High school senior, Gabe Delgado, is trying to trade his bad-boy ways for clean living. He remembers nothing about the night a mysterious girl loved him and left him at a party, except … there was a kind of magic around her that had nothing to do with his hangover the next day. Now he finds that “magic” in a basket on his doorstep, cooing at him like a happy little bird.
The note attached to the baby’s blanket says, “Gabe, you probably already know our baby is, well, different. If not, you’ll find out soon enough. Let’s just say she has certain qualities most babies don’t have. The thing is, I’m scared. I’m on my own and can’t keep her safe. But, you can. You’re strong. You have a family to watch out for her. Bad people want her. That’s why I left her with you. I don’t really understand what’s going on, but it has something to do with The Abolesco. Don’t try to find me. Please, take care of our baby girl and love her. Okay?”
Gabe soon discovers there are bad people on baby Birdie’s trail, but why? Suddenly party-boy Gabe has to man up to protect his daughter. Not so easy when her talents include vanishing into thin air. It’s up to Gabe and his girl-pal Abby—who has some extraordinary secrets of her own—to find out what’s up with something called the Scientific Academy of Merit, what the goons want with Birdie, and whether other people like Birdie can be saved too.
Do you ever get the feeling you missed out on something in a story when you’ve read it in a short amount of time? I read Baby Gone Bye over a few days and feel as though I have missed either a part of a story or it shouldn’t have ended when it did. Except, I think if it had of gone any further it would have begun to drag.
I was initially curious about Baby Gone Bye due to the concept of the protagonist unexpectedly becoming a father at a young age. I don’t have children of my own, but I have known enough parents to realise rearing children is not an easy job. It’s going to be worse when someone’s thrown in the deep end with a baby who is at least a few months old and they never saw it coming. At least when it comes to knowledge of the pregnancy you can delude yourself into thinking you’re prepared.
This idea is what I wanted to read about the most. Of course I didn’t expect it to be the main focus, what with magical elements and nefarious plans underfoot, but I still expected a decent struggle with Gabe becoming a parent. There was struggle, but I think the acceptance and development of a routine went too smoothly for my liking. He accepted everything readily after a fact and Birdie being a supernatural baby blew minds only so much.
I felt as though everyone came together quickly and things were set into motion without the chance for me to catch up with where the characters were emotionally. The bad guys, although Samantha Worthington’s storyline was integrated, left me feeling somewhat unfulfilled. I’ve been trying to figure out why, but haven’t come to a conclusion yet.
The fast pace and the well-developed characters is what kept my interest. I enjoyed reading each and every one of the characters, barring Samantha Worthington. The love story happened too fast for my liking as well, but I think the characters were relatable, easy to read, and had very realistic reactions in particular scenes. The inclusion of Gabe wanting to notify authorities, something I don’t usually come across in YA, gave me pause. It’s something I’d expect, to call in the police, when things go to hell and someone is trying to kidnap your baby. The balance between characters going off on their own and the reality of including law enforcement is something I appreciate and am grateful for.
Baby Gone Bye had a promising storyline and took me only few days to read. I may have expected some more in-depth content, especially when it comes to young adults becoming unexpected parents, but I was satisfied for it to be a light and fun read.
- Genre: YA/Adult Crossover – Fantasy – Add to Goodreads
- Rating Out of Five: ♥♥♥
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- Format: eARC Published: 29th November 2013 by Belle Bridge Books
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About the Author
Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach and counselor. The author of eight books, Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is currently hard at work, writing an adult thriller. She loves hearing from people who have read her books. Feel free to contact her at marileebrothers.com.