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
The Cutting is the second James Hayman book I've read (I read Darkness First a little while ago) and I have to say that he's definitely up there as onThe Cutting is the second James Hayman book I've read (I read Darkness First a little while ago) and I have to say that he's definitely up there as one of my favourite thriller authors.
The main character in this novel, Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe, is a real world character who has very real problems and is in no way your superhero detective who can do no wrong. This is one of the qualities I enjoy the most about this book as well as the fact that he's got a very unique gift in the way of a photographic memory.
Once I started The Cutting I struggled to put it down. Medical thrillers seem to scare me the most as there is always something very haunting when you think about how vulnerable we all are to those that are in such a trusting field as medicine. Once you learn the background to the reasons behind all of the kidnappings and murders in this book, it becomes quite chilling as I imagine it could easily be something that could possibly go on today and you'd never even know.
McCabe's relationship with his partner, Maggie Savage, is an interesting one that seems to have a few more layers to it than we initially get to know.
I really enjoy Hayman's writing style and even though his novels are psychological thriller based, they are very easy to read and enjoy without being too overly complicated or hard to connect with.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading the second in the series, The Chill of Night, next. ...more
I was very excited to dive in to The Legacy when I received it for review as it sounded to me like it would be very similar to The Hunger Games when II was very excited to dive in to The Legacy when I received it for review as it sounded to me like it would be very similar to The Hunger Games when I initially read the synopsis.
To my surprise it was very different once I started reading it but in a good and original way.
The one thing that bothered me about The Legacy was the lengthy build up at the beginning. I know it was supposed to set the scene for the rest of the book but it dragged on a little bit for me and could have been a little bit shorter in my opinion.
But, once I was around 30% into this book, I struggled to put it down. The action and storyline really picked up and from this point on there was plenty of action and original concepts that kept me wanting more. I especially liked the special 'abilities' that some of the characters were given and found that most of the characters were fun, interesting, likeable and very easy to relate to.
Another positive of this book was the in-depth descriptions of the world as it was after World War III had hit. It really made you think how things would be realistically if this happened in our current way of life.
The Legacy contained a good amount of twists and turns which made me want to keep turning the pages and keen to see what would happen next. It also contained a small amount of romance and a bit of a love triangle but this didn't steal or spoil the story in any way which I really appreciated.
I am definitely interested in reading the next instalment in this series because the cliffhanger ending in The Legacy did nothing but leave me completely intrigued and hanging to know more.
If you are a fan of the dystopia genre then I thoroughly recommend you read The Legacy. This is not a genre that I am normally a huge fan of but I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read the next one. ...more
The Silent Country is the first ever book I have read by Di Morrissey and I have to admit that it hasn't made me want to rush out and read more of herThe Silent Country is the first ever book I have read by Di Morrissey and I have to admit that it hasn't made me want to rush out and read more of her work.
I have just one word that pretty much sums up my entire experience with this book and that word is 'slow'.
In my opinion there were way too many slow winded explanations of certain events and the quality of writing was very basic, dry and totally unemotional.
As I was reading this book I felt like I was on the long and boring expedition along with them, but not in a good way.
I didn't warm to any of the characters and felt like they were all very forced, especially the character Maxim Topov. He just seemed to be too eccentric to the point where he wasn't at all believable and felt extremely fake to me.
The ending also contained a lot of flaws and left me asking many questions once I'd finished. This just led to me feeling completely annoyed after plodding along for what seemed like a lifetime to get this book finished.
The Silent Country does highlight a lot of issues on the treatment and life of Aborigines but the execution was very poor.
I've read that this definitely isn't one of Di Morrissey's best books but am not sure that I have the courage to try another one in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr Mercedes and think that it was another great attempt by King to write something other than a novel of the horror or suI thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr Mercedes and think that it was another great attempt by King to write something other than a novel of the horror or supernatural persuasion.
Crime novels are usually my favourite genre next to horror and in my opinion this one had a gripping storyline that was built up nicely from the beginning and carried through nicely to the end.
All of the characters were interesting and easy to imagine and by the end I even grew quite fond of some of them which means I really cannot wait until the next instalment in this trilogy gets released. I'm especially interested to see which characters get carried on through the series and how they develop further over time.
One of the main aspects of Mr Mercedes that I really enjoyed was that the reader was given the story from two different perspectives, being that of the retired cop investigating the crimes as well as the bad guy who is responsible for it all. Once I got further into the criminal's mind and saw his history and background, I almost felt pity for him as he is clearly an object of his upbringing and the psychology behind the actions of people like this has always fascinated me a little.
All in all I loved this book and struggled to put it down during the last 100 pages or so. Due to the nature of King's previous work you really do never know what his conclusions will bring and I was so invested in needing to know what the outcome of the bad guys mission was going to be that it became my mission to find out towards the end.
If you go into reading this book expecting old King writing then you might be a bit disappointed, but if you go into it with a clear mind and the knowledge that you are reading a good crime novel then hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did....more
Oh how I love me some Harry Dresden. I only discovered this series at the beginning of the year and I personally think that each book has been betterOh how I love me some Harry Dresden. I only discovered this series at the beginning of the year and I personally think that each book has been better than the last one. Grave Peril has definitely been my favourite so far as I love how Harry is developing as a character. He's still the nerdy, wise cracking Wizard but is also starting to find a bit of a darker part within himself that he is embracing more and more with each book. I have been listening to these on audio and I think James Marsters does such a wonderful job in bringing these books to life. I look forward to seeing what adventures the rest of the books in the series bring....more
It's been a long time since I read a King book that confused me and disappointed me as much as this one did. I feel so dirty saying this (being the hugIt's been a long time since I read a King book that confused me and disappointed me as much as this one did. I feel so dirty saying this (being the huge King fan that I am!) but I just couldn't get into Lisey's Story and felt such a huge sense of relief once I'd finally turned the last page. Firstly, the constant swapping between past and present tense did my head in. I found it really hard to follow sometimes whether the story was going along in it's current state or whether I was getting told some more of the backstory yet again. Also, I just couldn't get a feeling of closeness to Lisey or her plight. Her character seemed very distant and a bit cold to me and it wasn't until the end that I felt some real emotion came out. Maybe this was on purpose to try and show how she managed to move on with life after her husband died but it made it very hard for me to connect to her character throughout the whole story. I also started to get a bit annoyed with the childish, made-up language used constantly through the book. It was like a children's book mixed up with an adult book. I know it was most likely to try and show the bond between Lisey and Scott and to highlight that most married couples have their own language and 'thing' that goes on behind closed doors that no-one else would understand, but I just didn't buy into it. All in all I think the story itself could have had so much more potential, especially when you think of the personal comparisons between King and his wife against the main characters Lisey and Scott. Oh well, I'm just glad it's another King book I can cross off my list....more