Monthly Archives: April 2016

Because of Miss Bridgerton – Julia Quinn

Summary:
Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected places… This is not one of those times. Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband…someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should… or not. There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor… Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begin to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of Julia Quinn’s books so when I saw this new one on my most recent adventure to Barnes and Nobel I had to add it to the enormous pile I was already carrying. L was definitely not disappointed.
Quinn’s books are always a quick read for me, mostly because they’re just so much fun. They’re always full of laughs and love and awkward situations that make me burst out laughing. Because of Miss Bridgerton was no exception, it was full of ridiculous situations and more than a few hilariously awkward ones. It was very comical seeing Billie and George both realize how they really felt about one another. And then both convince themselves that there’s no way the other felt the same as they did.
Julia Quinn has a talent for writing characters that I just immediately fall in love with. Billie had me within the first few pages. The book starts off with her stuck on a roof because she was trying to save a cat from a tree, and it only gets sillier from there. Billie is a strong willed, determined lady and I love that about her. She’s smart and witty too. She knows when she needs to act like a lady, but also knows when she can get away with doing, for the most part, whatever she wants. I just loved her from the very first page.
George on the other hand, is Billie’s opposite. He’s the heir to the earldom. He’s always been the proper eldest brother. When Billie and his two younger brothers played as children, he never usually participated. He very much enjoyed taunting and teasing Billie about her stubbornness and her insistence on doing everything her way, regardless of what may happen. I think George is the most surprised when he starts to realize his feelings for Billie. It starts with a dream that he can’t get out of his head and she becomes all he can think about. In an attempt to avoid his feelings he tries to avoid Billie, which when she realizes her feelings for him, makes her think that he doesn’t feel the same. It’s quite funny how long the two both try to convince themselves of the same thing at the same time.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun quick read. The only thing that would have made me like it better was a little more at the end. Quinn leaves us with good news, but really no detail about it. I would have liked to see more of how the two got married and the events that occurred in the last few pages. It was still a great book despite that and I’ll definitely be getting more of her books that I’ve missed out on reading.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


Between the Sea and Sky – Jaclyn Dolamore

Summary:
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosia, as a siren-the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Esmerine takes her siren’s vow, she means to protect the sea and all that lives within it-until Dosia runs away to the mainland and Esmerine is sent to retrieve her.
Secretly thrilled with the prospect of seeing a world that she’s only glimpsed from the ocean, Esmerine uses magic to transform her tail into legs and journeys to the capital city. There, she comes upon a friend she hasn’t seen since childhood-a dashing young man named Alander, who belongs to a winged race of people. Alander, whose odd ways and brash opinions offend yet fascinate her. But as Esmerine embarks of a search for her sister that will take her further away from the sea she loves and the life she has always known, she and Alander rekindle a friendship…and more.
With subtly echoes of Pride and Prejudice, this story of star-crossed lovers is Jaclyn Dolamore at her very best.
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So recently I moved away from my home state and transferred my job to work in a different store. I only mention this because this book, Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore, was a going away gift from one of my coworkers. She have me two books and this is the first on that I read. I’m going to read the second book next. I actually almost didn’t even bother to review this book. Not because it was bad, but because it’s just such a short book. I started it on my lunch break at work today, which is 45 minutes long. When I picked it up to continue reading it after I got home, I realized that I was already halfway through it. I’m not sure if that’s because it was such a short book or if it’s because the story line hooked me.
That’s probably the only thing I really loved about Between the Sea and Sky, the story line. The book is about a mermaid, Esmerine, who goes in search of her sister, Dosia, who has disappeared after telling Esmerine about meeting some human boys on the island. While on the adventure of finding her sister she finds her childhood friend Alander, who goes by Alan now. As soon as Alan came into the picture I knew there would be some kind of love struggle between the two. Alan was a winged person, which was really hard to picture because there wasn’t that much description about him or what his wings looked like. The two travel to a few different places together trying to find Esmerine’s sister. While on their travels, they both realize the seriousness of their feelings for the other. Of course they both try to fight it because of their different species, even though mermaids can give themselves to a human if they choose to do so. Alan didn’t want to make her do anything. I liked both of the main characters, but feel like they could have been developed so much more. I just didn’t seem to get as attached to them as I usually do with the main characters in most of the books I read.
As I mentioned, I loved the story line. A love affair between a mermaid and a winged person; childhood friends that should have always been together, what a great storyline. I just think the author could have done so much more with this story idea. I feel like it was kept very simple when it could and should have been such an amazing story. There were so many details left out, so many settings and moments within this story that could have been expounded upon. I’m just a bit disappointed with the lack of detail in this book. This story had so much potential to be a new favorite book of mine, except it wasn’t written as it could be. While I am disappointed with the lack of descriptions about many of the places the story takes place in it was still a good story. I was fairly amused with the banter between the characters. I liked them all well enough.
Overall I probably won’t read this book again for quite a while, but it was a good and amusing quick read. I won’t demand that you go buy it now like I do for many other books that I read, but if you find it at the library and you’re looking for a quick read, this definitely was for me. I liked it, but I’m not over the moon about it.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead

