Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.
Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in survivin ...more
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Release Date: March 3rd
An atmospheric tale set in Sydney during the thirties.
A period fertile in gang wars, and consequent fights for power.
Confession time: This rating is more representative of the book merits, than my actual appreciation of it.
There's nothing wrong with it: It has a crisp writing, believable characters _ well, at least the ones that are alive _ a good portrait of a time and period. It taught me things I had never heard about. ...more
Razorhurst is set in 1930s Sydney. In case you're unaware of the history, handguns were banned in Australia at the time because of a ris ...more
And if that weren't enough, this book features ghosts. Maybe "features" is the wrong word. ...more
I received this book from the publishers for review in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts in the review below are mine.
I think I should begin this review by mentioning how excited I was for the release of Razorhurst. I happened to find it randomly on Goodreads one day and I cannot even begin to explain my feelings. I think I even fangirled to my mum about it and said something like ‘it’s a 1930’s, Underbelly-ish, ghost story f ...more
Justine Larbalaestier's Razorhurst is gritty, intriguing novel blending history and the paranormal to create an interesting and exciting story with crossover appeal for both young adult and adult audiences.
It's 1932 and the tentative truce between Sydney's rival underworld gangs, headed by Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson, is on the verge of collapse when Gloriana's right hand man, Jimmy Palmer is murdered in his bed.
For Dymphna, Gloria's 'best girl' and Jimmy's girlfriend, Jimmy's death is a pr ...more
O0o0o0o this was awesome.
1932 in Australia was a dramatic time. The Harbour Bridge was officially opened, the Great Depression had destroyed lives across the country, and unemployment had reached a peak of 30%. Razors had replaced guns as weapons for gangsters and Sydney was ruled by razor-gangs.
It’s against this colourful and dangerous backdrop that we meet Kelpie, a homeless orphan girl looking for apples. She finds Dymphna, Gloriana ‘Glory’ Nelson’s ‘best girl’, next to the body of her m ...more
Razor Hurst is a very interesting book and a very thrilling book. It is set in 1932 Sydney, during the Razor Gang Wars. I felt that the author did a fantastic job at creating the setting. It definitely had the 1930s Sydney vibe, in both the social dialogue between characters and the actions of characters.
This book is a dual POV book an ...more
There is a lot to like. Sydney 1932 and all of its evils covering gang wars, prostitution, drugs, corruption and the lack of sanitation and running water for the poor. Life during the depression, difficulties faced by returned (and damaged) soldiers and the lack of social services are also ...more
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Razorhurst is a historical crime novel written for the YA crowd. Set in 1932 Sydney, it follows two protagonists who have the ability to see ghosts. Kelpie is a young street urchin who was enticed to enter a house in Surry Hills by a ghost, who had promised she would find apples to eat. What she found was lots and lots of red ... but no apples. Kelpie instead stumbles upon Gloriana 'Glory' Nelson's number one razorman with his throat s...more
Razorhurst follows two main characters, both of whom can see ghosts: Kelpie, a street urchin and Dymphna, the most expensive prostitute in the city. Kelpie has survived on the streets in large part thanks to some ghost who have taken her under their wings, helped ...more
My English review
I’m always drawn to novels featuring ghosts and this one was no exception. It must be said that the cover was fun and I was curious to see how the story would be.
First of all I must say that I was surprised to see the format that the author has chosen to present with this volume. Indeed in the story we follow Dymphna Campbell and Kelpie two young different women but who find themselves together with their ability to see ghosts. Each chapter is from the point ...more
Cool alternate history, right? Wrong. That’s true facts. Justine Larbalestier might have created some composite characters based on real people from that era, but the setting is real. These razor gangs of Surry Hills were real. That’s pretty cool. I knew my Aussie friends were d ...more
The term ‘Razorhurst’, as Larbalestier notes in the ‘Acknowledgements & Influences’ section at the end of the book, was coined and deployed by journalists at the whimsically named Truth newspaper, to describe a culture as much as a place in 1920s and ’30s Sydney, where razor-wielding crimin ...more
When Dymphna finds latest beau Jimmy Palmer with his throat slit and the police banging on the door and finding an exit is not looking good. Kelpie having been tricked by a ghost to enter the house Palmer is in is surprised to find an extremely beautiful woman standing over the bo ...more
Kelpie has been living on the streets for years. How many, she's not sure. She doesn't even know how old she is nor does she know her parents. She was raised by Old Ma until Old Ma died. Then Kelpie was raised by Old Ma's ghost. Now, Kelpie knows enough not to trust every ghost ...more
Razorhurst was sassy, sultry and a brilliant take on gangland warfare with a paranormal twist. Keplie, named after the likeness to being a wild pup, is a phenomenal young lady, her life has been little more than tragedy and destitution but yet she's tough, feisty and isn't afraid to go down swinging. She and Snowie were raised by a woman known as Old Ma, who would tell Kelpie the story of how her parents died before being able to name her. It was ...more
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Set in 1930's Sydney, Razorhurst is a piece of YA historical fiction that doesn't shy away from the gritty mob warfare and criminal undercurrents of the time. As a big fan of the genre already, I was definitely impressed with Justine Larbalestier when she delivered something so impressive. Full of dynamic characters and a plot which delves into mystery w ...more
I expected ghosts. I expected tough characters. But what I didn’t e ...more
Historically accurate to the time it was set during the razor gang era and certainly the characters were well formed and researched you could easily picture yourself in the late 1920's early 1930's with this group of people operating it was like a YA ve ...more
Razorhurst is about gangs and life in an Australian town in the 1930's. It follows the POV's of two girls - Kelpie and Dymphna. Kelpie is a a dirty, malnourished girl who lives on the streets, and can see ghosts. Dymphna is a gorgeous girl who lives a lavish life, and who can also see ghosts. They come together by fate, over a dead body, each already knowing who the other ...more
The story follows two contrasting characters; Kelpie and Dymphna, as they try and survive the harsh streets after finding the dead body of Dymphna’s latest boyfriend. With two mob bosses fighting to take control of Razorhurst things quickly get out ...more
The unemployed, they would say, were lazy. If they worked harder, they'd do as well as Mr. Harry Moneypants was doing, who'd earned his vast fortune by having the foresightedness of selecting rich parents, who had, in their time, also cleverly selected rich parents.”