For a number of different reasons, I didn’t manage to blog many of my book reviews last month, so I have decided to do a round-up instead. I read five books to complete the Aussie Winter Reading Challenge:
The Good Daughter by Honey Brown (Mystery): Rebecca Toyer and Zach Kincaid each live on the outskirts of town, but come from very different sides of the tracks. When Zach’s wealthy mother goes missing, Rebecca – the truckie’s daughter – is implicated in her disappearance.
I have read a few books by Australian Author Honey Brown. This was her first novel and it’s clearly not as in depth as some of her more recent work, but still managed to keep me on edge.
Past the Shallows by Australian Author Favel Barrett (Contemporary Fiction): Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn’t helping out on the boat they explore the coast and Miles and his older brother, Joe, love to surf. Harry is afraid of the water.
The writing in this book was riveting and kept me turning the pages, even though not a lot actually happened. The ending is sad, but perfectly fitting to the book overall.
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Science Fiction): Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s calorie representative in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, he combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs long thought to be extinct. There he meets the windup girl – the beautiful and enigmatic Emiko – now abandoned to the slums. She is one of the New People, bred to suit the whims of the rich. Engineered as slaves, soldiers and toys, they are the new underclass in a chilling near future where oil has run out, calorie companies dominate nations and bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.
Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (Book 9 of the Fever series, Urban/Paranormal Fantasy): Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one as the last Fever book let me down a little. This one is the final book and I wasn’t let down. A fitting end to a great series.
Savage Tide by Australian Author Greg Barron (Thriller. Book 2 of the Rotten Gods series): Intelligence officer Marika Hartmann captures an extremist foot-soldier guilty of a massacre of school children and aid workers in Southern Somalia. Renditioned to a CIA ‘black site’ in Djibouti, the prisoner hints at a terror plot in the making. Marika and ex-Special Forces colleague PJ Johnson team up to investigate, uncovering a cold-blooded conspiracy that will decimate the cities of the West.
This is a book two but can be read as a stand alone. I enjoyed all the books in the Rotten Gods series, even though I read them out of order. They aren’t something I would normally read, as they tend to be more plot focused than character focused, but the books were well researched and plausible enough to keep me reading.
With those five books complete, I have now started a new challenge for Spring – “Opposites attract.” I’m looking forward to this one.