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Book Review: The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi

September 21, 2016

Genre: YA Adventure

 

Synopsis: 1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns. His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere... Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

 

My Take: Ok, this is a debut novel by a delightful young man! I met Teymour on Goodreads about 6 months ago and I have absolutely loved watching his Youtube videos. The book hasn't released yet, but will be releasing 9/29. (I will definitely keep you posted.) Why do I mention this? Because if you want to get a taste for the energy in this book, you only need to hop over and watch one of his Youtube videos. 

 

He has really mastered his voice, not only in person, but in his books. There is a beautiful cohesion that I definitely do not have. I am hoping to get him to come on for a Meet the Author Monday once things slow down for him with the launch... 

 

But you want to know more about what I think of the book, than what I think of the man, right? 

I gotta say, I am incredibly impressed. I read a lot of debut authors. Heck, I am going through and cleaning up my own debut novel right now. 

 

This doesn't feel like a debut novel. Not at all. 

 

The story is very well thought out, there are no plot holes, the grammar is excellent, the world well built. Andrew Day is absolutely delightful and reminds me so much of my own teenage boys, and I think really gives you a look into Mr. Shahabi. I have been talking about this book as I read it at home, and my boys cannot wait to read it! I can't wait for them to read it! I expect that we will be seeing their reviews of it up here in a bit. 

 

My boys and I have always read together, but I have had a hard time lately getting into the books they are into and that has made me sad. (Do you remember the Maze Runner debacle? Yeah, it hasn't gotten better. We have gone to parallel reading, and I miss being able to geek out with them about books, like we did with Percy Jackson.) 

 

I have very high hopes that we have found our next Percy Jackson in Andrew Day. That character we all love, and can all enjoy reading together. 

 

Want to add The Secret Billionaire to your Amazon Wishlist? Here it is!  

 

Until next time, 

 

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