No, I’m not asking for an ointment. ‘Salve’ means hello in Latin.
Since I’m not going to be reading any new books till April (courtesy of my exams), I’ve decided to review books that I really like. Today, I’m reviewing The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch (that is such a cool name)!
Since I’m reviewing the entire series, of course, this post will be quite long. All right, then, let’s read!
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Title: The Secret Series
Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Genre: Fiction, Adventure
Book 1- 360
Book 2- 413
Book 3- 402
Book 4- 429
Book 5- 360
1. The Name of This Book Is Secret
Cass is a survivalist. She’s been preparing for any and all sorts of natural disasters her entire life. This makes her a little different from the other kids at school, so it’s safe to say that she doesn’t have many friends.
Her routine life is interrupted when, one day, a real estate agent called Gloria drops off a mysterious box labelled ‘The Symphony of Smells’ at Cass’ grandfathers’ junk store.
Over the next few days, she proceeds to find a new friend called Max Ernest- a lonely boy who cracks lame jokes and lives two lives with his divorced parents- and find a coded message for help in the mysterious box. Will Cass and Max Ernest be able to decipher the message to help the mystery man? More importantly, will they realise who they are against before it’s too late?
2. If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
Once again, Cass and Max Ernest are on a mission. Problem is, they don’t know what the mission is about. All they know is that they’ve been invited to join the Terces Society by none other that its founder, a magician called Pietro.
This lack of information soon leads to their capture by none other than the terrifying enemy organisation, the Midnight Sun. On the bright side, though, they did manage to steal a precious artefact. But, what will our favourite heroes do when confronted with a relic of the past? What if that relic is a man-made man, made by the most evil villain in history?
3. This Book Is Not Good For You
Cass discovers, to her shock, that she is adopted. Trying to recover, she and Max Ernest look through her grandfathers’ junk shop to find out who she really is. What they find surprises them even more- the location of the ever-evasive Midnight Sun.
Later, Cass and her mother, Mel, sign up for a cooking class held by the famous blind Chef Hugo. Chef Hogo invites them to his restaurant after Cass stupidly reveals her knowledge of an ancient cooking instrument.
When Cass’ Mom and her friends reach the restaurant, they are all surprised to find that his restaurant is completely dark- and that all the waiters are absolutely blind. The diners here must rely only on their other senses to eat. But what happens when Mel goes missing during the meal? How will Cass and her friends get her back? And what other dangers will they encounter along the way?
4. This Isn’t What It Looks Like
Cass wakes up she knows not where. As she gets up to go home, she realises that she doesn’t remember where she lives. Or her name. Or why she is here. She walks on trying to find some answers, but instead discovers something bone-chilling- she’s a ghost. Or is she? When she finds a mystical tarrot card reader, her fate is revealed to her. But can she do what she’s meant to do? Can she come back alive? Most importantly- can she find the Secret?
5. You Have To Stop This
Cass is back, and on a school trip to the museum with her friends. At the Egyptian section, they meet a handsome mummy. The weird thing is that an imprint on the mummy’s finger matches a ring they found in the treasure chest left by the Jester. An observation and a startling moment later, all three of them find themselves in a sort-of detention with Albert 3D, the museum’s curator, for accidentally breaking the mummy’s finger. When this detention leads them to a spine-tingling discovery, what will they do? Can they prove their innocence? More importantly, can they save the world from a walking mummy, an invisible Pharaoh and the most evil organisation of all time?
I’ve got to say, these are the most fascinating book titles I’ve ever seen. The author’s name is pretty creative too. Or uncreative, depending on how you look at it. How’s ‘Pseudonymous’ for a pseudonym? Perfect.
Anyways, back to the story. Cass and Max Ernest are very unlikely, yet very possible characters at the same time. The situations they get themselves into are quite complicated. I mean, how many kids in the world discover the existence of a homunculus? Or a magical Tuning Fork? Or even a secret society, for that matter? You have to admit, the odds are pretty slim.
On the other hand, though, once you get used to Cass’ unique lifestyle, things like kidnappings and comas start to seem absolutely normal. Going on a bus trip to save a Mom from an evil society, armed with only trail mix? Sure!
I really liked the fact that both the protagonists had prominent flaws which affected them in very real ways. None of them had a perfect life, good looks, loads of money or anything. They survive on brains alone. And luck. A lot of luck.
Also, the stories and history given to support the plot are totally convincing. They are definitely one of the most interesting parts of the series. I mean, whoa.
And lastly, I’d like to emphasize on the author’s apparent love for chocolate.
“I’m not anti-vanilla, just pro-chocolate”
That’s brilliant. Well done.
All in all, this is a wonderful series. It’s perfect for a light read, so you can read it whenever you want to take a break. Again, it never really gets old, so it’s great for re-reading, too. And if you’re looking for a nice and simple adventure, this is the series to go for.
That’s all for today! Have you read this series? Which book was your favourite? Who’s your favourite character? Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla? Let me know!
The Voracious Bibliophile