Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Artemis Fowl (Review)

I have a confession. I love reading young adult fiction.

I totally enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series until it reached its conclusion, and I couldn't put down the Hunger Games trilogy (just ask the youth girls I borrowed books from - until picking up my on set).

So when someone suggests a new YA series,  I often pick up the first book to see if it would be a good series to give to my nephew - a sixth grader who loves to read. (And because I'm looking for a new read for me!)

Enter the newest (or new to me) series to cross my path - Artemis Fowl. With book 8 (The Last Guardian) set for a July 2012 release, the publisher (Disney-Hyperion) is promoting the past books with reviewers. (Call it a "catch up" with the series before the new book comes out.

I decided to review the first two books for my nephew - really, seriously. I wanted to see how the series compared to the Percy Jackson books (which he loves). He is always looking for a series where the main character is a boy. And I'm always looking for a well written series to tempt him his interest.

What I found with Artemis Fowl: a series which centers around a solid and wee bit devious (ok a lot) lead character, along with a lot of lessons surrounding good vs. evil, and of course, an alternative universe that features fairies, LEPrecons and more.

It's fun, suspenseful and kept my attention. My guess - boys (and gals) looking for a new hero will fall in love with Artemis (flaws and all.) The series is exciting but not as "dark" or heavy as some of the current YA offerings.

I'm looking forward to reading the other books - if only so I can talk to the boys I work with about this series. (It's amazing the conversations you can have with students when you read the books they are interested in!)

In all, I give the series (I've read the first two books) a solid three out of five.

More About Artemis Fowl
(Book 1 - From the Publisher)
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. 

Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive.

But when the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn't count on the appearance of the extrasmall, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man (sorry, elf) who will stop at nothing to get her back.

More About The Arctic Incident
(Book 2 - From the Publisher)
Artemis Fowl receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya: his father. 

As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. Now, instead of battling the fairies, Artemis must join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.

About the Author
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author
of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books; The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe.

He was born in Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in school at the time.

His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success - shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.
To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Online Resources:
Read More Online: http://www.artemisfowl.com/
Buy Artemis Fowl (book one) here: http://www.amazon.com
Pick Up The Arctic Incident here: http://www.amazon.com

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by it's publisher, through the Net Galley's blogger program. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

1 comment:

  1. I would definitely recommend this book to ages nine and up- younger kids might not be able to handle the slight violence. I think that kids and adults alike will fall in love with the magic of the Artemis Fowl world.

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