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Friday, July 30, 2010

Book Review: Conspiracy 365: April by Gabrielle Lord

Conspiracy 365: April by Gabrielle Lord
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Conspiracy 365: April
by Gabrielle Lord
Conspiracy 365

Kane Miller
ISBN-10: 1-935279-53-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-935279-53-2
Publication Date: April, 2010
List Price: $10.99

Review: Once upon a time there was a boy who was always safe and sound, never ever having to - Cut!! This is absolutely NOT April, a book from the Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord! April, a fantastic thriller is anything but a story about a boy safe and sound! It’s about adventures and thrills that will definitely keep you on your toes and wanting more. April is the 4th book in the Conspiracy 365 series.

A year is a long time. For Cal Ormond, it’s even longer. On New Year’s Eve, a stranger ran up to him and croaked, “The Ormond Singularity! Don’t let it be the death of you too, boy! They killed your father! You must hide - lie low until midnight of December 31st!” and then was dragged away by the police. Cal has been in hiding for 4 months. We last saw him in a pond and enemies gaining on him while trying to hold an innocent truck driver’s head out of the water. Now, the enemies, two thugs employed by Oriana De la Force - who is Cal’s biggest enemy have passed, and Cal is offered help from a passing police officer. Cal uses this opportunity to make a break for it. Soon, Cal finds out his younger sister Gabbi, who is in a coma and on life support is about to be taken off life support. He tries to get to the city in time to save her. On the way, while he is trying to hitchhike to the city, he meets up with another bad guy named Kelvin and is sucked into yet another chase. Cal is running from Kelvin and jumps into a trunk of an old lady’s car. He hides in the car until the car stops. Then the trunk opens and the old lady discovers him. Will Cal ever get to the city? Who is this old lady? What is she going to do to him? Find out by reading April!

Overall, I think that this book is fantastic!!! It contains all the elements needed to create a great book. Some of these elements are memorable characters, plot twists, and an ending leaving you eagerly awaiting the next book. I think the most memorable character in April is Mrs. Melba Snipe who provides Cal with shelter and food after she discovers him stowing away in her car. I think she’s interesting because you wouldn’t think that an elderly old lady would give help to a stowaway in her trunk!! Plot twists are also important in books. Without them, books would be very predictable and boring. In April there are countless twists and turns that add to the story, for example when Kelvin gets stuck trying to catch Cal. When I was reading I thought that Cal would be a goner! The ending is very suspenseful – so suspenseful that you just want the entire series to come out in a day so you can finish reading them so you know what happens. That is the kind of feeling I get when I read this book. I also like how in the book, when they talk about documents, they actually show a picture of them! I think that is neat! The one thing that is disappointing to me is the lack of vivid descriptions and details. I think if Gabrielle Lord added more details it would me more compelling for readers to read. But because I really liked the story overall, the lack of details is only a minor problem.

This book is a compelling read!! I will definitely recommend this book and its series to anyone that asks me “So, have you read a good book lately?”

Review written by Sarah (7th grade student).

We would like to thank Kane Miller for providing a copy of Conspiracy 365: April for this review.

Have you read Conspiracy 365: April? How would you rate it?

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