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.



Disclosure: I’m pleased today to bring you my review as a part of the Blog Tour for the new book Initiation Sky Raider Academy by Kirsten Pulioff. I received an pdf copy of the book as a part of the tour in order to facilitate this review.  The opinions are my own.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.


About the Book

FullSizeRender (14) 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.


Pulioff’s new middle grade fantasy series will have young readers itching to attend Sky Raider Academy as well.  A compelling series that will draw kids in from the beginning.  It drew me in and I’m an adult. Eleven year old, grade five student Tommy feels like his life is a mess. His father has just died and his mom has moved back with his Uncle on a Llama farm.  He doesn’t make friends easy and from the start at his new school becomes a target for the school bully. One night he is visited by a man who says he was a good friend of his dad’s, Mr. Bellarium.  Mr. Bellarium is the head master of Sky Raider Academy, and Tommy’s dad was a Sky Raider too.

In order to go to Sky Raider Academy a special anklet has to be placed on.  This will keep your physical body what looks to be sleeping in your bed but will allow the wearer to soar into the sky and take a part in another world above the clouds.  The Sky Raiders monitor and manage dangerous storms all over the world and Tommy has been chosen to attend Sky Raider Academy.  Almost immediately he feels like he belongs and makes friends there.

However, there is more then just learning about what it takes to be a Sky Raider.  Tommy is told that someone is sabotaging Sky Raider equipment, designs and other raiders themselves.  This person may have even been responsible for killing his father.  Tommy embarks on his adventure determined to become a Sky Raider and find out what really happened to his dad.

This story is captivating, I believe the magical school will appeal to all readers.  Who wouldn’t want to go on a magical rollercoaster through the clouds taking you all over the globe studying the specific weather patterns of the world? There is fast paced action where the new recruits save the day from the rogue Sky Raider.  And of course, a bully who unsuspectingly ends up eating crickets at lunch.

For me, I also quite enjoyed the descriptive language used in the book. I just loved this phrase,

“gut bomb detonated, lodging chucks of flapping butterflies in his throat.”

I look forward to the next book in the series and would recommend this middle grade fantasy book to both boys and girls, and teachers.

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About the Author

author photo 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.
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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.
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Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She spends her free time buried in books or craft supplies. When she is not creating she loves helping other women find their creative centre. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog and Boutique.