Review: The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) by Jo Nesbø

The Snowman (Harry Hole #7)

Unfortunately, this review was written a while after I finished the book (less than two months, not too much), so my opinion is based more on what I remember of it, rather than the actualy thoughts I had while reading it.

So, from what I remember, this book, oh, this book! It really had me speechless. And I must say I didn't really expect it, because I read it in Greek, and I'm not a huge fan of translated editions. But! The writer and the way he described things (and, of course the way they were all translated) succeeded in making the story very interesting, and me not being able to put down that book. I must add that I finished it by reading three or four days, overall! But, what with the Christmas Holidays intervening with my reading and my schedule, I had to resist getting it on my hands, because if I did, I wouldn't be able to tell when I was going to put it down again.

About the story, I should probably note that this is the seventh installment concerning Harry Hole, but this didn't make it difficult at all to follow the story and get much informationa about the hero's background. There weren't many questions that were left unanswered, with those that weren't exactly described, being some that wasn't crucial for our understanding of the storyline and the hero's personality.

The story itself was quite intriguing and kept me constantly guessing who the killer might be. The answer is quite unexpected but quite logical in retrospect. Everything is very well explained and the writer doesn't let the reader feel at all like there hasn't been any action for a while. As for the hero's love life? It reminded me a little too much of my own love life, which scared me a bit, but also gave the book a little more personal touch for me. 

All in all, I must say that this book made me very interested in reading its prequels, its sequels and generally more books written by Jo Nesbo. He is a brilliant author with an awesome way of thinking and writing. He seems like a quite interesting person who has studied many things, in order to give his books the complete atmosphere they deserve. I am amazed and recommend his works to absolutely everyone.

I therefore award 5+ stars to this book, 
and categorize it as one of my all-time favorites!

2015 First-Reads Reading Challenge - Amateur Level

While during 2014 I didn't really participate in any Reading Challenges, nor did I read too many books, two days away from 2015 I've decided that that's not going to be the case for the new year!
I was invited through Goodreads to participate in a very interesting challenge. Here's its badge!

The Challenge's details can be found here.

Through this challenge, I'm aiming to find books from new authors, or authors I've never read before! This sounds amazing and very intriguing, as I'm going to have the chance to discover new writing styles I could love.

I decided to choose the Amateur level: read 1 - 25 New Authors

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter

Okay, so where do I start from?
There are so many things I could actually say about this book, that I practically have absolutely no idea where to start my review from!

Well, I guess I'll start with the basics!
I decided to start reading this book, after having read, and enjoyed so much, Ally Carter's Heist Society. It was a fun read, and I liked the whole good-thief-in-a-mission plot very much. But, with the first book of Gallagher Girls? Well, what can I say? I simply loved it! The author's style of writing, her humor, the evolution of the plot, the characters, the main heroine.

Actually, this book would have been in my "Favorites" shelf, especially for its start and end. I have to admit, that I honestly thought I had so so much time to read something so good, before reaching up the point of the new love interest! I don't know why, but after that I thought Cam was just a 15 year old girl, and not the awesome spy I'd liked so much from the beginning of the book. To be honest, I also cheated a bit, by going to the book's page on Goodreads and reading other people's reviews! And, I got a little surprised finding out that some people actually thought the plot got better after Josh's appearance. But, oh well, we all have different tastes.

From the reviews of the next books in these series, I've come to the understanding that these series become better and better with each book, so I'm totally planning on keep reading! I have a feeling that it will soon be in my "Favorites" shelf!

Until then, I recommend this book, and generally, all the books and series by Ally Carter I've read, to everyone that wants a somewhat light read, about teenage spies, spiked with a bit drama, that make you giggle on your own at some times, and at others even get a little sad. (Or, a lot... Or, it could just be hormones kicking in. I guess I'll have to keep reading to find out.)

Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter - First Book & Review of 2014

I haven't decided yet if there is a spot for this book on my "Favorites" shelf. Its heroine certainly deserves a spot on my "Favorite Heroines" one! The other characters weren't bad either!

Ally Carter has done an amazing book with this book. I've never before read a book of hers, but this book alone was enough of a push to read more of this author. The storyline was narrated very carefully and interestingly enough to hold the attention to the facts the author wanted us to.

The pages were actually flowing, too! I could have ended this book very easily in the same day, if I hadn't started it around midnight! Even that way, I had only almost 5 chapters out of 37, or so, to read today!

As for the heroes? Well, so many things can be said, and they would still be too little to actually do justice to the creativity of the author. Every person in this book had a role, with the mastermind, Katarina Bishop, being the most awesome thief. A thief with honor, teenage but so wise beyond her age. I guess this comes naturally, if you grow up in a family like that.

Generally, the whole book, was like watching one of my favorite movies of all time "The Italian Job", with the whole planning before stealing, with the mastermind, with every person having a part they serve, that suits their personality.
I loved it, just as much as I love that movie! Would probably read the book again sometime, which says a lot about just how much I enjoyed reading it.

