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Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula
by Elise Stokes
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is the first book in the Cassidy Jones Adventures series. It is currently available FREE from Amazon. It is also available from Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
Two more books in the series are also available: Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift, Book Two and Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, Book Three. The fourth book, Cassidy Jones and the Luminous, will be released in 2014.
One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero.
Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old - that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down.
Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers ... and for her very life.
I wrenched open the tailgate and dove out head-first. My hands made contact with the rocky dirt and I flipped up, landing squarely on my feet. Silver Tooth already had the gun on me.
My eyes zeroed in on a jagged-edged rock at my feet. In one fluid movement, I reached down, grabbed the rock, and hurled it toward the gun. My movements were so quick that Silver Tooth didn’t realize what had happened until the rock tore through the top of his hand, embedding in the thin flesh.
Letting out a piercing scream, Silver Tooth dropped the gun. Diving forward, I had it in mine before it hit the ground. When he looked up, he was looking down the barrel of his own weapon.
Though in pain, he kept his voice even, menacing. "Who sent you?"
I couldn’t very well answer in my young female voice, so I kept silent, clasping the gun that I had no idea how to shoot.
Peripherally, I saw one man’s hand move toward his holster. Before his hand moved a fraction of an inch more, I turned the gun on him. His hands flew up in the air in surrender. I moved the gun to the other man, who mimicked his friend, raising his hands in the air. Silver Tooth flinched. The gun moved back to him. Silver Tooth laughed low. Holding up his limp hand, he asked me, "Do you mind?" Taking my silence as consent, he savagely ripped the rock from his flesh.
Perspiration beaded on his forehead. "Why don’t you tell me what you want," he said steadily.
I kept quiet.
He lifted his chin toward Ben. “Do you want him?”
Still, I didn’t respond, at a loss of how to cross this bridge.
"The silent type, eh? How about I do the talking. You want what we all want: the assassin."
Who is the assassin?
His lips lifted, revealing the silver tooth. "No reason we can’t share, eh? Be partners. Together, we take these Kings out of the equation." Smiling, he waited.
After seconds of silence, his face contorted in frustration. "Do we have a deal or not? Talk!"
Well, I certainly couldn’t do that, and I wasn’t using the gun in my hands. Simultaneously, I tossed the gun behind me and kicked Silver Tooth square in the chest. I could hear the wind leave his body. He flew backwards and landed on his back, gasping.
Adrenaline rushed through my veins. The night sky brightened, revealing everything around me in a new light. I perceived every physical detail of my adversaries, breathing in the smell of their skin and hair, tasting their fear on my tongue. Time and space slowed. Everything slowed but me.
By Carla Aoyagi
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is one of the most creative books that I have ever read- the depth of imagery that Elise Stokes words weave put her book on par with a graphic novel, the depth of feeling and expression and thought that is expressed is equal to some of the more classic novels.. all the while keeping it engaging for all levels- appropriate for ages of kids preteen to adult, with varying occupations and interests. (I'm a 27 year old mother of two little girls with a degree in engineering and a job in graphic design! and my cousins, boys and girls, ages 13-18 love it!)
Definitely a must read!
About the Author
Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise's understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in Cassidy Jones Adventures are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift, and Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant are the first three books in the series. Book Four, Cassidy Jones and the Luminous, will be released in 2014.