A great few of these coincide with a previous list I made: Ten Books I Want On The Big Screen
It was really hard narrowing these down to ten . . .
From a strikingly original new voice in fiction comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the astuteness of Sherlock Holmes with the sangfroid of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun. 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. These fairies are armed and they're dangerous. Artemis thinks he's got them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules. . . .
Artemis Fowl is such a great character. He's an evil genius with an attitude. And he's Irish, which makes him ten times cooler (Irish pride!).
I have yet to read the last two books. I own them, but I decided I wanted to reread the entire series before I finished it. SO NO SPOILERS PLEASE! Or I keeeel you!
Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.
He is going to save the world.
And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.
If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning . . .
I started reading this series in eighth grade and each year, until the last of the ten books came out in 2009, I waited anxiously for the next to come out. Also, the main characters in this book inspired the three MCs in my WIP The Kingdom's Champion.
They told him his uncle died in a car accident. Fourteen-year-old Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6--Britain's top secret intelligence agency. Recruited to find his uncle's killers and complete his final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The action in these books is phenomenal. Once I start reading them, I can't put them down.
I actually haven't finished the series. I own the last book (I own a lot of books I haven't read. I'm an addict), but have been slacking on finishing it. I just don't want it to end! SO NO SPOILERS!
The only problem I have with this series is that all the missions take place within a year. I was fourteen when I started reading these books, now I'm twenty-two finishing them, and Alex is still fourteen, goddammit! I feel old.