What We’re Reading: Artemis Fowl  (The Atlantis Complex)

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It took me a bit longer to finish this book than it has the others in the series. I even chose to take a break for a few days to get the Blumoonfiction.wordpress.com site back up and running. Having finished the book I have a few take-aways.

Angeline Fowl is an amazing beastmode mom, in the running for my literary adopted mom status. Using cooperation in keeping the fairy people’s existence a secret, as a way to extort normal teenage behavior from your son, is genius and if faeries were real totally worth the effort.

Secondly, Love truly conquers all including black magic runes and psychosis. This theme pops up often throughout the book, I won’t spoil it for you but see if you can get what I meant. The ending to the final conflict was so poetic, I would’ve teared up if I hadn’t been holding my breath for the downfall of Turnball Root, villain of our novel.

Thirdly, this book is a completely different Fowl adventure than what we’ve come to know. Traditionally there’s multiple villains and levels of psychological sparring ending in the flawless execution of a final Fowl plan to defeat the bad guy and save the day.

This time not so much…

Artemis’s mental ability isn’t going to be as helpful as it’d usually be. In fact Artemis spends a large chunk of the book out of commission.

I love character development and a little variation from time to time. For six books we’ve seen Artemis use his wits to outsmart his foes and to help save the day, but now suffering from fits of psychosis while trying to unravel a villainous plot his mind seems to be causing him the most trouble.

The villain in this book is also different. Questing to be reunited with his love, regardless of of how their romance came to be is a completely different motivation. Ultimately it was that same motivation that ended his scheme. This part of the book is the most poetic if not slightly anti-climactic. A part of me wondered what the point of it all was, but only for a moment.

The Atlantis Complex is also the funniest AF book I’ve read, now that Artemis has a sense of humor, jokes between the characters as well as the jokes the author leaves for the reader are on almost every page. It’s one of the more light hearted books, considering the events that place.

The Orion character is truly one of the more humurous inceptions of Artemis Fowl, with his chivalrous demeanor and floral speech. He proved to be more useful than originally expected.

Psychosis beats Rune.

One final book in the Artemis Fowl series before I am done. This has been an amazing journey but I’m sooooo ready to get out of Ireland.

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#ShowsWeLove – AHS:Cult (Marathon Stream Ep.1-8)


I am finally all caught with American Horror Story Cult, and I must say I am in a weird state of the unknown. Most seasons I can say with certainty that I either love it or hate it, (even Coven one of my personal favs that everyone else despises.) This season for whatever reason hasn’t shoved me over the fence, I’m still waiting for a glimpse of the truly horrifying.

It may even be the influx of new characters i’ve yet to connect with or the fictionalized aftermath of a very real reality. One thing AHS has been able to provide this season is gore and plenty of it. 

The members of the Kai Anderson cult dawn clown costumes to achieve their goals and to strike enough fear to swing the votes in his direction for city council. 

Like all cult leaders Kai is charismatic, easy on the eyes, criminally insane and full of baloney. Seeing the desperation and loneliness in his followers, that he himself posessess, he hand picks the poor souls he leads. In the beginning there seemed to be a method to his madness. His group offered solidarity to those who felt marginalized and unheard, after the election. Yet each week,  we see the continuous unraveling of the once captivating councilman as he slips into the throws of insanity and paranoia.

Ally Mayfair-Richards has also undergone a transformation. Once terrified of her own shadow, months of torment by the cult has strengthened her so much that she becomes a member and gets her therapist/Kai’s older brother murdered. 

Ivy who happily betrayed and assisted in the torment should probably sleep with one eye open especially since Beverly Hope has been transported to the room of isolation.

This seems very much like a real cult equipped with militarized chauvinists in matching outfits, love deprived women desperate for purpose and a hodge podge of confused individuals looking for a place to belong.

The killer clowns to sway the city council election is impressive! Next week we’ll be mimicking the Jonestown “True Believers” by poisoning some fruit punch. 

Halloween Horror Story, let’s go!

What do you think of the Season so far, leave us a comment below!

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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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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My Netflix Addiction: What Happened To Monday

Sounds very much like a coming of age tale or some fuzzy Rom-Com but don’t let the title fool you. This movie is anything but rosey. 
Set in the future, after the human population crisis caused the world to literally run out of food, a genetic mutation made creating food more feasible but the artificial substances in the food caused an insurance in multiple births, ( twins, triplets, etc.) Thus exacerbating an already existence conflict, Overpopulation.

The solution made by Glen Close, a one child per family rule. William Dafoe, plays a man with a big secret, he’s allows his late daughters seven daughters to live as one person. Named for each day of the week, they assume the identity of one Karen. 


One day Monday’s Karen goes missing and it all unravels from there.

I do enjoy a good suspense movie and What Happened To Monday, offers the perfect blend of mystery, action and emotion to make this movie great for any Netflix & Chill session. 

#ShowsWeLove:OUAT Reboot 

Not many shows survive a reboot. The old fans are just way too attached to the original cast to care about what new story you’re trying to tell. Change the day and time and you’re basically letting the world know you’re about to cancel the show.

So no wonder we all trembled in fear when half the cast of Once Upon A Time quit and the show time moved to Friday’s at 8pm. 

We start this season with a jump to 18-year-old Henry heading through a portal with Regina bidding him farewell. He and a very flustered looking Cinderella are rushing headfirst towards each other on a strip of road in a “New Realm”

Henry is much older now and we understand that this will be a new version of the show entirely by Henry’s farewell to Regina, “There are dozens of stories across the world but I’m the only me” I’m paraphrasing obviously, but it prepares you for when you see another Cinderella.

A fact I’m still on the fence about. On the one hand a reboot means you can do whatever you please however, I vaguely remember Cinderella being one of their first stories.

This new spin with Cinderella as Henry’s true love and the Evil Stepmother as the villain (a great choice btw) definitely let’s us know we’re not in Storeybrooke anymore.

Recycling the first episode of the series is a risk. I’m not sure if I like it yet. Henry as the “true believer” doesn’t seem to believe Lucy very much very a la Emma if i do say so myself. 

Grown up Henry is a blocked writer who hasn’t been able to write anything since his debut Once Upon A Time. He’s surprised by a little girl claiming to be his daughter. 

Sound familiar?

Apparently Hyperion Heights is the new version of Storeybrooke, where everyone is trapped without magic. The neighborhood is being gentrified scattering the original (Storeybrooke) characters across the world. 

In fairytale land Henry was roofied  by a menacing looking Alice who seems to be working for Rumple. Her warning to Henry was that he wasn’t in his story. Yet he and Cinderella seem to be destined for each other.

I wonder what happens to Violet that Cinderella us his true love?

The episode ends with a promotion for our favorite neighborhood Captn. Hook who gets teamed up with Rumplestilitskin/ Weaver. 

Roni/Regina decides to not sell her bar to the wicked stepmother Madame Bellfrey.  Her triumphant monologue pans through the city while we see the slight change in each of our characters.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Operation Glass Slipper is a go!

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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