The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

“I will be the hunter not the hunted.” – Lisbeth

Following on from the last book in the series, Lisbeth is still trying to track her sister’s movements while staying hidden herself. She ends up in Russia and has managed to hack in to cameras around Camilla’s house. Meanwhile back in Sweden Mikael is working on his story about the stock market crash. But he’s bored and uninspired, he can’t find an answer to his questions so he decides to take a break. But because he Mikael Blomkvist, he gets dragged into a mystery anyway. A homeless man died but a doctor who had seen the man often suspects fowl play. The man kept to himself and as far as she could tell there was no reason to murder him.

I realised how much I had missed Lisbeth and Mikael when I started reading this. They’re both so determined and intelligent yet chaotic, I forgot how fascinating they are. Lisbeth hasn’t told anyone where she is or what she’s up to, she works well on her own but Mikael is really worried about her, he’s searching for signs of her everywhere.

“He was fed up with it. He was tired of the news in general, tired of all the depressing political developments around the world.” – what a mood!

I felt like we’re back at what this series does best, we have a mystery, it’s possibly political but none of the pieces fit together. Lisbeth and Mikael make a brilliant team even though they’re not together. The jumps from one character to the next are seamless, it’s not confusing or difficult to follow and it keeps a nice pace to the book. It becomes incredibly tense and dramatic as the story goes on.

I like how a few times the story touched on the damaging effects the media can have. The hate campaign towards Johannes and Catrin’s dealings with negative reactions to her journalism. Social media has become this terrifying place where horrible people can sit safely behind a screen and tear down others for fun. It needs to stop.

I am so sad that this is the last book in the series, I will miss Lisbeth and Mikael a lot! The tension and action towards the end is so dramatic, I couldn’t put the book down. The whole series has shone a light on how dangerous our world is, there are secret threats everywhere when it comes to governments and spies. How much can we really trust our leaders? My bet is not at all! But there are still good people like Lisbeth and Mikael, Bublanski and Sonja who give us hope.

Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Favourite Characters

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month it’s another A-Z this time our favourite characters, this week it’s K-O.

K – Klaus Baudelaire

The poor Baudelaire siblings have a terrible time after their parents die, they’re moved from one awful place to the next but they stick together always and try to make it through. Klaus loves books and libraries, he is always able to find comfort in reading.

L – Lisbeth Salander

Lisbeth also had a really tough upbringing, she is a complete badass and a genius. Her hacking abilities allow her to track down criminals and help solve mysteries and scandals. Lisbeth never gives up, not when she’s severely injured or being hunted down by dangerous people. She can be standoffish and obsessive but she’s brilliant!

M – Margaery Tyrell

Margaery is clever and manipulative, when she took Sansa under her wing, although it was partly for her family’s gain I believe she did actually care about her.

N – Neville Longbottom

I always felt so sorry for Neville and how much he got picked on but he overcame that and grew in strength. In the Order of the Phoenix when he learns to do all the defensive spells, he has so much doubt in himself but by the end of the year he’s fighting side by side with Harry and the rest.

O – Oberyn Martell

I mean what a badass! My favourite thing about Oberyn is that he doesn’t care at all about what anyone else thinks. He does what he wants and when me meet him he wants to avenge his sister’s death.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye Review

I love the Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander is one of my favourite characters ever, she’s so complex and badass. This is the fifth book in the series and at the beginning we find Lisbeth in prison (only for a couple of months) but she’s using her time there to read up on a complicated maths problem. Until her old guardian Holger comes to see her and tells her about a visit he received from someone in Lisbeth’s past. Lisbeth and her sister Camilla were almost part of an experiment carried out on twins.

Mikael and Lisbeth start looking into the experiment and uncovering the shady people behind it. Lisbeth is under threat, she’s on a high security ward which has been corrupted by an influential inmate. They’re beating up a young woman everyday and Lisbeth won’t stand for it.

We also delve into the stories of a pair of identical twins whose lives were ruined by the scientists who ran the twins experiment.

The book is gripping and mysterious as always with this series. The author constantly keeps us guessing. I still found myself thinking about the story and how it was going to pan out even when I wasn’t reading it. The story is all woven together so seamlessly, it’s fantastic writing.

Dan and Leo (the identical twins) break my heart, they always felt alone because they were missing the other part of themselves. Twins have such a powerful connection and splitting up twins isn’t just fiction, it really happened, it’s disgusting. I find twins so interesting so all the bits about the twins research was great to read about.

I got really in to this book, I read it really quick because I had to know what was coming next. The sixth book isn’t out yet so I have a bit of a wait to find out what happens next in Lisbeth’s mad and dangerous life!

Top Five Tuesday – Ravenclaw

A new Top Five Tuesday, the promts are created by Bionic Book Worm. This month’s promts are all Harry Potter themed and this week it’s Ravenclaw!

I am almost a Ravenclaw, I’m pretty creative and independent but I was sorted in Gryffindor so oh well…here are the top five book characters that I think are Ravenclaws:

1. Eliza Makepeace – The Forgotten Garden

Eliza Makepeace

I can’t quite put into words how much Eliza means to me, she’s such a perfect character. I think she belongs in Ravenclaw because of her creative mind, she’s a brilliant writer. She is also fiercely independent, mainly because she’s had to be, she’s inquisitive and loves to explore the grounds where she ends up living. She also as a child used to watch people on the streets of London through a gap in her wall.

2. Tyrion Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire

Tyrion Lannister

My darling! Tyrion is so brave and funny, but underneath that is so much pain and rejection. One of my favourite quotes is from Tyrion “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” Indeed it does, Tyrion wasn’t able to follow in his brother’s footsteps and become a knight so he read and gathered knowledge instead. He is witty and wonderful, he’s a great strategist and I think Ravenclaws would love to have him amoung them.

3. Alice – Alice in Wonderland

Alice

I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland, it’s such a strange story! Alice is curious, inquisitive and must be creative to imagine all of Wonderland. She reminds me of Luna, dreamy amd floaty. I think they would be good friends.

4. Lisbeth Salander – Millenium series

Lisbeth Salander

Lisbeth is an absolute badass. Possibly not your typical Ravenclaw with her punk way of dressing and standoffish manner but she is so clever. Lisbeth loves learning just for the sake of it, especially maths and complicated equations. She has a photographic memory so she can remember everything she reads, and she can understand all the complicated mathematic and scientific topics she reads up on. Once she finds a problem to solve, be it a crime, mystery or equation, she won’t stop until she’s found the answer.

5. Rhaegar Targaryen – A Song of Ice and Fire

Rhaegar Targaryen

Although Rhaegar dies before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire he’s still talked about a fair bit. He was a prince but not proud or arrogant. He was a musician, he played the harp and sang beautifully. As a child, he preferred to sit and read on his own rather than play with other children. He learned to read at a very young age. Although he was a great knight, his true passion lay in his music.

Have a great Tuesday! Who would you sort into Ravenclaw?