I’ll be honest. As a woman who believes in both the power of positive feminism and positive masculinity, I tend to stay away from anything that has the word “strong females” in it, especially books, movies and tv shows. In my experience, those who usually claim to be something of such, usually aren’t. Said books and movies usually end up being nothing more than a near alcoholic, man-bashing one dimensional female with no actual sense of self direction blaming the world for her problems. And that’s not female empowerment.
So I started reading the fig series with a bit of apprehension with a title like “Females of Intellectual Genius” series. I was pleasantly surprised to find a series that was actually different. A series that actually showed strong women doing just that, being strong, positive women without having to shove it in everyone’s face. Jennifer, Dara, Mackenzie and Carolina are all four intelligent women with their own personalities and talents that they bring to the table. In this installment of the series, Jennifer takes center stage in this tale that explores art history and Nazi reemergance in modern ages.
Casey’s descriptive language lets the reader see into Jennifer’s world in a way that is both equally intriguing and blizzard. Almost a touch of insanity, but altogether beautiful. Casey knows how to wield her words and draw the reader into the story. In the book Jennifer loves to create art, this is part of her genius. Casey details everything it takes to make this genius happen and it’s almost magical in it’s own right. In fact, I would almost label this book fantasy or science fiction in a way with the girls unique and different abilities.
At the same time, Casey surrounds the plot with so much mystery, you don’t really know what’s happening, but that isn’t a bad thing because the writing draws you into the mystery and wanting to know what happens next. The kind of book you stay up all night reading. The kind of book that knows exactly what to give and what to take. I can’t wait to delve into the rest of the series and see what else Casey has up her sleeves as a writer. Overall, I’d rate this book a rare 5 out of 5 stars.
I will admit some of the names were strange at first such as “Jimmy Bob”. I originally thought maybe Casey forgot to go back and name a character during editing, but even if that’s the case, it still fits the overall strangeness that comes with the book. I think fans of hallmark book series and Bones will adore this series as much as I do with all of the unique characters and plot twists. It’s definitely a female empowered book series worth living.
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Book Title: The Nightjar’s Promise (Book 4 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 130 pages
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications (Hungry Goat Press)
Release date: April, 2020
Content Rating: PG. There are some themes that deal with the Jewish Holocaust and some frightening scenes appropriate for young adult and adult readers.
Jennifer Torres, one of the three FIGs (Females of Intellectual Genius)
who is a genius in both music and art, is the last to leave the closed
rehearsal for her upcoming performance over Thanksgiving break at
Carnegie Hall when she hears something in the darkened Hall. Recognizing
the tilt of the woman’s head and the slight limp of the man as they
hurry out an exit door, she realizes it is her parents who were
supposedly killed in a terrible car accident when she was 15 years old.
Devastated and feeling betrayed, she sends a text to Carolina and the
other two FIGs—THURGOOD. It is the code word they all agreed to use if
ever one of them got into trouble or something happened that was too
difficult to handle. They would all meet back at Carolina’s bungalow at
Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women to figure it out.
As soon as they receive the text, because of their genius, Dara starts
thinking of words in ancient Hebrew, German, and Yiddish, while
Mackenzie’s visions of unique math formulae keep bringing up the date
October 11, 1943. That is the date during World War II when the
Nazis—the Kunstschutz—looted the paintings of targeted wealthy Jewish
families and hid them away under Hitler’s orders. And as Carolina waits
for the FIGs to return to Wood Rose, she hears warnings from Lyuba, her
gypsy mother, to watch for the nightjar, the ancient name for the
As they search for “The Nightjar’s Promise” and the truth surrounding
it, Carolina and the FIGs come face to face with evil that threatens to
destroy not only their genius, but their very lives.
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Meet the Author:
Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent nonfiction publisher of true crime, where she oversees acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and book production.
Ms. Casey has written over a dozen award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for both young adults and adults. The awards include the National Association of University Women Literary Award, the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel, the IP Best Book for Regional Fiction, among others. Two of her nonfiction books have been optioned for major films, one of which is under contract.
Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications including the North Carolina Christian Advocate Magazine, The New East Magazine, the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Sunday Telegram, Dog Fancy, ByLine, The Christian Record, Skirt! Magazine, and True Story. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories. Her award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in The Cosmic Unicorn and CrossTime science fiction anthologies. Ms. Casey’s essays and other works appear in The Chrysalis Reader, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus Publishers), and A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation).
Ms. Casey is a former director of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist. She has served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. In 2018 Ms. Casey received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three cats who adopted her, Homer, Reese, and Earl Gray – Reese’s best friend.
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