Summary:
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school, and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise-first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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Oh my god, I loved this book. I started it late last night before I went to bed and stopped after a few chapters before I could get sucked in and stay up all night reading it. Instead I spent my whole Sunday off reading The Glittering Court and I don’t regret it in the least. I bought this book recently because Richelle Mead is an autobuy author for me. I’ve read pretty much everything she’s written and loved it all. So I knew it wouldn’t be any different with this book.
The Glittering Court had an old time english feel to it. It reminded me a bit of the story of how America was founded. Settlers moved to a New World so they could create a better life for themselves and all that. It even had the dispute over religious views as well. Osfrid’s solution to the differing views of religion was to ship those that believed differently off to the New World. I really liked the fantasy aspect of The Glittering Court. It takes place in completely fictional places, but they sound so realistic and they can be related to my country’s history that it gives the story realness when the country’s mentions don’t exist at all. I liked that about this book, that even though it’s in a fantasy world, it was very easy to visualize and imagine how things take place in these foreign places.
I absolutely adored Adelaide. She’s a countess who is being forced into an arranged marriage because her family’s wealth has run out; a situation I would surely run from myself. So when she finds an out through an offer to one of her servants, she jumps for it. Adelaide is written as a girl who’s very strong minded and has an opinion about everything. Living in the times that she does, women aren’t supposed to have opinions and if they do, they certainly shouldn’t voice them. She has a tendency to voice her opinion whether she should or not, though in her defense there are many times where she would like to say many things but refrains from doing so.
While Adelaide is at the Glittering Court she makes friends with the two girls that she arrived with, Tamsin and Mira. Tamsin was the girl that had to prove she was number one. She worked the hardest too. She was the most determined and didn’t let anything or anyone get in her way. I really like Tamsin because of her persistence and determination. She had to overcome a lot in this book and she really proved that she is a great friend and just an all around good person.
Mira is the third roommate. Mira is the mysterious one, the one who everyone singles out because her skin is darker than the other girls. She never lets that stop her though. I like Mira very much because, like Tamsin, she was determined. But unlike Tamsin, Mira was determined to do whatever she wanted. She would sneak out at night to do god knows what. She was always surrounded by mystery, never telling her roommates where she was going or what she was doing. Mira stood up for her friends when the other girls tried to mess with them and they did the same for her. I really like the friendship between these three; it was a nice addition to the romantic majority of the book.
The only thing I didn’t like about The Glittering Court was the lack of details about the girls. I still want to know what Mira was doing out on the town all hours of the night. I want to know what happens next to these two girls that I’ve grown attached to in this book. I just need more from Richelle Mead. I hope there is a sequel to The Glittering Court.
Last I’ll mention Cedric, the unexpected love story. From the start of this book when Cedric ended up in Adelaide’s house trying to convince one of her servants to come with him and join the Glittering Court I knew he was going to play a big part in this story and boy was I right. Between his secret and him being the only one that knows Adelaide’s secret some kind of craziness was bound to happen. I’m not going to spoil any of the details; you’ll have to read the book for those. But I will say that I loved Cedric, he was always there when Adelaide felt like she was going to fall apart and her cover was going to be blown. He proved time and time again that he’s a genuinely good guy and I’m very happy with the way his story turned out. Like I said, I really hope there will be a sequel to this book so I can read more about these characters.
If you liked or read any of Richelle Mead’s other books I definitely suggest you go to your local library or bookstore and pick up this book and fly through it’s wonderful pages just like I did.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

Summary:
She is the girl with the dragon tattoo- a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.
Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker- a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercrimials, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…
The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

