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Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures #1) by Elise Stokes

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.

After exploring her newfound abilities, Cassidy learns that the geneticist, Professor Serena Phillips, is missing and that foul play is suspected. Terrified that her physical changes and Professor Phillips' disappearance are somehow connected, Cassidy decides to keep her strange transformation a secret. That is, until she meets the professor's brilliant and mysterious fifteen-year-old son, Emery. An unlikely duo, they set out to find Emery's mother, who is key in explaining Cassidy's newly acquired superpowers.

Their lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous, action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything - including murder - to reach his own ambitious goals.

Goodreads Summary

Cassidy Jones has always been the quiet child, the one most likely to stay away from the center of attention.  Unfortunately, this doesn't last long and it's not even her choice.  Cassidy goes from being the normal girl who is "average" to being the girl with potential super powers.   The very person Cassidy suspects for this sudden change, Professor Serena Phillips, is missing.  Luckily, Cassidy has Serena's brilliant son, Emery, to help her.  Emery is a bit of an enigma, but he readily helps Cassidy.  The reader will love following Cassidy as she slowly comes to grips with her powers.  Emery is a bit of a crutch while she is learning, he warns her that she is in danger as well.  They both team up in an exciting adventure to track down Emery's mom and bring her back safely, the action is upped when Cassidy loses someone even closer to her. 

The characters are the real draw into the book, as well as the idea of enhanced powers.  The reader can easily picture him/herself as the main character.  Cassidy is timid and normal in the beginning of the book, she has to learn to be stronger, calmer, and to leave her shyness behind at the end of the novel.  It is interesting to watch as she changes, her character is very dynamic.  Emery is the brilliant one; he tends to be the calmer and more collected one.  His character acts as a foil to Cassidy.  The other secondary characters are no less interesting, the reader will happily get to know them all. 

The events are fast-paced and will keep the reader on his/her toes.  The plot is terrific, really holds the readers' attention.  This book is recommended for readers of all ages who enjoy a good mystery with a few super powers thrown in.

4 Stars