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Diney Costeloe
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The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series - David Lagercrantz

Though I know this story wasn't written by original author, David Lagercrantz did a good job staying true to the original characters and their personalities, though at some times a few characters felt muted, compared to the the previous three books. 

 

The story in general was fast paced and predictable, but not in a bad way. I had a suspicion early on about the the main protagonist and loved the "ah ha!" moment when it was confirmed. I especially enjoyed the way the characters back-filled the protagonist's history, which had been one of those minor questions that lingered after the third book.

 

Overall, this story book is an enjoyable, action-packed read; continues to provide insights into the unique character, Lisbeth Salander; and provides a setting for more books. Since this book is clearly not the end to Lisbeth Salander's story, I hope David Langercrantz will continue writing because I am looking forward to more of her story!

Almost feel bad about my rating...

— feeling what?!?
My Name Is Memory - Ann Brashares

It's almost unfair that I am giving this beautifully written book 2 stars, as it was on par to receive 4 maybe 5 stars. I'm so upset with the end of the book! It's not the writing or the characters, both are beautiful and well developed. It's the ending...

 

The entire story agonizingly follows Daniel through many lifetimes searching for his love - the girl in the hut, the magistrate's wife, Sophia, Constance, the elderly woman at church, and Lucy. Does he find her, oh yes; many times. But how does it all end? With speculative closure. Through all the recognitions and meetings, your heart is wrung out and ready for something good to happen; for this great love to find some peace. But in the last two chapters, the unfairness of it all starts again. Lucy is safely tucked away and learns she is pregnant while Daniel writes from New Orleans and nothing is said of his fate, though we know Lucy never receives his last letter. So what does it all mean? Is Daniel being reborn as their child? How unfair for Lucy/Constance/Sophia's soul. Not to mention... Joaquim is still out there. We don't even know if Daniel completed his mission, just the importance of it getting done.

 

Should there be a second book? I don't know if I would read it. Ok I'm probably lying because I like Ann Brashares' writing, but I'm mad! To me, the book abruptly ended. It's almost as if the real story was just about to begin, so why did it stop? And if my speculations based on the last two chapters are true - Joaquim is still out there body snatching, current Daniel is dead, and the child Lucy carries will be Daniel reincarnated - I'm not really interested in that ending; no thank you! The millennia spent with Daniel trying to be with his love was enough to feel so jilted by fate or life or whatever it is, that I feel more hopeless than before I read it.

 

There are things I've read that seem so unfair and equally heartbreaking but this story is different. It's unfair, from beginning to end, and when the time comes to feel like through it all it was worth it... There's really nothing, and it's disappointing.

Assassin's Quest

Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb I love the characters but not the story by this third book. It has a rushed ending and doesn't really complete the original plot from earlier books. Not sure if I will continue... This took too long to get through.
SPOILER ALERT!

Me Before You

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes I started this book not really connecting to Louisa and then she got the job with Will. From then on, I couldn't put the book down. You get to a point where you know the ending but it still hits you hard; and I mean the tears and snot streaming down your face with hiccuping sobs!

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy - Jeanne Birdsall I enjoyed each of the characters, human or animal, and can't wait to make this a family favorite! I laughed, I got mad, and I cried... Mostly I smiled and enjoyed each adventure, one after another.

Once Upon Stilettos

Once Upon Stilettos - Shanna Swendson Took a while for it to get interesting but once it did I was hooked! LOVED THE ENDING!!!!!

The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea - Susanna Kearsley This is an amazing book! The main character is a historical fiction author who is writing her newest book within the pages of this story, which makes it seem like two stories in one.

Maya's Notebook: A Novel

Maya's Notebook: A Novel - Isabel Allende Maya is a girl who's life takes a destructive path after losing her beloved grandfather. For protection she is sent to a small island in Chile, her grandmother's native country, where she writes in her notebook about life currently around her and the events that has led her to her far away "prison." Even though the entries bounce back and forth from present to past, the story is easy to follow, and the journey to peace is truly inspiring.

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman  - Paullina Simons What an emotional roller coaster!! Up and down, all the way to the end. Tania endures so much heartache it's amazing that she is left standing.

Faefever

Faefever - Karen Marie Moning Wow... if it could go wrong, it did!! I can't believe it ended that way... Now I am waiting impatiently for the next book from the library!

Dark Lover

Dark Lover - J.R. Ward Interesting world and charcters. Looking forward to getting to know them better.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn The first part was hard to get through but got hooked into the second part. Wish I could say I liked the ending but NOPE!! By the third part, I picked a "team" but I honestly can't say who won. If you figure that out, let me know.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James That's what all the hype is about?! I honestly could care less about the characters and the most entertaining parts were some of the banter volleying in the emails. Otherwise I could have been good with not reading this book. Supposedly it's suppose to get better but there are other books I'd rather read...

Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead Not bad but not great. It took me longer to get through it than the first three in this series. I was surprised by the ending but it all makes sense.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak This is an amazing story!

Blood Promise

Blood Promise - Richelle Mead Just when you think the pain was over, you find out it isn't... And yet, I like the pain.