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I started this book very skeptical. I really loved the first three books in the Millennium series, but this forth book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is a continuation of this series, but it’s written by a different author. I really wanted to read it because I’ve become very attached to these characters but I wasn’t convinced it would be as good as the first three Millennium books. While I was partially right, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
The new author, David Lagercrantz, wrote about these characters perfectly. Salander was still portrayed with her with the fiery passion she is known for. In this book she outdoes herself by hacking the NSA in hopes to find information on the continued operation of the criminal organizations her father started, while doing this she finds so much more. This is when Blomkvist comes into the story. He gets a call from a source who wants to give him a story. This source feels that his life is in danger and needs to give his knowledge to someone if anything were to happen to him. Sadly he is killed before Blomkvist can make it to him. And so starts another one of Blomkvist’s crazy scoops.
One of the things I didn’t like about this book was the way it started. The story starts off with Millennium being down and had recently sold shares to a big corporation that had ulterior motives to change the magazine and to get Blomkvist off the staff. While I can understand that The Girl in the Spider’s Web takes place quite a few years after The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s nest, so many things have changed and it almost seems as if they didn’t really do anything in the time between these two books. If so many years have passed it would be reasonable that Blomkvist could have and should have come up with another story in that time. Maybe not nearly as crazy as the stories he finds in these books, but I find it hard to believe that he found so little that the magazine was having trouble staying afloat. That just doesn’t seem reasonable to me.
On the other hand, something I really liked about this book was the villain. I’m going to try not to give anything away because the identity of the villain is definitely a huge plot twist that I didn’t see coming. They brought yet another person from Lisbeth’s past into the mix. And it is indeed very crazy. I also see Lagercrantz writing another book to the series. I have a strong feeling he’s not done with this villain’s story. I don’t think the Millennium series will be able to be over until Lisbeth defeats all of her demons.
I definitely liked this book; maybe not as much as the first three in the Millennium series, but Lagercrantz did a very good job with the characters I’ve come to love and added yet another crazy plot twist to their stories. I can’t wait to see where the next book, if there is one, will take us. If you read the first three books in this series you should give the forth a chance, it absolutely surprised me.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, answer the following three questions and share a link to your post in the comments on her page. Enjoy!

What are you currently reading?

Well, as I just posted my review to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson I’m not currently reading anything thankfully because as I mentioned in my review, it’s WAY past my bed time. But I figured I might as well do my WWW Wednesday since it is technically Wednesday already.

What did you recently finish reading?

Please see my answer to the last question. I’ve been obsessed with rereading the Millennium series and have reviewed three books in the past week, so check them out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will be starting The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz tomorrow while I spend my day off at the DMV. This is a forth book in the Millennium series that has come out recently, but it’s by a different author,  because sadly Stieg Larsson passed away. So I’m very much anticipating this next book to see if it lives up to the first three. Don’t worry, you guys will hear all about it once I finish reading it.

What are your answers to these questions?

Happy Wednesday readers!


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

Summary:
Lisbeth Salander-the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels-lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge-against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
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So, I’m writing this review while it is considerably past my bed time, but I knew I wouldn’t end up writing it if I just went to bed. I was going to try to save some of the book for the hours I’m going to spend sitting at the DMV tomorrow, but that didn’t happen. Once I got about halfway through I knew Iwas going to stay up way too late finishing The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest the third in the Millennium trilogy.
The third book in the Millennium series was by far my favorite, which I’m pretty sure I said about The Girl Who Played with Fire, but I was wrong. This third book was so much crazier than the second or the first. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was a wonderfully written wrap up of Lisbeth’s Salanders crazy complicated story.
Lisbeth remained her every passionate determined self. Though, she played a significantly smaller role in the action of this book. Yes, she was the main focus of pretty much every single character; it was the supporting characters that did most of the legwork on her behalf. I really enjoyed seeing Lisbeth have to take a step back and actually let other people in her life help her. After being shot and on the brink of death she remains in the hospital for most of the pages in the book. Once she’s released from the hospital she is arrested and put into jail until her court trial. So the important parts were left up to the people she struggled to admit were her friends.
Of course, Mikael Blomkvist was the head of this party that he called The Knights of the Idiot Table, a group of people who all dearly care about Lisbeth and were all determined to prove her innocence and not let her get utterly screwed by the system once again. I love Mikael even more in this book because of his passion for exposing the truth, in this case for several people that he genuinely cares about. He seems to have a knack for finding information that is going to completely blow the population of Sweden out of the water. In this case it was Lisbeth’s story of her constitutional rights completely disregarded by a group of intelligence agents that there was no trace of in the Security Police. He tends to stumble upon ridiculously helpful leads and always seems to find exactly the right person to talk to in order to find out what is really going on. I greatly admire his passion for seeking the truth and defending those that he cares about.
Other than the characters, which there are way too many to talk about individually; you’ll just have to read the books to love them like I do, the part I enjoyed the most about this book was the fact that in the end, justice prevailed like it should have from the beginning. The truth of the hidden government lies comes out in the end regardless of how hard the accused people try to keep it under wraps. They even go as far as murder and are the reason that Lisbeth was committed when she was only a thirteen year old girl. There are others in this same Security Police that have their attention brought to what’s going on within their agency. These select few others are appalled and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of who these rouge agents are and how they’re getting away with their horrendous actions. I really enjoyed reading the police investigate the police. Following them as they learn what’s really going on, even though we have most of the facts already, is so intriguing to me.
I’ve always loved murder mysteries, not that I’m sure I would consider this third book a murder mystery. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is mostly about Lisbeth getting the justice she fully deserves. I loved every descriptive page that Larsson gave us in the third book of Lisbeth Salander’s story. The first fifty pages or so was definitely a bit of slow reading while we got the whole history and character introductions of all the crooks that we needed to know about in the Security Police, but Larsson’s descriptions were still very interesting. I never lost interest, which I have a tendency to do with some books that have too much back story descriptions. So as I did the last two books, you should definitely go to your local library or any bookstore near you to get this series so that you can experience the rollercoaster that I’ve been on this past week in the pages of the Millennium series.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson

Summary:
Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing expose on social injustice. The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel.
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, two people are brutally murdered, and the fingerprints on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

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The first part of the description on the back of this book is entirely false. This novel was not endlessly satisfying. It ends with a wicked cliff hanger, though you can assume that everything will be okay because there is another book after this one, but still. I have a love hate relationship with cliff hangers. If I have the next book it’s mostly okay, which thankfully I do have The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
I think I enjoyed reading this book more than the first. The Girl Who Played with Fire was so much more exciting starting from the first page. It was much easier to get into because I was already familiar with most of the characters, though I learned in these pages that I didn’t know them as well as I thought. I really liked the fact that the author writes in so many different perspectives. We get to see every aspect of the story and what’s happening in it. He’s wonderfully descriptive and that just sucks me into the story so much more.
I learned so much more about Lisbeth Salander in this book. Every time I learned something new I had to stop for a minute and process. She is by far my favorite character in this series. She is such a complex human and only gets more complex the more we learn about her. She starts the book off traveling around the world carrying a math textbook with her. That was the only hard part to read. I’m definitely not a math person, but reading about her and the way she thinks about the problems was fascinating. She has a photographic memory, but also a determination to understand what she’s reading rather than just remembering the answers. She never does anything she doesn’t want to, as I said in my review of the first book, and that is only reinforced in this one. She has acquired a large sum of money through not totally legal means. She uses this money to make her life significantly better. When she comes back from her travels her life explodes. She goes into hiding and we don’t see things from her point of view for quite a few pages, which drove me nuts with the suspense.
Mikael Blomkvist continues to be a hard hitting journalist through this book. He’s approached about the opportunity to publish a book about sex trafficking and the fact that it’s not taken seriously by the Swedish government. He’s hesitant at first, but between Dag Svensson, the author of the book, and Erika Berger, one of the other partners at Millennium, he is convinced that if it is to be done, it should be done by them. So they plan a themed magazine for May and at the same time, continue to work on Dag’s book. When all the craziness that’s in this book starts Blomkvist’s passion for investigation comes out again, he’s determined to prove that Lisbeth is innocent, despite what everyone else is saying about her.
Dag is in a relationship with Mia Johnansson who is studying to be a criminologist and is currently working on her thesis. Her work goes along similar lines to what Dag is writing his book about, but she focuses more on the girls and how they come to be in the sex trade and where things go from there. Through their work together and their work with Millennium, Bombkvist became good friends with the couple. I really liked the couple. They were both dedicated to what they were working on and had a real passion to help these girls and to change the way the Swedish government handles things of this nature.
It was such a shock when the couple is brutally murdered. I literally had to put my book down and freak out to my boyfriend because I couldn’t believe it had just happened. From there the story just gets crazier. Lisbeth is accused of the murders, and a third that happened within a close time frame, because her fingerprints were found on the weapon. The weapon belonged to her guardian. The media goes crazy with accusations, especially with Lisbeth’s very dramatic history. That was the only part of this book that made me really mad. That everyone that didn’t personally know Lisbeth judged her so immediately and harshly because of a past that was missing quite a few important details. Though the police think her the first suspect and spend enormous amounts of time out looking for Lisbeth, the more evidence they find in this case the more doubt they have that she was involved in the murders. That kind of balanced out the media craziness for me. While yes, the police thought her the prime suspect, they listened to all the evidence they were getting and did eventually figure things out.
The Girl Who Played with Fire was filled with chaos and suspense and never ending questions up until the very last pages. There are so many investigations going on to solve the murders and others to solely prove Lisbeth’s innocence. I loved the loyalty that was shown to Lisbeth from those few people that she does let into her life. Larsson has a way to pull you in and make you very attached to the characters. I loved every page and I’m very excited to start The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest as soon as I post this review. So far I’ve liked this series very much. If you like murder mysteries this will definitely be you’re type of series, so go to your local library or book store and get them and read them and love them like I do.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Summary:

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into a complex and atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of iniquity and corruption.

