The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Alchemyst - Michael Scott, Erik Singer This book left me with mixed feelings. I love the interspersion of mythology, but I don't like how simple the writing is. Most of the time, I grimaced because the author kept telling me what the characters thought instead of showing me what happened. On the other hand, The author wrote the story for young adults, of course. If I was 10-years-old, I'd be enthralled with this book. My favorite character is Hekate, mostly due to her attitude and power. I wish she was in the story a bit more, but alas...that isn't the case. Perenelle is pretty cool, too, because she fights back even though she's the "damsel in distress." The twins' personalities start out ok, but then become annoying really fast. They repeat things constantly, and sometimes make no sense. For example, Josh's feelings jumping back and forth very quickly towards the end of the book made no sense to me. I just couldn't believe he actually felt the way because there wasn't conviction and consistency in his actions and words. I really enjoy the beginning, especially how the book just jumps start into the action. However, there's so much going on in this story that I think it would make a better movie than a book. The story wasn't a fantastic, great, amazing story. It was more of an ok thing. In my opinion, the best parts are the mythology and the clever animal scenes. Josh is really frustrating to read about, and the simple sentences drive me insane because they're flatly stated in a bad way. However, despite the bad, I want to continue this series. I'm really hoping it gets better.