Book Review & Giveaway: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey

Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint
Release date: February 2018
Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)



Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.

Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.

Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.

The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.

Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I’ve read several books by Barbara Casey including the first 2 books in this series, The Wish Rider and The Cadence of Gypsies. These are my favorites by the author so far so I was happy to read the next book in the series.

The girls have graduated from high school and they’re all going their separate ways. They’re scared of course, like anyone starting college, but they’re so dependent on each other and Carolina that they don’t know how they’ll do. On the plane, they decide that if they can’t cope, they’ll figure out a way to be together. 

All three girls flourish in the different areas they’re gifted in and they even get to go to China over their winter break. Carolina goes with them not only because she was invited but because she needs to protect Mackenzie because she knows that Mackenzie is in some unknown danger.

Even though this is the third book in the series, it definitely stands on its own. In fact, there was so much backstory, that the current story seemed slow to me. They didn’t even make it to China until Chapter 21 out of 24 total chapters.  

Just as the last book focused on finding out about Dara’s birth mother, this book focuses on Mackenzie’s birth parents. She asks Larry to try to find out information about her birth parents. What he finds is intriguing but the final outcome is expected.

I liked The Clock Flower but not as much as the first 2 books. I’m looking forward to reading the next F.I.G. mystery.


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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9 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey

  1. BARBARA CASEY March 7, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Thank you for hosting me and for your review. I sincerely appreciate your time and kind words.

    All best,

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 March 7, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      I’m looking forward to the next one!


      • BARBARA CASEY March 7, 2018 / 1:47 pm

        I am so glad. I am doing research now on the next book, which will be the final book in this series. It will be Jennifer’s story, and it will be quite dramatic. But, of course, they are the FIGs after all!

        Thank you.

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  2. Lacey Waters March 7, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    I love this cover. So pretty.

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    • BARBARA CASEY March 7, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Lacey. I love it, too. My publisher is also a talented artist, and she has designed all of the covers in this series. Each cover has an element of the gypsy culture in it.

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  3. Gwendolyn Jordan March 7, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Sounds great

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    • BARBARA CASEY March 8, 2018 / 3:19 am

      Thanks for commenting, Gwendolyn. I hope you get a chance to read it.

      Liked by 2 people

      • charmzaccio March 10, 2018 / 3:51 am

        I love mystery finding the why factor, good luck with your book sounds terrific, I am reading it for sure.

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  4. BARBARA CASEY March 11, 2018 / 3:18 am

    Charmzaccio, thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

    Liked by 1 person

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