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This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret #4)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,978 Ratings  ·  393 Reviews
Cass may be in grave danger. She's eaten the dreaded Time Travel Chocolate--and you know what that means. I won't even begin to tell you what trouble this delicacy has caused in the past. If only Cass could leave the past behind! But it appears she is literally stuck in it.

Meanwhile, Max-Ernest is worried for his best friend. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass's c
Paperback, 423 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Travis There's another one. You Have to Stop This. Book 5. Which is the last one if you don't count Bad Magic.

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Samantha Diaz
Feb 11, 2015 Samantha Diaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that I just finished is called This Isn't What it Looks Like by Pseudonymous Bosch. It’s about a girl name Cassandra, but everyone calls her Cass. Cass goes on wild mission to find the secret from the Jester. She uses a “Time Chocolate” to make her go back in time to know the secret. This makes her go into a coma, which makes Max-Ernest go and visit her in the PICU section. While Cass is in the coma, Max-Ernest finds some solution to help Cass come back to life. This adventure is an ex ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Nerissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It sure isn't what it looks like.
Caitlin L
Jan 10, 2013 Caitlin L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished, "This Isn't What It Looks Like" by: Pseudonymous Bosch, the 4th book in the secret series. This book is told from two points of view, the survivalist girl, Cass and her trustworthy partner, Mas-Ernest. Cass ate a piece of Time Travel Chocolate and now she's been taken back to the medieval times of the Jester, her only known ancestor. Cass must find The Secret, it's her mission! Meanwhile, Max-Ernest is trying to get Cass out of her coma, before it's too late.
This book is
Aug 24, 2015 Rachael rated it it was amazing
You can read my review on my blog here (& below):


'This Isn’t What it Looks Like' is the fourth book in the middle-grade ‘Secret Series’ by Pseudonymous Bosch. These books follow the adventures of three young members of the Terces Society, a secret organisation whose job it is to keep the Secret (to immortality) from getting into the wrong hands. On three previous occasions these childre
Beth G.
The fourth book in the series that began with The Name of This Book is Secret picks up where the third volume left off. In the early chapters, narrator Bosch splits attention between two stories: one is about a girl who wakes up in what appears to be a medieval European village unable to remember who she is, where she is, how she got there, or why she happens to be invisible; the other is about Max-Ernest, who is desperately trying to awaken his friend Cass, who has been in a strange sort of com ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book This Isn't What it Looks Like. This book is really great!!!! This book is the fourth book in the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch. The genre is fiction. This is a really great book if you like mystery. This book takes place in modern time but also during medieval times. I think the author of this book is really great b/c in the book he talks to you. I think a lot of people will like this book it has a lot of action and for me it was a page turner!! Throughout the book your on ...more
Natasha Rose
Oct 30, 2011 Natasha Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING!I love this book,it's one of my favourites,but I didn't see as much from Yo-Yoji as I might have wanted,but I'll try to be forgiving this on time ;).
I particually enjoyed the footnotes of this volume,and also the story of how PB got rid of THE PEA(!),and almost drowned in mayonnaise(I'm sorry, I haven't got a idea on how to spell that word :0).
Followers of the series will enjoy this fresh read ( I assume because I am & did ),and will surely love the wonderfull humor of Pseudonymous B
Jackson peters
Dec 09, 2015 Jackson peters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like adventurous and mysterious books than this is the book for you. The author of this book is Pseudonymous Bosh. The name of this book is "This isn't What it Looks Like".
The setting is in the modern day time and the past. It takes place in London England, Cassandra's home,
Max-Ernest's home, the school where they live, the forest, and a castle. In the book Cassandra is considered a survivalist. A survivalist is someone who likes to be prepared for natural disasters and likes to escap
Olivia-Savannah Roach
I read this directly after reading the third one, which is not something I usually do. When I read a series I like to read two or more books in between so that I don’t feel the books get too same-y. But this time I really wanted to keep reading this mystery series seeing as the previous book ended on such a cliffhanger.

