Oh my! Where to begin? There are too many wonderful things in this book to cover them all and do so without giving away any major plot points or spoilers!
First of all, let’s begin with the absolutely lovely change in tenor in Connall and Alexia’s relationship. In the past, they’ve relied heavily on barbed comments and physical affection to communicate their love for one another. In book four, we finally see them learning to communicate through words. I’m so happy to see this evolution in their relationship. While the humor of their earlier exchanges was fun to witness, this new aspect of their relationship is far more realistic and more enjoyable for the reader . They are now truly believable as a couple. It’s nice to see Connall’s affectionate and gentle side when it comes to tending to his wife.
As always, Carriger is a master at juggling the several relationships she’s established throughout the series. There were a few heart wrenching moments for poor Biffy as he struggles to adapt to his new life in the Woolsey Pack. But again, Lord Maccon’s newfound softer side comes in to play here, which is quite sweet.
I was so pleased to learn more about Professor Lyall. I had always wondered certain things about him, and Ms. Carriger does not disappoint in providing him a suitable and complex background.
Madam Lefoux gets considerable page time, but that being said, I felt like she was here and there and then gone again without really contributing much substance to the story in the earlier pages. However, that might have been exactly how Ms. Carriger wanted it. The inventor’s flighty appearances and distracted demeanor are a direct result of something that occurs later in the book. So her harried appearances are quite believable when you get the pay off at the end.
Speaking of relationships, one of the most interesting aspects of the book is how – over time – the Woosley Pack and Westminster Hive become more and more intertwined. I’m fascinated how these two groups, who have been enemies, are slowly becoming… not friends, but at least tolerated allies. The evolution of this relationship has been slow and steady. Kudos to Ms. Carriger for making it a highly believable event when it finally comes to fruition!
FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast's world is turned upside down when his wife, Helen, thought to be long dead, suddenly reappears - very much alive; however only moments after being reunited with her, she is kidnapped and Pendergast must race across the country and against time to save her. But Helen's kidnapping is only the opening move of an intricate plot that includes a serial killer loose in New York City whose agenda seems directly tied to the agent and the discovery of a long-hidden sect of Nazi soldiers in Brazil, intent on rebuilding the Third Reich and completing its World War II mission of global domination.
As he struggles to find answers in these increasingly complex cases, Pendergast soon discovers Helen kept many things hidden from her - revelations that will change his life forever.
Two Graves is a fast-paced story that does an excellent job balancing the several plots woven throughout the pages. Long-time readers will be excited to see the return of Corrie Swanson, and the authors finally bring closure to the reasons behind Constance Greene's incarceration at Mount Mercy Hospital for the Criminally Insane. All the familiar favorites return for this globe-trotting adventure, including a few who haven't been seen in quite some time, and new faces are introduced - two in particular who will directly influence Pendergast's future adventures.
As always, the reader is suspected to suspend disbelief at Pendergast's remarkable abilities - some bordering on the supernatural - but all in all, this was a terrific book that long-time readers will find satisfaction in as they join their favorite FBI agent on another remarkable adventure.
This tale by Gaiman is full of his usual spooky fare and unique narrative. I liked how the current master of dark, fantastic tales incorporated H.P Lovecraft into this story. Although a quick read, it was truly delightful!
This was an amazing adventure that truly showcased how far Artemis Fowl progressed as a person since he first the met the faeries so many books ago. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a glimpse into the back stories of a few of our favorite recurring characters – especially Foaly!
This book had so many amazing moments that illustrated the incredible bond between Artemis, Holly and Butler. The trio of friends has been through so much together, and at a few points, I actually cried as they struggled to defeat Opal and realized they might not succeed.
My only complaint with the book is that I would have liked to have seen some resolution to the Artemis/Holly storyline that has been teased for so long. I felt like it could have been resolved, but it wasn’t.However, the ending to the book did the series justice and brought it back full circle.
Colfer has said he’s done with this series, but I sincerely hope we get to see our teen genius and LEPrecon commander again someday!
Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?
Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies - not humans - and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.
Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind - and the grips of a giant squid - in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?
It’d been a while since I visited the world of Artemis Fowl, but this was a great way to reacquaint myself with that world.
