So, I began trying to read this book when I was 11 or 12. I immediately put it down because I didn't like the underage drinking and smoking...
Later on...moreSo, I began trying to read this book when I was 11 or 12. I immediately put it down because I didn't like the underage drinking and smoking...
Later on, I got over it. It was glorious, really. Kaye was just the kind of girl you'd imagine to have the Sight, though in fact she was a faerie. She was isolated, but it didn't affect her as much as it would to most people. Not until she realized she could control the people she hated, anyway. For a short time, she reminded me, personality wise, of Luna Lovegood. You know, if Luna were to smoke, or drink.
All in all, it was quite a fun read, and I've gained new respect for Holly Black. Having already read the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater, and the Iron King by Julie Kagawa, I understood the historical faerie background immediately. Actually, the Kelpie was obviously the more common name for Maggie Steifvater's Capall uisce, the Faeries and their Unseelie and Seelie Courts were definitely similar to Clare's and Kagawa's interpretations, and even our brave night, Roiben, from the Unseelie Court strongly reminded me of Ash of the Unseelie Court in Julie Kagawa's story (Their hair was of opposite color, though, which I found quite amusing.)
The only reason I couldn't give it five stars because I was pretty much aware of the plot before I even read through the entire thing. It was definitely worth it, though, even if it related to three other serie. Maybe I also still didn't love the focus of cigarettes and alcohol, but Kaye was a likable character nonetheless.(less)
Capaill uisce- A predatory, fey horse of the sea. Aroused by the coming of November, they take to the land, ready to kill.
The Scorpio Races- A dangero...moreCapaill uisce- A predatory, fey horse of the sea. Aroused by the coming of November, they take to the land, ready to kill.
The Scorpio Races- A dangerous sporting event participated in by the locals of the Island Thisby in which competitors must capture and train one of the Capall to race near the alluring waves of the ocean.
Turning to the first page, I was prepared for another Shiver. Gently closing the cover, I felt the ghost of tears. Maggie Stiefvater had never been one of the candidates for such a feat. This book was meant to be about the legend of the faerie water horses, commonly known by us urban fantasy readers as 'kelpies,' but that was only the coloring of the dresses at the ball. This story tells so much more of determination, confidence, and a love so fierce between a man and his horse that not even the ocean could interrupt it. Tells so much more of ferocity, rebellion, and the ability and will to believe in the power of a mere girl on her tiny horse against monsters of strength and teeth. This was not another Shiver. This was better than Shiver. This was hope and strength and love. And Sean Kendrick on his stallion, Corr. Winning for his horse And Puck Connally on her mare, Dove. Winning for her house. Desperation a driving force to win. (less)
If you're looking for a critical review, you will not find such here. Here, praise is all that will be spoken... I suggest you search elsewhere for th...moreIf you're looking for a critical review, you will not find such here. Here, praise is all that will be spoken... I suggest you search elsewhere for the angry reviews.
Shall we move on? First and foremost, the elephant in the room. In every book, Artemis changes... just a little bit, maybe, because of those he knows in the Lower Elements. It's obvious how this book takes that slow growth, and very slowly gives you signs of his growing sentimentality. A whisper of sympathy here, a hiss of guilt there... nothing big, we all expect that after reading the previous books, I assume, correct? What is completely unexpected is the sacrifice he eventually makes to save all the people he must have completely vexed in his entire life. This, I think, is the final compensation.
Holly Short, the other protagonist of ours, is of course also very important. The bond she had somehow managed to forge between Artemis and herself was... immensely solid. The fact that he originally kidnapped her... and somehow they end up being the dearest of friends... is quite the lesson to humankind. Forgive thy enemy. Her love for him is incredible, and I am separate from the crowd that demands they become a couple, because I feel like that's enough.
Butler. I can't even... describe the pains Butler goes through to keep that boy safe and alive. He must love the Fowl family more than anything, because that man is devoted. He nearly died, more than once or twice, to save him. And he would do so again, if it meant that any of the Fowls (primarily Artemis the Second, as he is the only one to put himself in such situations) were in danger and could be saved.
I would also like to dedicate a simple praise to Foaly, who loves his wife to a degree unconceivable to us filthy Mud People. I would also like to mention that I did enjoy that short chapter in which Cabelline was in the spot-light.
I loved Harry Potter. I wasn't the age to 'grow up with the books' as Harry Potter came out; no, I just devoured them when I was 12 and moved on. But with Artemis Fowl... I could actually grow up with them, and that, I suppose, is why I'm so completely smitten with them. I read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth book at random places in my constant stream of books between the ages of 12 and 14. Upon hearing of the seventh book's release, I was all over it. I am 15 at the point in which Artemis is 15 (Sort of). And it was similarly so in the other books as well. I was with an age of the boy in question. That did a lot to boost my love of the books.
In summary, I couldn't ever put them down. And so as my advice to you, dear reader of this review: it is, indeed, worth it.
Also, in case you have read the book: (view spoiler)[So, Holly is the narrator all along. The last book ends as the first begins, so naturally, Holly must have been the one telling us of events the entire series. Who would have known? Of course, there are points at which she couldn't possibly be narrating (as some things are not being spoken aloud) but I imagine that a very large portion of the books is merely Holly explaining to Artemis their past. (hide spoiler)]
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3 1/2 stars. This book was just short of Extraordinary. The main character was quite realistic, which is a great thing in writing, considering how many...more3 1/2 stars. This book was just short of Extraordinary. The main character was quite realistic, which is a great thing in writing, considering how many authors tend to make their character's infallible. And Phoebe made very bad choices, which is probably the reality of the life of a teenage girl. Although it was rather hard to get into, once you got into the climax, it had a bit of a stronger hold on your attention. I liked Impossible much better than this book, but this book wasn't bad at all. It was very touching, and it taught quite a lesson about self-love, confidence, choices, and the love of the people around you. It taught that whoever you are, and however many people think that you are ordinary, unnoticeable, or indiscernible, there will always be someone who thinks you are extraordinary, even if you don't believe it yourself.(less)