30 review for Artemis Fowl Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hayat

    I absolutely loved this series! The snark, humour, madcap adventure, fun plot and entertaining characters makes this collection an unforgeable YA fantasy series. Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, I absolutely loved this series! The snark, humour, madcap adventure, fun plot and entertaining characters makes this collection an unforgeable YA fantasy series. Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure. This series is an amazingly enjoyable YA fantasy with memorable main characters and an assortment of entertaining side characters enjoyed by readers of all ages. There is never a dull moment in Artemis Fowl's world. Now If only Mr Colfer would write a bit more on this series? Just a little novella dedicated to each of the side characters and their untold stories. This one always makes me smile!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Fun teen book series. Easy to read and full of kid humor (all I can say about that is dwarf farts). Fun for pre-teens/teens and apparently mid-twenties too!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ARTEMIS FOWL! *SPOILER* The child prodigy, genius evil mastermind and his side kick, Butler, a weapons- and martial arts-master decide to kidnap a fairy to make money to help find Artemis's missing father, who disappeared and is assumed dead. No one really thinks fairies are real until Artemis proves himself right and catches one- a L.E.P.recon officer named Holly Short. (L.E.P.recon= humans idea of a leprechaun. They are really the Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance officers I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ARTEMIS FOWL! *SPOILER* The child prodigy, genius evil mastermind and his side kick, Butler, a weapons- and martial arts-master decide to kidnap a fairy to make money to help find Artemis's missing father, who disappeared and is assumed dead. No one really thinks fairies are real until Artemis proves himself right and catches one- a L.E.P.recon officer named Holly Short. (L.E.P.recon= humans idea of a leprechaun. They are really the Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance officers, but their old uniforms used to be these ugly green with black belts and shoes, and humans get confused easily) When Artemis demands gold in return for Holly's release, the whole fairy police, with their high-tech gadgets and magic powers, are out to get him. But Artemis is a genius, and he knows the rules of the Fairy Book, (what they can and can't do). The question becomes one of morality... internal police problems, Holly's own efforts, and outlaws. And that's just the first book. Eventually, Artemis is relied on by the fairy people and soon they grudgingly become allies, and even friends as the book progresses. *EXTREME SPOILER* And then Artemis starts to fall for Holly <3 <3 My favorite characters are Artemis, (human), Mulch, (dwarf), Foaly, (centaur), and No1, (demon). You'll love the humor in this book, as well as the well thought out characters and plot, and the authors creativeness. Eoin Colfer is a great writer, and if you haven't read his other books/series, I'd suggest them too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    This series is hands-down perfect for every sci-fi lovers who can't help but have a pinch for a tiny dash of romance. Eoin Colfer creates a well-rounded main character, who starts out as a typical fictional and young prodigy, cold, ruthless, and terribly intelligent, to a down-to-earth young man who gains wisdom and kindness. Other characters, such as the fiery Holly Short, enlightens the story into a suspenseful and ridiculously epic novel. Want a universe where anything can happen? Read Artemis This series is hands-down perfect for every sci-fi lovers who can't help but have a pinch for a tiny dash of romance. Eoin Colfer creates a well-rounded main character, who starts out as a typical fictional and young prodigy, cold, ruthless, and terribly intelligent, to a down-to-earth young man who gains wisdom and kindness. Other characters, such as the fiery Holly Short, enlightens the story into a suspenseful and ridiculously epic novel. Want a universe where anything can happen? Read Artemis Fowl now.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Jenkins

    I cannot wait to read the series with my children. My wife and I have already been practicing our Mulch Diggums quips.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Brown

    I read these books because of my kids and am glad I did. Artemis is one cool kid. Mulch Diggums is one of the best characters I've ever read about. I was laughing out loud during his performances. I highly recommend these books to everyone. I read these books because of my kids and am glad I did. Artemis is one cool kid. Mulch Diggums is one of the best characters I've ever read about. I was laughing out loud during his performances. I highly recommend these books to everyone.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Ruffcorn

    I have grown up with these books and will continue to read this series and anything else eoin colfer comes out with until there is no more

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Arney

    really good, I like the Artemis Fowl novel, he's not your average villian. really good, I like the Artemis Fowl novel, he's not your average villian.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aj

    Awesome books. One my favorites. Although I wonder who would name their son after a Greek goddess.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kyrie Williams

    Loved it. The plot, storyline, humor was good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leov Grachev

    Great and probably one of a kind with its great plot. I would definitely recommend. 5 stars no question.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erika Stewart

