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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-04-01 15:11
A Good Installment in the Series
The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer


Like the previous books in this series, this installment takes the reader on a wild ride. Of course, the name of the book is a dead giveaway when it comes to the plot.


But the rest is an action-packed blur where Artemis — a boy thief with a girl’s name — learns to accept that he has friends who might need his help — regardless of his previously mercenary leanings.


There is humor and there are lessons to be learned along the way.


The next book in the series is calling my name.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-05 22:15
December 2018 — A Wrap-Up



After I had done the yearly overview, I realized I had yet to review the books I read in December. Granted, not much reading was done, but here they are:

42392437 These comics aren’t anything out of the ordinary but I do love the colorful graphics in them. Plus, people are being taken over by plants, and there is a conspiracy to be uncovered. All of this is happening in a post-apocalyptic setting. So, I am sticking to the series for now.




I really wanted to love this one. I’m even collecting all the books in the series. But with all the amazing UF novels that I’ve already read, this one paled in comparison. Even if there hadn’t been so many issues with the characters like the protagonist was supposed to be a witch. But all she did was mess up and whine. Then there was her partner, a vampire. She was supposed to be on a no-blood diet. However, every time the protag even breathed, the vamp would be on her throat. They were aided by a pixie whom they treated like dirt even when he regularly risked his life for them. Finally, a new character was introduced in a highly suspect manner who made the worst decision ever. But the protag just went and trusted him.


Aside from those issues, the plot wasn’t making much sense either. I will be reading the next one in the series to see if things get better though.



I’m still in the process of collecting all the books from this series. Just got this one last month and was going over it all excited. Suddenly, I found myself flipping its pages. Within no time, I had read the whole book! That is the magic of the Lemony Snicket books. They are funny but profound, and perfect reads for kids and adults alike. 
I do have a kind of project in mind for this series. Let’s see when I can make it happen!



The first time I came across this series was a long time ago. From the joke cracked in it about teenage vampires (can’t recall if they were of the sparkly variety or not), I was sold. While I am still collecting all the books in this series. I thought it was time that I started reading the ones I had managed to snag. This is the second book in the series and it didn’t disappoint. Fowl is still his serious precocious but brilliant self and you know my love for Flavia. Butler can still kick ass and will do anything to keep his charge safe. I am also becoming fond of the fairy characters, including the butt-flap-opening farting Mulch. Will keep devouring book after book now that I have begun!




I couldn’t make myself wait, so I started this one almost immediately. We begin to see changes in Fowl’s personality. The kid who has always been smarter than other kids his own age has spent his life being alienated. Now, he realizes the importance of friendship and connecting with others, even his parents! 


Holly is a strong female character who doesn’t shy away from danger, speaking her mind, or doing the right thing.

I was sad when I thought Butler would be out of commission now that he had aged 15 years. But he isn’t going to give up without a fight, is he? Typical Butler!


Root and Foaly bicker all the time, but they are fun to read about. 

P.S. I don’t think I can stop reading these books until I have read em all now.


This was what I read in December. How did you do?

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review 2018-11-24 21:47
Sequels sind auch nur ein Abklatsch
Artemis Fowl. Die Verschwörung - Eoin Colfer

Oder eben nicht. 

Reihen sind ja immer so eine Sache. Gefallen einem die Einsteigermodelle, so ist die Erwartungshaltung selten zu erfüllen. Gefällt einem der erste Band nicht, so kommt es wohl eher sporadisch dazu, dass man weitere liest. 

Aber Artemis Fowl - Die Verschwörung hat mich nun wirklich überrascht. Der erste Teil war für mich zwar unterhaltsam, aber hat mich auch nicht so richtig mitgerissen. Ich dachte, dass liegt daran, dass ich aus dem Alter für solche Bücher bin. (Es war ein tragischer, melancholischer Midlifecrisis-Moment...)

Wahrscheinlich hätte ich den zweiten Band gar nicht gelesen, läge er nicht auf meinem schändlichen Stapel der ungelesenen Bücher. Doch da ich gewillt bin diesen Stapel zu minimieren musste auch der zweite Band gelesen werden. Zum Glück.

Man kennt die Darsteller und die Umgebung, in der man sich befindet. Nicht verkehrt. Aber vor allem hat mir der Zusammenschluss von Artemis und den Elfen gefallen. Eine gute Sache. Man findet Witz, feinen (irisch/englischen) Humor und eine kurzweilige, gute Geschichte. Die tatsächlich auch Lust macht, den dritten Teil zu lesen. Aus Gründen muss die ganze Sache ja auch erfolgreich gewesen sein. 

Also Artemis, ich bleibe dir treu. Denn der zweite Teil gefiel mir tatsächlich besser als der erste!

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text 2018-11-10 09:04
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

#ArtemisFowl 1

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review 2017-12-29 05:13
Perilous Journey
Illegal - Eoin Colfer,Andrew Donkin,Giovanni Rigano
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

Illegal is the story of two brothers’ journey from Africa to Europe. Along the way Ebo, the main character, charms his way by singing, finds a bit of luck, and cheerfully works at whatever job he can find. Ebo is an intelligent and gutsy hero, who, perhaps because of his age, naively manages to think positively and to find solutions when faced with both mundane and life-threatening problems that seem never-ending. Ebo and his brother save one another time and again, but both are repeatedly treated horribly and discarded by people who have far more resources than they do.


This book would be great for upper elementary through high school libraries and classrooms, as it presents a well-thought out and emotionally involving introduction for kids to the refugee crisis in Europe. The illustrations draw the reader in, and effectively show the living conditions and peril the brothers encounter in an appropriate and engaging way. I enthusiastically recommend this for grades 4 and up.

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