Sunday, December 2, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: "Chocolate Covered Baloney" by K.D. McCrite

If you were a child of the ’80s like me, I pretty much guarantee that you’ll be able to relate to “Chocolate Covered Baloney,” the latest book in the “Confessions of April Grace” series by K.D. McCrite.

Set in Arkansas during the mid-1980s, this story finds spunky 12-year-old April Grace Reilly wishing for nothing more than some peace and quiet so she can enjoy a good book and a chocolate bar. Unfortunately, her wish is shoved out the window when she finds herself dealing with more phoney baloney than she ever imagined!  

As if it’s not difficult enough adjusting to life with a new baby brother and having your prissy neighbor become your gym teacher, April Grace’s life is once again thrown for a loop when a long-lost relative appears out of nowhere and begins wreaking havoc on the entire Reilly family. To make matters worse, her older sister Myra Sue – who manages to annoy April Grace nearly every waking minute of the day – has been acting sneaky and secretive. April Grace attempts to play detective to try and unravel these mysteries within her very own family – and when her sister ends up disappearing, it’s up to April Grace to piece together everything she knows so that she can help bring her sister home safely before it’s too late.

This third installment in the “Confessions of April Grace” series once again had me hooked from page one, bringing back all of the characters I’ve come to know and love, with a story that kept me hooked from page one. I also appreciate how K.D. McCrite once again achieves that perfect balance between narration and dialogue, fleshing out a story that both entertains and makes you think. The universal themes of the story – which include acceptance and tolerance – transcend generations, and April Grace’s spunky attitude and innocent curiosity will keep readers of any age engaged. It’s also nice that McCrite gives enough backstory in this book so that it’s not necessary to have read the previous two books to know what’s been going on.

So whether you’re a teen/tween looking for a truly enjoyable read or you’re a grown-up in the market for something refreshing, I urge you to give “Chocolate Covered Baloney” by K.D. McCrite a chance! I have a strong feeling that you won’t be disappointed, and that by the time you’re not even halfway through the story you’ll have become a fan of one miss April Grace Reilly! This copy of “Chocolate Covered Baloney” by K.D. McCrite was sent to me for free from BookSneeze in return for my honest review.

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