Sunday, March 18, 2018

**Giveaway** The Wish Rider by Barbara Casey **Review**

Book Details:

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

Book Description:

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.

Well, the girls are back home from their trip to Italy. Now, that search that led them to Italy has inspired Dara to go on her own journey of discovery to find her mother as well.
Although this is the second book in the series, the author does spend time summarizing book one to catch the reader up (or refresh their memory) so this can be read as a stand-alone. But, because I did read the first book and was able to jump into the second book (love being able to do that!), the summation was a bit boring for me but that is really my only complaint. I enjoyed  Casey's writing style, her articulation, and the sensitivity she gives to the storyline. Even though the plot is heartfelt and maybe a bit of a heavy one for some, the story doesn't feel heavy or heard to read emotionally. Casey is able to keep it on the lighter side and captivate the reader.
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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.

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