Book Review: Patalosh – The Time Travellers

I received this book at the beginning of the month from a Goodreads giveaway that I won. As you probably know from my previous post (A fantastic book win – Patalosh) it came beautifully packaged and I was so eager to start reading it! It is a high quality hardback copy.
Patalosh – The Time Travellers is written by Z. Altug and Tracey Gensler. It is a novel aimed at kids around 10-12 years of age I would assume, although I was not disappointed as an adult reader. It’s a fantastically written sci-fi / fantasy time – travel adventure novel.
The plot of the story involves 10 year old Orion Spence and his adventure around space and time to find his parents who have been kidnapped by an evil emperor called Daaggerd. Orion’s companions include Sir K who is the first officer on their airship Exploricus, Pen the penguin and a host of other little buddies that they pick up on their travels.
Orion is a very brave chap and goes through a lot to rescue his parents. His quest to help him find his parents starts with finding 7 keys across all the continents in different time periods, to open the Ancient Book of Spells. The clues to the keys discovery hide in his medallion that only he can read.
One thing that I really adore about the book is the authors creation of a new world called Patalosh. Orion’s parents are Taloshians from Patalosh and have special powers but Orion is a ‘non’ Taloshian and is a regular kid from Earth.
The book contains many illustrations throughout which is fantastic for the imagination of a kid. There are 73 chapters which are fairly short but perfect for keeping the attention of younger readers. Some of my favourite parts of the book are the additional information sections that have been included. These range from a guide to the Exploricus and Orion’s family tree, to a Patalosh Pumpkin Pie recipe!
Once I got into the book I kept referring back to the front cover image and wondered why there were pumpkins on the front cover. This confused me for a while, until I reached chapter 41 and Orion describes how much the people of Patalosh love pumpkins and pumpkin pie.
The only thing about the book I didn’t quite like was the amount of characters that kept being introduced throughout the book and they were not being developed enough. I found it easy to forget them after a while.
The ending of the book I quite liked, it did seem to end with what I think would be further development for future books in the series. These I would love to read!
I would definitely re-read the book again one day. It was great fun! When I was a kid I would have loved to have found an adventure book like this one.
That is why I am giving Patalosh -The Time Travellers 4 stars out of 5.
Rachel xx
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Giveaway ~ The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

A while back on TV, I was totally hooked on the The White Queen television series based on The Cousin’s War series by Philippa Gregory. I don’t normally watch a TV series or film before I read the book, actually I try not to as I don’t want to spoil the book! But this TV series I really got into and learned to love the characters, so I went out to and find all the books in the series. These are the one’s I have at the moment in the series. They are shown in chronological order not by publication date. I am yet to read the next book in the series which is The King’s Curse. That is another one for my must read list!.
I have recently finished reading The White Princess and so wanted to do a giveaway to give you all a chance to win a copy of it. 
The White Princess tells us the story of Elizabeth of York and her marriage to Henry Tudor who is from the rivial house of Tudor. Henry Tudor had to marry Elizabeth to help unify the country which had been divided for more than 20 years, but she still loves his enemy Richard III. 
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Rachel xx

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Book Review: Missing Gretyl

I was given an electronic copy of Missing Gretyl: Only Fools and Trollops by the author Si Page to read on my Kindle. I thought it would be a very different book to try from my normal types of book, so was very excited to give it a go! I was not disappointed! 
The book is about Gretyl Trollop and her long suffering husband Albert, and the Soddall family. Their lives intertwine later on in the book and it was fun discovering how that happened! But for now I’ll tell you a little bit about the plot. 
Gretyl and Albert live in a block of flats in the East End, London, and Albert has a little garden allotment that is his escape from Gretyl. Gretyl spends her time going to car boots, collecting frogs, wearing wigs, complaining, acting like she has no money and generally annoying everyone she comes into contact with! She is an over the top character that you can’t help but learn to love.
The Soddall family are from an estate in Essex and are always looking to make quick easy money through some dodgy get rich scheme. They are Sharon, Dave and son Kevin who is the smart one in the family. Dave is on the look out for a “new scam to put them on the map” and they come up with a fantastic idea along with a crooked family friend, which eventually ends up involving Gretyl and Albert, Poncy Bridge and Marbella, but I don’t want to spoil that for you! You are in for a treat!
On a slightly negative note the book started off slow for me and took me a while to get into the character’s especially Gretyl. Who I didn’t really like at first but she grew on me with her eccentric and roguish ways, the further I got into the book. One of the best bits of the book is Gretyl’s waxing situation. I laughed so much it gave me stitches in my side!
Its an ideal read if you only read in small bursts which is what I did, as Its divided into little chapters that are easy to pick up. A book I will definitely read again! A very British sense of humour is needed for this book which will leave you laughing all the way till the end. A fantastic comedy novel from a brilliant writer!
You can also catch my review on Goodreads 
Rachel xx

A Fantastic Book Win: Patalosh – The Time Travellers

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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Competition: A Booklovers Giveaway!

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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7 Hints and Tips for Writing a Book Review

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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