I'm a fan of the Artemis Fowl books, so I was excited to have the chance to read The Fowl Twins. I read it with my 10-year-old (who's a perfectly good reader, he just likes to have mom read to him at bedtime).
It didn't disappoint! Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins, but not nearly identical. Myles is a genius with a slight criminal bent, much like his older brother Artemis (only smarter, it would seem). Beckett is...well, let's just say he has his own unique view of the world (which is a good thing). They're off on a new adventure with a toy troll and Lazuli Heitz, LEP specialist. This adventure includes capture by (and escape from) a super-secret organization, pursuit by a duke on a slightly deranged quest for eternal life, and hijinks aplenty. It was a lot of fun to read with my son, and we're anxious for the next installment in the Fowl Twins' shenanigans.
Just a heads up: this is middle-grade fiction, but the reading level is pretty stout. My son is an advanced reader, and there were words in this book that he didn't know. (Teaching moment for the win!) But he knows them now. And how do we all learn things we don't know? By encountering those things/words and asking questions. So don't steer clear of The Fowl Twins just because Myles uses a fair amount of three-dollar words.
Thoroughly enjoyable for both mom and son. We recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from Bookish First. All opinions here are mine, and I don't say nice things about books I don't like.