Friday, July 19, 2013

RBTL Presents: Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro

Title: The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro

Author: J. L. Hickey

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: Dec 31 2012

Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook

My Rating:   

Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro follows the young protagonists Hunter Glenn, and Eliza Lynn through an adventure ripe with adversity, paranormal monsters, secret societies, and most haunting of all, a life without their parents.
It all happened one fall afternoon when they learned that their parent’s plane had gone down overseas, never to be seen again.
The book follows the siblings as they are dropped off at their new guardian’s home, an ancient and creepy mansion known only as the Belmonte Estate. Here they unravel the secrets of their parent’s true identities, the origin of the mysterious Mansion, and their inheritance into an ancient secret society of monster hunters known as Seekers.
I kept hearing that this story is like the Harry Potter sort of is, but not really. 

After losing their parents, Hunter and Elly Jakobs are thrown into a world of secrecy, myths and danger. The brother and sister find themselves forced to live in a castle a godfather they have never met, Professor Calenstine, As with most kids, they are curious to see what they are told they cannot. Hunter is curious and wants to explore the secret rooms in the mansion while Elly tries to make him follow the rules. She is quite content to read. 

Following her brother, Elly is injured when they sneak out of their room and meet the Beast of Bladenboro. Hunter is worried that she may never wake up. Elly does wake up and their adventures continue; forcing their uncle Joe to come to the castle when things begin to happen. Along the way they meet Alistair and Olivia who are their ages. They have new friends to go on more secret finding adventures with and who can help them stop the Beast of Bladenboro. 

There are many characters introduced into this story, making it a fun read that kept me reading on and on. This can be read and enjoyed by all ages, from young kids to adult. I hope I get to read the next book in the series!


J.L. was born in Saginaw, Michigan where he has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing through Saginaw Valley State University. He has written and is currently self publishing two novels, the first entitled The Deity Chronicles: Origins was released in 2008.

His recent release, The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro was released 12/31/12 and has garnered a decent amount of momentum in its initial release.

You can follow J.L. Hickey's works at  He also dabbles in literary short fiction, and poetry. When J.L. is not writing, he heads up a local paranormal investigation group in his home town.

"“I’d like you to meet Trayer. He’s our newest addition to the Belmonte family, and we all thought it might be nice if you kids could help us watch over him,” Margot said.
“He’s huge!” Elly laughed, giving the tremendous dog a huge bear hug. “He’s a puppy?”
“Only eight weeks old,” Margot responded.
“Is he mean?” Hunter asked, a bit more hesitant. He had always wanted a dog, but he had envisioned something a bit more lap friendly—a Chihuahua perhaps.
“Not at all, he’s just a pup, and he loves attention.”
“What kind of dog is he?” Hunter asked, now cautiously petting the large animal’s head.
“Well, it’s a rare breed…” Margot paused for a minute, thinking of how to answer the question. “I’m certain you’ve never heard of it before. It’s actually from Scotland, and sadly, the breed is almost extinct.”
“Oh no… that’s so sad,” Elly said, frowning.
“Well, yes… it’s quite sad actually,” Margot answered. “We’re fairly sure he’s the last one alive in the entire world… and with no female to mate with, well…”
“We promise to take good care of him!” Elly smiled.
“It’s much bigger than the Great Dane our neighbor had,” Hunter said, a bit more worried about what taking care of such a large dog actually entailed.
“Well, Trayer’s breed is called a Cusith. It’s an enormous canine breed, and when he’s an adult, he’ll be the size of a large calf.”
“Seriously?” Hunter’s eyes widened with concern.
“Hey, I read about the Cusith in one of those monster books.” Elly’s eyebrows rose. “The book said they were mean, like a dog version of a Grim Reaper…”
“Yes. Unfortunately, many books describe them as such. I assure you they are wrong.”
“What do you mean ‘Grim Reaper’?” Hunter pulled his hand slowly away from the pup, who quickly put his head down in a whimper.
“Well, you read the legend of the Cusith—I applaud you for reading those books by the way,” Margot winked at Elly. “However, the legend and the truth are vastly different. See, people fear what they don’t know, and those legends are based on fear. Even in the wild, the Cusith were very isolated and spent most of their time in hiding. It was extremely rare for anyone to ever set eyes on one, but every once in a great while, someone would. They’d stumble unknowingly into the presence of a large dog-like animal, which can look terrifying if you didn’t know any better. So the legend was born out of fear and a lack of understanding. Truth be told, they are extremely smart and loyal animals. He’ll make a perfect friend for you both.

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