It's somewhere around a 2 and 3/4 star book.
Ever since I seen the cover of this book I wanted to read it. I have always had an interest in alchemy, philosophy and mythology and stories with those elements. I also adore the cover. It is beautiful.But, reading the reviews I was some what put off. Then I read it anyways. I don't know why but just had too.
It's actually an okay book. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It is an easy read with more potential than it's actual realization. The story line is okay, it's not the most suspenseful though. There is no inner vs outer conflict. The struggle doesn't seem real in the story.
The main issue is that it lacked characterization. There was no attachment for me to any of the characters. The were all flat and you never get to really know any of them to actually care about them. I also found the relationship between the twins to be really...odd. However, I do not know what it's like to be a twin so maybe that's what it's like.... dunno. I also expected more out of Nicholas Flamel. I wanted his character to be more wise and sage-like. I mean, he's like 900 years old after all. But, he just turned out to be goofy with a dash of douchebag mixed in.
Even after all that being said, I may continue with the series too. It lacked emotional involvement for me but I didn't mind the story line. So, I think it will be nice to read the rest of the series while I'm at the beach this summer.