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3 Stars
Double Cross
Double Cross - James Patterson

When I got Double Cross I didn't realize it was so far in the series. While I had the feeling it still could be read without the prior knowledge, I still felt like it would have made for a better read if I did. The main character is presented as being very great in basically everything he does. He solves crimes. It was entertaining but nothing that blew me away. Maybe I'll try another book in the future to make up my mind.

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4 Stars
The Other Side Of Dawn
The Other Side of Dawn - John Marsden

And then it is all over. The final episode of the Tomorrow-series by John Marsden. I've enjoyed reading them, it was an interesting story. I did like the first three books best, they seemed to be the most realistic, and this last book had a few points where I believe they were more lucky than possible. Just a bit too many coincidences and a feeling Marsden really wanted a happy end at the end of the series. Still loved it.


I would recommend this series to everyone, because I really liked it and wish there were more books than the seven I've read!

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4 Stars
The Night Is For Hunting
The Night is For Hunting - John Marsden

This book is a bit slow at times, but still, looking back, quite a lot is happening as it becomes increasingly difficult to find food not just for themselves but also a couple of kids they have rescued, and then get lost.

The end is nearing, and it is clear from this book. One more to go!

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4 Stars
Burning For Revenge
Burning For Revenge - John Marsden

My first book in the Tomorrow series for almost a year, as I've been trying to hunt down the second book that combines books 5-6-7. (The first one obviously contained numbers 1-4). I never meant it to take this long, but when I finally started it was as if I had never left Australia in the midst of their war.


As I've said a number of times before, I really liked this series. I'm a fan of dystopian stories and even if it is debatable that this is completely dystopian rather than war, I still like to think about this books as one of the first YA Dystopian novels, some sort of role model for all the rebelling (mostly) strong femaly characters to come.

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4 Stars
1984
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell (2004-01-29) - George Orwell

I think almost everything has already been said and written about 1984, so I will just add some thoughts of my own.

The concept of 1984 is so interesting and at the same time terrifying that it really intrigued me, especially in the way things have turned out. When I first read it I was around 18 and I was starting this Dystopian period where 1984 just couldn't be left out. I'd been more hesitant before then, because the story is well known and I don't always tend to like the school-recommended classics, but after graduating I felt safe to try.

I would certainly recommend it. Even if you wouldn't read it for its own impact, if you enjoyed any of the modern dystopian novels, reading 1984 is a must.

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4 Stars
Darkness Be My Friend
Darkness, Be My Friend - John Marsden

I really enjoyed the first three books in the series, but after the third book, it kind of felt finished. Since I was reading a book containing the first books all in one, I knew it had to continue one way or another, but I was still a bit disappointed in the way they made it happen. After all, they might have been acting as rebels, they are not soldiers.

The action is still very fast-paced but the story is less big than the previous books. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the series, also in the second part.

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5 Stars
A Killing Frost
A Killing Frost - John Marsden

It's been years since I read the Tomorrow series, but A Killing Frost is the book that stayed with me the most as it sort of broke my heart. Their plans are getting bolder and more thrilling, but they will also find out that these things are not without consequences.

As a kid I liked this series a lot. I would like to re-read them sometime to see if they can stand the time.

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3 Stars
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

I'd seen the movie before picking up the book, and I think a lot of people will have heard about The Lovely Bones. Susie, after being raped and murdered by her neighbor, keeps looking at her family and friends as they try to continue with their lives.

I quite liked the concept, but found the story was a bit too sentimental. Also, Susie still has some ways to interfere with the 'real' world, which I didn't particularly liked.

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5 Stars
The Book Thief
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

I didn't even bring this book home for myself. It is the strange way that my story with what arguably has become my favourite book begins. I didn't bring it for myself, but still, being me I couldn't resist picking it up and reading a little bit. Only for then, I had to say, sorry, I'm keeping it for a while, because it was impossible to put it down.

The story is narrated by Death, and while at first I wasn't sure about this (I was younger when I read it), I quickly saw that my fears were ungrounded and that Death was the perfect narrator for the story. The story itself is nothing big, but more powerful just because it remains small. One of the few books that managed to make me cry.

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3.5 Stars
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

After finishing the first book I went immediately to the bookstore in order to buy the sequels. On the one hand I was really curious to figure out how to story would end, but on the other I was a little scared because the first book seemed rather closed for me.

While The Girl Who Played with Fire felt like a completely different book, with a different style and a completely different kind of mystery to it, I still liked it, though maybe not as much as the first book in the series. While this was a very fast paced read, it would take years for me to actually pick up the third book.

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4 Stars
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -

Seldom has a book been hyped to the extend as the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I can not say I have been unaffected by this, since I went and bought the books. The first one, The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo was my favourite because of the closed room mystery which was presented. I have a soft spot for those.

It actually took me some time to figure it all out, especially due to quite some red herrings, but the interactions between the two main characters made the wait worth it. Lisbeth is of course the real main character of the series and has become a prototype for the strong female protagonist.

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5 Stars
Box 21
Box 21 (Grens & Sundkvist #2) - Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström

I've read some of the books by Roslund and Hellstrom and I've yet to find one that disappoints me. Box 21 however might be the best one yet. I was immediately into the story and found it very hard to put down. Even after finishing it, I took the story with me for quite some time.

I would certainly recommend it to people who like the Scandinavian crime novel.

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1 Stars
Erken Mij
Erken mij - Esther Verhoef

~Short English review below~

Gratis boekje voor de maand van het spannende boek. Helaas een echte tegenvaller. Het verhaal was slecht en voorspelbaar. De uitwerking was afgeraffeld omdat het in het kleine formaat moest passen. Bewijst maar weer eens dat een goed kortverhaal/novella schrijven niet makkelijk is.

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Free booklet given away by booksellers to celebrate The Month of the Thriller. Unfortunately this book was no thriller at all. It was predictable, felt rushed and couldn't interest me.

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4 Stars
Blindsighted
Blindsighted - Karin Slaughter

I'd read Triptych before, but wanted to go back to the beginning before starting properly with Karin Slaughter's books. It was a wild ride, but a good one. If you can't stand violence in books, you should stay away miles from this series, because it is very violent and bloody. I would like to read more in the series. I liked Sara probably better than Will Trent.

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3 Stars
Sun Storm
Sun Storm - Åsa Larsson, Marlaine Delargy

There was a time where it seemed that literally everything in the crime genre that was being published in Sweden made it to the Dutch book stores. Which is how I came to read Sun Storm, the first in the Rebecka Martinsson series.

While it was an entertaining read, I think it didn't hold much surprises for whoever has already read a lot of Scandinavian crime stories before. But it wasn't bad.

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3.5 Stars
Faith And Moonlight Part 2
Faith and Moonlight: Part 2 - Mark Gelineau, Joe King

This book continues where part 1 left of, but it also fits in with the bigger universe of An Echo of The Ascended, which was supposed to become a series of series that were slowly working to come together. Unfortunately, I've never since heard anything about it, and this makes me scared that the stories will have ended rather abruptly. And I really liked the concept, also because the vibe and genre of each of the stories was (slightly) different. I would certainly recommend them, and I would read more, if I could.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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