Book Review: Guild Hunter #2: Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Angels’ Bloodreturns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman who has been thrust into their darkly seductive world.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan’s power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

***** ***** *****

i won’t apologize, Elena. It would be a lie – i couldn’t let you leave me.

first off, the cover is just stunning. Elena appeared sexy and dangerous. plus the indigo-almost black angel wings. wow.

i started reading the moment i finished book 1. why? i was hungry for more!

i finally got over the vampires-slaved-by-vicious-angels/archangels thing and enjoyed reading.

mostly the book explained more of the angelic world. Elena’s brutal past, and Raphael’s. and Michaela’s.

and i finally got to meet all the members of the Seven!

a year after Elena’s coma (surviving death and becoming an angel), she woke up. only to find herself (again) the target of Raphael’s enemies. even some members of the Seven want to kill her for what they saw is a threat to Raphael’s power and stature as the Archangel of New York.

Elena is considered an infant in the angelic sense so naturally, some would take advantage of that to hurt Rafael. She can’t fly at first. She felt her hunting skills is being hindered by her wings. But the ability to scent vampires extended to scenting angels.

UPSIDE

this scenting captivates me. each description of scent is unique. elderberries with sugar. snow falling on apples. thunderstorms with lightning and fire. i applaud the author for associating scents with the personality of the characters. it’s refreshing.

The one thing that made me love this book is the growing relationship of Elena and Raphael. They learned trust. acceptance. submission. and the link between their minds? amazing.

“There are some humans-one among half a billion perhaps-who makes us something other than what we are. The barriers fall, the fires ignite, and the mind merge.”

Lijuan had killed the mortal who’d touched her that deeply.

Raphael had chosen to love, instead.

BUT i have to say this: i’m falling in love with Ilium *sigh* but it seemed he’s falling for Elena. bummer. Raphael is jealous of her friendship with Ilium but i don’t care. i can relate to Ilium more than to Raphael. and Ilium’s easy to picture: black hair tipped in blue. golden amber eyes. i found myself super enthralled with him… *uh, Raphael who?*

i was also entranced by the choice of names the author gave to the angels. Ilium (of course!). Dahariel. Anoushka. Aodhan. it felt real. it made believe that yes, they are really angels. *leaving reality for a moment*

there are intriguing parts that i hope the author would elaborate in the next books.

an angel who fears touch. an angel who hasn’t sing in centuries. an angel with a past that cost him his wings.

DOWNSIDE

one thing i begin to dislike is the constant sex scenes. everytime (as in every FREAKIN’ time) Elena is with Raphael, they always end up getting it on.

his smoldering cobalt blue eyes. his touch that makes Elena catch her breath.

and so on.

it got tiring reading those scenes over and over again. does it really need to have so many ravishing sexcapades?

i get that Elena escapes the horror and terror of her past through sex. but i think once or twice (i even go for thrice) is enough to make that point.

oh, there’s also the blatant possessiveness of Raphael to Elena. in some ways its endearing but there are times i feel it to be a toxin that can poison them both.

The nightmares have no claim on you Elena. You belong to me.

1st half – sex. sex. sex.

2nd half – finally, some gore and mystery to make this book interesting. vampire evisceration. angel wings’ cut and slashed. oooh, i’m so bloodthirsty right now! and the reborns with their potential as an army terrified even the archangels.

what happens in the end?

Elena gained a new enemy, an archangel no less (what’s new, right?). Elena finally confronted the memories (and the monster behind it) that has been haunting her in dreams and lately, when she’s also awake.

A member of the Seven goes down. very bad.

Elena, who is once mortal, is turning to be as merciless and lethal as Raphael. She should be if she wants to survive as a new angel and dodging death threats from the archangels.

An archangel went sleep.

So, it is bad to wish Raphael will die so that Ilium can take his place as archangel and lover of Elena? *wink*

And he would never let her go… even if she begged for her freedom.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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Escaped: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Black Saturday. Super Hot Weather.

After a quick swim, the family decided to go to SM Calamba.

Walking with ramsey in a stroller, i found a Booksale branch. Earlier, hubby gave me 100 bucks just in case i found something i’d like to eat.

Saw this book. Excitement!

Unfortunately, there are writings all over the pages. comments, notes, what-have-you.

i find it blasphemous to write anything in a book. Eek.

So even though it will only cost me 45 bucks, i did not buy it.

