Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 2009
The secret to the most delicious tasting chocolate in the world? What could be bad about that? Unfortunately, this book is not good for you, and thus I can't tell you anything about it. Oh, except Cass' mom has been kidnapped by an evil master chef who, for the ransom, wants a magical instrument with super powers that will allow the Midnight Sun access to the secret. Read at your own risk.
Things I Liked:
Once again, this series delights and surprises me. I love the wit and the dry humor and the positively extraordinary plot. This book delves not only into the realm of the unbelievable, but it also manages to poignantly discuss the actions of people who are under stress and what we will do to save our families. A romping, funny, good time of a book that will delight kids and adults of all ages. And make you crave chocolate like you never have before. Favorite parts:
You know, people always warn children about taking candy from strange adults. But they never warn us adults about taking candy from strange children. All those sweet-looking kids who sell boxes of candy bars on the street to help pay for their schooling - how do we know what's in those bars? And don't get me started on that nefarious institution designed to lure unsuspecting customers into buying mysterious frosted goodies: the bake sale. p 36
I'm not anti-vanilla, just pro-chocolate. I wanted to make that clear for all the villains, oops! I'm sorry, I mean vanillains, out there. You know who you are. p 190Things I Didn't Like:
I imagine the humor and side notes would get old if you read all the books at once (well, if your are an adult, maybe not a kid). But one at a time, they are a delight!
Read the first two books in the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Reminds me also of the Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Overall rating: ****
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