Book Review: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Title: The Arctic Incident
Author: Eoin Colfer
Pages: 277
Publisher: Hyperion Books
ISBN: 0786851473

The Arctic Incident sees the slightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recovered from his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairy gold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon returned his mother’s ailing mind to full health.

But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal–not to mention deeply lucrative–past and move the family’s assets into

legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and her People from their gold and is finding her stakeout duties a little dull. It soon becomes obvious that the pair have need of each other’s considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have far-reaching consequences for both of them.

REVIEW

The Arctic Incident is the second installment in the Artemis Fowl series and it picks up from where the first book ended. This installment basically focuses on Artemis’ “new ways, refined ways” and his search for his missing dad but conflict with The People puts Artemis in a tight spot where he uses all his resources and knowledge to the most advantageous ways.

This book may not be as great as the first book, it was still a great read. The characters were still hilarious and the twist and plots thoroughly planned. The Arctic Incident was very entertaining and there never was a dull moment throughout the book although it needed that addition WOW factor that the first book provided readers. I love how Colfer continues to develop the characters and story lines critical to kee followers into reading the third installment of the series.

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IMM: In My Mailbox (6)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Just got back from my lovely vacation with my partner (actually it was last week but hadn’t had the time to update the blog) and I bought 3 books when I was away. I know what you are thinking, only 3? Ahuh, only 3 books but 3 great books. *grins*

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7)
by Eoin Colfer

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies — not humans — and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind — and the grips of a giant squid — in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

The Fault in our Stars
by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

The Perks of being A Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Here’s what I have for this week from Netgalley:

Between You and Me
by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have proven again and again that they are masters at exploring the nuances of family relationships—as they intersect with the current trends in the culture at large.

In Between You and Me, twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi. But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.

Rape Girl
by Alina Klein

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

There you have it, so what’s in your mailbox? 🙂

Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Title: Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Pages: 396
Publisher: Disney Press
ISBN: 0786817879

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 the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

REVIEW:

I have read the whole Artemis Fowl series last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it and became an immediate fan. After a year, re-reading it resurfaced the exact emotions I felt last year. A mix of awe, joy and excitement. I only have one word for this book and the series as a whole – brilliant! But let’s talk about the first book shall we?

Artemis Fowl is the first installment in the series created Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is a teen genius and a cunning criminal/mastermind. He is accompanied by his trusted friend/bodyguard, Butler, in their adventures towards crime and inter-mingling with the People.

Although the concept wasn’t new, Colfer created an amazing world for his reader to indulge in addition to characters who are entertaining and enjoyable to read. There were no irritating moments, no out of place element, nothing. Everything mishmashed together perfectly which made the experience reading the story as fun as it should be. This is not only a story for young readers to enjoy but also by older audiences. This is one of my favorite series and I’ll be looking forward to re-reading the series again. 🙂