This adventure was filled with many exciting and poignant moments, and I found myself reading the adventure at every possible free moment I had. For the first time ever, I truly wanted to smack Artemis upside the head, but in fairness to our favorite teenage mastermind, he wasn’t quite himself.
After finishing this book, I was eager to read the last installment in the Artemis Fowl series.
Bossypants is a humorous and candid window into Tina Fey’s rise a comedy writer. Self-deprecating and honest, the book touches on everything from her start at the YMCA to her time at the famous Second City troupe to SNL and 30 Rock.
Fey coats hard truths with humor, making them easier to swallow, and throughout the book, she effortlessly advocates feminism. It’s clear to see she has lived and continues to embrace the idea that women shouldn’t be afraid to be heard in every facet of life.
Whether she’s discussing the childhood trauma of choosing the wrong cleaning solution or sharing the same stage with VP-hopeful Sarah Palin, Tina Fey keeps her reader in stitches and demonstrates why she’s one of the most successful women in television.
This was a hilarious swipe at English living, and Wilde provided many laughs and delightful twists. This is my second Wilde story, and I'm looking forward to reading more. He's so clever and witty!
Rex Harrison's performance was fantastic, and it was easy to lose myself within the story, listening to his dulcet tones deliver Wilde's wit and humor.
This creepy little short was good. I’d never read any of her stuff before, and honestly, I picked it up from Audible simply because Susan Bennett narrated it.
For a .99 cent book, it wasn’t a bad read. The plot is pretty straightforward. Maureen, a victim of domestic abuse throughout her long marriage, finally gets the courage to off her husband, Tommy, as he slowly wastes away from cancer.
Several months later, she discovers a gift he left her stashed away in their attic. It’s a GSP. But Maureen quickly discovers her GPS is haunted by the spirit of her dead husband, and he wants revenge.
I think Weiner wanted this to be a goofy-yet-slightly creepy Halloween short, and it sort of works. But there are times when Maureen is extremely slow on the uptake and that detracts from the overall story.
If you want to be a little entertained and just want something that’s a quick read, you’ll probably like this book.
Although I know the story well enough, I've never actually read it until now.
Barrie's story is a remarkable tale of childhood innocence, arrogance and the bonds of family. While the story is familiar to almost everyone, Barrie's actual tale can be quite dark at times, with murders and death scattered throughout the chapters. His fondness for the Darling children doesn't preclude the narrator from his offering his perspective that they can be quite heartless and self-centered at times.
The narrator voice jumps back and forth throughout the story and sometimes even talks directly to characters and then to the reader. This was a bit off-putting, but that's a personal preference.
I think what I most enjoyed about this tale was the snark and wit that comes through the pages. It's not something that's seen in the Disney version. After reading this story, I realized the live-action Peter Pan film made in 2003 is probably the closest translation of the book.
This is a wonderful, fun story. If you've never read it, I encourage you to do so. You will thoroughly enjoy revisting a childhood favorite.
If you're a Neil Gaiman fan, prepare to be surprised by the intimate tone of his latest book. Gaiman's story - magical, remarkable and dark - is perhaps his most revealing work to date.
As I read this book, I felt Gaiman was sharing bits and bobs of his own childhood, skillfully woven into the fictional narrative. The result was the feeling that I was reading a somewhat biographical account of his own life.
I will never be able to do justice to this story. All I can say is go read this book and be prepared to laugh, to cry and be given a glimpse into this amazing man's life.
In Cold Vengeance, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast sets aside his badge in order to pursue a personal vendetta against the man he believes is responsible for his wife’s murder. But it’s during his own brush with death Pendergast uncovers a startling secret: Helen is still alive.
This revelation sparks the agent’s perilous journey to discover the truth behind his wife’s orchestrated disappearance. From the Scottish Highlands to the steamy streets of New Orleans and finally back New York City, Pendergast’s search pits him against an ancient group determined to stop him from discovering the truth – no matter what the cost.
Cold Vengeance is, perhaps, the most personal story thus far in the Pendergast series. Although readers have been given glimpses of his humanity in earlier stories, this particular tale showcases the agent’s humanity as he desperately seeks answers regarding the loss and possible existence of his wife.
Set across the globe, the story takes many twists and turns as Pendergast unravels the mystery and, in the end, the reader is left with more questions than answers.
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