The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro

Rated 4.86/5 based on 17 reviews
Siblings, Hunter and Elly, lose their parents in a terrible accident and are forced to move in with their mysterious God Father Dr. Calenstine, the owner of the eerie Belmonte Manor. Follow the children through an adventured riddled with crytptid monsters, secret societies, and the truth about their heritage as modern day monster hunters! More
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About J. Hickey

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 the popular Secret Seekers Series (a Worlds Best Story Top 10 Finalist, 2014), as well as a YA Fantasy AdventureThe Deity Chronicles: Origins.

J.L. also writes adult fiction under his new press, Hickey Erotic Publishing (18+) and has released the first book in his Paranormal Erotica series The Dark Harbinger.

Books available for purchase under J.L. Hickey:
Secret Seekers Society Beast of Bladenboro
Secret Seekers Society Solomon's Seal
Secret Seekers Society Wrath of the Wendigo
Deity Chronicles: Origins
Wergild: A novella

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Reviews

Review by: Cynthia Oteri on Aug. 15, 2013 :
I have never read any of J. L. Hickey's work and boy, have I been missing out! This book was wonderful! As a child, I grew up reading a variety of books including the Chronicles of Narnia. Thie book somewhat reminded me of those stories. This was a magical tale of two recently orphaned children who start a new like in a mysterious manor and embark on a magical journey filled with mystical creatures and adventure. Hunter and Elly's characters pull you into their mariad of emotions throughout the story. The incredible imagery in this story truly brings this story to life. We follow Hunter and Elly through an emotional roller coaster ride starting with despair and fear of the unknown. The story slowly allows the children to reclaim some sort of family and allows them to regain their happiness. The challenges they face through the adventures in this book allow them to grow and begin to understand how decisions can impact their lives. This book is a great read for both adults and children. Highly reccomend!

** This book was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Vera Burgess on Aug. 04, 2013 :
What was really fun as an adult reading this book was that I could enjoy it at so many paralleling age levels. I could more easily associate with the young female characters in this book than in many other books I've read within the same genre. Hickey's writing style emphasizes small personality quirks in the main characters that make them entirely relatable. I felt that it held mysteries for all ages to discover through the coming texts, taking place in a world of magic that felt more real than in other books because the story is based around creatures and phenomena that actually baffles current science. Good job to Hickey for trying to open up kids minds to questioning their world.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melanie Larsen on July 28, 2013 :
This book drew me in though it started out slow it quickly got interesting. This book allows mythical creatures come to life and is great in keeping you enthralled throughout the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marandon Karpuk on March 02, 2013 :
Awesome book!! Cant wait to read the next one!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Yus Smith on Feb. 25, 2013 :
Almost forgot to rate it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yus Smith on Feb. 25, 2013 : (no rating)
This book drew me in as soon as I finished the first chapter. I am very familiar with Mr. Hickey's work and have been following him since his first book. This had a great mix of fantasy, the real life tones of losing loved ones, and being forced with heavy responsibility some times at a young age. I look at this story not only as a good book series, but something I could watch on the big screen as well. Someone get the word out, this book deserves the exposure. I can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Molly Davidson on Feb. 08, 2013 : (no rating)
This was a great book! I was surprised at how well it kept my interest, I just couldn't put it down. Definitely cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out so I can have some more great reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: GeekyGirlReview on Feb. 05, 2013 :
What a fantastic book!! I started reading it and just couldn't put it down. From the description I didn't really think I would enjoy this one but boy was I surprised! It is marked as YA and I promise you even people in their 30's will enjoy this one. It will draw you in from the very beginning.

