What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl  (The Time Paradox)

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***Spoiler Alerts in this review***

Time jumps, magical romance and a villain with the tendencies of a cockroach. The Time Paradox thrusts us right into life shortly after Holly and Artemis return from Hybras.

Artemis is settling into life as big brother to twins Beckett and Myles, while sorting out life as a do-gooder. Holly reinstated at the LEP is also readjusting to life 3 years into her future.

A mortally ill Angeline Fowl, forces Artemis to call on his magical friends to take him back in time, and help prevent his younger self from making a big mistake.

The Time Paradox offers the usual Fowl formula we’ve come to know and love. A conflict causes the magical and mortal worlds to collide, the solution is barred by witty adversaries whom almost defeat our heroes, but, as always our Artemis outsmarts and inevitably defeats them.

Usually we find a superficial villain as well as a hidden villain revealed later in the story. Book One Artemis himself was the superficial party, responsible for the kidnap and ransom which initiates the entire series. While Briar Cudgeon was the unknown adversary, a social climbing sycophant with a penchant for backstabbing.

The progression of Artemis from aspiring supervillain to well adjusted oldest son and clever teenage genius, is one that needed to be told in eight books.

The maturity and desperation of a young boy with a missing father, mentally-ill mother and the wealth and free time of the elite allowed him to meet fairy guardians who changed his life and became true friends.

Something Artemis Fowl definitely needed. His friendship with Holly has definitely improved him as a person, but it’s their friendship that makes their budding feelings tricky. As things become more complex, to say it’s complicated would be an understatement.

Artemis Fowl is my recommendation for reader’s who enjoy action, intellectual warfare, and magic. The life of a Robin Hood style anti-hero is just what your library needs.

Each new adventure provides an opportunity for Artemis to think on his feet and prove that he’s truly worthy of the title “boy genius”.

Two more novels to go, crazy Opal on the loose AGAIN, and at least one of his parents’ is in on his secret. I can only imagine what will happen in the Atlantis Complex!

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October Book Haul Pt. 1

I needed to complete some collections if I plan to meet my 2017 reading goal, but also I just really like having a full collection. Mostly rounding out series collections I’d already started, starting with the Divergent Trilogy and The Immortals. The Mortal Instruments, a series I started but was never able to finish were all ordered via Thrift Books and it saved me tons!

When the delivery came I assumed the complete order had arrived but some of my books may be coming from farther away. I now own the full Divergent Trilogy plus the Four Novella, and was also able to fill in the gaps of The Immortals and start working on The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices.  I can’t decide which series to start next!

 

 

 

 

What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl  (The Lost Colony)

Book Number #5. ​As always I absolutely loved this book. I’ve been binge reading for my 2017 Book Review Challenge a running theme I’ve noticed in this series is Action. 

This book is like if James Bond had a fairy god family or if Timmy Turner was a spy… A refreshing twist for the series is that we were dropped immediately into a situation. Artemis and Butler are tracking down  a demon when they notice they aren’t the only ones on the trail.

Holly fresh from quitting the LEP is a P.I./Bounty Hunter with Mulch Diggums. Ironically enough bounty hunters are ridiculed in this world too. 

A new layer of the story is added with the introduction of Section 8. A secret sector of the LEP which handles assignments “confidential” and otherwise too “challenging” for standard LEP officers. Holly is immediately recruited. 

This particular book does something many tv shows fail miserably at attempting. It provided a leap in time that moved the story along as well as refreshed the series. Jumping a few years into the future made Minerva an appropriate age. (She was 12 and he was 14 which seems inappropriate if a budding romance were to take place) While also giving everyone a brand new start. 

I’ve been recommending this series for weeks and I’ll do it again. I’ve been dragged across Europe, To the Arctic and Back and out of space and time continuously. I personally feel a little exhausted but it’s just another day for Artemis Fowl. 

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What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl (The Opal Deception)

As a budding fan of the Artemis Fowl series, I’m pleased to say Eoin Colfer has not disappointed. The Opal Deception, starts of with the return of a formidable opponent and the final exit of one of our favorite heroes.

Artemis Fowl the Opal Deception seems to be all about evolution and growth. The evolution of Holly from a headstrong, impulsive cop to a tactical professional investigator who’s efforts have saved the people time and time again.

Artemis has evolved from a budding megalomaniac to a somewhat respectable if not dangerously intelligent young prodigy with a penchant for missing art.

Butler’s transition actually occurred in book three, dying and being brought back fifteen years older has that effect on some people. 

Mulch also began his rebirth in book three, the criminal dwarf has been performing selfless acts in attempts to save Artemis forfeiting his traditional views as well as sometimes his freedom for our gang.

