The Judas Game was my first ever book by Ethan Cross and therefore my first 'Shepherd' novel. Luckily I didn't feel lost at all and that I'd really miThe Judas Game was my first ever book by Ethan Cross and therefore my first 'Shepherd' novel. Luckily I didn't feel lost at all and that I'd really missed too much backstory to enjoy this instalment in the series. This book contained such an interesting concept that had me totally hooked and entertained from the beginning. I was constantly wanting to know how it was going to pan out and I honestly didn't predict who the killer was until it was finally revealed which I guess is a good thing. I found Ackerman a very interesting character and I have to admit that I have a little bit of a secret crush on his over-confident, protective and naughty personality. I know he was supposed to be portrayed as this very dark and disturbed individual but I actually found him quite amusing most of the time and would love to read a bit more about him and how he came about to be the person he is now. I must admit that I didn't actually warm to Marcus in the book at all and I'm wondering if it might be because I don't know his whole back story so I don't fully appreciate the person that he is. I found the high-tech prison portrayed in this book to be a little bit scary as it definitely has the potential to be a reality one day with the way that technology is going. I like it when I read thrillers like this one that could possibly be real one day because it gives them a bigger sense of 'scare' factor because as they say, reality is scarier than fiction. I am definitely keen to read more novels by Ethan Cross now and I really want to get the background on the whole Shepherd organisation and how it came about. ...more
I absolutely love this book and am very excited for the fact that my lunches will no longer be so boring and I now have less excuses to be lazy aboutI absolutely love this book and am very excited for the fact that my lunches will no longer be so boring and I now have less excuses to be lazy about lunch when going out for work. I work for myself and have to travel to client sites a lot so having a lunch that is easily transportable, mess-free and also tasty was always a bit of a mission. Something easy that I can just chuck into a jar and go anywhere knowing that I will have lunch waiting for me is just great. This book is organised into sections containing different salad dressings to make, raw ingredient salads, small salads, larger salads and desserts. I just love the different variety of dressings as they are all easy to prepare and make the same salad seem different just by switching up the dressing used. This book also teaches you about the most effective way of layering your ingredients so you get maximum freshness and flavour from your salad. A great book for anyone stuck in a bit of a lunch rut or those needing a bit of inspiration to liven up a boring salad. ...more
After reading Horowitz's first book 'Inside of a Dog', I was really excited to be able to get my hands on this one too. Being a self-confessed dog lovAfter reading Horowitz's first book 'Inside of a Dog', I was really excited to be able to get my hands on this one too. Being a self-confessed dog lover I am fascinated by books to do with our canine friends and just love reading everything I can about them. Being a Dog was very highly focused on how dogs smell and how their noses work. It really got me thinking a lot more about how my own dogs smell and why they find certain scents so appealing compared to others. I was totally amazed at some of the statistics given in this book in relation to the power of a dogs nose. I own two beagles and being that they have one of the strongest noses around I now pay so much more attention to how they react to certain smells and find myself watching them a lot more in everyday situations. It's very interesting when you start to compare how much scent rules a dog's world whereas ours is much more vision orientated. You start to realise just how little we do pay attention to the smells around us throughout the day and it starts to make you more aware of your surroundings once you do pay more attention to everyday scents. The author tells about her experience in controlled scent tests and these just fascinated me. I couldn't imagine how interesting it would be to participate in something like that. It is obvious that the author is very passionate about her subject and willing to do practically anything to gather research material. I admit that I was expecting this book to be a bit more dog orientated like the first one but it ended up focusing a lot more on the author's journey of trying to experience life in the way that dogs do. Even though there were definitely some interesting parts in this book, I did feel that it dragged on in some sections as the author tried to be a bit too over-descriptive to get her point and experience across. There definitely could have been some major condensing down in some chapters and the point still would have come across just as well. Overall I did enjoy this book and would easily read anything else this author brings out in the future....more
I read this book at such a fitting time in my life. Having a 4 year old son myself who was going through the whole kindergarten orientation thing andI read this book at such a fitting time in my life. Having a 4 year old son myself who was going through the whole kindergarten orientation thing and about to start his first school year, I really felt like I related to so many parts of this book in a special way, especially Jane and her experiences with the other school mums who all seemed to know what they were doing when I didn't. I had major trouble putting this book down at times. It is written at a nice, fast pace and in such a real and entertaining way even though it deals with some very serious topics such as domestic violence, marriage and parenting. One of the main characters, Madeline, seems like the kind of person who would always be fun and exciting to have as a friend. I liked the way she always seemed so put together but still had a vulnerable side as well so she didn't feel too fake as a character. This was the way for most of the characters in this book. I really enjoyed that there were so many sub-stories within the main story and the way that Moriarty manages to tie everything together in the end. I also can't say enough how much I loved how relatable her characters are and would highly recommend this book to anyone. I'm definitely going to be checking out more from this author in the future. ...more
