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Review: The Millennium Series

Hi guys, happy Monday! Today I’m going to be reviewing The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz!

You guys have no idea how excited I was to find out there was a new novel! The publishers who published the first three Dragon Tattoo novels hired author David Lagercrantz to write a sequel since obviously Stieg Larsson can’t, he died in 2004, before is novels got published. I fell in love with this series when I was 16. I can’t tell you what it is about this series, but it’s so good. I’m hoping the new novel is just as good. There are the same characters as the previous novels, so that gives me some hope, but nonetheless I’m still very excited to read it! *I have read it, and it was definitely worthy of a read! If you guys haven’t read it yet, I really suggest you do because you will not be disappointed. The content, the story telling, and the characters are so perfectly put together that I don’t think you could have a better story.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by: Stieg Larsson: This novel is about a journalist by the name of Mikael Blomkvist. He was once a reputable journalist who found himself in deep water with a story he was writing. When things look like they are going nowhere, an old friend Henrik Vanger, or well  maybe he’s not an old friend, more like his parents used to live on their property and so he knows the guy, asks for his help. He asks Mikael to work for him in helping to find his niece Harriet who has been missing for close to forty years. Reluctantly he takes the job. He inlists the help of one tech-savvy Lisbeth Salander, who is not to be messed with. This novel is an insane thriller that will keep readers on the edges of their seats. The plot has the readers attention from page one with dynamic, intriguing characters, and a good original plot that keep readers guessing. It’s an excellent who-done-it novel that can’t be described other than brilliant. 

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire by: Stieg Larsson: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back! This novel might have been better than the first novel. But it was a big mystery that had the reader until practically the end. So this novel Lisbeth has been charged for three murders two of which are Mikael’s friends and the other her guardian, and they can’t find her to arrest her. Mikael thinks she’s innocent and he starts to get a hold of her through his computer in which she hacks. It takes all the police team to realize that maybe Lisbeth isn’t the killer, and that maybe Mikael is right. The plot in this novel, much like the first was insanely capturing, and well written. The characters are developing with each other with every passing novel. Not one part of the novel was confusing, the only thing that was infuriating was the fact that the end of the novel is a cliffhanger to the next novel. When that’s a reader’s only compliant, you’ve got yourself a really good piece of fiction.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by: Stieg Larsson: It’s finally come to an end, or what we’ve come to believe is the end after five years. This novel is a continuation of the last novel, obviously, and we has the reader go through a lot. Lisbeth is in critical condition after being shot in the head. Once she gets better, she has to stand up in court to fight for her innocence. With Mikael’s help, he pulls together a case that can prove it, and help to identify who’s behind the ones that let Lisbeth suffer from abuse and violence. On top of that Lisbeth is plotting revenge against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government. This novel packed one heck of a punch. The author just kept layering all these plots that at times it got hard to follow, and it made the novel hard to read because the background information got tedious to read. But once the reader pushed past all that, it was mainly in the first half the novel, it got really interesting and  you couldn’t put down the novel. There was this one character who came off as such a douche, but that also made the novel more enticing to read. The author did a great job of creating this character because he was just so repulsive. Overall, this novel made for quite the adventure, and quite an ending…

The Girl in the Spider's Web
The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by: David Lagercrantz: Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are back to solve yet another case together. Blomkvist gets involved with a case involving a murdered man. Salander gets involved through hacking major databases. There has been a large security breach, with a group of hackers called the Spiders. The two plotlines collide throughout the novel and intertwine with each other. Lagercrantz, continuing the Millennium series that Stieg Larsson started, did a pretty good job with the characters and the plot. The author really got into Salander’s past, which gives reason to why she got onto the case. Although Salander and Blomkvist don’t actually physically interact with each other until the very end it was still a really good, well-put together novel with some very extreme plots. The characters stayed true to how Larsson created them. Obviously the novel had a slightly different feel than the past three novels, but it was something the reader could overlook. Although if you’re a diehard fan of the series it may be harder to overlook, but that still doesn’t mean it was a bad novel. Overall, a good job on Lagercrantz’s part because it was so good to read about the characters the reader loves coming back.


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