this time, my eyes were as wide as saucers because I wa ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! The romance was great and the mystery kept me hooked. Full review to come on my blog in November!
Kara Prem
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
The story has potential, but it is just too vague too far in. The book is described online as this: "The Midwest lies in complete ruins after a catastrophic disaster kills tens of thousands and leaves hundreds of thousands injured. Nicholas Keller emerges out of the devastation as a shining light of hope for all."

However, I'm several chapters in and we know nothing like the description. In the prologue, there are rainbow lights in the sky and an earthquake or something happens at Nicholas's scho
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid YA Thriller

The two main characters are quite good and their mutual attraction is both touching and believable. The book is slow moving at times and the big reveal at the end is a little hard to take, as is the abrupt ending, leading into the sequels. I shan't be along for that ride, but then I am not 15.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to a series that begins with a mystery, of why a boy is having to move in secret.
The answers are slowly revealed as he enrolls into a new school, and meets his new class
mates. The story continue in book 2, with no cliffhangers, and a happy ending for book one.

Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a really good book.
I really enjoyed it.
The only thing I would change was that it would drag on a bit.
I would recommend this to 11-15 year olds.
Get this book!!!!!!!!!🙏
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heroes and Villains

Great read for all ages!! Amazing characters from Nicholas to Cora then Elle!! Supporting characters rock!! Could not put down!!
Julie Ramsey
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good until the end.

The book is really good. It gets your attention quickly. It keeps you wondering what will have at the end and who is Nicholas Keller. Towards the end of the book when you found out who he is and why he can do amazing things, it get really predictable. Great story and characters through.
Kathy Cunningham
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would describe Tim Mettey’s SECRETS as a paranormal teen romance with a hint of apocalyptic spiritualism. That sounds like a complicated mix, but it’s actually a fairly straight-forward story. The novel begins with a ten-year-old boy named Alex Taylor who experiences something traumatic – it’s not clear exactly what that something is, but it’s transformative for Alex and for the community in which he lives. Then the story shifts ahead five years and we meet fifteen-year-old Nicholas Keller, wh ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading Secrets, and it ended up telling a really interesting story!

Secrets is the first book in the Hero Chronicles Series. It follows a boy, Nicholas, who had been living in hiding for multiple years, after becoming a hero. When he moves into a new town, he starts to gain newfound fame from football and meets the perfect girl. However, he may end up having to choose between them or keeping his secret.

The plot was super interesting for this book, and I was eager to find
Michelle Randall
Reviewed for Readers Favorite

Nicholas has moved at the end of summer every year that he has lived with his Aunt since his parents death. It's just part of his life, not that he likes it, but that is the way his Aunt says it has to be, and he has to keep from making friends or talking too much about himself. This time they move closer to his old hometown, the first time they have come back this way since they left, and things are beginning to change. He falls for a girl, and wants to form relatio
Carla *Jen7waters*
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Secrets, the first installment in The Hero Chronicles series by Tim Mettey tells the story of Nicholas Keller, a teenager who moves to a new city with the only family he has left, his aunt Cora, and against all the rules starts making friends (an enemy too), playing football, a sport he doesn’t understand completely but in which he’s good at, and he even gets himself a lovely girlfriend.

This would have been normal for every other teenage boy but it certainly isn’t for Nicholas who has never bee
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Nicholas Keller and his aunt Cora, I mean mom, move to a new town every year on the same day. To Nicholas she is his aunt, but to the rest of the world, Cora is known as his mother. She wants it this way to help keep his identity a secret. That is also why they move every year. She does not want anyone finding out the truth about her nephew.