I suppose the biggest take away from Book Four: The Opal Deception is that this was a crossroads for the series. The first four books saw our characters as a motley crew thrown together by circumstance. Unlikely friendships were forming despite the differences in species and sides of the law.

The end of The Opal Deception showed a shift. For the first time it seems all of our group is on the same side. With the exception of Foaly of course who’s still head tech guy for the LEP.

There was a message scrolled across the bottom of Book Four a feature we haven’t seen since Book One, surprisingly it’s a recruitment message from Foaly.

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2017 Book Review Challenge

I set my 2017 reading goals in January. I set the goal for 20 books and as of September I’d read 2. Determined to actually complete my goals,  I decided to appeal to my competitive nature and join a second book challenge. DelightedReader.com has several book reading challenges including a reading scavenger hunt and a binge read option.

The challenge I chose sets a goal not just for my reading but also for my writing. The 2017 Book Review Challenge allows you to set your own goals as long as you read the book and write a review. 

You can read all my reviews right here on Blu Moon Fiction and check up on my progress via my Good reads feed. 
To join the Book Review Challenge here!

What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl  (The Arctic Incident)

Trudging along through my own personal book challenge I’m adding book 2 of the Artemis Fowl series to my read pile. 

An amazing follow-up to the original, The Arctic Incident manages to bring everyone back for a fast paced action packed story.
That’s not to be clichè short of the preliminary therapy session in the beginning everything following is one laser blast after another. 
In what can only be Colfer’s ironic sense of humor, Artemis Fowl is being extorted. Having bested the faeries last year after kidnapping and later releasing captain Holly Short he’s terrorizing staff at a prestigious boarding school. With his mother well and on her feet Artemis has been mounting a search for his father….and he finds him.
Actually the Russian Mafiya find him and hold him for ransom. He’s ready to go kick some Russian butt when he’s accosted by Holly Short, something sinister below ground cause the two worlds to collide.
I especially enjoyed the semi-closing of one story arc while they also teased the very likely pairing of Munch Diggums and Artemis Fowl.
Eoin Fowler is quickly becoming one of my favorites. 
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Blu Books – Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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I stumbled upon this series completely by accident. My mother is the biggest Harry Potter Fan I know. One Christmas long after the series had ended while waiting for either the fifth or sixth movie I was looking for a gift for my mother the book worm. To my shock this series has nothing to do with Harry Potter. In fact the only thing the two series have to do with each other is that both books reference Flamel and his elixir of life.   


This collection also has two stand – alone novellas. Making it an eight or nine part series.


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The series written by Irish author Michael Scott delves into the realm of mythology featuring a pending apocalypse magical twins. As far as stats go this book is a  young adult thriller-fantasy fiction. The books have been nominated for various teen literary and reader’s awards. The film rights to the series have been bought by AMPCO Films.


I love my epic books and this series shows a world being thrust into the brink of extinction by ancient deities with even more backstory than we ever knew. I could say Michael Scot is one of my favorites off of this series alone. This series features Egyptian mythology as well as American folklore blended perfectly to give way to this fantastical tale of incarnations  and a of literal good and evil ensures this book if crammed with fantasy elements.wp-image-544243400


The Alchemyst, focuses on the lives of Sophie and Josh Newman, fraternal twins whose boring summer jobs and regular lives working for the Fleming’s comes to a shocking and adventurous end with the arrival of the mysterious and menacing, Dr. John Dee.


Dr. Dee engages the bookstore owner, Nick Fleming, in a battle of magic attempting to steal an ancient book, The Book of Abraham the Mage (a.k.a. the Codex) from him. Dee snatches the book from Josh’s hands, but Josh holds onto the last two pages. In his anger  Dr. Dee  kidnaps Nick’s wife Perry Fleming and imprisons her on Alcatraz Island.

 

The Newman’s’ discover that Nick Fleming is actually the immortal Nicholas Flamel. A gifted alchemist who’s spent the larger part of his life in secret as the sole creator of the elixir of life. The twins reluctantly embrace their gifts and their destiny as the keys to either save the world or destroy it.


When you mention the fate of the world rests on someone’s shoulder’s  the next question of course would be from who? This book has many villains all worse than the next. Our heroes run into every bad guy imaginable from reincarnated train robbers to eons old goddesses with a grudge.

If you haven’t seen why I love this series yet. Go read it for yourself. This series is great for lovers of magic and mythology.  The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a great series to add to your shelf especially if you’re a fan of The Sorrowline, Roam, the The Septimus Heap Collection.



Have you read Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel? Did you finish the series? What did you think?