Our familiar trio of Cassandra, Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji return in this book with some new characters in tow, like Daniel-Not-Danielle, the Glob, the Jester and Anastasia as well.
Jun Wong
Jun 05, 2016 Jun Wong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Clear as a Crystal

The Author, Pseudonymous Bosch, of "This isn't What it Looks Like" has a writing style of comedy, but mixed with an aurora of mysteriousness. Pseudonymous Bosch keeps a shroud of mystery between his identity, along with many fourth wall breaks when he inserts his own dialogue, sort of like a commentary throughout the books. He talks to the readers, giving off a maniac vibe in my opinion, yet maintaining sanity. The writing of Bosch is clear as he manages to stay on track wi
Rashika (is tired)
This was sadly not one of the better additions to the story but never the less, it was quite enjoyable!
Aug 26, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! The previous novels in the series were good, but not real page-turners for me. But this one really hit the sweet spot in terms of pacing and plotting. I loved the setup with the negative chapters eventually hitting chapter zero. All the plot elements tied together very nicely.
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Laura Phelps
In this fourth installment of the secret series, Cass and Max-Earnest are separated by time and place... in a way. Cass is stuck in the past searching for The Secret, but she's also in a coma in the present, and it's Max-Earnest's job to save her. For whatever reason, though, he can't.

I read the first three books of this series, The Name of the Book is Secret, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late, and This Book Is Not Good For You, in middle school, and I thrilled when I saw this at the store.
Ley (sounds like "Lee") *my head is a jungle*
Summary: In this fourth installment of the Secret Series, Cass is stuck in the Medieval Ages on a mission to find the Secret (having learned she was the Secret Keeper) while Max-Ernest is on a desperate mission to bring her back. Complications arise when Max-Ernest's parents begin acting strangely, and an old classmate comes back, suspiciously different. Can Max-Ernest save Cass? Or will Cass forever be stuck in the Middle Ages?

My thoughts (Note: This review is for the whole series):
Dec 21, 2011 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm..well, let me just suggest something. If you really want to read this book, go and buy the paperback, DO NOT GET IT ON KINDLE/NOOK. That was my mistake. There were some things that you would need to go to the back of the book, or to the beginning, and it was annoying to have to find what you were looking for (i.e. Yo-Yoji's email to Max-Ernest) tons of times (and not to mention, it's can be quite slow) when if you just got the paperback, you could flip to the back of the book. And also, when ...more
Book Whales
Originally posted @ Book Whales

We are on the penultimate book of the Secret Series. :D
To tell you honestly I finished this books 3 weeks ago and I just forgot to make a review out of it. But finally here it is :D

Out of the 4 books I read the problem I have with this books is that maybe I got used to the writing style of the author and the magic is lost for me. The plot itself for this books is very important to the story since it explains a lot about the history of the Jester and Lord Pharaoh wi
Eriel Kiersten
Aug 12, 2015 Eriel Kiersten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, sets, fantasy
Every next chapter = Better story

Cass wanted to find out about her past so what better way than with the chocolate Senor Hugo gave her? Whatever was in the chocolate, it took her somewhere to find about the past better than anyone who ever did; because she went to the past herself. She met her ancestors, Lord Pharaoh and the Humonculus (again and helped her again). The problem was, while she was travelling unsconsciously, consciously she was in a coma. Was she ever going to get back to her own t
Madison Simon
Sep 13, 2015 Madison Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this fourth installment of The Secret Series, Cass is in a coma in a hospital and Max-Ernest is alone since Yo-Yoji is in Japan. Max-Ernest knows that Cass ate the time-travel chocolate, but he doesn't know how to get her back in to the present. Meanwhile, Cass is in a medieval time, with no memory of anything from before she appeared in this new place, searching for her ancestor, The Jester. She is invisible and is armed with an odd double-monocle from a Seer named Cassandra (who goes by Cla ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Therese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review "This Isn't What It Looks Like" by Pseudonymous Bosch