What is his secret? Nicholas doesn't know all of it nor that there is more than what he does know. Five years ago he rescued some people during the 10-10 ear
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2012
Tim Mettey's Secrets starts off with a resounding bang. When it opens, the reader is introduced to Alex, a young boy who has just gone through a terrible disaster. As you read about the events that transform Alex's life, anticipation of what is to come builds. Then you turn the page and Alex, he is gone. Instead the story focuses on Nicholas Keller, a high school student who has been on the move with his aunt Cora since the tragic death of his parents. The transition between plots is both sudden ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Five years following the earthquake that destroyed the Midwest, leaving thousands dead and injured, Nicholas Keller is still on the run, trying to protect his identity. However, when his aunt finally decides to let him settle in and be a normal kid for a change, all of Nicholas’ dreams are starting to come true… but at a price. Will he be willing to sacrifice all he’s ever wanted for the anonymity his aunt so desperately wants for hi
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
There was one constant throughout this book and that was the mystery behind why Nicholas had to be kept in the background. Always hidden behind the scenes, could not invite friends over and seemed to be talented at any activity he put his mind into accomplishing. When he steps outside his aunt's comfort zone and tries out for football, it puts him in the immediate spotlight at his new school. (also one of her worst fears)

When it came down to really trying to get to know Nicholas, as I reader I b
Rachel V.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
This was a really great book to read. I enjoyed following Nicholas on the road to discovering himself. I can’t wait to see how he handles everything in the next installment. This book is fine for a younger YA group to read as well as enjoyable for adults.

The book was very suspenseful on what Nicholas was and how he ended up on the run. The book alternates between the past and present giving some hints as to why they are always moving. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars as opposed to 5 was be
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicholas Keller lives with his Aunt Cora, who he calls “mom”; for the past five years they’ve been moving to different towns. Cora always says to “keep a low profile” or they’ll have to move again. Nicholas wants this year to be different so he tries out for the school football team. Upon playing there’s something off… like how fast his speed is and other weird unexplainable occurrences. No one notices and just believes he’s really good at sports; he makes the JV team. His aunt said it was fine, ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Secrets is a good book, evidently it's the first in a series.

It does something some books, I hesitate to say "a lot of books," do that feels like a cheat. The story is clipping along well, good characters, good story, things are unfolding and about 85-95% into the book it completely changes. Oh look, super secret society that's been there all along but you just didn't know about it. Oh look, huge crystal skull that gives you super powers and we've kept it under your pillow all these years. Oh lo
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is
Secrets: The Hero Chronicles by Tim Mettey
ISBN-10: 0-9885425-0-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-9885435-0-1
329 pages

Being a teenager is hard enough, but if you have to go into hiding because of something that happened so long ago what will happen when your secret is out there? Nicholas is an average teen boy struggling to just get through school, suddenly after his and Cora's (adoptive mother - Aunt) moves each year he finally starts to fit in. Fitting in can be good for most people but not for Nich
Tricia Kristufek
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
"What has he done?" "He has given us hope."

Nicholas has been living a life full of secrets that he isn't aware of, even though they revolve around him. Having fled his hometown with his aunt after a disaster kills thousands, Nicholas has drifted unnoticed through four other schools in four towns. Now, starting his sophomore year, he's determined to make this year memorable, to be a part of it, even if it means his death.

While the transition from chapter one to chapter two is very confusing, as r
Frank Errington
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
A pretty good debut YA novel from newcomer Tim Mettey. Tim's bio paints a picture of a family man, a man with a clear set of values and that is certainly reflected in his story, but it is in no way a distraction, in fact I found it somewhat refreshing..

Fifth grader Alexander Taylor is a bonafide hero. On 10-10, the day of the giant earthquake he becomes a hero and it turns his life upside down. Five years later, he's still on the run.

I don't want to go into a lot of detail on the story, learning
Rachel's Book Reviews
Full review to come! But it's 11 PM (yeah, I couldn't put it down.... Finished it on my phone) And I can't wait another moment to express something about it! I loved it! It introduces you to the Nicholas and then dangles mystery in front if you to keep you reading. The writing was wonderful and it seemed very natural to me. A review I read earlier said "the romance is cheeesy" but I disagree. I dream of one day meeting a nick! Someone who loves minds and raw beauty over bodily glamour.... Can't ...more
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Tim Mettey serves as CEO at Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization. Tim uses his many experiences and expertise in responding to disasters around the world to set the background for his The Hero Chronicles series. Tim struggles with and has overcome multiple learning disabilities with reading and writing to create this series. Tim advocates for liter ...more

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