Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review: What I read in July

I actually finished this book in the last couple of days in June.

If you like the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you will love this one as well.

This book was not as difficult to get into as the first book for me. Just like the first one, it is filled with dark secrets and twists in the plot that can keep you guessing the entire time! This time, Lisbeth Salander is the central character, with all of the controversy surrounding her life since the first book. It also digs a little deeper into her past, and we learn more about how much she cares for certain characters.

I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest to come into my favorite local bookstore and wrap up this series of books. I like a good mystery!

I tried to start this series last summer before I went back to Norman for school. My friend Jessie had read the books that were out up to that point, and had been trying to get me and her aunt to read them all summer. Then the TV show came out, and I became addicted. So we all picked up the books, and I read what I could before I left. I finished this book last summer, along with the first few chapters of the second book.

However, I have done a lot of reading, sleeping, drinking, and studying since last summer, so when I decided that I wanted to read them again, I figured I should probably start all over again.

If you watch the series, you should definitely pick up the books. Granted, I haven't really watched the TV show since probably a month or so into it, but I can say that the first episode follows the first book really well. As far as the rest of the books go, I'll also be reading them to finish up the series.

This book, just like the TV show, has you wondering who the mysterious "A" is that has all the girls of Rosewood squirming in their seats. Each has a secret that they don't want anyone to know, and this "A" knows all of them and is torturing them every day. A Young Adult book, it's a pretty easy read and it only took me about a week to finish.

This is book two of the Pretty Little Liars series. I'm pretty sure that I read a little over half of this book in my quest to try to read as many of them as possible last summer. However, I enjoyed it just as much the second time around, and it was nice to refresh my memory as to what was going on with the liars....I haven't really watched the show much either since I went back to school.

In this book, the plot thickens as the liars think they have figured out who A is...but for any of you who follow anything about this series, you know that's impossible because there are like 9 books, or something like that. This book seriously took me 4 days to complete for two reasons: 1 it's a pretty easy read; 2 I couldn't put it down. Seriously. I mean, I finished the book before I even had time to update the "Current Read(s)" box with this cover. The awful thing about these books is that every chapter is a cliffhanger, and each chapter is told from the perspective of a different liar. So it makes it hard to put down. If you have a little bit of free time to devote to these books, go do it. Now. And thank me later.

This WONDERFUL book was a recommendation from my friend Sam. She will tell you that she recommends this book to every woman until she is blue in the face, and I'm about to join her on that one.

Have you ever felt insecure? Have you ever wanted a beautiful man and thought you didn't deserve him? Have you ever felt like the world wanted you to be with a person but you didn't want that at all? If you answered yes to any or all of these, this book is for you.

It jumps around a little bit, and some characters are miniscule and then get dumped on you randomly, and so you try to remember who the heck Shanna is and then you remember while you're in the shower that she's the bartender and next door neighbor (and now you're going to remember that when you read this book. Not if, WHEN). But it's definitely one of the best love stories I've ever read, and it's not super sappy like all the Nicholas Sparks books. It has parts that are hilarious, parts that make you want to punch her mother for being a rude ass, parts that are very closely x-rated, and parts that make you feel all warm and ooey inside.

This definitely was not one that was slow to start, like so many have seemed recently. So if you read any of these books, this is a good one to start with. It was great from the beginning, and the only reason why it took me a week to finish is because I was always exhausted by the time I crawled into bed to curl up with it.

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  1. Great mini reviews, Mal! I really liked the first Stieg Larson, now I need to read his others. Talk about page turner!

  2. Love me some PLL! And Sam does recommend that book to everyone, haha, so that might have to be my next book.

    You've been busy!

  3. I have been wondering after being addicted to the PLL series if I should read the books! You have me convinced! Hope you are well!


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