Book Review: The Name of this Book is Secret

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Series: Secret #1
Published by in 2007
Genres: ,
Pages: 364

When adventurous detectives Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic, discover the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients, they accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician's hidden diary and the hunt for immortality.

My Review:

I really, seriously, loved this book! I know, I’m a few years behind in reading it (it first came out in 2007), and my friends have been telling me to read it for years, but it wasn’t until I saw it on sale at my local Borders that I really decided to pick it up and actually do so. Why did I ever wait so long?!

I’m sure the comparison between this book and the Series of Unfortunate Events has been made many times over, but this book didn’t just remind me of that series (which I haven’t finished by the way, which is probably why that comparison isn’t as strong). No, the main thing this book reminded me of was the film Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. It wasn’t a huge film – it came out around Christmas in 2007 and had Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman in it, along with this really talented kid actor named Zach Mills. Reading this book has inspired me to go rewatch the film, which means there will probably be a review up soon, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. The important part for this review, is that between the illustrations and the tone of the narrator, I had a lot of fun imagining that this book was actually written by the bookbinder Bellini, who lives in the basement of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (which is a toy store). The resemblance pretty much ends there, but I had so much fun with imagining how he knew this story, and why he was telling it.

The other fun thing about this book is that the author doesn’t tell you everything. In fact, he points out that he hasn’t told you things, and makes it very clear that the names and faces of the characters have all been changed so anything he told you could be a lie. My imagination always goes wild at that point. The writer in me absolutely loves it when an author gives it express permission to participate in the story. There’s even a chapter at the end where he gives you all the facts and then a ton of blank lines for you to write in your own ending! Though, of course, the reader in me won’t let me deface a book by writing directly in it. Maybe eventually I’ll fold up a few pages with my version and just stick them in without attaching them to anything.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, because it is such a fun read. But the people I would love to recommend it to are the younger, perhaps more reluctant readers. This is an easy, engaging read that is perfect for kindling (or re-kindling) a love of reading!

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