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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I loved this book, the plot held my eyes riveted to the pages as this sorry group of sailors made their way through the increasingly unknown seas. The...moreI loved this book, the plot held my eyes riveted to the pages as this sorry group of sailors made their way through the increasingly unknown seas. There was love, there was loss. The plot deserves a handy 5 star rating, but the translation wasn't spectacular, and the plot could have been executed much better.(less)
I don't believe I've ever received such a beautiful message from a book. "I Am the Messenger," by Marcus Zusak was more than a novel; I think it was an...moreI don't believe I've ever received such a beautiful message from a book. "I Am the Messenger," by Marcus Zusak was more than a novel; I think it was an idea; I think it's a goal that he's written, that he wants all of us to have for ourselves. 'I Am the Messanger' delves into a sort of existentialism that I've rarely encountered in books. I think it's wonderfully thought-provoking, and it has just the right touch of humor to keep it light and entertaining at the same time.
The surprises are endless, especially at the end. I've never seen the fourth-wall shattered with so much glory.
...Wow. ***I can't call it a spoiler, so unless you are paranoid, read on.***
That was really... really... I can't really find a word. Near the end, it s...more...Wow. ***I can't call it a spoiler, so unless you are paranoid, read on.***
That was really... really... I can't really find a word. Near the end, it started spiraling through revelations about faith, knowledge, and life itself. And finally, the names of the three books were explained, Seeker, Jango, and Noman. They are more than they seem. Or should I say... less? Seeker went through quite a bit in this book, as he usually does, and that one perfect dive became the end of something in all three of our main characters, and a beginning. The All and Only, the Wounded Warrior, the Lost Child, the Loving Mother, the Wise Father... The faith was tested in that one Great Experiment that made up the entire book. Morning Star found who she was looking for. The Wildman found his peace, even if it wasn't what he was expecting. And Seeker learned a lot about himself. He figured out who he was, what he was meant for, and most importantly, he failed. He found the Assassin, but was unable to defeat him. The reasons, however, are a greater surprise than you could imagine.
I had low expectations for this trilogy, but now I realize that I could have expected so much more and still have given it high marks. It's quite enlightening, very emotionally touching, and it forms strong bonds between you and the characters.
Unexpected betrayals, deceitful Joy, knowledgeable faith, and power without limits. Don't you know it is you who will save me? Seeker. Jango. Noman.(less)
Redshirts by John Scalzi (Narrated by Wil Wheaton *Ahem. Squee.*) was completely spectacular. Even if you aren't of the Star Trek fandom. I enjoyed th...moreRedshirts by John Scalzi (Narrated by Wil Wheaton *Ahem. Squee.*) was completely spectacular. Even if you aren't of the Star Trek fandom. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, even without the compliment of written pages and spellings. It doesn't matter, however, as without our friend Wil reading this outloud to me, I would have mispronounced Ensign for En–SINE. Which would have been very awkward when, say, discussing the book with someone with half an idea what these rankings mean. I enjoyed the story as well, having a miraculous amount of fun with characters like Dahl and Kerensky. They, of course, cancel each other out in many ways, but I enjoyed both contrasting personalities. However stupid I found Kerensky, he still made me laugh, and that's all that really matters. Dahl, of course, with his protagonistic role, was both likable and interesting, so I had a great time hearing his story. The only flaw I could find would have to be the amount of 'said's in his dialogue. That's the only reson I couldn't bring myself to give the book five stars. It just hurt too much to leave that out of the review.
I loved the book, though. And I am now a Scalzi fan.(less)
Beatrice is stranded in the confines of selflessness, everyone wants her to be perfect, everyone wants her to forget she exists and...moreOne. Two. Three. Four.
Beatrice is stranded in the confines of selflessness, everyone wants her to be perfect, everyone wants her to forget she exists and live for the lives of others. And now she has a choice. Does she want to stay, be with her parents, remain within the safety of the past sixteen years? Or does she want to change? Does she want to take a risk?
Beatrice's choice decides the path of her entire life, and if she can't follow that path, she is cast out from the world indefinitely. From her parents, her siblings, her friends.
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)
No longer a man, no longer a lie, no longer the hopeless cripple that she once was only so short a time ago.
Eona, attempting to fit into her new, femi...moreNo longer a man, no longer a lie, no longer the hopeless cripple that she once was only so short a time ago.
Eona, attempting to fit into her new, feminine body and mind, struggles to withstand the crushing weight of the hope of the Resistance riding on her shoulders. A hope that withers, nearly dies, when they realize her womanhood to be more than a mere myth.
Crushed between her inability to use her power under the forceful desolation of the ten bereft dragons, broken from their Dragoneyes. The distrust between her and the only family, friends, she has left. The secrets laden heavy in her past, breaking into her present. A hopeless attraction to the man she swore her friendship to. A dark attraction to the man who brought all of the pain in the first place. Can Eona find the strength to do what's right?
Can she find the path that will revive the land, the dragons, the people, and her own splintered soul?
Vastly unpredictable in places, though painfully expected in others, harsh events tear apart the only thing she has: hope. Written with a speed that compels the eyes to the pages, intricately sewn together with hints, slivers of truth, never fully coming together until it slams into your chest in one, final ending.
Walls have ears, Doors have eyes, Trees have voices, Beasts tell lies, Beware the rain, Beware the snow, Beware the man you think you know. -Songs of Sapphiqu...moreWalls have ears, Doors have eyes, Trees have voices, Beasts tell lies, Beware the rain, Beware the snow, Beware the man you think you know. -Songs of Sapphique -Incarceron
Imagine a book was amazing. A brilliant blend of dystopia and utopia.
Imagine a main character locked in a dystopian prison, Finn, who wasn't good, or bad, but a strange combination of both. He was loyal, he was merciful, he was pitiful and caring in some ways. He had a conscience. But, at the same time, he's killed, he's tricked, he's kidnapped, and he's used people. He needs to survive, but he can't, unless he's ruthless. He had to be.
Imagine another main character, locked in a utopian prison, Claudia, who wasn't spoiled, or abused, but a strange combination of both. She had everything anyone could want, she would grow to rule the Realm, she would always have all of the power, and she was rather selfish, haughty, and bad-tempered. But, at the same time, she'd been lied to mercilessly about the things she thought she could be assured were true, she was caught up in a plan that she was afraid of, and almost unwilling to follow, and she was confined to rules that shunned progress; trapped in a bit more subtle, but just as horrible prison.
Now they have to help each other to Escape.
Winding through betrayals, trust, brotherhood, fear, pain, lies, and delusion, this book caught me immediately, and I was unable to stop reading.