“Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures #1)” by Elise Stokes
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
For some reason this story seemed really familiar. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a movie (or something) telling a similar story. That didn’t stop me from having fun with the book. It’s not a super deep book that’s profound and moving. The author isn’t going for that. Instead we get a fun mystery/adventure book where Cassidy comes to terms with her new powers.
When I downloaded this book I thought it was aimed at the YA audience. I still think it is to an extent but reading the book it doesn’t feel like a YA book. It definitely feels a bit younger like older MG fiction. It was a bit reminiscent of the Priscilla the Great books. While reading the book, I kept being reminded of those Disney Channel Original Movies. Much like the movies, the book was wholesome, entertaining, and a good story. I didn’t mind it but I was expecting a bit older and grittier.
The story was interesting enough. Who doesn’t love a good mystery with action mixed in? The biggest complaint I had was the story moved pretty quickly. It zips through the story pretty quickly over a pretty short time period. I liked Cassidy and Emery. I wish we would have got to know them better but it is the first novel in a series.
The bottom line? I had fun with it. It’s a good, quick action story. Glad I grabbed the next in series.