"The finale to the New York Times bestselling Secret Series!
I always feared this day would come. A secret is meant to stay secret, after all. And now we've come to this: the fifth and final (I swear!) book in my saga of secrets.
A class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. This "crime" of vandalism leads her and her friends Max-Earnest and Yo-Yoji on an expedition into a land of majestic pyramids, dusty tombs, and the walking dead. Is it Egypt? Or somewhere much stranger..."
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST FOUR BOOKS IN THIS SERIES. Click on the links to read my reviews of ‘The Name of This Book is Secret’, ‘If You’re Reading This, it’s Too Late’, ‘This Book is Not Good for You’ and ‘This Isn’t What it Looks Like’.
'You Have to Stop This' is the fifth and final book in the middle-grade 'Secrets' series by Pseudonymous Bosch. This series follows the adventures of Cass, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yogi, three young members of the Terces Society, as they try to keep the dangerous Secret safe from the evil Midnight Sun.
At the end of the previous book Cass comes back from her trip into the past still none the wiser about what the Secret is. But she does know that Lord Pharaoh had got his hands of some of Senor Hugo's time-travel-chocolate and has followed her back into the present. Cass has to discover the Secret before Lord Pharaoh does, and the answer may just be at a new exhibit in the museum.
Cass unexpectedly receives a large trunk in the mail from none other than her ancestor, the Jester, himself. In the trunk, amongst the gold and jewels from the bandits thieving days, she finds a piece of papyrus with the Secret written on in hieroglyphics. But before Cass has a chance to decipher it, the papyrus disintegrates from old age. This leads Cass on a journey to try and translate the hieroglyphs from memory, with the help of Max-Ernest who cannot know the true reason. Cass also finds an ibis ring in the trunk, which will become very useful in her discovery of the Secret.
A new museum exhibit, a mummy from ancient Egypt, turns out to be the remains of Dr Amun, the man who discovered the Secret in the first place. To find it out herself, Cass must place the ibis ring on the mummy, but before she gets a chance the mummy is stolen. This leads Cass, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yogi on and epic trip to Las Vegas, where they must defeat Lord Pharaoh himself…
The next instalment in this series certainly didn't disappoint! The plot of this book was so fast-paced and the action is non-stop so it was so easy and fun to read. I really like this authors writing style. It's very conversational and the little footnotes are very fun (and informative!)
I love the characters, especially Cass. It's been great to see her grow up throughout this series. Max-Ernest's character development has also been a joy to read, and I particularly enjoyed his (final) graduation speech.
This is a really great series that I think both children and adults will enjoy, and I'll definitely be looking out for more of Pseudonymous Bosch's books in the future (assuming he is still writing under that name! :p)
I would give this book 5 stars :)
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