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

The Thrilling Search for Answers in Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA The fourth book in Stacy Padula's Gripped series will be captivating to anyone who likes mysteries or a thrilling search for answers. I believe “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” will still appeal to the same audience as the first three books while also drawing new readers to the series with … Continue reading The Thrilling Search for Answers in Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors

UNH Sophomore Jenna Finnerty’s Thoughts on the “Gripped” Characters

By Jenna Finnerty, University of New Hampshire Stacy Padula & Jenna Finnerty In Stacy Padula's latest novel, "Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors," I really liked how there were a bunch of different storylines that made me want to learn what was going to happen next. The different stories kept me focused, because there were so … Continue reading UNH Sophomore Jenna Finnerty’s Thoughts on the “Gripped” Characters

Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts The drama and mystery of “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy A. Padula was engaging. The uncertainty of Taylor Dunkin’s plot mixed with the tension of Jason Davids' and Cathy Kagelli’s storyline had me captivated from cover to cover.  I also enjoyed how this book delved more … Continue reading Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover

New Y.A. Book Prepares Teens to Boldy Face Temptations Prevalent in High School

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts While “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy A. Padula could be an engaging book for many readers, I believe it would be most intriguing to teens and young adults. For high-schoolers in particular, the themes and topics are relatable and relevant. For any teens faced with the difficulties of … Continue reading New Y.A. Book Prepares Teens to Boldy Face Temptations Prevalent in High School

Providence College Freshman Joanna Dakoyannis Discusses “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors”

Joanna Dakoyannis By Joanna Dakoyannis—Providence College Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors by Stacy A. Padula delves into the lives of some of the older, college-aged characters in the series. Although the previous books have mentioned them, there is more insight on Taylor, Jordan, Michelle, Missy, and some of their other friends. The focus on different characters … Continue reading Providence College Freshman Joanna Dakoyannis Discusses “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors”

New Y.A. Book Shows Effects of Modern High School Peer Pressure

By Joanna Dakoyannis, Providence College Gripped 4: Smoke and Mirrors by Stacy Padula is the fascinating continuation of the story centered around a group of teens from Montgomery Lake High School.  They are influenced by older siblings and peers who are involved in drug and alcohol use. Taylor, the older sibling of Marc and Jordan … Continue reading New Y.A. Book Shows Effects of Modern High School Peer Pressure