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Good YA fiction, not my cup of tea
on May 31, 2016
Several friends recommended this, but it turns out it's too much of a Young Adult novel for my taste. I have tried to figure out what it is that leaves me mildly unsatisfied with YA fiction, and I just don't know what it is. Even authors whose work I love, like Elizabeth George, leave me with that sort of empty feeling when they write for young adults (I'm thinking here of George's Whidbey Island series). The most interesting parts of *The Alchemyst* were those drawn from the historical figure it is based on, Nicholas Flamel. Best I can say is that it is well written, and belongs in the top drawer of YA fiction featuring witches and sorcerers.