Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Initiation: Sky Raiders by Kirstin Pulioff with Giveaway

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.


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Sky Raiders Book One
 by Kirstin Pulioff
Middle Grade Fantasy
150 pages
March 27, 2017

 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.



This was a fun read, which tackles many things middle grade readers will easily relate to while wrapping it in an exciting adventure.

The opening scene has a serious but, at the same time, slight bit of quirky humor which draws right in. Tommy's just experienced a hard blow, and that comes across clearly without burying the rest of the story. Tommy is a boy who is easy to cheer for until the end.

Writing wise, this hits the middle grade area center on. The dialogue flows naturally and matches the age group nicely. Descriptions help bring the world to life without ever becoming too long winded. In the beginning, some of the school descriptions flew by a little too quick and I had to go back and read the to notice what was special about them (and the school). 

There's a nice touch of science thrown in as well, which never felt forced. It flowed with the quick-paced plot and gave an interesting twist to things. 

Summed up, this is a fun read for ages 8 to 10, and at 170 pages, will even grab the interest of more reluctant readers. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here.

And here she is. . .

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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 widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Kirstin Pulioff and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to 

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Stacie Theis said...

Thank you for sharing your review. I agree, Initiation is perfect for middle grade readers and will appeal to reluctant readers with it's quick pace and interesting plot.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. :)