Book Review: The Academy by Ridley Pearson

The Academy (Steel Trapp #2) by Ridley Pearson

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Steven “Steel” Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there’s a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaileigh arrives at the school, and it isn’t long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding school. It seems a select few students are recruited, while still minors, to serve as special “translators” for the US Government. People—including diplomats and dignitaries—will say things around kids that they wouldn’t otherwise dare speak outside of embassies. The willing student “agent” takes a semester abroad and ends up spying for his country.

But there are dark forces at play at the school. Foreign agents may have penetrated the school’s secrecy and have sleepers in place: kids spying on future kid spies. There is conspiracy and competition among the elite faculty that threaten security. As Steel and Kaileigh are recruited for their first test run—trying to break a ring of pickpockets in a Boston hotel—things go impossibly wrong. Betrayal and conspiracy cloud what should have been a straightforward assignment. And all too soon, their very lives are in danger.”

RATING ~ 5 STARS OF KICK-BUTT!

I. Love. Freakin’. Steel. Trapp. 😀

Steel and Kaileigh return in this mysterious and awesome adventure! Steel’s father has placed him in a school that is very secluded, and almost from the start of the semester, Steel knows that something about it is different than others.

I enjoyed reading this book. Since Steel and Kaileigh are at a new school, new characters were introduced. And new bad guys. >:D Wicked. Awesome. The book was fun to read, enjoyable(Obviously), and is a favorite(Of course).

Buuuut……..I have the sneaking suspicion that Ridley Pearson will write a 3rd book. He’s currently writing Kingdom Keepers, a famous series that will have 7 books. I’m think that he writes the Steel Trapp series when he’s bored or isn’t currently writing anything.

I got that idea because of the ending. The end of the book feels a bit incomplete. Steel and Kaileigh have some moments, but they don’t become a couple. Plus, Steel is Steel! He’s bound to have more adventures.

My point is that I loved this book and I hope there’s going to be another one. 5 stars! Whoo hoo! Go Steven ‘Steel’ Trapp!

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I recommend to Ridley Pearson fans! Ages 11-19 should give this a shot! 😀 If you enjoy mysteries, adventure, and or thiller/suspense book, PICK THIS UP AND BUY IT.

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Book Review: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson

The Challenge (Steel Trapp #1) by Ridley Pearson

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “In this riveting thriller, 14-year-old Steven “Steel” Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a 2-day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Competition in Washington, DC. Steel  is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory–just one look and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a good Samaritan on the train, he instead becomes embroiled in an ingenious, international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists. Federal agents (first seen in Pearson’s adult thriller, Cut and Run) track Steel and his new-found science geek accomplice, Kaileigh Augustine, as they attempt to put together the pieces of a complex puzzle. Using Steel’s science contest invention–and with the help of Cairo–Steel and Kaileigh lead readers on an action-packed chase adventure as they attempt to prevent the unimaginable, before it’s too late.”

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

RATING ~ 5 STARS

It felt so good reading another Ridley Pearson book. It was a different genre, with different characters, a new plot, and a whole lot of awesomeness.

The main character, Steven ‘Steel’ Trapp, is a 14-year-old boy who has photographic memory. He’s on his way to Washington, DC, to compete in a science competition called The Challenge. But on the way, he gets in a bit of trouble. When he tries to do a good deed, he quickly gets involved in something more important than The Challenge.

I picked up this book, because I had nothing to read. I’m a big fan of Ridley Pearson’s ‘Kingdom Keepers’ series, and decided to pick up another of one of his book while I waited for ‘Dark Passage’ to come out. Now this is what I think when I see this book: STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This book is a different genre than Kingdom Keepers, just about altogether. It’s a mystery, action-adventure, thriller, and suspense book. I officially love it.

This book had humor, an action scene close to the end, and had me guessing the whole time. Steel is officially a new favorite fiction character of mine, along with his friend, Kaileigh. Some examples of parts that I thought deserved a giggle are shown below..

“You’re brilliant,” Kaileigh said.
“I try,” Steel said immodestly.

“But when your mom finds out…”
“Yeah, but I’m already in so much trouble it doesn’t count.”
“I think it will count,” Kaileigh said with a smile.
“Yeah, you’re probably right.”

Lol. 😀 I now think that any YA or Middle Grade books Ridley Pearson writes most likely deserve four or five stars. This book gets an overall 5 star rating. 😀 Whoo hoo! Go Pearson!!

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I recommend this book to Ridley Pearson fans! If you enjoy mystery, action-adventure, suspense, or thriller genres, then you should defiantly grab this book. Ages 9-19 should give this book a try.

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