    Really good YA series. Each book follows a simple structure of catching up with where the characters are before introducing a problem, which of course only Artemis can help them solve, there is witty banter and the problem is solved. Over the series there is really good character development and relationship building. The final books kind of tease at facing bigger issues and expanding the world but don't quite manage to do it. They almost seem to become a bit more simplified, which is a bit disa Really good YA series. Each book follows a simple structure of catching up with where the characters are before introducing a problem, which of course only Artemis can help them solve, there is witty banter and the problem is solved. Over the series there is really good character development and relationship building. The final books kind of tease at facing bigger issues and expanding the world but don't quite manage to do it. They almost seem to become a bit more simplified, which is a bit disappointing, but they stay fun. Overall fun series and it is worth making it through all eight books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Sometimes it's fun to be the villain, and the Artemis Fowl series is an entertaining example of that. The mix of fantasy and high-tech gadgetry offer this series a unique universe, and Eoin Colfer's amazing world is filled with even more amazing characters. Artemis is probably one of my favorite characters in young adult fiction because of his evil genius and the fact that he grows throughout the series. Every adventure, every secondary character, and each book offer cool moments that had me smi Sometimes it's fun to be the villain, and the Artemis Fowl series is an entertaining example of that. The mix of fantasy and high-tech gadgetry offer this series a unique universe, and Eoin Colfer's amazing world is filled with even more amazing characters. Artemis is probably one of my favorite characters in young adult fiction because of his evil genius and the fact that he grows throughout the series. Every adventure, every secondary character, and each book offer cool moments that had me smiling and quickly turning the page to see what could happen next. I am keeping these books in order to someday read them again, and hopefully, my children will enjoy them just as much as I have.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    My personal rating is 2 stars; I give 3 stars for the kiddos' sakes. For the intended audience, I think it's a fairly decent series - a combination of fantasy and sci-fi with imaginative ideas. But it's not very challenging, and the plot becomes repetitive. I actually can't recall what happens from book to book without reading the descriptions because the plots didn't pull me in and I don't care about the characters too much. For kids, okay, but for adults, just read the first one and only contin My personal rating is 2 stars; I give 3 stars for the kiddos' sakes. For the intended audience, I think it's a fairly decent series - a combination of fantasy and sci-fi with imaginative ideas. But it's not very challenging, and the plot becomes repetitive. I actually can't recall what happens from book to book without reading the descriptions because the plots didn't pull me in and I don't care about the characters too much. For kids, okay, but for adults, just read the first one and only continue beyond that if you need light reading where you get distracted often.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Great books for girls or guys, smoothly written and full of danger and adventure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    These books are incredible. If you like fantasy, these books are for you. I absolutely love Eoin Colfer- and anyone who likes him should immediately read this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JosieQ

