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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Millenium #1) – Paperback, 542 pages – Published June 2015 by Quercus

I’ve finally finished it! Whoop whoop!

This is a very different book to what I usually read. It contains a lot of strong language, sexual references, assault and Swedish finance. It also has a lot of investigating, which was my favourite part.

A financial journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, has been accused of libel after submitting a report about a rival company, owned by Hans-Erik Wennerström. The Wennerström Affair is huge – and has earned Blomkvist a three month stay in prison. This was all a bit hard for me to follow, as I don’t know much about this subject. But I still managed to get the general gist of it.

A freelance worker at Milton Security is hired to research Mikael Blomkvist. Her name is Lisbeth Salander, and she’s only in her twenties. Even so, she’s probably the best worker Dragan Armansky has hired.

The client wanting a report on Blomkvist, Herr Frode, works for Henrik Vanger of the massive Vanger Corporation. Pleased with what they hear, they hire the journalist for a private matter – to solve the mystery of a missing girl from the 1960’s.

While Blomkvist is researching the suspected crime, Lisbeth Salander is molested and raped by her legal guardian. She should turn him into the police, but that isn’t her style. Instead, she gets her revenge.

Blomkvist finds out about the report written on him, and seeks out Salander. Together they begin to crack the case of Harriet Vanger. They are both put at risk when they discover the reason for Harriet’s disappearance, and nobody’s prepared for what they uncover.

Although the case is solved, the company Blomkvist works for – Millenium – needs revenge against Wennerström. To his surprise, Salander has just what he needs to really make a bang.

Like I said, this is quite an explicit novel – fathers raping their children, guardians attacking vulnerable young women, men sleeping with multiple women. The relationships seem to be ever-changing in this novel, but I suppose that’s just realistic. But this is definitely not suitable for the faint-hearted, and there are some really horrific, visual descriptions that really will haunt you.

But if you like investigative or crime novels, I would definitely suggest giving it a go. It’s not a quick read by any means, but it’s cunning, it’s realistic, and it’s gripping. What more could you want from a novel of this genre? I really wasn’t sure at first, as I just couldn’t get into the multiple characters’ stories or the whole situation with Mikael Blomkvist, but I did manage to get into the rhythm of it in the end, and really did enjoy it. For these reasons, I’m going to give Larsson’s novel 4 stars. I’m seriously hoping I come across the next books in the series now!


Book Review: Every Other Day

Every Other Day - Paperback Cover

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Paperback, 329 pages – ublished February 2nd 2012 by Quercus

Contains a few spoilers.

Wow. This book was actually amazing. I saw it on Goodreads and decided to order it into my library. I’m so glad I did!

Kali is like any other girl, every other day. She has no friends, no mother, and not much of a dad, but she’s human.

But every other day, she’s not.

She hunts. Not deer, or wolves, or foxes. She hunts hellhounds and basilisks and zombies – preternatural creatures. So when she sees popular-girl Bethany with an ouroboros (the death mark of a chupacabra) she knows it’s up to her to save her.

That day also happens to be the day Kali meets Skylar. Her instincts tell her to keep Skylar away – the less people she puts in danger, the better. But Skylar has other ideas, and soon she gets caught up in Kali’s world, along with Bethany and Elliott, Skylar’s brother and Bethany’s boyfriend.

The chupacabra has unexpected effects on Kali thanks to her difference to other people, and she finds herself connected with another of her kind; Zev. She is immediately determined to rescue him from where he is imprisoned, Chimera Biomedical. While trying to achieve his rescue, Kali begins to discover things about Bethany’s parents, who work at Chimera, as well as the mystical woman in heels…

Along the way, Kali also discovers the truth about who – or what – she really is. Her father brings light to some of the questions she’s had for years, and she finally discovers her mother – or mothers.

When the kids reach their final destination – the secret Chimera facility where Zev is being held – they are truly tested. Kali doesn’t want to drag her friends into it, but they want to help her. Skylar claims to know that her decision to come is the right one, thanks to her psychic gift. Things get incredibly interesting at this point…

I was not expecting what happened to Kali to happen. Even afterwards, I was waiting for something to come along and fix it, but that never happened. The letter toward the end is such a great touch, I really liked it. And it ends on an amazing cliffhanger!

Kali’s a great character. She doesn’t know her mother (yet) and up until now, thought her dad couldn’t stand to look at her. But she begins to understand his actions, as well as the true meaning of friendship. (Cheesy, I know. Sorry.)

As for Skylar… I loved her so much! She had such an awesome personality. And Bethany was a well-developed character too, who Kali gets to know slowly throughout the novel.

Every Other Day brought on so many emotions. It was thrilling, exciting, and surprisingly sad. I wasn’t sure about Kali as a character at first, but she really did grow on me. This didn’t have the typical romance story in it that many YA books do, which I appreciate. I actually think this managed to work its way up to 5 stars, and into my favourites.