How can i enjoy reading if there are markings constantly popping in my vision?

i went back to my family empty-handed. hubby asks, no food?

i say, no, but i almost bought a book…? *sheepish* 😀

So i searched for an ebook on the net.

BINGO!

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Milestone: Ramsey at 9

nine months later, i have a boisterous, bubbly baby boy who never fails to bring a smile to my face every single day.

he has fangs! those two in the upper and three teeth in the mid lower region.

he munches on anything. eggnog cookies, marie biscuits, pan de sal. he now eats rice, mangoes and oranges. oh, there’s also the remote control. 😀

he sings. he shouts. he grins.

he stands up, almost walks. he sits up without support. he dangles from his crib side and inside the car like a monkey. he grips very hard.

and he bites. little, crunchy bites.

here’s mommy thanking HIM for your amazing growth and progress.

i would give up everything, before i separate myself from you.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Bartimaeus #1: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the “ultimate sacrifice” for a “noble destiny.” If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn’t tough enough, Nathaniel’s master, Arthur Underwood, is a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magician in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The boy’s only saving grace is the master’s wife, Martha Underwood, who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion. Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday. Everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him.

Nathaniel vows revenge. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine.

***** ***** *****

I’ll start by saying this is the first time i’ve read something about djinnis. Yes, Bartimaeus, is one. But beware for he is not the kind who grants three wishes. Maybe he will, but he will twist it so that you’ll curse him instead of thanking him. And you don’t need to free him to get those wishes – you have to capture him and make him do what you want.

An apprentice named Nathaniel did just that. In order to get back to a magician, Simon Lovelace, who publicly humiliated him, he summoned the powerful djinni Bartimaeus to do his bidding – steal the amulet ofSamarkandthat is currently in Lovelace’s possession. This summoning is advanced, way over his education. But Nathaniel is confident. Unfortunately, Bartimaeus and other forces have other plans. Suddenly, Nathaniel is caught between pushing through with his revenge and dealing with an old djinni who has the power to crush him. Not to mention the enemies of Bartimaeus he accumulated over time.

Nathaniel is crazy but good crazy. He is intelligent and clever for his age. His rapport with Bartimaeus is such a laugh trip! At the start Nathaniel seemed like any other brat who was reprimanded by an elder – he was vindictive. The urge to revenge was so great that he concocted a plan no apprentice will think of. What, summoning a djinni as old as Bartimaeus and make him do your bidding is just a piece of cake?… not! But as the consequences of his actions unfold, he became contrite, even guilty. In the end, he decided to make things right. And what he did to defeat the enemy will make any master of his very proud.

Bartimaeus is one those characters i love to hate (because he constantly antagonizes the hero) but i’ve come to love. If Nathaniel is a brat, then Bartimaeus is one stubborn, conceited djinni. Sometimes cruel, other times he’s just plain arrogant. A powerful djinni like him can turn an apprentice’s bidding around and into his advantage, right? It is funny how he counteracts Nathaniel’s orders with his defiant actions. His past is intriguing and more so, his character. He admired Nathaniel yet at the same time he planned to get rid of Nathaniel after doing his bidding.

I liked that even as they hate each other, they’ve come to know the story behind their lives and how it led them to where they are. They understood each other despite the hate. I liked that the ending wrapped up with Nathaniel and Bartimaeus looking after each other. Could they have become friends?… nah. That’s pushing it too far. Lol

I wanna know more of Bartimaeus’ past. I wanna know what happens to Nathaniel being an apprentice to a new master. And i wanna know where Nathaniel’s and Bartimaeus’ relationship will go. I’m sure i won’t be disappointed with their bantering. Though i’m rooting for Nathaniel to outwit the djinni… Ha!

This book is witty and funny. Perfect for a summer read.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: In Death #2: Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

From Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb comes the second novel in the number-one New York Times-bestselling series starring New York Lieutenant Eve Dallas, now in a special hardcover edition.

It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion—in the heart….

Even in 2058, when genetic testing usually weeds out any violent hereditary traits before they can bloom, murder still happens. The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second is murdered in her own apartment building. Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects—including her own lover, Roarke.

As a woman, Eve is compelled to trust the man who shares her bed. But as a copy, it’s job to follow every lead…to investigate every scandalous rumor…to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark.

Or how dangerous…

***** ***** *****

Eve Dallas is back! She is one of my fave heroines. such a badass!

After reading Naked in Death (book 1), i was excited to read the next in the series.