This book is the fourth in the secret series. The thing is that I read it before I read the other books in the series, so it is such a spoiler for me. But despite that, I did my best to catch up, so I enjoyed it. It is very mysterious and intriguing as you turn its pages. But if I were you, read book 1 first. I like the way the author writes his stories. It's very unique. But I can't give you the other parts of the story, because the a
Simone Sylvester
This book might've been one of the best. Next to the first one of course. **SPOILER**(view spoiler) ...more
Bill Cipher
Feb 23, 2016 Bill Cipher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
"This Isn't What It Looks Like" by Pseudonymous Bosch is the fourth book in the Secret Series, and so far I've read all but the last one. Hopefully when you are reading this I have had read the last one and already written a review on it. This book is the fourth book in a heartwarming laugh out loud series, featuring 'Cass' and her friend 'Max Ernest'. I quotate those because the author, Pseudonymous Bosch would like to keep his and their names a secret for their safety, but more importantly, ou ...more
Of course it isn’t. This series delights in obfuscation, red herrings, lost and found and lost objects, riddles and other assorted wordplay. Cass is in a coma, Max-Ernest has stopped talking and Yo-Yoji communicates from the beyond—no, he’s not in the spirit world (although that wouldn’t be out of keeping for this series). He’s merely in another country communicating via email with the inexplicably reticent Max-Ernest. So in essence none of the three main protagonists are talking to each other, ...more
Varshini Iyer
In the fourth adventure of Cass and Max-Ernest, Cass is after the SECRET. She has travelled back in time (with the help of Senor Hugo's Time Travelling Chocolate) into her ancestral past to find out the SECRET.
Meanwhile at home she is in coma. Max-Ernest tries his best to wake her up with the help of the tuning fork. If Cass dies, the SECRET will also die along with her. Will Cass ever return? Losing the SECRET forever is worse than not knowing it. Read on to find out more.......
Oh boy.....
I picked up this book during a huge book warehouse sale nearby my office.
I read the short synopsis and I thought "wow" sounds very interesting and add it to my book pile.

As usual, my problem buying books at big sales is that I always forget to check if this is actually a series book or stand alone. So this was actually a five series book. And I picked up the fourth by accident. Bravo !!

I admit I actually had some good times laughing at some of the wacky stuff. I liked what I read bu
Aug 06, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When last we left Cass, she had eaten Senor Hugo's extra strong time-travel chocolate and was going to find the secret from her very own ancestor, the Jester. If she answered some personal questions along the way about her birth parents, so much the better. This latest installment in the Secret series retains all the tongue-in-cheek humor of its predecessors but ramps up the drama as the Midnight Sun and Terces Society both draw inexorably closer to the conclusion.

Note: There is a scene or two w
Natasha Chand
Reading This isn't what it looks like by Pseudonymous Bosch (which really isn't his name his real name is Raphael Simon, but Pseudonymous Bosch is his pen name for the book). Was a weird and crazy adventure in fact this book is part of a secret series which I have already encountered meaning I only read the first three books and now I finished reading the fourth. This book is really different from all the other books out there each page had something new for me to show to my family because it w ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Amelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have
This is probably my favorite book out of the secret series so far. It is so captivating and it makes you want to keep reading. At the beginning of This book we learn that Cass ate a piece of Señor Hugo's chocolate and gets set back in time or in a coma. Definitely read this if you live mystery novels and love to read the whole book at once because this is capable of that.
Elle Evans
The book, just like the other three focuses on the mission of the three young Terces Society members. But how in the world will you call it a society that protects and keeps the secret if everyone on that secret organization is missing in action except for them three. Pietro obviously did nothing to stop Lord Pharaoh from coming to life and they let Cass do all the job. And Owen went AWOL in the Ren-Faire after uncovering his disguise as Opal. And Pietro and the others were just sitting on
Bryce Li
Apr 17, 2016 Bryce Li rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story because of how the main character Cassandra has a long dream about how she was invisible and visited the medieval periods and saw the evil "Lord Pharaoh" a power hungry chemist searching for the elixir of immortality. Her best friend is worried about Cass and wonders if she will wake up. the plot is that Lord Pharoah travels through time and steals a monocle, at the school Renaissance fair, that allows the person using it to see through walls and deception. The main charact ...more
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Pseudonymous Bosch is the anonymous pseudonymous author of the Secret Series and The Bad Books. Not much is known about him other than that he has a passionate love of chocolate and cheese and an equally passionate hatred of mayonnaise. Rumors of Boschian sightings are just as frequent and about as reliable as reports of alien abductions. If you ever meet anyone claiming to be Pseudonymous himself ...more
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Secret (7 books)
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  • If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret, #2)
  • This Book Is Not Good for You (Secret, #3)
  • You Have to Stop This (Secret, #5)
  • Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery
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