The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro follows the young protagonists Hunter Glenn, and Elly Ann through an adventure ripe with adversity, paranormal monsters, secret societies, and most haunting of all, a life without their parents.
The book follows both the sibling’s emotional struggle from their parent’s sudden loss, as well as their physical journey into a new and strange “home”, an ancient and creepy mansion known only as the Belmonte Estate.
It is here where they first learn of their new guardian, an eccentric old man named Professor Clandestine and the rest of the mansion's caretakers. Tossed into their bedroom, and locked away under the pretense of “safety concerns” it does not take long for the children to hatch an escape plan.
Follow the children as they slowly unravel the secrets of their parent’s true identities, the origin of the strange Mansion, and their inheritance into an ancient secret society of monster hunters known as Seekers.
The beginning of this book reminded me of a series I read in middle school, about 3 siblings who were orphaned and were being handed off to unknown relatives. It's the same sort of situation, but in Hunter and Elly's case, they are coming to a place that cares about their safety, unlike the series I read in middle school.
Anyway, The Secret Seekers Society is a secret group of people that seek out the legends and monsters that society calls myths. But Hunter and Elly are locked away in their room, and are given very little information, so they sneak out to find out what is going on.
The story at times lagged, mostly during the first half of the book. I'll admit that the first half struggled to keep me interested because of those lagging spots. I remember starting the book, but put it down and didn't read it for 2 weeks. The second half was way more exciting and I quickly read through the remainder. There is a character named Dominick, and although at first I pitied him, by the end of the book I completely despised him.
Some redeeming qualities of this book is that it is in third person omniscient, so we can see the thoughts and actions of characters that the author wants us to see. There were many funny moments where I found myself grinning, and other times where I read quickly to find out what was going to happen next. We also got to see a small part of an adult love triangle, which also kept me reading to find out what would happen with those people.
Overall, it's a good story, but the first half seriously lacked in piquing my interest. The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro receives 3 Platypires from me.