Eve and Roarke are now a (sex) couple. Eve wants their relationship to stay within the bedroom. Roarke wants the real thing. While Eve sorts out her mess of a life, she now has to take care of recent crimes involving powerful women.

The story was little bit slow to unravel for my taste. Although the elements are there for a typical suspenseful read. A calculated killer. A common denominator among victims. An undefined motive. My question was: how come Eve cannot uncover the culprit earlier? Is she losing her touch now that she has a personal life?

It is refreshing to see that somehow, Eve is opening up to Roarke. Her past is sneaking in the pages, waiting to be read and understood. And the conflict that seemed to dampen their relationship was just dealt with quickly. No beating around the bush. And that’s just fair. After all, they are both adults. Things should be kept simple. The author saw that there’s no need to stretch it out until the end. And that’s good.

The killer was among my ‘guess’ list. He was a weak villain, if you ask me. A typical sociopath.

Did i say i was now a Roarke groupie? *wink* dark character. Scary past. Loads of money. And can definitely stand his ground in a fistfight. Let’s go Roarke! Oh, and marry me (instead of Eve)? Lol

Sequels should be better than the first book. i’m a little disappointed. The plot has potential to be even more twisted. But it is still a good mystery to read. Not to mention Roarke crumpling the sheets. *meows* hahaha!

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live not only in cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. The prison has been sealed for centuries, and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped.
           
Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, can’t remember his childhood and believes he came from Outside Incarceron. He’s going to escape, even though most inmates don’t believe that Outside even exists. And then Finn finds a crystal key and through it, a girl named Claudia. 
           
Claudia claims to live Outside—her father is the Warden of Incarceron and she’s doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn escape, she will need his help in return. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know. 
           
Because Incarceron is alive.

***** ***** *****

Incredible. That’s what it is.

What if you are a prisoner, and the prison you live inside is alive? As in looking at you, listening your every step, and commands the world you live in to whatever it wants? That is Finn.

What if you live in a place where people live backwards? It is way past the 21st century but the rich people are called lords, who live in castles, who ride horses? The people are to live like it is during medieval times and yet there are ingenious devices like scanners, gravity box and portals? That is where Claudia is.

The story is unique, a very intricate mystery in itself.

Finn is inside Incarceron, but he believes he came from the Outside. He is a prisoner in a prison where he can roam freely or do anything. In the forest. In the train tracks. In dilapidated structures. People there are sickly, and poor, and most times violent. After all, they are all prisoners there. But even if they are not inside the cells, there’s a catch: when Incarceron senses trouble, it will contain whatever and wherever it is that needs containment. LOCKDOWN. Literally. So Finn intends to escape this horrible place. Yet escape is impossible. Well, almost. Then he obtained a key. Suddenly, escape seems no longer bleak.

Claudia is Outside, trapped in an impending marriage she doesn’t want to take part of but will make her a queen. When she gets hold of a key, she realizes there might be another world where she can go to. Where there is freedom. And when using the key she can talk to a prisoner who is actually inside Incarceron, the plan to escape her fate seems possible.

Together, Finn and Claudia find themselves working an escape that will benefit them both. But it really is not that simple. Because Incarceron knows their plans. And it doesn’t want anyone escaping it. For the second time.

The first ten pages led Finn to someone who has the key – a lot of action instantly transpired in those pages. I was hooked right then and there.

It was suspenseful. After each chapter, i was gloomy because there are scenes where Finn almost always gets killed. That’s how dangerous the prison is. I’m constantly thinking: ‘he’s never going to make it’ or ‘he’ll die now, that’s for sure’ or ‘oh man, not again!’. I have to give it to the author, because she makes me want to read on and on. I just have to know what happens next!

Claudia is very clever, relentless and as his father the Warden says, ruthless. She was raised and educated to be a future queen. And it suits her. She is constantly defiant to her father. She usually goads her tutor Jared to support her decisions and plans. She is determined to stop her marriage to Caspar. There are moments when she can’t control her emotions and eventually her bursts of temper made me think of her as this stupid, spoiled and immature girl who only does the things she did just because there’s nothing else exciting to do.

In every chapter there’s a new twist. A new turn that is darker, nastier, and more sinister. The ride i had while reading this is thrilling. The adventure given by Incarceron is definitely wicked!

There are scenes that remind me of some movies and i was just happy to let my imagination wander! It made it easier to picture the world Finn was in.

