Book Review: Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes

This was a book that was getting many mentions on Goodreads so I thought I’d read it.  It’s a rollicking adventure, great pace, and a great hero in 14 year old Cassidy Jones.  I really enjoyed all the minor characters too, especially the school kids, although I confess that the teens at schools these days seem nothing like they were at my school.

When the book started I found some of the physical descriptions of people a bit over-bearing and some of the early descriptive writing a little stodgy.  But the book soon comes alive with Cassidy’s  ‘accident’ and her feelings and emotions as a result of that are brilliantly written; you can really empathise with her.  I got distracted by yet another book telling me someone was reigning in their emotions.  I suppose raining in their emotions would be even worse, but reining in one’s emotions, like using the reins on a horse to control it, is correct!  The power of the writing and the excitement of the adventure soon got me through my grouchiness, though, and — in that old cliched phrase — I couldn’t put it down!

A thoroughly enjoyable read,well plotted and characterised, complete with a megalomaniac baddie, ninjas and comic book heroes, that would suit all ages from about 9 upwards.

Elise Stokes: Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

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