We were pleasantly surprised by this series! As Harry Potter lovers, it's hard to find anything that measures up, but this was completely original! It's also hard to find stories that are just as entertaining to the adults in the house, as the children. I found myself giggling, and wanting to find out what would happen next!
First of all, the narrator is fabulous! He is nearly as good as Jim Dale, and that is high praise. He does all of these great accents, and gives the characters different voices.
The story is basically faires meet Bourne Identity! Sounds strange, but you actually get so caught up in all of the scenes, that you forget that the characters are centaurs, etc. Since I love imagination, I was delighted, when litte tidbits were thrown in as you went along, that reminded you of the dilemas that these mythical creatures might face. I also love witty humor, and this book has it's share of that!
Character/moral issues: Okay, so Artemis starts out a bad guy, and you really aren't entirely sure who to root for...but for slightly older children, it isn't that big of a deal....and I love how Artemis slowly gets a conscious, as the series goes along.
The drawback to these stories: the language. Okay, so it's not horrible: a damn here and a hell, there...but honestly, I don't know why the author would include this kind of language, in a children's story! Not necessary.:(
The characters are lovable! Butler is awesome! I came away wanting a "Butler"!
Lots of fun, overall.
Sorry. I am usually game for fantasy and pretty flexible, but this is over the top.
"Oh, my mate happens to live across the street!" "I can buy a motorcycle by myself at age 17." "My enemy is at the first place I go shopping." " My friends don't seem to be concerned that I am mentally communicating with my true love." And on and on. Not believable, sadly. I can't even finish...and that's really rare!!
I read this series, as a child, and this was my favorite book of the series.
It's so fascinating, to bring to life the story of Noah and the flood, and combine it with science fiction.
Having said that, I would like to warn parents about a couple of "iffy" parts, that were mildly uncomfortable or suggestive. First, it talks about the girls being topless, and having "small, rosy breasts, which she covered". My boys were a bit embarrassed. It was handled as tastefully as possible, but...
Next, there is some seduction, and also a part where it says that the main character "...knew what he wanted, what his body wanted, and that he was ready for it. But not with this girl....but with the other one..." This is while a girl is trying to seduce him.
I am really picky, with my kids, and these parts, I would have preferred weren't there...but they did pass so quickly, that I am not sure that my kids really noticed. (My oldest is 12 1/2.)
I just think it's fair to warn parents.
I have to say, I loved Artemis Fowl! It was entertaining enough, that the adult enjoyed it, too. This one, the kids enjoyed, but I got bored of.
I thought that this might be a real Artemis Fowl story; it isn't. What it is, is the real life story of Eoin Colfer...and it had us in stitches!! The boys and I weren't disappointed by this unexpected story, but actually listened to it again....to catch every funny little part.
I like the idea that she has a secret love, and isn't interested in the prince, and questions herself...
I definitely got whiplash, in this story, with the back and forth!! It's a bit over the top, with the "Oh! Now I love you!! No, wait..." It isn't, in my opinion, like Twilight, where you see why she is really in love with a character (he's a good friend, etc.) and it's a slow process....No...this one is a jerk...now this one. I suppose it would help, if the love interest was truly likable. But there was some behavior there that I wasn't impressed with.
This whole love triangle drama got old...except--there was a subplot, that kept me curious! So I downloaded the next one, too!
I love Twilight, and I can imagine that it would be hard to come up with original paranormal ideas, but it was a little ridiculous! I am actually not a really picky person (give me some innocent romance, supernatural stuff, and I am good)....but I almost didn't finish listening.
Not only did it remind me sooo much of Twilight (which I loved), I had a hard time with the believability factor. The main character is like, "Oh, you're a zombie? I can deal with that! Let's carry on..."
The love interest is rich, has a large, lovable family, loves her in spite of how gorgeous he is (and she supposedly isn't), etc. etc.
Having said that, the narrator saved the day! She was great.
I did manage to make it to the end of this predictable tale, and even enjoyed the whole Paris theme....but just barely.
I really enjoyed this book, a lot better than the first.
I loooove the old-fashioned setting, the imagination, the characters, and this second book is not as dark or creepy, as the first one.
Even though there is a love triangle, it isn't awful, like some young adult novels. I like that the friendship comes first! This teaches a nice lesson about preferring others, above yourself, and the depth of friendship.
Not a predictable story (at least, I didn't think so!).
I feel like the good outweighs the bad, here....there are definitely dark and creepy moments!
However, I looove the old-fashioned setting, and the characters were wonderful!
I also love how the focus was more on friendships, than love.
My favorite kind of book has a combination of romance or friendship (check), humor (check), a bit of suspense (check), and supernatural/imagination (check).
I really enjoyed this (other than the gross parts)....and the next books are even better, and not as creepy.:)
Okay, so I didn't think that this would be Harry Potter, but really!! I didn't expect that this book would be filled with the worst language; characters that were far too "realistic" (I think that was the goal, anyway); who were negative; did things like masturbate, have creepy thoughts about girls, etc. A little too "real" for me!
I didn't even finish downloading this story, which says a lot. I usually get into the story, but this one was too gross, and any possibly interesting parts weren't worth the trouble.
Such a bummer, because I think that Rowling is a great author! It could have been a good novel!
I was totally into this story, but a little ways in, in seemed rather familiar....Almost word for word, it began to copy Twilight! Firelight, Twilight.....anyway, electric feelings, rushing from classrooms...you name it! There was even a bit of Last of the Mohicans thrown in..."I will find you!"
Anyway, aside from that, it wasn't vampire, and the concepts were interesting...and at least, the "Edward" figure was switched to a female, this time, for interest.
All in all, because I am a sucker, I am downloading the next book, to see what happens.
The romance was great....there weren't any outright sex scenes, which I appreciate. No foul language, either...maybe a damn or hell...
Even if somewhat predictable, it was a pleasant listen.
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