Book Review: Secret Clique (Replica #5)
Hope you’re all doing well. I’m just counting the days til the bf and I move in together in late August and spending that time reading and writing as much as possible.
Speaking of reading, I finished another book! This time I read Secret Clique (Replica #5) by Marilyn Kaye.
So if you’ve been following my reviews, you know that I didn’t love the last two books in this series. I’m not at the point where I’m considering giving up on the series, but if the trend continues I might be. So yeah, there was a lot on the line with this read.
Did this installment get better, or is this series on a nosedive trajectory? On to the book review!
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Amy Candler never bothered with the popular clique at school. Now she wants to join their ranks. It doesn’t make any sense to her friends–especially when a wave of panic is sweeping through the school hallways and friends need to stick together.
Students are disappearing.
Eric is being stalked.
Mr. Devon mysteriously returns, whispering about dark secrets. Everyone at Parkside Middle School is on edge, and even with her extraordinary skills, Amy is about to find out that being popular can be hazardous to her health.
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This book was excellent! I’m really glad since I didn’t love the last two, but this definitely makes up for that.
Alright, so this time Amy is enjoying a respite from being hunted down. She’s really grateful for the change of pace, but there’s something weird about this clique of ninth graders at school. Anyone who says anything mean about them or outperforms them seems to be punished by unforeseen consequences, but it has to be a coincidence, doesn’t it? Is there more happening here than meets the eye?
A lot of things made this book awesome.
For starters, I loved the change of pace in this one. Most of the books so far have had Amy front and center, but this one was more subtle. It was nice to see a different focus here.
There was a really nice element of mystery that had me guessing for the most part of the novel. I had my suspicions, and while they were right, the book made it hard for me to figure out and I loved that. The buildup was paced very well, and once things come to a head it was a thrilling roller coaster ride.
Amy is enjoying the calm of the present for a change, so it takes a lot for her to get involved in this seemingly ordinary crisis. I could completely understand her viewpoint, but in the end she showed plenty of character and goodwill, yet another reason for kiddos to look up to this MC. I also really enjoyed the development between her and Eric.
The ninth graders were really awful, especially Melissa. Their role as antagonists were really great.
Honestly, I have zero complaints. This book was thrilling from beginning to end, and I can’t wait to read the next book!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!