The Fault in Our Star is an intriguing story about a cancer survivor named Hazel. She is a depressed girl who always sleeps and reads the same book. Her mother believes that this depression is caused by her lung cancer (which she survived from an almost fatal symptom) so her mother asked Hazel to enroll in a cancer support group which she hated. That is where the story begins.
When Hazel was in the support group, she quickly caught sight that everyone there had some cancer. Hazel noticed a sad looking boy, who had one eye covered with hair. Sitting beside the boy, was an attractive boy named Augustus who had a prosthetic leg and was also staring straight at her. Augustus and Hazel eventually started dating, visited each other's houses, texting and call each other. They decided that they should read each other’s books. Hazel gave Augustus the book that she always reads.
Augustus found the same problem that Hazel encounters; the book has no satisfactory ending. She never found out what happened to the character in the book later. Seeking for the answers, Augustus then found the author’s email and emails him at the end of the story. The author wrote back saying that there never will be an ending and he can’t tell him. They found the author’s address in the Netherlands and flew out there to meet him to seek the answer. When they arrived there, they discovered that the author was an alcoholic. They flew back to their home, frustrated. Augustus later passed away.
Hazel finds out that Augustus wrote some letter to the author asking him for a eulogy for Hazel before he died. However，the eulogy never came.
All in all this book is very eye hooking and never stops. There is always something you want more in this book, which is the theme of the book: there is never an ending.
When Jacob Portman was young, he admired his Grandpa Abe (Grandpa Portman). His grandpa grew up in an orphanage, fought in WWII, and even performed in a circus! Grandpa Portman told Jacob weird stories and showed him photos of peculiar children including invisible boys, substantially brave girls, and people with mouths in the back of their heads. Eventually, he stopped believing these strange stories.
When Jacob was fifteen, his grandfather started yelling about monsters coming to eat him. Jacob and his dad wrote it off as dementia. After a little while, he checked on Grandpa Portman and found him dead. Jacob came face to face—well, face to tentacle—with the monster that killed him.
No one believed that a monster killed Grandpa. (Official cause of death: rabid dogs.) Jacob started having nightmares and slipped into a deep depression. His psychiatrist, Dr. Golan, suggested he went to the island where Grandpa was raised, the Cairnholm Island.
Jacob and his dad flew to Cairnholm Island in Wales, and Jacob found Miss Peregrine's home way out past the island's bogs. Snooping around the decaying estate, Jacob found a load of old photos like the ones Grandpa had.
Grandpa Abe was raised here, but Miss Peregrine (who can turn into a peregrine) old Jacob that he left to fight the hollowgast, the evil monsters that hunt the peculiars, and the same type of monster who killed Grandpa Abe. To stay safe from the hollowgast, Miss Peregrine created the time loop. They repeat the same day every day, and the bomb that falls on the house never explodes.
The hollowgast launched a plot to kidnap Miss Peregrine and other ymbrynes—shape-shifting women who can control time—to try the immortality thing again. Jacob's psychiatrist, Dr. Golan, turned out to be a wight, and Jacob lead him right to Miss Peregrine. Golan birdnapped Peregrine and her mentor, Miss Avocet, and carries them out to sea.
Jacob and his new peculiar friends gave chase, killed Golan and the hollowgast, and rescued Miss Peregrine. Miss Avocet was taken away, and Miss Peregrine was stuck in bird form. Because she couldn't change back, the time loop collapsed, the bomb fell, and the home was destroyed.
One of the children by Jacob said that they must go back in time to fix this time loop. She wrote a letter to Jacob's dad telling him the Jacob might never come back and time travels back to 1940, trying to fix everything that happened.
This is my book review on The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. In this report, I will give my view in 3 reasons why this book is excellent.
First, the author filled this book with suspense and mystery. It has the most exciting ways to lull you into a false sense of what's going on. Once the book has you in that place, it surprises you some time with instant action and sometimes with a more slow and suspenseful action.
Second, this book includes lots of interesting characters that were real people. Take Nicholas Flamel for instance. He was an alchemist that grew up in Paris and created the Philosopher's Stone and people claimed that he achieved immortality. Also, there are numerous gods in this book (from mythology). These characters always have something to do or are interconnected in a way to the main characters (The Twins).
Third, the story makes you want to read more. It is long enough to keep you reading so that it can bring up some more actions to keep you reading again. It's like a never-ending cycle that keeps you reading. It always brings something up that gets your attention. In my case, just when you think the fighting is over, a surprise attack comes.
In conclusion, The Alchemist by Michael Scott is a terrific book if you like fantasy, action, and mystery.