Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Secret of the Scarlet Stone - T.L. Clarke

MG and YA mystery and adventure writer T.L. Clarke, author of the Gabby Girls Adventure series, debuts a sleuth tale that embraces the true meaning of “Girl Power”……

Can You Help The Gabby Girls Solve The Clues?
The Gabby Girls Adventure begins at the Vineswell Academy a very formal and strict elite all-girls school located just outside of upstate New York. The Gabby Girls, Gabrielle who is street-smart and very opinionated, Zora who is super-smart, Jessica who is painfully shy and a bit clumsy; and Rosalinda who is a diva and daddy’s little-girl. They are drawn together by the only thing that they have in common, which is the mysterious scarlet pendant they each possess.

After all, Gabby Girls always stick together and every day is a………Gabby Girls Adventure! 
(Synopsis taken from the author's website.)

Title: The Secret of the Scarlet Stone (A Gabby Girls Adventure)
Author: T.L. Clarke
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: One Wish Publishing
Publication Date: June 3, 2010
Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to T.L. Clarke for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4/5

Gabrielle, Jessica, Zora and Rosalinda are The Gabby Girls. They are four girls who have befriended each other in the elite all-girls boarding school, Vineswell Academy. They all have been drawn together by the mystery surrounding their necklaces, and they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to unravel The Secret of the Scarlet Stone
This was a cute read. I found that it was aimed more at middle-grade readers more so than young adult readers. The four girls are quite independent and have their own personalities, so it was interesting to see how they interacted with each other. I think that most girls will be able to identify easily with one or more of the characters. I know that I identified the most with Zora, and hoped that she'd step up and tell Gabrielle and Rosalinda to stop their constant bickering. 
The premise of the book was intriguing, and I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the necklaces, and the journey the girls ended up taking. One of the only complaints I had with the book was the overuse of adverbs. Regardless, it was still a fun and imaginative read. The book was interactive and those that read it are made to feel part of the story as they get to follow along and help figure out the answers to the clues that are given.
All in all, a cute and imaginative book by debut author Clarke. It is the first in a series, and with the end results the mystery deepens further. I can't wait to read what happens next in the Gabby Girls series. 

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