Mini Reviews #10: Criminal Masterminds and Vampire Mythology (+ SURVEY)

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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.

4/5 curious pups.
This was a fairly spontaneous read I picked up just a few days after it was rec'd to me (mainly because I was in the mood for a quick, short read), and I was pleasantly surprised! Except for a couple chapters, the writing and characters were very compelling and fun, especially Root and Artemis. (Also - Artemis definitely reminds me of Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler. Man, what I would pay to see those two go head-to-head.)

Overall, I would definitely recommend this! It was clever, quick, and fun, and I'm excited to read the next installment in the series.

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

Fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, whom he is fated to marry, Mat Cauthon learns that he can neither keep her nor let her go, not in safety for either of them, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan Empire are in deadly pursuit.

Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? For his love of Faile, Perrin is willing to sell his soul.

At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere, the young Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai, lays siege to the heart of Aes Sedai power, but she must win quickly, with as little bloodshed as possible, for unless the Aes Sedai are reunited, only the male Asha'man will remain to defend the world against the Dark One, and nothing can hold the Asha'man themselves back from total power except the Aes Sedai and a unified White Tower.

In Andor, Elayne Trakland fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared-even one prophesied to save the world. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.

4/5 accurate representations of my soul.
This was....surprisingly good?

Although it got off to a slow start, this book gradually pulled me in to the world of the Wheel of Time. Very little happened in terms of plot, but the gorgeous writing (for which I'm a sucker) almost totally made up for it. I am still mainly excited for the next book, though, because the general consensus seems to be that stuff actually happens in it. XD

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent--and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

5/5 headless horsewomen.

I waited forever to get my hands on this book (thanks, Amazon), and I was afraid I would be disappointed because I'd built it up so much in my head. 

I couldn't have been more wrong. 

For anyone wondering what this book is about (because, let's be real, wtf is that blurb), it delves deeply into the mythology + origins of the vampires, and focuses around the spirit Amel who originally gave them their powers. It's definitely most comparable to The Queen of the Damned, not just in plot but in excellence. Not only does Rice's writing continually blow me away, her characters leapt free from the pages and might as well have been real from the second I opened the book. My favorites would probably be Louis, Derek, and Benedict, and Gabrielle, and Rhosh, and Antoine, and.....oh, hell, I love them all.


*every single star*


Also, IMPORTANT THING: The purpose of a book review is to help others decide whether or not to read a book, so I find it somewhat pointless to post tons of reviews about books you all aren't interested in. So in order to help me write reviews you'd find helpful and interesting, this survey was born! I'll provide a list of books I could review in my "Mini Reviews" posts, and you pick the ones you most want to see. (Notes: This survey will be continually updated as I read and review more books, so check back soon! Also, not all the books I review will come from this survey, but many of them will.)

Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are your recent reads? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles.


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  1. Eeep! Artemis Fowl is one of my favourite books series! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and trust me, the rest of the series is definitely worth the read.

    let's see.... probably my most recent read was "i am princess x" by cherie priest. (good book btw.) and NOW I WANT TO READ THOSE BOOKS THANKS ELLIE MEANS A LOT.

    1. IKR?

      Oooh, that sounds really good! No problem XD

      - Ellie

  3. I've been hearing for years that Artemis Fowl is super good, but I've never actually read it (and I've always thought he was a girl, tbh). Maybe I need too!

    You should read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black! Super interesting take on vampire mythology; that's it's a disease that can be "sweated out" over a period of about a month if you don't drink any human blood. Plus, it has sassy vampires, sarcastic narrators and it's actually pretty bloody.

    1. You must!

      I've heard some bad reviews about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, but that concept sounds really interesting! Perhaps I'll have to pick it up.

      - Ellie

  4. Ooh, Artemis Fowl! I have a copy of it lying around my house, but honestly I stink because it's not a series I've been able to chew my way through yet (I hate how high school requires you to read 50 million other things at the same time).

    Also, I filled out your survey! You've got some interesting book choices for review. XD All the Bright Places, while I loved it when I read it, it's kind of eh after several months of some reflection. But oh whale. >.<

    xoxo Morning

    1. IKR?

      Thank you! Yeah, I have that problem with a lot of books.

      - Ellie


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