Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Author: Eoin Colfer
Synopsis: Rocketing readers back into a world of modern fairies, they pack heat and wear motorized wings, Colfer here reunites 13-year-old antihero Artemis with his former kidnap victim, Captain Holly Short, an elf officer with the LEPrecon squad. As the erstwhile arch enemies join forces to squelch a power-hungry pixie's coup attempt in one world and to rescue Artemis's long-missing father in another, he's being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya. Artemis proves he has a heart after all, even as he builds his reputation as a world-class criminal mastermind. Once again, the roller coaster of a plot introduces a host of hi-jinks and high-tech weaponry as Colfer blends derring-do with snappy prose and repartee.
Why did I pick it up?: I love Middle Grade, and I don't read enough of it. It's fast and fun and I love Captain Holly Short.
Favorite Line: Way too many funny ones to choose.
Likes: I laugh out loud when I read Artemis Fowl. It's fun, it's light, it's full of jokes about flatulence. The Artemis Fowl Series obviously is targeted at kids but I think it is important to remain a kid at heart and these books are just the thing. I love the modern fantasy aspect. Centaurs that are computer geniuses. Elves that serve as police. These fairies, dwarves, centaurs and goblins don't live in the woods or a typical fantasy setting, they believe in science and logic and technology. Meanwhile, they still have magic and must observe certain old world fantasy rules, but the way magic and technology merge together puts a different spin on the story.
It's not tense, it's always fun.When the gang is caught in a perilous situation, I know they will survive. Plus, you can read the books in a day or so, which is especially convenient if you spent the weekend not reading or writing and still need to post a book review blog.
Recommendation: If you like Middle Grade and Fantasy, you should check it out. Great for fans of Rick Riordan too. Which reminds me, The Son of Neptune is coming out in October. Can't wait!
Next Week: Matched by Ally Condie...I promise