- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Matt Monroe, a fourteen-year-old boy, puts his fears aside as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting ...
Matt Monroe, a fourteen-year-old boy, puts his fears aside as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending.
Posted April 20, 2013
This first book in an upcoming series by Edward Torba is an imaginative fantasy adventure story for children and young adults. In "The Secret Society, "Matt Monroe deals with what some times seems to be overwhelming situations with the help of his family, friends, and the community. The story comes alive in a friendship/community setting which reminds us of a safer time in our country, yet introduces the reader to a number of strange events and creatures that challenge Matt's character and inner strength. Characters aren't always who you think they are, which keeps the reader guessing as to whom you can or cannot trust. The reader learns that success or taking the side of "good" is not always easy. Young readers will enjoy the fantasy world with Matt and his friends.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2013
Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is a pleasant read for middle grade kids, especially boys. Matt Monroe is your average fourteen year old boy. He likes hanging out with his brother Josh, and with his friends. He also enjoys helping out at his parents’ farm, and dreaming up make-belief stories. When mysterious light flicker at the horizon, all the neighborhood kids are convinced it’s either aliens, demons, or something else. But while their parents start acting stranger and stranger, Josh and Matt get to the bottom of the mystery. They find an old box belonging to their great-grandfather, and inside the box is a ring and wooden tablets no one can decipher.
When their parents come clear about their secret society, and an ancient prophecy, the boys are reluctant to beleive it at first. After all, it sounds a little crazy. But when the local recluse helps transport them to a mystical dimension where they meet the librarian, discover they have powers and must help defeat an evil elf who wants to destroy the entire world, Matt and his friends are in for the adventure of a lifetime.
I loved all the references to dentistry. I didn’t always understand them, but they were quirky, and original. I’ve never read of a fantasy world so connected to dentistry before, heh. It was a great experience, and the author is obviously highly imaginative.
The main characters were rounded and complex enough to be entertaining, but there was a large cast of side characters, and not all of them were equally rounded. Since this is the first book in a series however, we might see more of them in other installments.
Another bonus is how well Matt got along with his parents. Most MG or YA books quickly push the parents out of the way to make sure the adventure can take place, but here the parents were in on the whole thing, and they played a large role in every part of the book.
Imaginative, original, refreshing, I only wish the novel would’ve been a little shorter. It took the kids a little too long to get to the other dimension, and since that’s where the action really started, I hoped they’d get there sooner.
Posted July 16, 2013
Matt is a pretty normal fourteen year old boy who feels he lives in the shadow of his older brother, the popular and personable, always-good-at-everything-he-does, Josh. Everywhere he goes, people ask about his brother, or at least he feels like they are comparing the two of them and he feels he comes up short. Imagine when Matt discovers it is HE who will hold the power to save the world! Matt is the prophesied “Chosen One,” a descendant of a long line of dentists (yep, you read that right) who are part of a secret society of guardians for another realm, filled with elves and magic. Okay, before you do the eye roll, or anything, think about it, why NOT dentists? Hellooooo? Tooth Fairy? And isn’t it time that we all start to look at dentists with something other than dread?
It seems that an evil elf is trying to take over both the human realm and the magic realm, all for his own nefarious purposes, and only one person can stop him. But at what cost? Will Matt rise to the occasion? He’s just a kid, living in the shadow of his older brother! Is all of this too much? What about all of the secrets that have been kept from him by his own family and neighbors? And why do so many dentists live in his small town? Even the town librarian isn’t who she seems to be. With the help of his friends, working together, just maybe they could succeed and keep the world safe until the next disaster strikes!
Full of adventure and tension, Matt Monroe and the Secret Societyby Edward Torba is a fun and fast-paced children’s novel with magic, mayhem and mysteries uncovered! Mr. Torba’s play on words involving “all things dental” is delightfully corny at times, providing me with a few chuckles, groans and taking some of those negative vibes out of anything related to going to the dentist! No, that is not a stretch, look what Superman did for a dorky reporter! I feel that this well-written adventure would be the perfect prelude to a child’s trip to the dentist, something to break the ice, so to speak! Besides, how do you know YOUR dentist isn’t part of this society, it is ancient and secret, after all!
