Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Hello! This is Emily, the writer of this blog. I would like to introduce a new series that I am hoping to post on this blog every week. It’s not a series so much as individual “slices of life”-type stories from my own personal experience. Stories that I hope are relatable, funny, awe-inspiring, adorable, or combinations of a few of them. I hope to find something memorable during the week and write it down in a way that is interesting and maybe even tugs at your emotions.
So I thought I might introduce myself a little more. I am a college student studying English Literature and Christian Studies. (And, yes, I am a Christian, though I try my best to break the negative stereotypes associated with the religion.) I love people—their quirks, eccentricities, and beauty—and some of my favorite moments in life come from watching the friends, family members, and even strangers around me, as you may soon see.
From my high-school years up until now, I have had a variety of experiences. I spend the seven summers before college at two different summer camps, both cabin leading and attending as a camper. I have had “official” jobs at a waterpark, a daycare, and two smoothie shops. And I have volunteered as a copy editor, cabin leader, janitor, Sunday school teacher, worship leader, and a variety of other things. Then there are all the things I have done that are writing and reading related, my range of interests, and my travels. I tell you this because I may not find something during the week that is interesting enough to post and may draw from one of these past experiences.
What would you like to read about?
Friday, August 19, 2016
The Wish Rider (Book 2)
by Barbara Casey
Seventeen-year-old Dara Roux and her two best friends, Mackenzie Yarborough and Jennifer Torres, the three collectively referred to as the F.I.G.'s (Females of Intellectual Genius) because each has an intelligence quotient in the genius range, have just returned from Frascati, Italy. It was there that their much loved teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, discovered that her birth parents were gypsies, and that she had a connection to the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world.
Now, with graduation from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women behind them, Dara asks her friends to help her locate her birth mother when she learns that she might be living in New York City. Relying on Dara’s gift for speaking and understanding foreign languages, the black and white images that stir musical cadences in Jennifer’s mind, and Mackenzie’s mathematical calculations that normally provide numerical solutions and answers to life’s most difficult questions, the determined young women tirelessly go from one address to another in search of Dara’s mother.
Their determination turns to desperation, however, as they encounter a dark hidden society more dangerous and terrifying than they could have imagined. It is there that
Dara hopes to find out why she was abandoned in a candy store all those years ago.