1 Jormanric and the Comitatus – Mad Max

2 Finn as the Tribute to the Beast – Beowolf

3 Blaize and his ‘baloon/bubble’ of a ship – Waterworld

I also remembered the tv series Prison Break. It is similar to Incarceron. Minus the concrete walls and guards.

The book has me guessing til the end. I admit that i have no idea where the author will take me.

Can Finn trust his oath brother, Keiro? Is the sapient Gildas crazy enough to escape that he’ll offer even Finn to the Beast? Is attia a friend or a lover? And the million-dollar-question remained: will Incarceron let Finn escape its clutches?

Is Claudia brave enough to defy his father for the biggest trick she planned? Can she really go through the marriage and accept her fate as the future Queen? Does Claudia have the resources to help Finn out of the prison?

I have no definite answers to all of those questions when i’m reading a book. And i am usually a good guesser! Let’s just say that i am unsure that this book will have an ending that i love. And yet i keep on reading.

So the ending left me wanting for more.

I could’ve given a five-star rating but in the first part of the book, i kept looking how far i’ve gone with the book. I was anxious to finish it. Why? Because i thought Finn, Claudia and the others don’t have enough time to escape. That feeling gave me the notion that the book was too long. Or maybe it’s just me?

Also, the author never explained some of its coined terms. She assumed the reader will be intelligent enough to figure it out as the story progresses. Well, i was stumped most of the time while reading it. Does that mean i’m getting slow on the uptake?

Sapienti – are they magicians or scientists? Maybe alchemists?

Civicry – are they prisoners far more civil to be called as prisoners?

Post-Era, Years of Rage – ??? (the meaning was still vague even after finishing the book)

It isn’t easy to say this but Incarceron is my most favourite character (if you can call it that). She sounds like a mom. Disciplines like a mom. Never wants to let her children go, like a mom. It all has the power in the prison world and yet it has that one thing it wants but can never have. For a second there, while reading its musings, i felt sorry for Incarceron.

This is a great read. Dwell in a world that is, literally… alive. *evil grin*

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

August Rush

singing his heart out

ramsey’s favorite song: twinkle, twinkle little star!

every time we sing it to him, he sings along! he doesn’t just hum, he sings it with a tune! we are really impressed. five stars for my baby 🙂

bummer i did not catch him singing on video. 😦

nowadays, he sing along with the tv commercials. anne curtis’ palmolive commercial. colgate ‘brush brush brush!’ ad. and lucky me’s ‘nam-nam’ commercial with Vhong, Luis, Billy, and John Lloyd.

he really enjoys those jingles!

during the mass yday, he stops playing when he hears the choir sing, then he sings too. 🙂

so adorable.

ramsey, next time, let’s do a rock n’ roll number, alright? 😉

Book Review: Guild Hunter #1: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

***** ***** *****

Love. Happiness. Joy. What did any of that matter when the flip side was murderous rage, blood-soaked anarchy?

i admit it. i have a thing about angels. blame it on the frustration i have from the Hush, Hush and Fallen series. After reading Unearthly (and i couldn’t stop gushing about it), i crave for more angel stuff from YA.

well, let me tell you about Angels’ Blood. it is not YA. and it is not about goody-two-shoes angels (archangels, no less) that i grew up imagining them to be.

Even when i was already halfway through the book, i couldn’t get past the concept of archangels with vampires as slaves. i just couldn’t past it. but i read on.

Story:

Angels and vampires live among humans.

Archangels rule specific parts of the world. Raphael, for instance, has New York as his domain. Archangels are a race of immortals, and not descendants from God. They are ruthless, cruel, and has no regard with human lives.

Archangels have the discretion who will be ‘Made’ into vampires. There is a waiting list and you have to be compatible, otherwise your request to be Made will be denied.

Hunters like Elena doesn’t necessarily kill vampires. They hunt vamps who ran away from their Makers/Masters (the archangels), bag them, tag them, then bring them back to their Masters. This reminded me of Evie from Paranormalcy.

Elena was summoned by Raphael to hunt not a vamp, but an archangel. Elena is hunter-born, scenting vamps is her specialty. but scenting an archangel? no way.

the charged electricity between Elena and Raphael intervenes with her doing her job. not to mention her being scared out of her wits of Raphael.

Even if the concept of vamps made by angels is new to me, i really liked this book.

