Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadToo.com
It's been a year since the Mysterious Benedict Society was last together. Reynie was adopted by his dear tutor, Miss Perumal, Constance was adopted by Mr. Benedict himself, Kate was reunited with her long lost father, Milligan, and Sticky returned to his parents.
Now Mr. Benedict has planned a special surprise for the children in honor of their one year anniversary and as a chance for the four friends to see each other again. Everything goes wrong when Mr. Benedict and one of his trusty companions, Number Two, go missing. The children know that this is the dastardly deed of Mr. Curtain, the same man that caused all of the trouble in the children's last story. With no other option, the children set off on yet another adventure, this time to save the man that they have come to love. With clues left by Mr. Benedict before he was captured and the aid of many friends, the children set off on a great journey in search for Mr. Benedict while being pursued by many of Mr. Curtain's henchmen.
I really enjoyed this book. It definitely lived up to the first book and may have even surpassed it. The magic of the first book returned and I fell in love with the author's style. His choice of words was great and the character development in this book was much better. The only issue I had with this book is the pace wasn't consistent. I felt like at some points I was completely riveted to the book and couldn't put it down, but there were other times where I just couldn't get into the story.
I really liked the way the characters came together in this book. They all had personality and were very likeable. I also loved the adventure the kids went on. They traveled the globe and I was able to learn quite a few things from their different adventures. Another great thing about this book is that it's not necessary to read the first book in the series. While there are a few pieces of information that aren't included, they're not crucial to the story and this book can totally stand on its own.
While this was a middle grade novel, I think older readers will also enjoy it. I know I did. Overall, I really liked this book and I recommend it to you all.
This book continues the story of Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance! I really enjoy this series and yes I am almost 30, but it's still great! The characters are quirky, the action is fast paced, and the story (although improbable) is exciting! These books definately make you want to read more about these four kids and I am waiting to get the prisoners dilema so that I can find out more about constance especially! It's not at all like anything I have read before, but that is what makes it so enjoyable! Quirky is definately the best way to explain this series, but it is still true! Get these books! They are fabulous!
Love this series! I have now read the first 2 books with my 9 year old son. It's easy to fall in love with Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance as they solve mysteries and save lives! In this book a scavenger hunt meant to test the kids expertise, ends up being a dangerous journey to save Mr. Benedict and Number Two.