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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Book Review: The Crooked House

Back in January I won this hardback copy of the The Crooked House by Christobel Kent in a Twitter competition with @TheCrimeVault. Its a fantastic enthralling psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. The storyline is full of twists and turns that builds to a very intense climax. It has a very atmospheric and moody feeling which brings it out to the book cover as well. 

The book is about Alison’s story. 13 years ago she was the only survivor of a horrendous tragedy that happened one night in her house and has very limited memories of what happened. Now she has changed her name from Esme to Alison, lives a quiet life with no ties, but when she meets her boyfriend Paul Bartlett she only then decides to go back to her previous life and confront her past during a wedding back in her hometown. . 
The story is set in a small rural community called Saltleigh where outsiders do not fit in, this gives it a much more creepy feeling as a young Esme and her family are looked at as strangers/outsiders. The description of the setting is very vivid and you can see with your own eyes that a town with muddy marshes and bleak moors makes it very isolated.
Alison is such a likable and strong character that you cannot help but feel for her as she revisits her memories. She is very determined to find out the truth and shows a great deal of inner strength. With her creepy boyfriend Paul from the beginning you feel that something is amiss with him, and this develops further into the story.
It’s a very dark, mysterious book with sinister undertones, just when you think it’s gonna get better for Alison, something else crops up. Its one of those books where it always gets worse before it gets better! 
I really loved reading this book and I found it hard to put down hence why I read it in only 4 days! I highly reccommend it! 

Rachel xx

Raving about I Let You Go!

Every so often I would like to share with you my current reading book and what my thoughts are on it. I have discovered through Twitter that a lot of people out there are raving about this new book, called I Let You Go and I was lucky enough to be given it to read by the Little Brown publishing group (@LittleBrownUK).  I had previously wrote a review for The Crooked House which I won in a twitter competition with them and @TheCrimeVault. I will write a review of the fantastic book The Crooked House in a future post.
I Let you Go is written by Clare Mackintosh who is a former detective, so gives this crime thriller an authenticity into real procedures in a case like this. On the back cover it does say that this book is inspired by a real life case that was never solved. This to me is a bit of a giveaway. Does this mean that you never find out what really happens in the book? I am looking forward to finding out!
I’m currently about half way through so far and its an incredible read. I don’t want to spoil it for those of you that haven’t read it yet, but I found myself welling up with tears at the beginning, as this situation could have happened to anyone. Its a very moving book full of emotions and makes you think what is going through the mind of the main character Jenna. I’m looking forward to following her on her struggle of a journey through the rest of the book.
It seems to be one of those books that any reader will love and it will stay with them for a long time.
The copy I received is a proof copy, and I was informed by the accompanying note that the cover is set to change and will look more like the bookmark by the side. 
Rachel xx