Eyeshot seriously has to be one of the best and most riveting books that I have read in a long time. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the word gEyeshot seriously has to be one of the best and most riveting books that I have read in a long time. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the word go and I found it practically impossible to put down. This book would make an excellent movie in my opinion. It was amazing how the author managed to make such a thrilling read that stayed interesting in a situation where the scenery and characters didn't change for over 95% of the book. To be honest, there were some developments in the plot that were a bit eyebrow raising and kind of far-fetched but to me that's the whole point of reading sometimes, to escape from reality and be entertained by a book. None of these developments took away from the flow of the story in any way and just made you want to keep turning the pages even more to see what could possibly happen next. I really felt for the main characters, James and Elle, and found myself quite emotionally invested in their wellbeing by the end of the book. They were a very likeable and believable couple and after I finished reading this book I found myself stopping and wondering what would I do if my husband and I were ever faced with a similar situation. If you are a fan of a good thriller that pulls no punches and moves at a rapid pace, I totally recommend giving this book a go. ...more
Outback Ghost is the final instalment in the Bunyip Bay series after Outback Dreams and Outback Blaze.
For those who have read the first two books you'Outback Ghost is the final instalment in the Bunyip Bay series after Outback Dreams and Outback Blaze.
For those who have read the first two books you'll already be familiar with the majority of characters from the friendly little Bunyip Bay community and I have to admit that it will be a little sad not to feel a part of this town anymore (unless the rumours are true and Rachael Johns releases a fourth instalment in the series)!
Adam Burton is a young farmer and was kind of my favourite out of all the male characters carried along throughout the books. He seems to be such a nice, likeable and down to earth Aussie guy who wants nothing more out of life except to keep his family farm running while trying to take care of his grieving mother. Adam's younger sister disappeared without a trace when he was only a young boy and the lack of closure to her disappearance has been a huge burden on his whole family for twenty years.
Stella Reynolds decides to come to Bunyip Bay for a month long holiday with her little girl, choosing to stay in the Burton farm-stay accommodation. I found Stella to also be a very likeable character who was easy to relate to. She's obviously had a lot to deal with on her own as a single mother to a daughter with special needs but has developed into a strong and independent person because of it.
I really enjoyed watching the relationship develop between these two characters along with the touch of mystery and the supernatural that pulls the plot forward. This story covers every emotion but still manages to leave the reader content with how it all wraps up in the end.
Rachael Johns writes in a way that seems to flow quite effortlessly, making her books really easy and enjoyable to read. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from her in the future. ...more
Outback Blaze is the second installment in the Bunyip Bay series and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this small rural Australian town after reading OuOutback Blaze is the second installment in the Bunyip Bay series and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this small rural Australian town after reading Outback Dreams a little while ago.
I found the main female character, Ruby Jones, very likeable and I've come to realise that Rachael Johns develops her female leads quite well. Ruby has a very painful past and was doing her best to rebuild her life back in Bunyip Bay and live a normal life. The way her and Drew come together and develop their romance is nice and believable without seeming too forced and I prefer this type of romance to the sappy, 'fall head over heels in a heartbeat' kind.
I really enjoyed the interesting back story as to why Drew came to join this little town and I also found his character developed in a realistic way. You really wanted these two people to be together and find happiness within each other.
As for the other characters in the book, there were some interesting developments that those who have read Outback Dreams and are familiar with the history of some of the original characters will certainly appreciate. This doesn't mean you have to have read Outback Dreams to enjoy Outback Blaze at all as it could quite easily be read as a standalone story in itself.
The addition of the suspense element broke this book up nicely and I always find that reading books like these really make me long to experience living life in a small rural town one day just to see what it is really like.
I definitely look forward to reading the third installment in the series, Outback Ghost, in the near future. ...more