    I'm only halfway into the second book, and so far it is a dull and irritating read. The pacing of the first book was outright bad. You still feel like the book's setting something up, but actually it's happened and finished and there are the credits. Just felt wrong. The constant decision Colfer makes to prioritize endlessly describing in detail the clever fairy devices over, you know, actual character interaction and dialogue? Terrible choice, utterly boring. People like relationships. You can ha I'm only halfway into the second book, and so far it is a dull and irritating read. The pacing of the first book was outright bad. You still feel like the book's setting something up, but actually it's happened and finished and there are the credits. Just felt wrong. The constant decision Colfer makes to prioritize endlessly describing in detail the clever fairy devices over, you know, actual character interaction and dialogue? Terrible choice, utterly boring. People like relationships. You can have gadgets, yes I like gadgets, but you also have to have PEOPLE saying INTERESTING things to each other. I can only assume actual character-building (the showing-rather-than-telling kind please, because right now it's all this clumsy, dull "Artemis is like this" and "Butler thinks this about Artemis") comes later, since everyone loves the Artemis/Holly relationship, and I seriously hope you're not just all wrong, because so far I feel like you've wasted my time! Also, super irritated by the preaching. The People keep going on and on about humans and how crap they are, oh the pollution! Oh the over-population! Oh, humans, THEY'RE THE WORST!! Meanwhile they have massive over-breeding themselves, they have futuristic weapons way worse than human weapons, they have gangs and violence, they have literal full-scale wars. They're sexist AND racist. They're petty and stupid and they have huge wealth-disparities. They've got annoying soulless bureaucrats and ambitious, ladder-climbing back-stabbers who are utterly corrupt and manipulative. They have thieves and smugglers and ghettos. They have freaking terrorists. How are humans worse again? It's not clever to write a book with magical creatures who have a whole world that's different from ours, but it's actually the same and they're all a bunch of douchebags. Only much much more smug douchebags, because they imagine for some reason they're better. Logically it makes no sense either, because if you had creatures that were somehow more advanced than humans but with all of humanity's crap and weaknesses, and there were MILLIONS of them, you couldn't keep them secret and they would've already been found out and presumably destroyed all humans. Lame. And I hate the way that Holly and Root are all talking to Artemis like, "Oh we're supposed to believe you care about your father" and "Oh the great Artemis made a mistake" in freaking book two when they've had like ONE interaction with him, once, wherein Holly exchanged maybe two sentences with him (and now she's the expert, we're all to believe) and we're supposed to feel like there's this long-running relationship between the three of them, and he's acting out of character? From one interaction? You can't just say "There's a history and mythos" when there isn't. You have to actually WRITE it. Ugggh. I will update review once I finish the books on the off-chance there's a miraculous turnaround and it becomes interesting, makes sense, and stops talking down to me. Haaa. Update: Into book... I don't know what now, almost done I think (I hope), still hating it. The pacing is the absolute worst, in every book. At least he's consistent there. Really is the master of terrible, counter-intuitive pacing. Hilariously on point Holly POV: "Usually I pull this sort of stunt toward the end of an adventure, she thought. Third-act climax. We’re starting early this time." Ha haaa no you aren't! Every book has you doing this garbage too early, and nonstop, so when the climax comes you don't know it's here, because the whole stupid thing was boring irritating climax, and then the big finale blends in and you don't know you're in it, and then suddenly it's over. It also seems to be getting duller by the book. Interesting writing is character building, dialogue. Action sure, action is nice. And it feels like there's action, but it's lost amongst the endless description of, once again, introducing new fairy technology we've never heard of before, talking for ages about that, then a line of dialogue, then ten more chapters about new vehicles and camouflage suits and helmets that do boring crap before being broken. And wow! Such bad one-note characters, such lame, such awful. Random example, Spiro shouting things at his underling like, "I thought I told you to shut up!" When you're speeding through it sounds fine, but stop and actually imagine a guy saying that out loud to a henchman. Actually imagine it in the real world, not like a cartoon world where people are gesturing wildly and spit is flying and he's got a cigar in his mouth and is going "Why you wiseguy!" Actually imagine this guy exists. You can't, because he wouldn't, because he's ridiculous. And yes, still more talk about how advanced fairies are, how humans are dumb, how they don't know anything, and meanwhile no one but Foaly knows anything about any technology and he has to explain it over and over because they're human-like plebs, so how did they even become so advanced in the first place if they're all so EXACTLY AVERAGE just like humans, skulking around going on vacations and getting travel visas and watching movies?? Jesus. Stray irritations: • If every Fowl gets a Butler at birth, where's Artemis senior's Butler? Where are the twins' Butler? • Someone swears Artemis has been sighted all over the world, on the same day, the same hour. This is book 2 and he hasn't traveled across the globe yet. Is dumb. • Butler sketches a diagram in the snow with a laser pointer. ?? If that's a futuristic or fairy laser pointer you have to say... • "Dr. F. Roy Dean Schlippe." Puns are the lowest form of humor. (Okay I actually like puns, I just hate these books so I'm taking a swipe.) • After his father is healed following the Russian thing, he goes on the straight-and-narrow. But he was introduced as already being legitimate? One of the first legitimate Fowls, doing legitimate things? Um? • Book 3, Pex and Chips. Again, terrible characters. No one is this dumb. "Duh guns are dangerous duh, especially the end with the hole duh!" Seriously, just have them saying "duh." He saw a movie once, "With all the words going up the screen at the end?" Jesus this is some bad writing. Might be funny in a Monty Python sketch, real dumb in a book that's supposed to have believable characters, even if it is a comedy... which, I dunno, is it? It's certainly not supposed to be THAT kind of comedy. So it's stupid and out of place. As to