Beware: Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.
Ok, I warned you. But if you think I'll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavor, The Name of This Book Is Secret, you're wrong.
I'm not going to remind you of our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, or the ongoing fight against Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais. I certainly won't be telling you about the nefarious Lord Pharaoh, or how the kids stumble upon the Museum of Magic, where the finally meet the amazing Pietro!
Oh, blast! I've done it again. I really can't help myself, now can I? Let's face it--if you're reading this, it's too late.
I think this series might be a bit like candy--the first few bites are delicious, but after awhile, the sweetness doesn't sit right..
I still enjoyed Bosch's kooky world of secrets and hesitant narrators. But the spark wasn't there like it was in the first book. Partly, I didn't like the plot as much. There was less of the ominous Midnight Sun, and more homunculous. That whole story seemed a bit far-fetched. I guess this whole second book felt a bit more outside-the-realms of possibility than before. And I know it's meant to be fantastical, but in my head, there's a difference between becoming impossibly old and creating a creature in a bottle.
However. I loved seeing more of Owen and Pietro. I hope to see more of Lily. And I loved the third member of Cass and Max-Ernest's logica survivalist team--Yo-Yogi. The story was fun and it was a quick read, but I never got as excited as I did while reading The Name of This Book Is Secret. I'll probably give the third book a try, though. In all fairness, I read this write after rereading the Hunger Games series. It never had a fair chance.
Three out of five Cabbage Faces.
Release Date: October 2008
Reading Level: Grade 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: J BOS