Overall, this book gets from me 5 stars, with a possibility of them becoming 5+ in the future!

Reading Challenges 2013 - Reviewed

My 2013's resolutions included achieving my goal to read 100 books. Every year, I participate in Challenges, but sadly, I can never achieve them. In 2012 it was a busy semster, indeed. But this year? This year I was just lazy. And, there was a point where I was so bored of reading the same things again and again, I was constantly looking for new books and new authors! I found some, not many, and I liked even less.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Cat has read 54 books toward her goal of 70 books.

Nevertheless, I achieved reading 54 books towards my Goodreads goal of 70! Of course, I've read much much more this year, considering all these projects I have for university, demanding from me to read scientific articles of 100 pages and more! But, of course, I can't have all these articles, essays, and even some of those books, listed on Goodreads. This would take too much time, which I'd rather spend otherwise.

I also, participated in Book Chick City's 100 Books In A Year Challenge 2013. Of course, according to this challenge, I had to read 100 fictional books in a year, something I didn't really achieve! But, well, there is always next year!

Fictional Books I read during 2013:

1. A Cajun Werewolf Christmas (Stormy Weather #6) by Selena Blake
2. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
3. Witches 101: A Witches of East end Primer (The Beauchamp Family) by Melissa de la Cruz
4. Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead
5. Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin
6. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
7. Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
8. The Gauntlet (Cassandra Palmer #0.5) by Karen Chance
9. The Queen's Witch (Cassandra Palmer #0.6) by Karen Chance
10. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
11. Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie
12.The Hot Girl's Friend by Lisa Scott
13. Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

One Howl 2013 - Challenge Reviewed

 With 2014 just around the corner, a review of the Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance books I read all year, is much needed!

This year, I participated in Book Chick City's Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge for 2013.

My initial plan was to achieve Three Howls by reading 36 books of that kind. Sadly, I did not achieve this goal, as I read less. But, I did manage to achieve One Howl, reading from start to end 12 books, plus one more!

Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Books I read during 2013:

 1. A Cajun Werewolf Christmas (Stormy Weather #6) by Selena Blake
2. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
3. Witches 101: A Witches of East end Primer (The Beauchamp Family) by Melissa de la Cruz
4. Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead
5. Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin
6. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
7. Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
8. The Gauntlet (Cassandra Palmer #0.5) by Karen Chance
9. The Queen's Witch (Cassandra Palmer #0.6) by Karen Chance
10. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
11. Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie
12.The Hot Girl's Friend by Lisa Scott

- One Howl 2013, achieved

13. Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

BCC's Zombie Reading Challenge 2013 - Reviewed

With 2013 coming to a closure, and soon giving its turn to 2014, it's time for a review of the books I read this year.

My goal for 2013 was to complete the minimum of the Book Chick City's Zombie Reading Challenge for 2013, which meant I had to read at least 6 books about Zombies.

Sadly, I did not achieve that One Chomp. In fact, I must regrtfully admit that I did not read a single book about Zombies the whole year. I'm really sad about that, because I wanted to get my hands on one and read it. I've seen many movies and series about Zombies, but never read a book, and I'd really like to see what they are like.

Anyway, I hope 2014 gives me the chance to read at least one Zombie Book.

My 100th Review on Goodreads: Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

Two days ago I finished reading a book I particularly enjoyed. I found it by chance in an app of a site I've been a member of, for more than 4 years. And, I started reading it completely by chance, too. I had no idea it was a published book that was there only for advertising reasons. I had the impression it was just another book a self-published author decided to upload on Wattpad.
Imagine my surprise when it proved to be a quite awesome read. It was exactly what I needed after  long month of no reading at all! Not to mention my recent love for criminology and stuff. So, it all blended quite nicely.
I absolutely recommend that book to anyone. There are murders, but not gruesomely described or anything, so it will provide a nice read even to people that aren't particular fans of the mystery/crime genre.
Take a taste below.

Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1)

My Review on GR:

One of the best books I've read lately, found completely by chance on Wattpad. For quite some time I've been interested in such matters and reading this book made me even more enthusiastic. The author completely achieved making me relate to the heroine and the passions in her life. Everything was well-written and progressed smoothly. There were many surprises, which was expected and accepted, seeing as it was a mystery novel. [(Spoiler Alert - Do not keep reading past that point, because of potential spoiler ahead) My only comment would be for the actual culprit, not to be so indifferent in the rest of the story. I would like it very much if there were many suspects and one of them was the actual murderer. That doesn't mean there weren't quite a few suspects already, though. For some of them I was even sure for the most of the novel, until they became the victims. (hide spoiler) (End of potential spoiler - Keep reading after that point)] There was quite much suspence and intense cliffhangers between the chapters. All in all, I loved the novel and I'm glad there more novels about J.J. Graves and her lives.