This is the seventh book in the Artemis Fowl series, and I love em. They are definitely kids books but I think they're still witty and fun enough for adults. I started them listening to the audio and the guy who does all the voices is fantastic - gorgeous Scottish accent if you're into those ;).
summary of book one: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn't count on the appearance of the extrasmall, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man elf who will stop at nothing to get her back.
Fantastic stuff from beginning to end, Artemis Fowl is a rip-roaring, 21st-century romp of the highest order. The author has let his imagination run riot by combining folklore, fantasy, and a fistful of high-tech funk in an outrageously devilish book that could well do for fairies what Harry Potter has done for wizardry. But be warned: this is no gentle frolic, so don't be fooled by the fairy subject matter. Instead, what we have here is well-written, sophisticated, rough 'n' tumble storytelling with enough high-octane attitude to make it a seriously cool read for anyone over the age of 10. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Although I would generally think "oh my gosh, cheesy and uninteresting," I thoroughly enjoyed them. I didn't give the summary for book seven because I think you'd just be lost if you haven't read the others. They are not absolutely amazing, I'll admit. But they are super fun, easy to read, and the characters become very endearing. 4/5 stars.