Tuesday, May 19, 2009

First Clues Review: The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson

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The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson

The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson
The Forensic Mysteries

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-241087-X (014241087X)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-241087-5 (9780142410875)
Publication Date: February 2008
List Price: $6.99

Review written by Devin, Age 13, Grade 7. Date of review: May 2009.

Review: Twists and turns, mystery, and utter amazements. All these words describe the plot of the book The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson. Cameryn is the main character. She is a 17-year-old girl who works as an assistant to the coroner. The Angel of Death is the second book in the series. The first book is The Christopher Killer and the third book is The Circle of Blood.

Cameryn is the assistant to her dad who is a coroner. When Kyle O’Neil finds their English teacher murdered in his own bed, he is shocked. Everyone in the city knew Mr. O’Neil as a nice and friendly guy. Who would kill him? As Cameryn teams up with a friend, Kyle, a boy that goes to school with Cameryn, gets drawn into her life. Will she be too wrapped up with Kyle that she won’t find the killer, before it’s too late?

I personally enjoyed The Angel of Death for many reasons. It was a great mystery that always kept me reading and turning the pages. I kept thinking that the murderer was one person but then a twist in the story would change who I thought the murderer was. It kept going on like that until I found out who the real murderer really was. It was a great experience.

Throughout the entire book, it was always filled with descriptive words that enhanced the readers’ visualization abilities. Another thing I really liked was that when it went from chapter to chapter, it flowed extremely well. One thing that I didn’t like is that the book was too short and I wanted to read more. I also liked that when I read the title, I would have no clue why the author would choose that title, but at the end of the chapter it was revealed to be a key part in the chapter.

In conclusion, The Angel of Death is a great and descriptive book that will keep you turning the pages. I would give this book a total thumbs up! Go read it!

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