Dark mood and intricate plot makes Jar City a good read

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When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man. (From Goodreads)

What made this book enjoyable was how such an intricate web was spun throughout the novel giving the reader enough interest to keep reading. I was not sure what to expect from this book. Although I’ve heard good things about it I didn’t think I would be so engrossed and be flying through the pages to find out what will happen next.

I’m still not sure what to think of Erlandur as a character. Like most protagonists in series like these they usually have an underlying personal issue (whether it be health, or family for example) which he does have, but his personality I can’t really quite make out. He doesn’t seem to have much of one except he cares for his daughter and her well being even though they are estranged. He does have some sense of humor and wit but overall he appears to be driven by his work and hard working to solve the crime (we all need police like these don’t we?.)

I’m liking how his relationship with his daughter is turning out. It’s nice to see them slowly step away from their estrangement and it shows they do truly care for each other even though it’s done through yelling (most families are like that though, aren’t they?) It shows a lot of tough love, and I’m hoping the best for Eva Lind in the next books (I hope she appears as I’m slowly starting to like her more.)

What I enjoyed the most of this book was the plot like I mentioned earlier. It went from point A to point B but in such a dramatic motion it certainly kept you reading to find out what was going to happen next. The mood of the story also, was excellent. It was dark, dreary, melancholy, and although not suspenseful like the majority of the crime novels, it didn’t have to be. It made the setting suitable for the plot and made it more enjoyable.

One little thing I do have to add though, is the side story with the bride. I’m not sure why that was mentioned as it had little to do with the main story and it seemed like a filler. It wasn’t necessary as the plot itself was fine without it. I also enjoyed the ending of the book. It was sad, but you came to the realization it had to come to an ending like this.

As this is book #3 in its native language, it’s considered book #1 in its’ English translation. It seems all right and nothing seems to be lacking. Perhaps a bit of backstory might have helped but it was comprehensible to read. Greatly recommended! It’s a great break from the usual detective novels we have out there.

I give it a 9 out of 10.

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I Joined the YA Reading Challenge!

One more Reading Challenge. No seriously that’s it. Oh who am I kidding. I’ll be joining this one for this year because I love YA books! My goal is to be reading as many as I can (I already signed up for the 50 books goal in Goodreads and the #50BookPledge) so maybe this will get me to reading more and surpassing my goal.

 

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Anyone else joining this one who likes YA as much as I do? let me know!

#BeattheBacklist Challenge!

Okay! one more Reading Challenge to sign up for. (No seriously this is the last one before I go nuts) (okay maybe not but you know what I mean).

I’m going to be participating in Beat the Backlist challenge since I have a lot of books pending and it would help and motivate me to get some more reading done. I really can’t wait to get these rolling. I even made a bullet journal for my Reading Challenges to get me on track.

I’m going to go for at least 50 books this year (my usual amount) maybe I’ll be able to beat that amount? let’s hope so!

Anyone else joining this challenge with me? let me know! Also let me know what team you’re on too 🙂

 

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 2018!

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Aside from the Historical Fiction Challenge, I’m also going to join this one: the Cloak and Dagger Challenge for 2018. Mystery/thrillers are one of my favorite genres so I think I should have no problem achieving my level. I’ll be aiming for: Detective (16-25 books)

Can’t wait to start my reading challenges for 2018! I’m hoping to find a few more to get my reading going!

 

2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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I’ll be entering this Reading Challenge for the upcoming 2018.

This will probably motivate me to read more (hopefully!) as I’d like that for one of my goals for 2018.

So if any of you are interested in joining the challenge with me you can go here: http://www.passagestothepast.com/2017/12/2018-historical-fiction-reading.html 

There’s different tiers for the challenge. I’m going to be aiming for the Medieval level which is 15 books (any type of historical fiction is included)

I have a lot of books to go through so I’m hoping Reading Challenges like these will help me through it 🙂

Let me know if you’ve joined! I’d love to see what books you have in store for your reading list!

#Frightfall Readathon!

So glad I came across the tweet from http://carolsnotebook.com/ about this Readathon! this one I will definitely take part in as I love to read these types of novels. I’ve already started on some books that will fall into the category so be sure to follow up and if you’d like join in on the spooky fun!

They also have a Facebook Group going which I just joined in order to keep each other posted on how we’re progressing. I think it’s going to be great! join me!

The only rule they have is to read at least ONE scary novel (or mystery, suspense, thriller, etc)

So come along and sign up! I’d love to see what you’re reading this month!

 

Review of Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde

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The same day that the villagers of Thornstowe finally hunt down a witch with a reputation for stealing children, a 12-year-old appears in the woods with no memory of her past. Is there a connection between Isabelle, the girl who doesn’t know who she is, and the girl the witch stole six years earlier? One of the few things Isabelle remembers is a chant that keeps running through her head:

Old as dirt,

dirty as dirt.

Ugly as sin,

mean as sin.

Don’t let the old witch catch you!

Could Isabelle have been stolen by the old witch of the woods, or has she lost her memory as the result of an accident? And what about the baby the witch stole right before the villagers attacked? Did either the witch or the baby survive the fire the villagers set?

I thought this book was good! I was expecting something different the book to be with more paranormal qualities. The cover was a bit deceiving in that aspect. However! I think the book is still worth the read!

The plot has all the makings of a great fairy tale and there is a good amount of mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing. There is a neat little twist in the end of the book which I wasn’t expecting and I enjoyed the ending.

The characters are all right and Honey happens to be a downright dirty villain. She wasn’t such a nice person to begin with anyway but what she reveals just makes her look awful and nasty. I’d have to say most of the characters have the making of a fairy tale, not one of the “classic” ones. It’ll be a tale similar to the ones in the Grimm’s fairy tales. It’s darker, and the violent content is there, but enough to not make it overwhelming.

Pick this book up for a quick light read, the story is good and will keep you guessing until the end. It’s a perfect book for all ages. Don’t let the cover fool you and if it’s not what you expect, keep reading it anyway. You’ll find it’s worth the time.

I give it a 9 out of 10.