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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Book of the Week: (Book #1) The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
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Excerpt:
“Sophie knew-just knew- that there was no possible way for the small gray man to see her: she was standing on the opposite side of the street behind a pane of glass that was bright with reflected early-afternoon sunlight. She would be invisible in the gloom behind the glass.

And yet…
And yet in that single moment when their eyes met, Sophie felt the tiny hairs on the back of their hands and along her forearms tingle and felt a puff of cold air touch the back of her neck. She rolled her shoulders, turning her head slightly from side to side, strands of her long blond hair curling across her cheek. The contact lasted only a second before the small man looked away, but Sophie got the impression that he had looked directly at her.
In the instant before the gray man and his three overdressed companions disappeared into the bookshop, Sophie decided that she did not like him,”(6)

Josh and Sophie Newman are twins. Twins that share everything in life, but when Josh discovers an ancient secret unfold and  his boss, Nick Fleming, is not who he really is, his sister follows his footsteps and things are turned upside down. Through the struggles that this pair face, everything that they knew was wrong about history. Will Sophie and Josh survive the outcomes that are provided by fate, or will they fall into the hands of the wronged?

This has to be one of my favorite books as a young child and it’s partially because of the way Scott write it. He write this series in third person, but through the character’s actions you can tell what they’re thinking. It’s also a very fast paced novel, where it’s still a detailed novel, but the pacing of the event that happen are very quick. I also love how he creates the characters over a period of time so that as the character grows as a person, they also grow on you.

I find that when Josh is shown as someone who is insecure about how he doesn’t have power, and how his twin does, shows how thought out he is, as a character. It also depicts internal struggle that all of us deal with at one point in our lives, which is being jealous of someone, for something that we don’t have. And that’s totally fine, it’s a human thing, which is why I love these characters because they’re realistic and aren’t the cliche “I’m the good guy so all of my thoughts and actions are good”.

I also love how ancient history is included, and I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love mythology and including it in a modern setting is possibly one of the best things in the entire book world for me. I love how it includes figures from different mythology backgrounds like Egyptian and Norse.

And while if I were to talk about how much I love this series, it would ruin it for you guys who have not read it, so for now, I’ll stop here.

Ofdragonsandtea out.

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Posted in Book of the Week, Books: Romance, Books: Sci-Fi, Books: Series, Books: Teenage Angst

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Of the Week: The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
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Excerpt:
“ALIENS ARE STUPID.
I’m not talking about real aliens. The Others aren’t stupid. The Others are so far ahead of us, it’s like comparing the dumbest human to the smartest dog. No contest.
No, I’m talking about the aliens inside our own heads,” (Yancey, 1).

You know those aliens that movies show as like green slimy blobs and say “Take me to your leader puny human!”?
So go figure, aliens may be like that, but The Others? Not so much.
1st Wave. No lights. 2nd Wave. Earthquake. 3rd Wave. Virus. 4th Wave. Silencers.
5th Wave. Unknown.
Meet Cassie. Short for Cassiopeia. Duh. Her life is turned upside down when the waves start hitting Earth. With her parents dead, her brother taken away, and when the 4th Wave hits, men are out to kill her. She meets Evan, a boy just like her, on the run and playing with Death. And Cassie will stop at nothing to get her brother back.
Meet Zombie. He’s only trained to do one thing. Kill or be killed. That is, until he meets Nugget, and his perspective of his reality opens up, and is never the same.
And like all cliches, the two are destined to meet another, in some case or another.

Again, another book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It’s not like your typical cliche dystopian novel where the girl is caught between her love interest and her destiny. No, no siree. Cassie is the type to be headstrong, and go for somethings until she gets it, even if that means risking her life.

Yancey writes the book where he changed the point of view, but when he does, he leaves you on a strong cliffhanger where you end up wanting to know what happens next! He develops his characters throughout the book, and when you read it, it’s like you’re growing with the characters as well. He expresses such raw emotion through his characters as well, so that it’s hard to hate any of them.

Each new chapter will catch you by surprise with the twists and turns, and the odds and ends. And by the end of this book, you’ll wish you had it’s companion and sequel novel, The Infinite Sea. Which I actually need to read. Ha!

What I really love about this book, is how the characters are twisted, and how the plot seems to be all over the place at first, but the more the reader reads, the more the lines tie together and eventually in the end, the reader is desperate for more. I also love his portrayal of the Others. Like, how he calls them the Others, and not aliens, or he doesn’t give them some weird name. It makes the book even more mysterious, and I love that about it. The entire thing seems so mysterious at first, but then things tie together in a cliffhanging ending. It’s probably one of the must reads of our modern age.