their hiring, this: "A hundred applicants were handed a walnut and asked to smash it however they could. Only two succeeded. Pex had shouted at the walnut for a few minutes, then flattened it between his giant palms..." First of all, I can crush a walnut open in my palms, and I have a weak grip. This is not hard. I literally just went and got a walnut to make sure. Only 2 people out of 100 could do it, using ANY method? No one tried to step on it with their shoe? Also, why would he SHOUT at the walnut? This is not funny-henchman dumb, this is shouldn't-be-able-to-feed-himself-dumb, and thus terribly poorly written. • "And there is nothing worse than finding something in your mouth that you weren't expecting to be there, especially if it's wriggling." This from Mulch, who regularly eats bugs. Idiotic to apply this sentiment to him. (Also he has dogs and cats as a ha ha funny snack, ha ha he's not a monster, he eats people's pets, ha he eats their beloved frakking pets and then remarks later about how horrible it is when something's fur-covered. Wat.) • "Juliet had expected to feel some satisfaction, but all she felt was sadness. There was no joy in violence." Since when? Here's yet another example of his clumsy, terrible characterization. She's been enjoying violence for several books, then suddenly doesn't and retires. It's like he wrote the character and was like, "Shit I don't know what to do with her," and bam suddenly pacifist. Or something, I don't know, I only know it's stupid. • "Holly's helmet was soundproof, yet she was still nervous talking in such close proximity to the targets. The trick in this situation is to train oneself to speak without any of the usual accompanying gestures. This is harder than it sounds." Really? Because phones exist. They've existed for over a hundred years. People don't generally gesticulate wildly when they're on their phone, because they're holding their phone. I don't even gesture in person with people, so it's really not harder than it sounds. • The frak is crunchball? You just introduced it like 10 books in, in a tone as if we know what the hell... I am depressed that people enjoy these books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Landon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Artemis Fowl is about a boy genius and his attempts to save his family fortune and and dad who went missing when his boat sank probably by the Russian mafia in Kola bay. He kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police recon squad A.K.A. LEPrecon). Holly is an elf one of the eight types of fairies one of seven that live in the earth. He makes friends with her, a dwarf named Mulch Diggums and a centaur and Foaly through his many adventures. Throughout the series with the help Artemis Fowl is about a boy genius and his attempts to save his family fortune and and dad who went missing when his boat sank probably by the Russian mafia in Kola bay. He kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police recon squad A.K.A. LEPrecon). Holly is an elf one of the eight types of fairies one of seven that live in the earth. He makes friends with her, a dwarf named Mulch Diggums and a centaur and Foaly through his many adventures. Throughout the series with the help of thies new friends and his bodyguard Butler, and his sister Juliet he outsmarts the fairies, russian mafia, Jon Spiro, Opal Koboi, on many occasions, saves several species, both his parents, his reputable bodyguard Butler, travels through time and cheats death time and time again! Artemis Fowl changes miraculously over the course of the series. He goes from a self centered, egotistical, greedy genius who doesn't care who gets hurt as long as he gets his money and whatever else he wants, to a boy who cares more about saving the world others and caring about his friends. At the beginning he kidnaps a fairy gest to get the fairly ransom of gold threatening others and only caring about himself. As time progresses he trades servis just for help saving his father, and at the end he is risking his life to save others and for no other reason. Artemis Fowl changes as time progresses as he gets to know and love his friends. I would give this book More stars if I could and would recommend this to everyone. I loved the fast paced on the edge of your seat action, how he gives you part of one of his plans and leaves you guessing on the rest. Thank You Eoin Colfer for this Amazing series and best of luck on the next one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I found the first few books of the series, and bought them because I heard about its popularity and how it was supposed to be good. I gave it a go as I was bookless and needed something to read, so I picked up Artemis Fowl—and could NOT put it down! It hooked me in from the beginning to the end, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Usually I wouldn't be up for the fantasy category, as I love sci-fi, but I realized through the coarse of all the books both elements are used. Just the idea of I found the first few books of the series, and bought them because I heard about its popularity and how it was supposed to be good. I gave it a go as I was bookless and needed something to read, so I picked up Artemis Fowl—and could NOT put it down! It hooked me in from the beginning to the end, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Usually I wouldn't be up for the fantasy category, as I love sci-fi, but I realized through the coarse of all the books both elements are used. Just the idea of the fairy race being modernized was so creative I had to see what would happen as they would have encounters with the human race. The series has charming, colorful characters that are so different and quirky I wouldn't think they'd go so well together in a story. Overall, I'm impressed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    ah what a throwback to actually good middle school fiction. I really enjoyed finishing this series (rereading the books I'd already read) straight through this time. I totally recommend this sci-fi, fairy/fantastical, semi-realistic, creative, intelligent series for any kid who feels smarter than their peers. I'm sure they can relate to Artemis, or at least learn from how Artemis is portrayed and grows as a character. (thinking of buying the whole series for my 10 year old sister...) ah what a throwback to actually good middle school fiction. I really enjoyed finishing this series (rereading the books I'd already read) straight through this time. I totally recommend this sci-fi, fairy/fantastical, semi-realistic, creative, intelligent series for any kid who feels smarter than their peers. I'm sure they can relate to Artemis, or at least learn from how Artemis is portrayed and grows as a character. (thinking of buying the whole series for my 10 year old sister...)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tara Beck

