Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them...but then they stop playing by the rules.
MY TAKE:

I've been meaning to read the Artemis Fowl books for some time now but I've been putting them off because I still had plenty of books to read. However, when I saw that NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion were releasing special editions of the book, I immediately took the opportunity to get started on the series.

Artemis Fowl is the story of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl's attempt to divest the fairies of gold.

I enjoyed this book a lot. Artemis is a charming and interesting anti-hero and I was rooting for him the entire time. He's a clever kid and I liked how he was able to come up with such amazing ideas and deductions ala Sherlock Holmes.

Part of the reason I was cheering Artemis on was because I couldn't stand Holly Short. There was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. I did like the Root and Foaly, though. They were funny and not caricature-ish at all.

Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:
  1. Artemis is clever but lovable.
  2. The plot is interesting.
  3. The world-building is incredible.
THE BAD:
  1. Some characters can get annoying.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
He cast his eyes upward, along the stairs. It had been too much to hope for that he could trust the fairy.
READ IT IF:
  1. You like clever anti-heroes.
  2. You like new takes on old mythologies or folklore.
  3. You like thrillers.
RATING:
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