Genre: YA fiction
Length: 361 pages
Setting: present time, medium-sized town
Interest: The book caught my eye at the library and I picked it up to see if it was something Mr. Curiosity would enjoy.
Summary: We follow the exploits of Cassandra and Max-Ernest, two kids who went to school together. Cassandra finds out something is up when her uncles are given a box called The Symphony of Smells. That takes them on the road to find a wizard’s journal and they are pursued by Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L. They run a spa called The Midnight Sun, where they are searching for the secret to eternal life. It seems that secret is linked to synesthesia and there is a whole evil society associated with trying to become immortal. Cassandra and Max-Ernest manage to infiltrate the spa and rescue a classmate from brain-sucking.
Final thoughts: A fun book that reminded me of the 39 Clues series. It has a male and female protagonist, so hopefully both boys and girls will read the book, and the kids are off to save the day. Unfortunately, I never managed to get Mr. Curiosity to read it, but maybe he’ll pick it up in the future.
Title comes from: An ongoing premise of the book was the author couldn’t really tell you the truth of the story, using a bunch of pseudonyms instead.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.
If you’re interested in purchasing the book, you can click on the cover image to follow an Amazon affiliate link to the book and thanks for supporting my blog!