    I loved the Artemis Fowl series! I read all 8 books (yes, there are 8 now!) in one summer because I couldn't put them down. Some authors have a difficult time keeping a high-quality story through so many novels, but Colfer is an excellent storyteller, and each book has a unique story line that gets better with each one. Reality and fantasy are wonderfully blended, creating the kind of escape any reader looks for in a book. I definitely recommend this series! I loved the Artemis Fowl series! I read all 8 books (yes, there are 8 now!) in one summer because I couldn't put them down. Some authors have a difficult time keeping a high-quality story through so many novels, but Colfer is an excellent storyteller, and each book has a unique story line that gets better with each one. Reality and fantasy are wonderfully blended, creating the kind of escape any reader looks for in a book. I definitely recommend this series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicklas Pingel

    This brilliant boy that is on one side still exploring his own feelings and dreams, and is trying to make his father proud and do what he was told is right. The society of elves and lower creatures, is brilliant and a great caricature of our human civilisation. How friendship and love can spawn across species and across ideals is very touching. By the end of the day he is a genius that will always pull through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Landon Fantle

    A great series of books with a nice finale. All the troubles and hardships Artemis, Holly, and Butler go through. They all come together to defeat the final villain that poses a threat to them all. I love the epic story line that they go though especially with the comedy moments with Mulch. Mulch adds depth to the story line and makes the viewer hooked and warms them up to the rest of the books. My favorite series ever (Percy Jackson also good).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theo kids

    An intriguing and unique concept - Colfer creates his world so skillfully and completely and fills it with rich and complex characters. Fascinating series. Some books were more compelling than others, I particularly liked #5, but all were enjoyable and the kind of enticing writing you just can't put down. An intriguing and unique concept - Colfer creates his world so skillfully and completely and fills it with rich and complex characters. Fascinating series. Some books were more compelling than others, I particularly liked #5, but all were enjoyable and the kind of enticing writing you just can't put down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    Though the series often falters when it comes to dialogue and pacing, Eoin Colfer proves that no one need be a master writer to captivate and entertain their audience through charming characters and intriguing plot. The Artemis Fowl series is a highly entertaining read for sci-fi and fantasy lovers of any age.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    One of my favorite book series. The characters are unique and you root for them. Real character development happens throughout the series in such a gradual, organic way that you don't really realize it until it's pointed out later in the series (I love that). I also love the modern twist on a fairy theme and the clever way the author ties typical fairy ideas into his atypical fantasy world. One of my favorite book series. The characters are unique and you root for them. Real character development happens throughout the series in such a gradual, organic way that you don't really realize it until it's pointed out later in the series (I love that). I also love the modern twist on a fairy theme and the clever way the author ties typical fairy ideas into his atypical fantasy world.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peng Naronkrit

    He is an evil genius teenager that those who like anti-hero, would like to read. Most things rather too fantasy although it take place in this very century. It's fun to follow how he will ingeniously outsmart the People. He is an evil genius teenager that those who like anti-hero, would like to read. Most things rather too fantasy although it take place in this very century. It's fun to follow how he will ingeniously outsmart the People.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    What an utterly fun read! I love the mix of technology and fantasy in the faerie realm Colfer has created. It is a new take on an old mythology into the new millennium. Plus, this series is intelligent and hilarious!

  29. 4 out of 5

    HITWM

    Young me really upset when this series finished. My first experience of reading withdrawal. That feel when the world building is too compelling that it hurts to know there’ll be no more after I close the last book. CHILDHOOD MEMS MAN.

  30. 4 out of 5

    tia

    Okay, so I read all the Artemis Fowl books at the start of this year and LOVED it. Like, I can't believe I hadn't even heard of them when they're THAT GOOD. I am sort of kicking myself for not having read them sooner. Okay, so I read all the Artemis Fowl books at the start of this year and LOVED it. Like, I can't believe I hadn't even heard of them when they're THAT GOOD. I am sort of kicking myself for not having read them sooner.

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