I won this gorgeous book with a Goodreads giveaway on the 31st March and it arrived on the 8th April. It has travelled a long way from Los Angeles, California to Cornwall, United Kingdom but was wonderfully packaged so arrived undamaged.
The book is called Patalosh – The Time Travellers by Z Altug and Tracey Gensler and is aimed at children 8-12 ish. I received a hardback copy which has a very eye catching cover with a huge orange pumpkin on the front. The story is from an adventure-fantasy genre, based around the main character who is 10 year old Orion Spence. Orion must save his family, who are a captain and an officer on a time-travelling spaceship that have been kidnapped by an evil emperor.
I know it seems to be aimed mainly at children but with myself being a big kid I think adults could enjoy it as well!

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I would like to offer my first competition to you all. As my blog is mostly about books it had to be a book giveaway and my other love, chocolates!
I have chosen three totally different books so that I’m sure everyone will like at least one of them. The first one is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. It is her debut novel and is an outstanding well written thriller. It contains many twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the very end! It did with me! 
The second book in my giveaway pack is called Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I am a huge fan of Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and after I read that, I went out and purposely looked for books that were very similar, and I came across this one. It’s a very beautiful book that brings to life the traditional customs in China of foot-binding with an enchanting love story. 
The third book I’m giving away is The World According to Clarkson. His books are very funny and clever! I hope you enjoy!
Rachel xx
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First of all I would like to say Happy Easter to you all! I hope you all got lots of wonderful chocolate Easter eggs and are scoffing lots of cakes!
During the Easter period I have been entering lots of competitions (especially for Easter eggs!) I have yet to win an Easter egg yet but my fingers and toes are still crossed! However I did win a twitter competition with Mr Kipling Cakes and what a cakealicious surprise I had through the post! Thanks Mr Kipling!
The brightly coloured orange box contained Lemon Whirls, St Clements Slices, Lemon Fancies and Lemon Bakewells. 
As you can tell from the picture above I love the Lemon Bakewells best! They are crumbly, sweet and just scrumptious! 

Mr Kipling’s current promotion on Twitter is #BetterWithCake and I have to agree with them! Life is better with Cake! 

So why does cake make you feel better? 

Baking all sorts of cakes, brownies and scones is very therapeutic and can help stimulate the mind. It gives you a sense of achievement when you look back at what you have created. 
I love this quote from Mary Berry the ultimate Queen of Cakes: “If you’re feeling a little bit down, a bit of kneading helps,”
I would like to hear what you love to bake, and does it make you feel better?
Rachel xx

As we are now into April I would like to share with you my complete list of competition wins for March. It has been a very successful month on the win side for books, 13 in fact! That is a record number of books in one month for me! I am very grateful for each and every single win that I receive. 
Every comper has a list of what they would like to win and I’ll share mine with you in a future post, but for now here is the complete list of March wins.
  1. Gillette Venus Snap razor
  2. Book – The Traitors Mark 
  3. Heinz Tomato Seeds
  4. 30p Ace voucher
  5. Book – The Great Zoo of China
  6. Book – A Crown for Cold Silver
  7. Book – Natchez Burning
  8. Book – The Lament of Sky
  9. Wagg Dog Food Treats
  10. Book – Black Star Black Sun
  11. Book – After the Crash
  12. FRijj Friday Vouchers
  13. National Trust Family Pass
  14. Atomicatron Toy Figure
  15. Hedrin Protect and Go Conditioning Spray
  16. Cookbook – Raw
  17. Box of Praline Chocolates
  18. Budweiser Mini Football
  19. Books – Wolf Wolf and A Life in Writing
  20. Book – The Serpent of Venice
  21. Book – Urban Legends
  22. Book – The Writings on the Wall
  23. Mr Kipling’s Easter Hoppy Pack
  24. Book – Patalosh: The Time Travellers    

24 wins in a month is amazing and I’m very thankful! I have lots of books to read and review now! Here is to a just as successful April!
I would love to know what are your most favourite competition wins, or if you are not a comper would you ever consider start entering competitions?
Rachel xx

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I have been reading lots of book reviews lately, and learning as I go along trying to find a formula to writing a fantastic book review.
What makes a book review great?
What makes you want to go out and find that book to read?
These are the questions I found myself asking, and I’m sure there are many of you asking the same. So I have compiled another 7 Hints and Tips post to help us all become better book reviewers and writers. 

These are the 7 tips that I have come up with, along with some hints on what to include in the book review.
  1. As you read the book, make notes as you go along – Write down your thoughts on the authors writing style, add quotes to your lists, that you think would be relevant to your review.
  2. Include the authors name and the book title in the first paragraph – Make sure to mention these so the reader will know exactly who wrote the book.
  3. Describe the book – What is the book about? What genre does the book fit into? What is the main idea of the book and plot structure? Don’t forget to include the theme, settings and the book cover.
  4. Add a paragraph on what made you like the book – Is it a story that kept you entertained? Guessing? How real/believable are the characters? Who is your favourite?
  5. Mention any dislikes – Didn’t like the way the story headed, frustrating ending, slow start, didn’t like the main character.
  6. Summarise your thoughts – What type of reader would you recommend the book to? Is it a book you would read again one day?
  7. Give the book a rating – eg. 3 out of 5 stars

I would love to hear your own thoughts on whether you decide to read a book based on a book review alone.
Rachel xx

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