Matt Monroe and the Secret Society is a magical, mystical adventure full of fantasy and the courage of a young boy who stands against the odds! I highly recommend this book, especially for boys!
Posted July 16, 2013
Edward Torba pens "Matt Monroe and The Secret Society" in a plot filled with mystery and suspense in an alternate reality that flows in a really nice pace. His characters in this YA fantasy were well developed, interesting, different and realistic. This book was a nice fun surprise for me and I totally enjoyed it. Highly recommended for all YA and not so YA readers.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted July 8, 2013
Matt Monroe and the Secret Society by Edward Torba is a is more than a simple fantasy novel for young readers. With his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, and three decades of experience as a practicing dentist, the author incorporates his expertise and love of dentistry in order to create an entirely new world for the young reader to enter. This imaginative tale goes beyond the typical two dimensional novel. The author creates a three dimensional world, complete with its own unique philosophy, history and even a quasi spiritual- orthodontia belief system. With the insertion of lively imagery, the reader is introduced to the Secret Society of Odontology, elves, ominous evil creatures and a mysterious quest!
The classic good against evil plot is reinvented with a dental themed twist. Drawing from various religious sources, and commonly known tooth fairy myths, Edward Torba creates his own imagined alternate reality. This is an entirely newly invented world that integrates prophecy and religion. This story is complete with its unique dental based creation tale explained by the"Circle of Existence" with the elements of the supernatural and magic. Yet even in the supernatural fantasy, the dental theme is still obvious. For example, the peppermint aroma reminiscent of dental rinse or toothpaste, a hallmark of dentists everywhere, wafts in the city of Odont. Even the city is aptly named. Specially selected children agree to go on a dangerous mission to save the world from evil. These young children are the "messiahs" who fulfill ancient, highly anticipated prophecy. Even the ancestry elements mirrors religious prophesy. In this new world, past and present are joined and there exists no barriers between the physical and imaginary realm. Evil is represented by the rebellious figure, Damien who rebelled against the "Eternal One". One can even see elements of Mormon myth as well. In fact, the quaint fairy tale myth young children have grown accustomed to is simply part of a brainwashing plot or subterfuge. The similarities to Satan, the fallen angel of the bible, is striking. The balance of evil and good reflects the incorporation of Eastern philosophy as well. Interestingly enough, an empowering theme that effort and morals are more important than physical might and appearance are also incorporated into the story for the young reader. This is especially important for the young pre-teen and teenaged target audience. Also, this book illustrates that life is not predetermined and that free will can still prevail in overcoming what seems like a hopeless circumstance.
The religious significance can not be underestimated. In the ending scenes, the elves are depicted as falling down "prostrate" or worshipping as well as the young hero, Matt who also "instinctively fell to his knees" at the sound of the "Eternal One" as they listen to the divine declaration "I am mother, I am father. I am bread, I am water.......I am the Eternal- first and last....Peace be to you. my peace do I give." (Page 343-344).
It is obvious that dentistry is not simply a career for this author, but a science and a religion. This is especially reinforced with the spiritual themes as well as the climatic ending. This book is intended for older children. This lengthy 357 page book is perfect for pre teens and teenagers. Suggestive "coming of age" themes and dialogue make this book not as suitable to be read to very young children. The insertion of lightweight curse words such as the word "crap" or "oh my God" uttered by the teenaged characters is more appropriate for the teenaged reader under parental guidance. I feel the religious undertones of this book might be too excessive for some younger readers. Yet it will not detract from the enjoyment of the story. I believe dentists everywhere will enjoy getting this book for their own children, especially. The dental theme is indeed a specific niche, nevertheless I feel that this story can be enjoyed by the general reader as well. The cover art as well as book presentation is certain to draw in those readers who enjoy fantasy novels. I feel odontology should somehow have been incorporated into the title as it is this distinction which sets this book apart from other fantasy novels more so than including the full name of the main hero, "Matt Monroe". As a blogger I received this book published by All Points Press, from the author for the purpose of writing this review.
Posted June 14, 2013
Great YA Novel That Mixes Fantasy With Mystery
Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is a great new YA novel that mixes fantasy with mystery.
Friendships, betrayal, and courage combine in this extraordinary story.
This is a great YA Novel that will excite readers who enjoy fantasy, mystery, and adventure.
Highly Recommended Read!!