Hello everyone! Today is my stop of the blog tour for The Clock Flower, the third book in the F.I.G Mysteries series by Barbra Casey. If you have not read the previous two books, worry not because the Clock Flower can be read as a standalone! Now, onto tour.
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
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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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.
Connect with the author: Website
In the third book of the F.I.G Mysteries Series that can also be read as a standalone, the three F.I.G’s have now graduated high school and are now ready for live in the real world. Gone off in her own direction, Mackenzie is now hard at work on a secret project involving the missing element to immortality. But strange things begin to happen when her work place is strangely close to the ancient dig site Dara is working. Soon, Mackenzie must use her problem-solving skills to solve a mystery and fight a blood-thirsty dragon. Only her friends can help her now when secrets are revealed and Mackenzie discovers who exactly her true parents are.
When I first read the description of this book, I was immediately blown away. I love how the author is continuing to add more and more fantasy elements into her books. In the Clock Flower in particular, the author again made great use of research into Chinese history. Through her words, I once again felt like I was traveling the world along with the F.I.G’s and Carolina. And the fantasy element made me only love it more.
As for the characters, I was happy to see them each continue to grow. In this novel in particular, Mackenzie finally received the full spotlight on her, something that I was very happy about. Readers will enjoy experiencing the story through her eyes because you get to see exactly what she is thinking. And because she is so smart, this only makes the story that much more interesting. Mackenzie isn’t the only one who gets to grow in this story though, with Carolina finally showing more of her gypsy powers. This is an element that the author has utilized since the first book and I am very happy that she has continued with it. So few books feature gypsy culture so I am very happy to see it in this series.
Another enjoyable aspect of the book was the humor the author uses. Because the main characters are so smart, they see things in a different way than others, and can be quiet frank at times. An example of this is Dara’s response to an overzealous frat boy when she first gets to her university. Scenes like this were very refreshing contrasted to the fantasy and more serious elements of the book. Also, male characters are often the ones to make jokes and snarky remarks in books because when female characters do it, they are often looked at as rude. But in The Clock Flower, it only adds a comedic element to the book.
Fans of books with fantasy elements set in the real world will enjoy this novel. The author researches everything she writes, which makes the story feel that much more real. If you love exploring new cultures with a fantastic twist ending, this book is for you!
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