Book Title: The Clock Flower (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint | Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Release date: February 2018
Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)
Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.
Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.
Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.
The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.
Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
The three "FIGS boarded the plane leaving to their various destinations. They will be attending separate Universities and will be separated for the first time in over two years. They would be leaving Caroline behind. They would avoid separation anxieties by Skyping each night at 8:30 p.m. Caroline's time.
Jennifer was in one of her creative trances and everyone knew to avoid disturbing her until it was complete. Something was seriously happening. Soon Caroline's gypsy mother, and McKenzie knew something big was coming. They soon discovered this involved more than just them and in a faraway place.
This is the third boo of the F.I.G. series and was just s captivating than the others, if not more so!
*This was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Four and a Half Stars
THE CLOCK FLOWER is the 3rd book in the F.I.G. Mystery series, it is a stand-alone novel. Below are the other two.
RESEARCHING THE CLOCK FLOWER By Barbara Casey
I always make it a practice to thoroughly research the themes in my books, whether they are fiction or nonfiction. I feel that by being accurate in the details, it makes the story more credible. Writing The Clock Flower was no different.
In the story, the FIGs have now graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. For the first time since meeting one another at the orphanage as young children, they are now going their separate ways to the universities where they will continue their advance education. Not having ever been apart, the idea of no longer being Carolina and the FIGs is frightening. They are more than uncertain and fearful as to what to expect in a world that doesn’t include Wood Rose and Headmaster Thurgood Harcourt, not to mention their teacher and mentor who is more of a big sister to them, Carolina. As always, it is Dara who first comes up with a plan. If for any reason any one of them is unhappy with her situation, they will return to Wood Rose where Carolina will help them come up with another plan. To accentuate this pledge, Carolina has given them their own smart phones so that they can send the code word “Thurgood” to each of the others, letting them know there is something critical going on and they need to meet at Carolina’s bungalow at Wood Rose as soon as they can get there. It is a pact that is made out of love, but also because of the uncertainty Carolina feels about whether the world is ready for the FIGs.
Time proves that they are more than capable of handling any awkward situation. Each FIG is allowed to advance her own special talent in the formal setting of a university. For Jennifer, it is her continued advancement in art and music. Dara is invited to be part of an exclusive team of archeologists in China. And Mackenzie is assigned to a secret government medical research project that is being conducted in China and overseen by a U.S. Senator.
Each of these areas—art and music, archeology, and medical research—required thorough research in order to bring this story to life. The things that are revealed in the story are based on fact. At one point in the story, Mackenzie faces death, and it is because of an ancient dragon that many of the older Chinese believe in still today. It is one more element that brings life into the story.
Every time I finish writing a book in The FIG Mystery Series, I am physically drained and emotionally exhausted. My husband always brings me a box of tissues because he knows from experience that I am going to bawl. And I do.
There will be one more book in this series. I will research it, write it, and then sob when I have finished. I think it is because these characters have been my companions for so long now that the idea of turning them loose is extremely emotional for me. But I know they will be fine; my husband will bring me a box of tissues; and Carolina and the FIGs have a special code word to use just in case.
About the Author:
Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
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Sneaking Out (Chased, #1) by Chuck Vance
Published by: Dunemere Books | Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Synopsis:Could you sleep next to a murderer?
Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.
For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.
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They continued deeper into the woods, carefully maneuvering over errant twigs and rocks as they headed into the autumn darkness. In the moonlight, branches and trees took on more sinister aspects. Random wildlife noises made them all look over their shoulder more than once. They were jumpy, but in a fun kind of way. Luke understood why so many students took the risk to sneak out. He was feeling the same run of emotions that made horror movies worthwhile: fear and dread, mixed with anticipation and relief.
Their place of debauchery had already been selected for them, because students of St. Benedict’s had stolen away for years to the very spot where they were headed. “The Dip,” as some unknown alum had christened it, was at the base of the remains of a hand-laid rock wall of mysterious origin. Rumors about the wall abounded: witches were burned there in the old days; it was part of the Underground Railroad; it was a farmhouse that had burned and the whole family had perished, and so on. The forgotten partition jutted out of the gravelly earth in the middle of nowhere, and ended just as abruptly ten yards later. It would look innocuous to most, except that on one side there was a deep drop-off mostly shielded by saplings and birch trees. Shadowy figures could hide in plain sight (and leave their vodka bottles and cigarette butts behind). Luke had passed by often enough during his daily runs but had never been there at night.
Suddenly a rush of memories from three years ago flashed in Luke’s mind like a series of snapshots. He shivered involuntarily, and shook his head as if to clear his mind. That was weird. He’d spent tons of time outdoors in the three years since that episode, never once thinking about it. Why tonight? Maybe there was something about the danger of sneaking out that echoed his ordeal three years ago, bringing it all back to the surface.
Not now, he told himself. Don’t think about that now. “You okay?” asked Pippa, with real concern.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
Pippa scrutinized him carefully, but before she could say anything, Oscar spoke.
“Okay, we’re here.” Oscar hopped down into the hole and turned around to lend Kelsey a hand.
“Ready?” Luke asked Pippa.
“Quite.” She dropped down into the Dip without waiting for assistance.
Luke looked down, hesitating for a second. What was wrong with him tonight? This was fun. They were having a good time.
Everything will be fine, he told himself. Nothing bad is going to happen.
He followed Pippa, descending into near darkness.
Excerpt From: Chuck Vance. “Chased, Book 1: Sneaking Out.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=5A5BF7AEB7E709DFAF15E342D6A5167B
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.
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Damaged (Dark Road Series, #2) by Krys Fenner
Publication date: November 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but the aftermath is a whole other story. She struggles to figure out who she really is as more truths are revealed about her heritage. With no real anchor, sometimes ending it all seems like the only way out.
David has loved Bella for three years. Too bad he feels as if he no longer deserves a chance with her. Much to his surprise that’s exactly what he gets, but she’s far more damaged than he ever imagined. Still, he’ll do anything to help her even if it means losing himself in the process. Any transgression can be forgiven. Or so he thinks.
Will Bella find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended? Is there someone who can get to her in time? Or will the damage she’s suffered prove too much to bear?
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Damaged by Krys Fenner
As I said in the previous book, Addicted, this is excellent writing. Big thumbs up to Krys Fenner.
Again, the characters are well-developed It was great to get to know them better in this story. I felt their emotions deeply.
I'm still amazed at the things that happen in this life that we never see or at least I hope we never have to see or experience.
As with Addicted, the book cover and the title of the story are a perfect fit.
I highly recommend this book to other readers and am anxiously waiting for the follow-up to this story.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.
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