Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Review - The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey + Giveaway

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In this third novel, the FIGs are living separate lives after leaving the Rosewood Academy.  Dara is studying obsolete languages at Yale, Mackenzie is attending MIT and Jennifer was accepted to Juilliard and occasionally performs her sold out performances. After returning from NYC, where Dara learned about her birth mother, Mackenzie also wanted to find out more about her parents. However, afraid that she will find disappointment she asks Larry to investigate in secret.  When Dara and Mackenzie are both invited to China for different reasons, they find that their paths cross but for very deadly reasons. It seems someone knows the true identity of Mackenzie's parents and won't stop at anything to keep it a secret. Who is trying to keep Mackenzie from knowing the truth?

Even though this is the third book in the series, it can be read alone or together. I found it to be cohesive to read in order but the author supplies an in-depth summary of the previous books. Personally, I found the third book to be my favorite out of the three novels even though, I felt like the ending was a bit rushed especially the parts where they find out who Mackenzie's parents are. I feel like that author could have spent less time on building up the story and the summary since the ending was a  bit predictable and rushed. I like that the author bought up interesting facts like red dandelions, but I wished she went into more details with them.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category:  YA Fiction,  208 pages
Genre:   Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher:  Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint
Release date:  February 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF or gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada

Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)

Book Description:

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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Barbara Casey 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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  1. I want to thank you for your interest in The F.I.G. Mystery Series and for your thoughtful reviews. I wish you all the best.


  2. Thanks 4 sharing this giveaway, the review, and congrats on the tour.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Melissa. I hope you get a chance to read The F.I.G. Mystery Series.