I highly recommend this
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dan Haremski on Jan. 31, 2013 :
I didn't expect to get so into the book, seeing as it was children's fantasy, but man, it really did suck me in. I really felt all the emotions the children went through, and felt their excitement as they learn about their new family and life as Seekers. Fits the mood of Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events. My only complaint is how abruptly it ends, but I suppose that just makes me want more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Fiona Wilson on Jan. 26, 2013 :
On seeing the title I was a bit put off, sounded a bit strange, but I decided to give it a go. And I'm so glad I did. I now totally get the title! As an adult I know all about fairy tales and legends, and part of me has always wanted to believe, just a little bit, that they may be true. This story helped in my quest for belief! Unicorns I love! I can tell this is just the start of the story of the Secret Seekers Society, and I can't wait! This story was read in one sitting, and I was so disappointed to get to the end of it. I look forward to the continuing adventures of the characters who, may I add, the author has made totally believable
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J. L. Neiderquill on Jan. 24, 2013 :
The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro was a fantastic book. The first paragraph alone drew me in, and as the story progressed it demanded my attention. I couldn't put it down- I was completely captivated. The author managed to walk the fine line between too simplistic and too complex and created the perfect balance. As I read, I could feel the children's anger and confusion. I could see the mansion with it's array of rich detail and picture all the interesting creatures who call the story home. This review is very difficult for me to write. There are so many different parts of the book that I enjoyed and would love to discuss, but I am afraid of spoiling anything for those who have yet to embark upon this adventure. Instead, I will say that Mr. J. L. Hickey has an amazing gift for words. I highly recommend that anyone reading this give the book a chance. You won't be disappointed. I, myself, will be waiting eagerly (and none too patiently) for the next installment.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: linda pike on Jan. 18, 2013 :
The Seceret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro is a fast moving enjoyable story that keeps the reader wanting more. The characters, as well as the plot, are well thought out. Hunter, Elly, Margot and all the others have now become my friends and I can't wait to find out what the auther has in store for them in his next novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laquis Sewell on Jan. 17, 2013 : (no rating)
I am a person that reads alot of series book and The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro is an awesome addition to my collection.
Although it is very original, it was if I was reading The Chronicals of Narnia, Harry Potter, and Night at the Museum all at once. The Characters were so vivid and passionate I felt as though I was watching the hit television show "Lost". My question's were answered with a series of question but still kept me wanting more.
I can not wait until the next book "The Secret Seekers Society and Solomon’s Ring" is finished so that it too can be on my shelf of Famous Classics!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kayla Veres on Jan. 13, 2013 :
For anyone that loves an adventure, Author J.L. Hickey provides a novel with rich imagery and tons of heart.

“These aren’t real, right?” Hunter added, a bit baffled by the conversation. “I don’t know, you tell me,” Margot added slyly. “Are you a believer?” she asked. “In what?” Hunter replied. “Of the unknown, of course,” Ms. Ellingbee joined in. “Of fairy tales, legendary creatures, magical items, and of course all those wondrous little things in between.” She smiled. “Oh…..” Hunter paused for a moment, thinking of the question.”

We are introduced to siblings Hunter and Elly Jakobs who have experienced one of the most heartbreaking events that no child should have to endure. Weeks after their parents demise they are thrust into a world of secrecy, myths and inevitable danger.

Hunter and Elly end up moving into Belmonte Estate where they are to be raised by their Godfather Professor Calenstine, a man they have never met or had knowledge of. For both of them these sudden changes are hard to deal with. Not only have they lost the two most important people in their lives, but they are thrust into a mysterious castle in which they are kept in their rooms.

As many of us know kids will be kids and curiosity get’s the best of them.

“Hunter quickly grew bored, and his curiosity of what secrets lurked within the mansion only grew greater as the days went on. Elly, however, was quite happy spending the majority of her day reading all the wonderful books they had given her.”

Hunter is tenacious boy. He wants to know what secrets lurk behind the door of his bedroom, while Elly is more the voice of reason. The two of them end up sneaking out of their room and encounter the Beast of Bladenboro. This event leads to some unfortunate circumstances that leads to Elly being injured and Hunter to reflect on the world that seems to be spinning out of control around him.

“What if she never wakes up? he thought. Again, the dreary word popped up in his mind–alone. He thought of how fickle the word was. It was used every day for so many reasons, but now such a simple term haunted his thoughts more than anything in the world.”

While I don’t want to give too much away this incident leads to Hunter and Elly’s Uncle Joe to travel to Belmonte Estate to look after them during their time of need. Not only do they have their uncle with them but they start to make friends. We are introduced to Alistair and Olivia, two other kids their age that are going to be going to school with them at the estate. Not only do they have friends to hang out with, but friends to help them discover the secrets to what is going on in this mansion, and to stop the Beast of Bladenboro.

In addition we are also introduced to Margot, a woman that has captured not only the hearts of Hunter and Elly with her kind and compassionate actions but also Uncle Joe. Plus their is Plato, the loveable android that I cannot wait to learn more about. As well as the adorable Trayer (I want one!) , a Cusith that acts as a loveable puppy and guard dog to Elly. And finally Professor Calenstine who is full of knowledge, life experience, and I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Overall I loved this book because of the underlying message. Yes, the detailed imagery was awesome, the spin on mythological characters was fun too, but the sense of family is what really made me love this story. Family is what you make it, and although Elly and Hunter will forever miss their parents they are not alone.

“For the first time since his parent’s demise, he felt like a family once again. No matter how strange and bizarre his journey into the mansion had been, there was no other place in the world he would rather be at the moment. It was, in all honesty, the first time he peered out his bedroom window not longing to escape and run away.”

