Posted: December 17, 2013 by cplteen in books
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has become one of my new favorite series. The Alchemyst was first published in 2007 and it’s been on my to-read list for a while. I had the chance to grab it in audio and have been hooked ever since. The last book, The Enchantress, came out last year. Because this post covers all six books and I have to avoid spoilers, I am going to be as vague as possible while I tell you that everyone should drop what they are doing and read the series now.
The books follow twins, Sophie and Josh, as they discover their magic and save the world (or perhaps destroy it). They are led by the immortal alchemyst Nicholas Flamel and are being chased by the immortal magician Doctor John Dee. The characters travel from place to place running, outwitting, trapping and gathering new allies, both good and bad. The twins face moral dilemmas as well as physical danger. New characters appear and some disappear in horrible ways. Each book ends with a cliff-hanger that keeps you wanting more.
Almost all characters are from legend or history so they give the story a bit more depth and made me look up the characters to see if they were really alive and what they did. The mythical characters aren’t from one myth either. Myths from the Romans, Greeks, Irish, Aztec and more combine to create a culture of Elders that are fighting to come back into the open and rule the humans like they once did.
My only complaint, and I know I’m being a bit picky, is that sometimes there are too many characters and trying to pronounce some of them was awful. If I didn’t have the audiobooks to fall back on for reference I usually just called the character by its first initial.
I recommend this series for anyone who enjoys a good adventure story with magical elements. For those who loved the Harry Potter series, you will find much to enjoy here.
Here is the series order:
Posted: October 24, 2013 by cplteen in books
This is the story of Carey and her younger sister Jenessa. For years the two sisters have lived in a broken-down camper with their addicted mother. They haven’t seen their mother for months when two “strangers” appear and take them away. Now the girls are living with a mother, father and a stepsister in a house with indoor plumbing. While some things are really good (said indoor plumbing and reliable and tasty meals), other things are strange and new (high school, boys and said stepsister).
Although some parts were hard to read, I enjoyed this book. Carey is a strong character that, despite her fears and traumas, has a warm heart and a strong nurturing instinct when it comes to Jenessa. She has grown up far faster than she should and some of her experiences are truly horrific. But through it all, she has maintains a sense of self that is remarkable. Perhaps a bit too remarkable since it doesn’t seem like she is very scarred, and I would think that her experiences would lead her to need counseling.
I did feel that she was a bit too distant at times, but once readers understand the full extent of what she has endured, they can see why she would distance herself from some emotions and events. Carey is capable of making new friends and even navigating the interesting roads that come with boy-girl relationships.
I would recommend this book because it is a great story but also because it shows how some traumas and experience can affect not only the victim’s life, but those lives that surround them.
Posted: October 16, 2013 by cplteen in books
We are welcoming the Dallas Area Paranormal Society tomorrow at the Josey Ranch Lake location. The event starts at 6:30. Come join us and learn about the exciting field of ghost hunting. They will even show off some of the equipment they use. Can they find a spirit here with us?
Posted: October 10, 2013 by cplteen in books
Our Capturing Witches, Binding Boggarts and Driving Ghosts Away program is almost here. Join us on Saturday, October 12th at 6:30 for some Revenge of the Witch fun. We’ll be at the Josey Ranch Lake location ready to welcome you with lots of activities. Come train with us and see if you, too, can be an apprentice.
Don’t forget your permission slips!
Posted: October 3, 2013 by cplteen in books
October is here!
In honor of this, we celebrate Halloween. Okay, we celebrate Halloween for many reasons and not because it’s October. But just for fun, what is your favorite (or favorites) scary book or movie?
I’m going to date myself here but mine were from middle and high school.
Middle school – R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series (if you kick it off with The Betrayal then you get the start of the entire series – of course it’s out of print)
High school – anything from Christopher Pike but my absolute faves are Remember Me (the first one only), The Last Vampire series (now released as Thirst) and Witch.
Tell us your’s in the comments.