Baby Gone Bye
By Marilee Brothers
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (November 29, 2013)
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.
Baby Gone Bye is an awesome combination of fantasy, mystery, and light family drama. Protagonist, Gabriel “Gabe” Delgado is a senior in high school who is your typical jock infamous for hooking up with random girls. Life abruptly changes when baby Birdie arrives on his front doorstep with a brief note – this is your child, you need to protect her from bad people, and don’t come looking for me – signed by the unknown mother.
Author Marilee Brothers does an excellent job in showing the growth in Gabe’s character. Readers will witness him go from a self-absorbed teenager into a loving father who will stop at nothing to protect his daughter. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters, especially Papi and Abby. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and a splash of magic to tie everything together. I would classify this book as more of a New Adult story due to some of the language and mild sexual content.
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 www.marileebrothers.com.