I’m excited to watch Hunter and Elly grow and to see what other kinds of mischief they will get into. This book is perfect for any age. Parents would love to read this to their kids, and adults would love to read this to escape their own mundane lives. E.L. Hickey gives us a feast for our imaginations and I can’t wait to read what’s next!

4.5 stars*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kayla Veres on Jan. 13, 2013 :
For anyone that loves an adventure, Author J.L. Hickey provides a novel with rich imagery and tons of heart.

“These aren’t real, right?” Hunter added, a bit baffled by the conversation. “I don’t know, you tell me,” Margot added slyly. “Are you a believer?” she asked. “In what?” Hunter replied. “Of the unknown, of course,” Ms. Ellingbee joined in. “Of fairy tales, legendary creatures, magical items, and of course all those wondrous little things in between.” She smiled. “Oh…..” Hunter paused for a moment, thinking of the question.”

We are introduced to siblings Hunter and Elly Jakobs who have experienced one of the most heartbreaking events that no child should have to endure. Weeks after their parents demise they are thrust into a world of secrecy, myths and inevitable danger.

Hunter and Elly end up moving into Belmonte Estate where they are to be raised by their Godfather Professor Calenstine, a man they have never met or had knowledge of. For both of them these sudden changes are hard to deal with. Not only have they lost the two most important people in their lives, but they are thrust into a mysterious castle in which they are kept in their rooms.

As many of us know kids will be kids and curiosity get’s the best of them.

“Hunter quickly grew bored, and his curiosity of what secrets lurked within the mansion only grew greater as the days went on. Elly, however, was quite happy spending the majority of her day reading all the wonderful books they had given her.”

Hunter is tenacious boy. He wants to know what secrets lurk behind the door of his bedroom, while Elly is more the voice of reason. The two of them end up sneaking out of their room and encounter the Beast of Bladenboro. This event leads to some unfortunate circumstances that leads to Elly being injured and Hunter to reflect on the world that seems to be spinning out of control around him.

“What if she never wakes up? he thought. Again, the dreary word popped up in his mind–alone. He thought of how fickle the word was. It was used every day for so many reasons, but now such a simple term haunted his thoughts more than anything in the world.”

While I don’t want to give too much away this incident leads to Hunter and Elly’s Uncle Joe to travel to Belmonte Estate to look after them during their time of need. Not only do they have their uncle with them but they start to make friends. We are introduced to Alistair and Olivia, two other kids their age that are going to be going to school with them at the estate. Not only do they have friends to hang out with, but friends to help them discover the secrets to what is going on in this mansion, and to stop the Beast of Bladenboro.

In addition we are also introduced to Margot, a woman that has captured not only the hearts of Hunter and Elly with her kind and compassionate actions but also Uncle Joe. Plus their is Plato, the loveable android that I cannot wait to learn more about. As well as the adorable Trayer (I want one!) , a Cusith that acts as a loveable puppy and guard dog to Elly. And finally Professor Calenstine who is full of knowledge, life experience, and I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Overall I loved this book because of the underlying message. Yes, the detailed imagery was awesome, the spin on mythological characters was fun too, but the sense of family is what really made me love this story. Family is what you make it, and although Elly and Hunter will forever miss their parents they are not alone.

“For the first time since his parent’s demise, he felt like a family once again. No matter how strange and bizarre his journey into the mansion had been, there was no other place in the world he would rather be at the moment. It was, in all honesty, the first time he peered out his bedroom window not longing to escape and run away.”

I’m excited to watch Hunter and Elly grow and to see what other kinds of mischief they will get into. This book is perfect for any age. Parents would love to read this to their kids, and adults would love to read this to escape their own mundane lives. E.L. Hickey gives us a feast for our imaginations and I can’t wait to read what’s next!

4.5 stars*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Adrian Barczak on Jan. 10, 2013 :
Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro is an exciting and creative story about two children who learn family of secrets they could never have imagined. From the introductory scenes of the novel, the reader is brought into a world of both familiar mythical creatures and ones new to our imaginative world. Readers are kept on their toes as the Jakobs children explore their new home and learn more about these creatures and the secrets that will forever change their lives. The writing is one for both young adults and adults alike! This very inventive story is an original and well thought out tale that will leave readers eager to read the next installation and to find out what will come of the Jakobs children.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: michelle shaltry on Jan. 01, 2013 :
I just finished this and can't wait for the next one! Anyone who enjoys A Series of Unfortunate Events , Harry Potter and Percy Jackson will enjoy this book. The author describes the characters so you can see them in your minds eye.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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