Artemis Fowl Book 2.
Rocketing readers back into a world of modern fairies (they pack heat and wear motorized wings), Colfer here reunites 13-year-old antihero Artemis with his former kidnap victim, Captain Holly Short, an elf officer with the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) squad. As the erstwhile arch enemies join forces to squelch a power-hungry pixie’s coup attempt in one world and to rescue Artemis’s long-missing father in another (he’s being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya), the boy proves he has a heart after all, even as he builds his reputation as a world-class criminal mastermind.
This sequel to Artemis Fowl does not disappoint. I love Holly and her friend Foaly. The fairies in this series are just the right blend of magic and technology to make a modern “fairytale” seem realistic and very, very cool. Artemis rescues his father in this book which also humanizes him a little. Very good and fun to read! – Jessica, Teen Librarian