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This is the second time I’ve read this book. The first time I read it was after several months of owning it. I was on an airplane and brought it with me to force myself to read it. I remember liking it very much the first time. This time reading it is because there has been a fourth book that came out recently which has motivated me to reread the entire series. I’m very glad I did.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an incredibly written book. It was first written in Swedish and translated to English once it became more popular. Because it’s a translated book much of the book takes place in Sweden and many of the names are very difficult to pronounce. I think that just makes it all the more interesting. I don’t know a whole lot about Sweden so I was very intrigued .

This book starts off with so many different back stories that it’s almost confusing. Several different characters are introduced in the first half of the book and even more are introduced when Mikael Blomkvist takes a new temporary job. It takes almost too long for some of the characters introduced to meet and because I’ve read it before, I know that they do and it made me anticipate their meeting. I love how detailed the book is. We are given so much information on these people that we’re not totally sure how they will connect to one another. As you read the book you learn more about the characters then what the characters know about each other. That’s something I love about being the reader; those details that the author gives us that no one in the story knows. I think it adds suspense because you’re wondering if/when will the other characters learn those things and sometimes they never do. That was the case in this book with a few details. The beginning of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is filled with many minute details that become important the further you read into the book.

The characters become more and more complex as you read. Blomkvist starts off as the main character. He’s a financial journalist, which is something I didn’t know was a thing until I read these books. Stieg Larsson makes it sound almost exciting. I really like Blomkvist because he’s very passionate about what he does. It may not be all that exciting in real life, but he has a specific set of morals that he tries to stick to and I really loved that about him. Throughout these pages his morals are really tested and sometimes even disregarded to benefit other characters he’s grown to care about. His life is very interesting. Between his job and the women he chooses to bring into his life. He seems to be good at finding himself in very interesting situations. The book starts off with his life seemingly falling apart. We get to follow him as he tries to put it back together. There are many situations that I never saw coming. That’s something I like when I read. I love to be surprised. I love the crazy plot twists and trust me, this book had a few.

I’ll move onto the Vanger family next. There are entirely too many members to discuss them individually. Henrik Vanger sees himself as the most normal in the family. I can definitely agree with that after finishing the book. He’s on the brink of obsessed with the mystery of his niece’s, Harriet, disappearance almost forty years ago. He hired Blomkvist to see if the journalist can discover anything new about this mystery. The rest of the family thinks that Blomkvist is there to write a historical novel about the family. It’s better that way. Once the family starts finding out why he’s really there they start to create problems for the journalist. Most members of the Vanger family really annoyed me. They all just seem really petty and bitter over stupid little things. One member, Harold, hates his daughter because she had a relationship with someone that was partially Jewish. At one point he blatantly calls her a whore. This is on the lighter side of the insanity that is the Vanger family. The things that are learned about this family just escalate the further into the book you read. I won’t give details because that will just spoil things and you really should just read this craziness.

Then there’s Lisbeth Salander. She is portrayed by the Swedish government as crazy, but I really think that’s the last thing she is. She, like Blomkvist is extremely passionate about what she cares about. Though, she doesn’t seem to care about much until closer to the end of the book. Lisbeth is an extremely creative girl that seems to like a challenge. Once she sets her mind to something you should just step out of her way before she runs right over you, or ties you to a bed and tattoos you, as she does in this book. I think Lisbeth is my favorite out of everyone I met in these pages. She, again like Blomkvist, sticks to her morals. While her morals are much looser than his. She isn’t one to back down from a fight. She can acknowledge when she’s lost, but guaranteed she will come back for round two without you even knowing there is a round two. She’s a bad ass chick and I’m excited to read more about her in the next book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The descriptions of all the different settings were awesome. I loved getting to know the Vanger family, even if most of them are batshit crazy. These characters really grew on me, and I’m very excited to see where the next book takes me. This book was turned into a movie that I’m sure many of you have heard of. I’ve seen the movie and as usual, it can’t compare to the book at all. If you like crazy suspenseful murder mystery mixed with hints of a very complicated love story, this is a great book for you.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.