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25 in 2012 January/February

You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve halted Sunday Sounds for the past few weeks in an attempt to get a stronger focus on my own words and ideas (and images!).

But I’m also trying to get my 25 in 2012 reading resolution rolling, so a little bit a review and commentary is gonna trickle in. We’re still cool right? ;)

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a bittersweet end; not so much in content but because of the history of the series itself. When considering as a “trilogy,” this tied everything up well, but The Girl Who Played With Fire and this felt very much like a two-parter in a longer series, so it’s saddening to know that there can never be another book when that was the intent.

The ending itself felt a little hokey, but after everything the characters went through, I’m happy for them!


Silent in the GraveSilent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thanks to the ladies of the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout group, I read my first ever Victorian Mystery Romance novel!

I enjoyed the storyline, but it’s the characters that kept me going. I love the crazy March family. And Fleur!

There were at times when I felt that there was too much world-building/explaining, but it goes by quick enough and returns to amusing character interactions that it’s not too much of a problem.

I’m excited to see Julia learn more about herself and grow, and that Brisbane tones down the arrogance (I know, I know, he’s ~tortured~!). Mostly I hope to see more Portia and Valerius. haha

What have been your recent reads?