Mackenzie Wells Analyzes Key Relationships in Stacy Padula’s Gripped Book Series

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA In “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula, I loved seeing the dynamic between the three Dunkin brothers (Taylor, Jordan, and Marc), especially now as they are changing for the better. I think there have always been redeeming qualities in Marc’s relationship with Taylor. Even when Taylor was at … Continue reading Mackenzie Wells Analyzes Key Relationships in Stacy Padula’s Gripped Book Series

Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA In the fourth installment of Stacy Padula’s Gripped Book series, the stakes are higher as Taylor Dunkin struggles to save himself and protect the ones he loves. He never knew that a slippery slope could cause him to fall into such a pit of despair. As he tries to pull … Continue reading Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula

Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 2: Blindsided” by Stacy Padula

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula is a cautionary tale for young adults, but it is also a humanizing story of those who have fallen into bad habits. Eighth graders Chris Dunkin, Cathy Kagelli, and Jason Davids are an integral part of their clique in their community, and are … Continue reading Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 2: Blindsided” by Stacy Padula

An Interview with UGA’s Mackenzie Wells on Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told

Who would you recommend Gripped Part 1 to and why? “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy Padula deals with the stories of young adults navigating the transitions between middle school, high school, and college. I would recommend this book to readers in middle or high school. These books give them a glimpse into how one person’s … Continue reading An Interview with UGA’s Mackenzie Wells on Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told

Mackenzie Wells of UGA Reviews Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High Book Series

Series Review by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia Mackenzie Wells is a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in English and public relations. She is a leader at the Wesley Foundation at UGA, the community outreach coordinator for UGA’s Undergraduate English Association, and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Mackenzie … Continue reading Mackenzie Wells of UGA Reviews Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High Book Series

The Screwtape Letters Meets Nancy Drew in this Spiritual Warfare Must-Read Novel for Young Adults

Written by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia—A mixture between “The Screwtape Letters” and a Nancy Drew novel, “The Forces Within” by Stacy A. Padula takes a poignantly authentic look at spiritual warfare – albeit disguised as a metaphor. A group of high school freshmen find themselves taking refuge in an old abandoned mansion deep in the woods. As mysterious occurrences begin to take place, the teenagers realize that the battle is for their lives – and their hearts. A shocking reminder of a too-often overlooked battle, this book is desperately needed to educate today’s generation. Although this book deals with a heavy topic which can take some guidance to understand, it is specifically aimed at young adults and approaches the issue in a way relevant to our lives.