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Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)
by Michael Scott

Genre:  Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication: June 24th 2008
Format: Paperback, 375 pages
Author:  Website, Twitter, Facebook
He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

The Alchemyst follows two kids, twin, Sophie and Josh Newman. Josh was working in a local bookstore for Nick and Perry Fleming while Sophie was working in the coffee shop just across the road. When Dr. John Dee steal the Book of Abraham the Mage or the Codex and kidnap Perenelle, the twin suddenly became involve with Nicholas Flamel’s adventure to save the world.

I am not sure what I really feel about this book. There are times when I like it, and times when I don’t. I admit that I’m attracted with the book cover and that the book feature Nicholas Flamel and the sorcerer’s stone.  

It’s kinda hard to get into the book at first (probably because I didn’t really like the writing), but the story gets better after a few chapters. I like the plot and how the story progresses. There are lots of actions and magical stuff, but sometimes it can get a little bit confusing. Josh’s character kinda annoys me a little bit. I don’t get the ‘I’m worry about Sophie’s safety and what she feels with her new power, but I’m jealous that she has that power’ kind of thing. But still, The Alchemyst is definitely an entertaining read. I’m looking forward to the next book. Hopefully it will be better than the first book.

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