Book #10: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
(Summary from goodreads)
Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred 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 and Nicholas Flamel lives. 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. And 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.
I know, I know. We're like really late on this book. But for a book to get 5 stars from us is totally mind-boggling. How did this book come to surpass the others, you ask? There were too many reasons to say. Michael Scott, the author of the New York Times bestselling series, has managed to appall us with the book The Alchemyst.
One thing that really stuck out to us was of course, the characters. They were so well developed and emotional throughout the entire story. I mean, their personalities stayed intact from beginning to end. If you didn't already know, some of the characters were actually based off of real life people. Nicholas Flamel was a renowned alchemist who developed a reputation over his years. One character in particular really stuck out to us the most: Scatty or Scathach, a legendary Scottish warrior. We swear, she was the funniest character with her quips and comments. She was actually a vampire, but she was also a vegetarian.We honestly don't know why that cracked us up so much.
This book was unruly! One minute you would be cheering for one of the characters in the middle of a battle scene and the next, you were bawling over another character's death. We loved it. We just loved it so much! Unlike most books, The Alchemyst was filled with action from the very beginning. If you managed to blink while reading, you would miss some really vital information!
Anyways, this book is definitely a must read. if you're looking for an adventure-packed, crazy, unruly, book, then this is the one for you! Don't forget to read the rest of the series. We, here at Book Buzz, currently have a new mission: track down the rest of the series! Stay tune for the character analysis. NOTE: IF YOU DON'T GO OUT AND READ THIS BOOK, YOU ARE UNDOUBTEDLY CRAZY!
Sophie- As a twin myself, I could have never even imagined how she got along so well with her brother. Yes indeed, Sophie and Josh were fraternal twins. Sophie was spontaneous and brave. Because she was a twin, i was expecting her other half- the male half- to be the bigger person but no, that was not the case in this book. I loved how the author portrayed Sophie as the stronger character. It really showed just how girls can cause as much damage as guys. We got that girl power!
Josh- You are, what the Spanish speakers like to call, infantil. It was so flabbergasting to me how Josh could be so easily manipulated. He was a baby! Nonetheless, I loved his character in the context of the story. He really added to the action and climax of the story.
Nicholas Flamel- Throughout the story, you couldn't really tell whether he was lying or not. Nicholas was definitely a peculiar character.
Dr. John Dee- I've never read about anyone as evil as Dee. He was a human yet... he wanted the Dark Elders to take over the world of the humans? It just didn't make sense! Do you really think gods are going to let you rule once they take over?
Scatty- My favorite character. With dark red hair, Scatty totally stole the spotlight. She was rebellious, indecisive at times, and tenacious. Want to know more? Read the book to find out.
For all of you reading this blog, I would highly recommend this series. As of now, I have gotten my hands on the next two books. You can expect a glowing review in a few days... or maybe tomorrow if I'm feeling whimsical.