Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Review of "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart


It is difficult to rate and review a book that is directed towards a younger audience, merely because of the different perspective that a adult, or even teenager, will have while reading vs. the younger, and intended, age group.

The book was well written, and I thoroughly delighted in the puzzles and riddles that were throughout the book. The characters were interesting, even if a bit one dimensional. And the story was truly intriguing and fun. Plot twists anyone? With that being said, I likely would have enjoyed this book more as a child, or even as a teenager, but I still did really enjoy it as a adult.

My Rating : ****


  1. I purchased this set for my library because it looks so intriguing, and they have NEVER been checked out, in a year's time! What's up? Do you think the covers appeal more to an adult than a child?

  2. I can't say that I am entirely surprised, given that this one that I checked out from the James Kennedy library hasn't seen any action since the year prior to me. The check out dates were few and far between. And it's not because of it being a bad book either, because not only did I highly enjoy it, but going by the ratings and reviews on Goodreads other readers did too. I think that you may be right, that the covers are more appealing to adults. I think that the thick size of the book may discourage children as well, as it comes in at 480 pages. A easy, and somewhat quick read however, once you dig in. Perhaps the description is also not tantalizing enough? I remember picking this book up once while at the library, and opting out after reading the description because I already had so many books to read. You should do a feature on it at your library. :)