2012 Adult Fiction Mini-Reviews

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Dragon-tattoo-cover The Girl Who Played with Fire The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
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I finally read The Millennium Trilogy last summer (well, most of it anyways… more on that later) and was mostly impressed. The first book can read as a stand-alone novel and centers around the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Vanger. The final two books really go together as both delve into Lisbeth’s past and the plot to frame her for murder. It was Lisbeth’s character that really hooked me. She is one of those rare characters who is simultaneously easy to relate to and completely unlike anyone you have ever met. The mystery in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is complex and completely engrossing. The Girl Who Played with Fire is my favorite book in the series because it focuses primarily on Lisbeth. The only thing I don’t like about this series is that the details can become a little tedious at times, and that is why I finally abandoned The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest during the first few chapters and watched the Swedish movie version to find out how the whole thing ended.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood EverlastingRelease Date: June 14, 2011
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Publisher: Random House
Pages/Format: 368 (Hardcover)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick-Lit
Source: Public Library
My Rating: C+ (View Scale)
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I enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series a few years ago as a light, summertime read and was looking forward to picking up the continuing stories of Lena, Carmen, Tibby, and Bridget. What I did not expect was *Spoiler Alert* the death of a major character early in the story, leaving the rest of the book to sift through the myriad emotions all the other characters experience in the following months. Needless to say, Sisterhood Everlasting is a complete deviation from the YA series. Whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing is a matter of taste. Certainly, SE has more depth to it, but if you’re reading it for more of the classic friendship/chick lit fare, it will disappoint.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe HavenRelease Date: September 14, 2010
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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages/Format: 340 (Hardcover)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Public Library
My Rating: D+ (View Scale)
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Safe Haven was my first Nicholas Sparks read and it will definitely be my last. After reading this book I honestly don’t understand how this guy grew to be such a huge success. The story is nice enough, albeit totally predictable and more than a little cheesy, but the writing is mediocre and the characters don’t come to life for me. There is also a plot twist at the end that is completely ludicrous. Take away: If all Sparks’ books are alike, then for once I will say the movies are better than the books.

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  1. says

    I’ve had girl with the dragon tattoo for a while and it just hadn’t made it to the top of my list, partially because of the content. I did read the wedding by sparks a while ago and enjoyed that one, but the notebook was so bad I don’t know if I made it past chapter3. Haven’t tried any of his books since, and none of them have sounded good enough for me to try.

  2. says

    LOL…Nick Sparks is cheesy but I love his stuff like a fool…:) Safe Haven is not like most of his books, I would encourage you to read A Walk to Remember, and if you hate it then Ill eat my foot, just kidding I really wont eat my foot, but you can say told you so.

  3. says

    I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks book, but I’ve watched a couple of the movies based on his books. I don’t know if I would ever read them, honestly. Maybe just to see if they were better than the movies, but, from what you’re saying, I might just be wasting my time. So many women turn into goo over them that I’d rather stay away. 😛

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