- Gabrielle - The original "gabby" girl, you have to love her for her spunky nature, loyalty to friends new and old....and fashion sense. She stashes a lollipop in each pigtail for easy access. (Just try reading about her and not getting a jones for one.)
- Jessica - By far the meekest of the group and in need of a major boost of self confidence, when the cards are in play she always comes through...
- Zora - The brainy girl of the bunch. She can recognize many a language at a glance and never fails to come through with the answer or at the very least an educated guess.
- Rosalinda - Though a princess from the outside, she's more than first meets the eye and won't shy from telling you the same!
Beyond their unique personalities, each young lady has a little something extra that they've known about all along but tried to ignore, a special skill if you will; unfortunately, ignoring these advantages is no longer an option since their very lives are on the line. With each turn of the page, the girls delve deeper and deeper into the mystery that surrounds the scarlet necklace and what exactly it has to do with each of them. The clues uncovered along the way that lead to the final discovery are shared not only between the girls but with readers allowing for an even more interactive experience as you try to decode the messages with the girls.
The only negative aspect that I can truly speak to is the repetitive nature of the writing. Certain phrases or words are used over and over in various parts of the story which for the older reader can be a bit wearisome....HOWEVER, younger readers may utilize this aspect to their advantage as it could certainly aid in their retention of the events transpiring. Perhaps it was intended to work in this fashion...something to think about for certain. Otherwise, the mix of characters in both personality and backgrounds was refreshing. The mini-quest upon which they embark was full of danger and fun. The final reveal....unexpected and definitely intriguing...making me rather curious as to where the second book might take us...
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