Monday, May 14, 2012

Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident

by Eoin Colfer

I've discovered that I shy away from YA novels as of late (like the last 4-5 years) because of the overwhelming numbers of witch, ghost, vampire, werewolves, and other un-dead, as well as all those dystopian novels; but I still enjoy books targeted for the older children audience.  That said, I still plan to read the Hunger Games books one of these days.

Artemis Fowl is a fun character, though I have ambivalent feelings about him.  It's hard to buddy-up to a genius, but easy to respect his abilities and he's the kind of guy you want on your side.

In this second installment of the series, Artemis discovers that his long-lost father is not dead after all, but has been held captive for two years by the Russian Mafiya. They have issued a ransom demand, but how will Artemis and Butler ever get to the Arctic north in time to deliver the money and save his father? Enter Captain Holly Short, of the LEPrecon unit, whom Artemis kidnapped for fairy gold in the first book. Captain Short is working on a case of her own that may involve humans providing weapons for a goblin uprising, and she needs Artemis' help to uncover the human connection. If these two former rivals can manage to trust one another and work together, they may be able to rescue Artemis Sr., AND squash the power-hungry pixie who is using the goblins in her mad grab for power. 

I really like the spunky little elf, Captain Holly Short.  Mulch and Foaly not only have great names but add dimension to the story.  I hope my grandson will decide to read these books this summer because I think he would really like them.

** I received a free copy of Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident from Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.

1 comment:

Kailana said...

I read the first book in this series, but that is as far as I have gotten. One day!