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The Secret of the Scarlet Stone (Gabby Girls Adventures #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The Adventure Begins......My name is Gabrielle Martin. And before I discovered that the scarlet pendant I received on my thirteenth birthday was not just any ordinary pendant but a crazy weird talisman and lifeline to my supernatural powers; the only major thing that I cared about was starting my freshman year at Vineswell Academy. But that was way before finding out that ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published January 27th 2011 by One Wish Publishing (first published July 7th 2010)
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Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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1.5 stars

It was a little bit of everything combined together that made it so hard for me to finish reading this book. The small editing mistakes, the awkward dialogue, the clues, and--most irritatingly--the characters, were all small annoyances that I usually could stand to ignore in any other book. However, in THE SECRET OF THE SCARLET STONE, there was too much of each of them that I slogged through the book whenever I found the will power to pick it up again.

Honestly, I think that this book j
Patricia Perez
Received from author.

Gabby Girls takes place in an elite all-girls school. Four girls, united by the secret of their pendants, get together to solve the mystery and discover their legacy.

The novel is more MG than YA literature. It's cute in some parts while in others, unfortunately, it's quite dull.

The good thing about this novel:
1) It has a good premise that catches the reader's attention.
2) It has a good ending, making the reader anticipate the second installment.

Now, to the bad things, which
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Gabrielle is sent to a special school by her Grandmother (her caretaker since her Mother’s death), she is not too happy about it. She thinks the headmistress is mean and rude and clashes with her personality. She also shares a room with 3 other girls, Jessica (a plump, nervous, but very friendly girl), Zora (a super smart girl), and Rosalinda (a rich stuck up snobby girl). While the girls are unpacking they discover that they all have one thing in common…a beautiful necklace with scarlet st ...more
Paige Bradish
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Secret of the Scarlet Stone by T.L. Clarke was a lot better then I thought it would be. When I was first asked to review this which is the first in her Gabby Girls Adventure Novels and the second in the series, I was a little skeptical not because I didn’t think I would like it but because I was scared that it was going to be to young for me. But I’m glad I picked it up because although it was a younger read it was very refreshing!

Our main character in the first novel is Gabrielle. We meet
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Enjoyed it!
This was a fun mystery about four girls just starting out in boarding school. The girls are roommates and soon discover that they all have the same necklace, passed down from other women in their families. The necklace has five scarlet stones with engravings under each stone.

The ringleader is Gabrielle, who has lots of gumption and also an addiction to lollipops. Rosalinda is the princess type, Jessica is the sweet sidekick, and Zora is the brainiac. The girls find out that each one
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christie by: The Author
Shelves: read-in-2011
The Secret of the Scarlet Stone introduces us to four brand new students at the prestigious girls school, Vineswell Academy. The four girls who happen to be roomed together quickly learn they have some very interesting things in common. When they discover a mysterious clue they begin an adventure that will change them all forever.

This is a book the tween and younger teen set will just devour. I love that the characters include four girls from greatly differing backgrounds and cultures. Two cheer
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't even know where to start. There was no way I could finish the book, I read about twenty pages before closing the book.

The worst parts were the dialogues. The first chapter is so drawn-out and it's hard not to fall asleep. The main character, a thirteen year old girl (who acts as if she were ten years younger) is overreacting about going to the Vineswell academy. The whole first chapter is a dialogue between her and her Grandmother who is wise and mysterious, but sometimes she seems very
Deborah Andreasen
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Gabrielle loathes the day she awakes and realizes she’s being “shipped off” to an elite boarding school: Vineswell. On her first day there, she meets three other girls – Jessica, Zora and Rosalinda – who all have the same unique ruby pendant that she does.

This mysterious coincidence sets the girls on an adventure that changes everything they know.


I had seen this book and though it looked and sounded intriguing, so I was thrilled when I won it in a giveaway!

There are a few things I really liked
This book is a cute book that I'd have to say is more for the middle grade than YA set. Within this book you meet 4 girls who all seem to have things in common. All have lost their mothers, have "gifts" and have been passed down a pendant with a secret. Within this book you help the girls find adventure and solve clues as the adventure they find themselves on brings the group closer together. The questions become; can you help them solve the clues? What does the adventure reveal? What is the pur ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to a blossoming MG series with room to grow, the Gabby Girls reach out from the pages to female readers of all ages. The storyline is adventurous and exciting as they seek to find the answers that will uncover their family legacies and along the way, teach them a lesson or two in team work and equality. With a great mix of characters and personalities amongst them, there is never a dull moment when you are counted as one of this gabby bunch.

The only negative aspect that I can truly
Carrie Rundhaug
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Ms. Clarke asked me to review the second book in the Gabby Girls Adventure series and while that book, Blood Oath, could stand on its own I was interested to see where it all started.

Overall this was an okay read however I felt that the age of readers was different for The Secret of the Scarlet Stone than for Blood Oath.

The characters are relative well developed. Gabi was daring and led everybody on the adventures. I loved how she stood up for herself and was true to herself. I loved Zora how sm
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Potentially a good book for the 9-13 year old group. A young girl with a propensity for trouble gets shipped away to bording school. With her three roommates and some strange coincidences they set out on adventure that will test them all. Teamwork, clue following, and persistance keep them on their path. If they get out of this sticky situation they may seal their fates forever and join the ranks of those that came before them. If not......

As an adult ready I found the clues easy to guess and th
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This was different.. I don't think it was YA.. but for a bit younger gen.. but still very good The girls in this book are roommates and they have something that was passed down to them and find themselves in a mystery. I like Zora the best she's the smarts of the group and thinks before reacts. I believe most young ladies would love this book.. but again stress not really a YA.
Hayden Sage
Oct 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
So I have been trying to think about what to write about this book for almost exactly four months now, and I think I officially give up trying. All I can say is that I personally found so many things wrong with this book that I can't even form them into words. I'm sorry! :(
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Review will be up later.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I highly recomend it and I'm guaranteeing that I'm reading the sequel.

M&M Denver
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I think this was an excellent book for younger girls. Just the right amount of drama and suspense to keep them drawn in and reading.
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