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Petalfrog’s #CBR4 Review #33: The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen

As you can see by the cover of the book, the publisher’s are really pushing the Stieg Larrson connection. I mean who can blame them? The Girl series was wildly successful, so why not try to cash in on that? Unfortunately, The Gingerbread House (which is first in the Hammberby series) does not live up to the Stieg Larrson name. And why should it? Carin Gerhardsen is NOT Stieg Larrson, and aside from being a murder mystery the books really have no connection. I think it’s a bit disingenuous for the publishing house to make the connection, since it does set up expectations (as silly as that may be), in the reader’s mind.

Read the full review (and find out what the book is about) at my blog!

Petalfrog’s #CBR4 Review #11: The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larrson

Interestingly enough, I think this was my favorite of the “The Girl” series, even though it was the least action-packed. Warning, spoilers for the other novels may follow in my review here

Previous reviews:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played with Fire

Petalfrog’s #CBR4 Review #5: The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larrson

The second novel in the Lisbeth Salander trilogy, starts with an extended prologue of our protagonist on vacation in the Caribbean island of Grenada. It has been a year since the final events on Hedeby Island, where Lisbeth and Mikael Blomkvist unraveled the mystery of the Vander family, and where Lisbeth saved Mikael’s life. Since these events, Lisbeth has become a millionairess by using her hacking skills to steal billions of Kronor from Wennerström (as seen in the final pages of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and has been traveling around the world. Lisbeth’s trip to Grenada reads like a stand-alone short story, as the events that take place here do not carry into the rest of the story. I’m from the Caribbean so I enjoyed reading about her adventures in Grenada, but I do hope there is some follow-through with this storyline in the third novel.

Read the rest of my review at my blog!

Petalfrog’s #CBR4 Review #2: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

CoverThis book must be the most read book in airports over the last year. I’ve seen its distinctive yellow cover in more travelers’ hands than any other book I can remember. Which of course meant that I myself needed to read this on my own holiday travels! I had expected this novel to be along the lines of The Hunger Games trilogy, given that they are both trilogies, both have female protagonists, both have similar covers, both have movies coming out, and both are so ubiquitous. I was dead wrong, as this book is most certainly not a young adult novel, and could not be more different from the story and tone of The Hunger Games.

Read the rest of my review on my blog!

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