Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Review

**I read/reviewed this for the Re-Reading Challenge.**

Well, I'm not exactly sure what to say about this. I've read The Mysterious Benedict Society at least thrice now, and it's just so much fun. Separating its intrinsic value from the nostalgic value it has for me will be a little difficult since this series is basically my tween life(that was an exaggeration :D).

So we'll start with the synopsis, and then I'll assess the characterization, plot, and writing.

Goodreads Synopsis: 

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" 

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children--two boys and two girls--succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. 

A picture of the cover I took with my phone. :D 


Trenton Lee Stewart's characters are...interesting. They're well distinguished in habits, speaking style, physical features, and hobbies. But... they lack drive, in a way.

Despite their respective identifying mannerisms, they don't have any real "personable" qualities or anything in the way of dreams, goals, or ambitions until the overarching conflict is introduced.

So, yeah. I like the characters, but they could be a bit deeper. :P


The plot and sub-plots were very well executed. In addition to being inventive and quirky, they pushed the storyline and kept me turning pages. :)


This was one of those writing styles I didn't really take note of. Not exceptionally good or bad. It flows better than others do in many MG novels. As I mentioned before, this was one of my favorite books as a tween, so I was too young to care much about the writing and it's never really mattered to me since.

Anyways, this book is better than I likely made it sound, because most of its worth lies in its humor and entertaining weirdness rather than depth. :D

Try it, tell me what you think, and if you like it, finish the whole series!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Recommended for fans of: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Have you read The Mysterious Benedict Society


  1. This book is on my summer reading list! If I remember, I'll tell you what I think after I read it. (Who knows, maybe I'll review it too?)

    1. Awesome! It's good summer reading material. :)

  2. Love. This. Book.

    Have you heard about Stewart's upcoming book? I think it's called The Secret Keepers.

    1. Another fan! I didn't realize how many people enjoyed these books!

      I have! I'm pretty excited, too; hopefully it lives up to the expectations created by tMBS. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Absolutely LOVE the series! I read them easily twice a year. If I could, I would more. It's one of those books that I will never tire of. Ever. Just don't tell me to pick a favorite character. I just can't!
    Oh, I can't wait to read The Secret Keepers!

    1. Wow! That's a lot. Okay, I won't ask that of you. :)

      I know!! I hope it's as good...

      By the way, thank you so much for commenting on my Les Mis blog! But unfortunately... I have no idea why this is... but the comment font is white or something, because it doesn't show up on the blog. But I can read it through my blogger dashboard, so thank you again, and I hope to fix that problem soon! :D

    2. You're welcome! I'm so glad I found it! Any Les Miz fan is a friend of mine. Aren't Alfie and Ramin's voices magical?? Let me know when you finish it, or if you watch The Phantom. Oh my heart! The end is... well, spoilers.



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