Book Review & $50 Giveaway | Initiation: Sky Raiders Academy Book One

BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade fantasy, Initiation: Sky Raiders Academy Book One by Kirstin Pulioff from April 3 – April 24, 2016.


About the Book

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Title: Initiation: Sky Raiders Book One | Author: Kirstin Pulioff | Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Number of Pages: 150 | Publication Date: March 27, 2017
Summary: Tommy feels lost after his father’s death. To make matters worse, his mom moves him to a new town where he doesn’t have any friends, and he quickly becomes a punching bag for the school bully. He can’t win. So, when a mysterious visitor approaches him with the promise of adventure, Tommy jumps at the opportunity.

Whisked away to a school in the sky where magic rules and storms are forged by an elite group of Sky Raiders, Tommy learns that the world’s problems are much larger than his own.

When the weather spirals out of control and a rogue Raider’s diabolical plans surface, Tommy must decide how much he is willing to risk to save the world.


My Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tommy has just moved with his mom from California to Colorado, after his father’s death. They live with Uncle Joe now, an eccentric but lovable Llama Farmer.

The story opens with vivid descriptions of the scenery. That, along with the natural flow of conversation between Tommy and his uncle, drew me in to the story right away.

First things first, Tommy has to start at a new school in the middle of the year, and he struggles to find friends.

One night, he’s visited in his room by someone who takes him to see the unknown, usually unseen Sky Raiders Academy, a school devoted to the formation of weather and clouds and winds. Tommy discovers his father’s demise has to do with something that happened in this sky/weather training realm, and he’s determined to unravel the mystery and find who’s responsible. Whoever it was, they are also causing havoc to the world’s weather systems. The danger and severity of these weather anomalies worsens all the time, and the Sky Raider faculty aren’t sure what the best route to stop it is. After a scare in which all students are sent home indefinitely, Tommy is more determined than ever to get back and stop whoever is causing the chaos.

This was an exciting story with creative ideas! I was curious at the end of each chapter, wanting to start the next chapter right away.

I think even more suspense could have been built if the villain wasn’t mentioned as a “he” during Tommy’s first visit to Sky Raiders Academy. It would have widened the scope of suspects I think. Still, there were good twists and turns! There was a cast of funny and eccentric faculty at both Tommy’s “normal” elementary school and at his Sky Raiders Academy.

I would definitely recommend this to children 8+. Since my 9 year old son loves weather, this book has a plot perfectly suited to his interests. Low on romance, high on friendship, low on deep darkness, high on adventure! And just look at that fun book cover art! I love it.

About the Author

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Kirstin Pulioff dreams big, wishes on stars, searches for rainbows, finds treasure in everyday blessings, and lives life to its fullest… Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado. When she’s not writing an adventure, she’s busy living one.

She loves to hear from fans.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize(winner’s choice) Giveaway ends: April 24, 11:59 pm, 2017 Open to: Internationally. How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

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One thought on “Book Review & $50 Giveaway | Initiation: Sky Raiders Academy Book One

  1. Thank you for sharing your fantastic review of Initiation: Sky Raiders Academy and for joining the blog tour. I agree, the book certainly captures the reader’s attention with exciting scenes and eccentric characters. I really liked this book too!


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