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When Dara Roux was seven years old, her mother took her to a candy store and left her there. She was sent to live at an orphanage where she met two other young women who were classified as geniuses like Dara. Together with their teacher, Carolina Lovel, the quartet travel to New York City to locate Dara's mother. While on their journey, they realize that not everything is what it seems as they keep digging into something sinister. What happened to Dara's mother? Why is she in NYC?
This was the second novel of the FIG series and it can be read as a standalone novel. I felt like this second novel was a bit of a disappointment as majority of the novel was spent giving readers a summary of the first book along with the information being repeated several times.I also didn't like that some parts of the story was literally word from word taken from the first book. I found the characters to be a bit annoying that they kept repeating that they are genius and how they know everything. For example, they never went to New York City, but they act like they know directions better than an NYC cab driver but when it comes to utilizing a telecom system, they leave it to Jennifer to use since she went to NYC when she was younger. I felt like the majority of the book was either fluff material or a summary and the final few pages were dedicated to the overly simplistic plot.
The Wish Rider: Book 2 of the F.I.G. Mysteries
Book Title: The Wish Rider (Book 2 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category: YA Fiction, 160 pages
Genre: Literary / Mystery
Publisher: Gauthier Publications
Release date: May 10, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13
Seventeen-year-old Dara Roux and her two best friends, Mackenzie Yarborough and Jennifer Torres, the three collectively referred to as the F.I.G.'s (Females of Intellectual Genius) because each has an intelligence quotient in the genius range, have just returned from Frascati, Italy. It was there that their much loved teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, discovered that her birth parents were gypsies, and that she had a connection to the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world.
Now, with graduation from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women behind them, Dara asks her friends to help her locate her birth mother when she learns that she might be living in New York City. Relying on Dara’s gift for speaking and understanding foreign languages, the black and white images that stir musical cadences in Jennifer’s mind, and Mackenzie’s mathematical calculations that normally provide numerical solutions and answers to life’s most difficult questions, the determined young women tirelessly go from one address to another in search of Dara’s mother.
Their determination turns to desperation, however, as they encounter a dark hidden society more dangerous and terrifying than they could have imagined. It is there that Dara hopes to find out why she was abandoned in a candy store all those years ago.
Meet 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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