Elena:

She has a death wish. this heroine is hardcore! there was this scene when a vamp wanted to taste her (erm, have sex is more like it), and instead of just saying no, she slit his throat then she ran. 😀 i loved her witty remarks, her constant denial to Raphael, and her tendency to protect her family even if they (her father, specifically) disowned her for choosing Hunting as her profession. There are many who wanted her dead. Dmitri. Michaela. Venom. Riker. even Raphael. what does she says about that? Get in line! lol

Raphael:

despite his cruel streak and and an iron fist to rule New York, i liked him. more so when he’s beginning to show a little humanity. all things he did (and didn’t do) have a purpose. like Elena said, he doesn’t torture someone just for the sake of torturing them.

Ilium and Jason:

these angels intrigue me! i want them more in the next books! Ilium the blue-winged angel. Jason the midnight-black-winged angel, sigh… can someone slap me back to reality?

first half of the book was all seduction and sex. c’mon, Nalini, am i here to read just about sex??? (uhm, maybe?) *big evil grin*

second half was all about bloodbath. and mutilation. and sex. 😐 well the bloodbath and mutilation reminded me of Dexter so i love it!

fave scene:

Raphael is into the Quiet state. Elena realizes he is not himself. Raphael still sex personified but detached. Elena realizes he’s going to kill her, so she did what is needed. she protected herself. BANG! so who’s immortal now, huh? 😉

verdict:

this book is a pretty good start for a series. as Raphael would put it, “i’m ready to f*ck you into oblivion.’

He watched over her for the rest of her days, knowing she no longer knew him. Is that love?

Don’t you know?

I’ve seen love defined a thousand ways over the centuries. There is no constant.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Strange Angels #3: Jealousy by Lily St. Crow

Rating: Star

Synopsis:

It’s a good thing Dru Anderson is fast. Because the sucker chasing her isn’t slowing down—and he won’t rest until he has tasted her blood and silenced her heart . . .Dru’s best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru’s heart get in the way of her survival?
 

***** ***** *****

i decided to read this series because in book one, Dru was described as a chick who does not submit to anyone. well, if there’s one criteria that i look for in a book, it’s a strong heroine. Dru seemed like one. i was so wrong!!!

Dru evolved into a whiny, UNself-sufficient babe in book three. WTH? where did punk-ass Dru went? did she died and the author replaced her with a mumbling-bumbling bimbo who cannot decide which boy she really wants? for someone who grew up with training for chasing and killing monsters, Dru cannot figure out a way to stop the vamp who’s hell bent on killing her. i was like, huh? maybe her mind was befuddled with guy issues 😐 yeah, right. *snorts*

the only thing that made me salvage my opinion for this series is the Dru-Ana face off in the gym. this is not an ordinary catfight. Svetocha vs Svetocha. FINALLY. for one who’s hoping for some heart-stopping action since page 1, i was rubbing my hands with anticipation when i reached this scene. sadly, it is the only note-worthy chapter in this horrible book.

this is the first book series i read where the story and plot rapidly dwindles and snuffs out like a candle flame with every book released.

will i read book 4? for christophe’s sake, yes. but i have a feeling Team Graves has something to celebrate by the end of this series.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Artemis Fowl #2: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

The Arctic Incident sees the slightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recovered from his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairy gold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon returned his mother’s ailing mind to full health.

But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal–not to mention deeply lucrative–past and move the family’s assets into legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and her People from their gold and is finding her stakeout duties a little dull. It soon becomes obvious that the pair have need of each other’s considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have far-reaching consequences for both of them.

***** ***** *****

So i started this series with one thought in mind: a 12-year-old as a master of crime? interesting.

i liked book 1, but this second book is even better.

So Artemis Fowl is cold and hardened on book 1, but it was good to see him in a different light on this sequel.

He never gave up that his father is still alive. He and Butler keep on searching and searching. at last, a sliver of a clue came to them. or rather, a ransom video. it may terrify any kid, but not Artemis Fowl. he was giddy, for this video only represented one thing: HOPE.

Seeing him softened when he talks about his father, looking at how he manages to cooperate with Holly and other LePreCons to get the job done – it was a whole other side of his character and i liked that. the author did not bother to lengthen the mystery of how Artemis became a criminal mastermind. piece by piece (although it’s not all there yet), i begin to understand why Artemis is what he is.

A new character is introduced, Opal. The arch rival of Foaley. Ha! She is one quirky character and i’m looking forward to seeing her in the later books.

There is still a whole lot of action, and a whole lot of manipulation (by Artemis, of course). It was a fun read. I’ll definitely continue reading this series. So on to book 3!

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”