Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

This is the first book in the Cassidy Jones Adventures.  Elise Stokes does an amazing job for setting the stage in this young adult series.  Cassidy Jones is a fourteen year old girl who develops special abilities after an accident.  With her new heightened senses, strength and abilities, she partners with Emery Phillips, a fifteen year old genius.  Together they set out to find their kidnapped parents.  The story is quick moving, and leaves you wanting more.  Elise Stokes is a wonderful storyteller.  Her characters are rich, believable, as well as relatable.  She eloquently uses descriptive language to convey what the characters are feeling without overdoing it.  There is adventure, excitement and overall enjoyment with this read.  As the relationship and trust between Cassidy and Emery grows throughout the story, so does the empathy and likeability develop between the reader and the characters.  Stokes leaves the reader with anticipation.

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J.K.K. Rowling Fans…

For those of you who have you been wondering what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been writing recently, an article in USA Today reports that she has written the foreword of a new book set to be released this October. 

The book titled  Dear Me: A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self, is a compilation of letters written by more than 70 celebrities.   According to the article, some of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

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The Last Song – by Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song is another remarkable work by Nicholas Sparks.  Veronica “Ronnie” Miller is a 17 year old rebellious teenager from New York City who travels to Wilmington, North Carolina with her brother Jonah to spend the summer with her dad, Steve. Ronnie has a lot of built up anger and resentment against her father. They have not spoken over the past three years. Ever since her parents divorced she blamed her father for leaving her and family.

Steve is a retired concert pianist and teacher. Music is his passion, and it used to be Ronnie’s as well. As a child she sat by his side, always learning from him. However, she dwelled on her anger so much that she gave up playing the piano altogether. She didn’t even want to look at a piano. She started hanging out with a rough crowd, going to clubs, and subsequently got into some trouble with the law.

In the beginning of the novel, Ronnie gives the impression of a spoiled, childish and unappreciative deviant. However, as her character builds throughout the novel, she grows. The depth and richness of Ronnie’s character unfolds as you are taken along her summer journey in this coming of age novel.

As love runs into Ronnie at the most unsuspecting time, many truths unfold as the summer progresses. Her dad and Jonah are actively pursuing the work of constructing a stained glass window for a new church building. Ronnie’s relationship with her father progresses as well as her relationship with her new found love. Many circumstances surrounding events that caused Ronnie’s anger in the past as well as the present, resurface and she is confronted with a host of problems that she must face as her eighteenth birthday approaches.

Sparks is very crafty in his choice of character names. He displays his writing skill so eloquently by threading themes throughout the book, expanding on characters and their personalities and so innocently portraying the love of God in the life of humans. You develop a sincere interest for the characters. You have empathy for their feelings. The powerful emotions that Sparks brings to the reader, is so moving it brings one to tears. It is truly a very fluent and expressive work of the human heart and brought a joy to me as a reader that I have not felt in quite some time.

Familiar with his work, Miley Cyrus sought to work with Nicholas Sparks. As a result, the screenplay was released in January 2010, starring Miley Cyrus as Ronnie, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Preston, and Liam Helmsworth. Other works by Sparks that went from books to movies are: A Walk to Remember, A Night in Rodanthe, The Notebook, and Message in a Bottle.


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